It is now 2016. Our New Year’s Eve as first time parents consisted of watching a movie and then going to bed! It is not that we didn’t want to stay up, there was just no real point to it. Bed and sleep are more important.
Our little guy made it through the Holidays and is approaching the one year mark. It is crazy to think that almost a year ago, I was wondering whether or not he would be a boy or a girl. We opted to not find out which was pretty cool. I actually new a split second before my wife that he was a boy!
Over the Holidays there can be stress and family drama or worse yet, illness. I got sick the days right after New Year’s. Being sick is the worst because you can’t really do anything to contribute and you are worried about getting everyone else sick. Thus, wash your hands and wash them again!
Our little guys was unscathed with the illness. It was just me (Thank God) who had a high fever and aches. It was like I couldn’t get warm. It was hard not to give the little man a hug or really stay away from him. But we cannot afford for him to get sick.
Getting back to New Year’s. It is still hard to fathom how much can happen in a year and how quickly it goes. Infants change to toddlers in a year. They can walk and make sounds (kind of talk). They understand things like their name and when you leave a room.
I keep thinking back to all the “what ifs” I had before our son was born. Now all those “what ifs” are more known and replaced by other “what ifs.” What if he grows up and wants to be a surfer? We live in the mountains and love skiing. What if he doesn’t like it?
My only advice from one father to another or one to be, is to take it all in. Be present (yes, put down the iPhone). I am still guilty of not doing this. But I am working on paying attention and not missing out on our little man growing up right in front of us.
His hugs are the best and he loves to explore me. One time he stuck his finger so hard up my nose that he gave be a blood nose!
Stay present and take it all in. A year will be here before you know it!