Posted by Anthony
I can hardly believe that it has been almost a year since Kate and Briggs joined our lives. It seems strange to say this, but I cannot remember life without them. I'm sure that life had more sleep and a wee bit more flexibility, but it seems like the life of some character out of a book. And certainly not mine.
The other day I was thinking about them, and it hit me. As parents, we normally get no more than 18 years with our kids in our home. So, we get 18 with Kate and Briggs. Then Briggs goes off to start his professional baseball career, and Kate goes off to take advantage of some sports, academic, or art-related college scholarship. Well, one of those years is on the books. The lesson, it seems, is to enjoy the journey and to make each day count.
With a year of fatherhood behind me, I am a changed man.
- I can pour 5 ounces of water into a baby bottle without looking.
- Smells that would have once led to a bout of vomiting, no longer phase me.
- The sound of children crying has become a background noise, akin to the tick-tock of a wall clock.
- In the past 360-some days, I have not slept in past 9:30 a.m. (I hear that's pretty good for being a new parent.)
- I've spent thousands of dollars in what I call the circle of parenthood expenses. About half my salary goes to formula and baby food. That all ends up in diapers, which cost me the rest of my salary. Oh, and the other half of my salary goes toward daycare.
- I have bonded with other fathers. I don't belong to any daddy lunch get-togethers. In fact, I'm not aware that they exist. But as i go about my business with Kate and Briggs, I'll see another middle-aged man who looks a bit tired, pushing his own bundle(s) of joy. Our eyes meet, and we communicate the following without saying a word.
Holy $%&#@! What did we get ourselves into?
In all seriousness, life and God is good. I've been blessed more times than I can count. Now, for the mandatory picture of Miss Kate and Master Briggs.