Happy Father’s Day! It has been a couple of months since my last post. Things have been busy. I had been working hard toward a goal of mine and went through the process. While the result was not what I am looking for, it was still a positive experience. Even though at times it wasn’t.
This is my second Father’s Day. What could I, still a relatively new dad, have to say about this day. Turns out, a lot.
To Father’s Day isn’t about celebrating dad. It is about celebrating family. Let’s face it, you need both parents to make a child. But dads have it relatively easy. I say relatively because we are not carrying the child for 9 months! That is also why they call it labor during the birth. Because it is work!
So on this Father’s Day, I first want to thank my wife for giving us a beautiful child. Next, I want to thank our son for changing, growing, and challenging us/me everyday to be better or the best dad I can be.
It was a little overwhelming at first to do Daddy Day Care days on my own. Daddy Day Care is what I call it when my wife works. But realistically it is just me being a parent on that day. My wife always thinks it is funny that I call it Daddy Day Care, but maybe it helps me get psyched up for the day.
My wife is a nurse so she works a 12 hour shift and with commuting time is gone about 14 hours. When our little guy was younger, no problem. He slept a lot. He wasn’t as mobile. Now with 14 hours and he is up for pretty much 11 of those hours, I don’t know who is more tired at the end of the day…him or me? It is a close tie.
Our little guy is 17 months now and on the go. He started walking at 10 months so he has about 6 months of solid balance under him. He still face plants and puts his hands out to break his fall. He is still learning his motor functions. But he can also run. He is fast. And I still tend to hover. Maybe that is a good thing. Maybe it is a bad thing. It is what I do.
On this Father’s Day, let’s celebrate dad and let’s celebrate family. Time together as a family is something I truly treasure. Enjoy the time you have because you never get it back.