Paternity Leave

I get 47 days off from work to spend with Ashleigh! Check out how we are spending each day together below:

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Day 1 – Brunch with mom…while Ashleigh slept!
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Day 2 – Firehouse subs…while Ashleigh slept again!
Dad's favorite pizza place and the waterfront downtown on Day 3!
Day 3 – Dad’s favorite pizza place and the waterfront downtown
Ashleigh met Luke on day 4!
Day 4 – Ashleigh met Luke!
Day 5 - Celebrated Father's Day with Brunch at Datz and watched the US Open Championship!
Day 5 – Celebrated Father’s Day with Brunch at Datz and watched the US Open Championship!
Day 6 - She had to get her first shots. This was clearly the "before" picture.
Day 6 – She had to get her first shots. This was clearly the “before” picture.
Day 7 - Porch hangs brought to you by Crowder.
Day 7 – Porch hangs brought to you by Crowder.
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Day 8 – Hanging out at R.E. Olds Park in Oldsmar
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Day 9 – Taking our cat Molly to the Vet for a check-up
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Day 10 – Ice cream at Twistee Treat
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Day 11 – Hanging out at the mall while mom returns a few things. Thankfully the shopping bug isn’t in her yet!
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Day 12 – Grocery shopping at Publix
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Day 13 – Our first day unsupervised (mom went back to work) so we went where any father would take his daughter – The Home Depot, of course!
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Day 14 – A trip to Petsmart to watch the fish!
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Day 15 – We went to visit mom for lunch!
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Day 16 – We are doing everything together on paternity leave; dentist appointment for dad!
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Day 17 – We walked the Upper Tampa Bay Trail!
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Day 18 – Ashleigh got to meet Sam and Ashley!
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Day 19 – Ashleigh got to celebrate her first Independence Day!
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Day 20 – Ashleigh is starting to learn how to play cards
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Day 21 – Dolphin searching (no luck this time)
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Day 22 – Had to buy a cheap palm sander for a project and Harbor Freight Tools had just what we needed
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Day 23 – Went to the Apple Store in search of a new computer
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Day 24 – We checked out the beach at Cypress Point Park
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Day 25 – We walked along the Tampa Riverwalk with Mimi and Papa (I promise she is there!)
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Day 26 – Hanging at the pool with mom
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Day 27 – She LOVED the trip to Costco
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Day 28 – Picked up her grandparents from the airport
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Day 29 – Took a walk through the neighborhood with Grams
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Day 30 – Went to Grams favorite restaurant, Boston Market
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Day 31 – Ashleigh’s first road trip!
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Day 32 – Ashleigh met my family and we ate at Big Daddy’s Bar-B-Que
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Day 33 – She got her first “farm” experience at her Aunt and Uncle’s house
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Day 34 – Baby girl fell asleep at Cracker Barrel but was an angel
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Day 35 – The rain held off just long enough for us to get a walk in at the park with Grams on her last day with us
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Day 36 – Took a trip to Barnes & Noble to look at a few travel books
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Day 37 – Did some good people watching at Starbucks
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Day 38 – Tried to go to the Plant Museum but we ran into a sign that said we had to leave the stroller on the veranda. This sleeping beauty wasn’t happy about that
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Day 39 – Ashleigh got to meet Nate, Heather, and little Ethan
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Day 40 – It was a rainy evening, which prevented us from walking outside, but not from getting milkshakes
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Day 41 – This little beauty was the most popular person at the Post Office
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Day 42 – She has been on a swing before, but not like this one
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Day 43 – 1st trial-run at daycare. One of the smiles in this picture is fake. I’ll give you a hint, it’s not the one from the little angel
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Day 44 – Daycare trial-day 2. Ashleigh and I had a great talk before I took her in. I told her not to get too friendly with the boys in her room and to make it a goal to always stay in the same outfit she gets dropped off in
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Day 45 – A walk on the boardwalk at Upper Tampa Bay Park
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Day 46 – Lounging at the pool; only one more day 🙁
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Day 47 – The last official day of my paternity leave. We ran numerous errands and got to check out some kittens! I am incredibly blessed to have spent these last 47 days with Ashleigh – what a gift! I have been able to learn what makes her happy, what makes her upset, how to help her fall asleep, and even how to make her smile. I am so lucky to be part of a firm that values family. And the best part about all of this is that Ashleigh isn’t going anywhere. I will still get to see her everyday when I get home from work!