Y’all, I don’t know how stay-at-home parents do it. I mean all I have wanted to do for the last week is sit down and write a new blog post to tell everyone what I have been up to; and yet, I am too tired and too busy to carve out the time for it! And when I do have a few minutes I often find myself in the dilemma of what to do. If I am going to work on documenting my paternity leave, do I jump on Twitter or do I write on the blog? And if I want to be on Twitter, do I want to see if there are new connections I should work on? Or should I work on connecting more with the relationships I already have? And oh yeah, there is Instagram too – don’t forget about that one! I know there are stay-at-home parents maintaining a blog and social media presence that face these thoughts each day; and they only get to them after making sure their kids are taken care of. I have never been one to criticize stay-at-home parents or even make suggestive comments that it’s an easy job, but I have new respect for them. It seems like there just isn’t enough time in the day for everything.
Don’t get me wrong, Ashleigh is a great baby. She sleeps through the night and has been doing so for a few weeks. She isn’t usually fussy, and is easily entertained. She doesn’t love naps, though, and we find that getting her to lay down for 30 minutes during the day is a win. This presents a problem for me when my “task list” is enormous and only growing. You see, I am not one to put her in the corner when she is awake and hope she stays quiet while I try and work on things I have neglected for weeks (and months, and years). I have been given a gift – six weeks at home with her during her early life – and I intend to take advantage of every minute of it that I can.
I made the decision before I started my leave that I wanted to do something with Ashleigh each day. What that something is doesn’t really matter. And let’s be honest, she is just starting to see more than three inches in front of her face and she still more-or-less just smiles and cries, so what we do isn’t going to mean much to her. It’s just a matter of getting out and spending time together.
So far we have been successful; not always getting out of the house, but at least having an activity to do together each day.You can journey with us if you like on Instagram @shecallsme.dad where I am posting a picture each day of our activity from the previous day. You can also view them by clicking here.
Here is a quick recap of our first 10 days:
- Day 1 – We had brunch with mom at KeKe’s
- Day 2 – We had lunch with mom at Firehouse Subs
- Day 3 – We had lunch with mom at Eddie & Sam’s Pizza and then relaxed at Curtis Hixon Park in Downtown
- Day 4 – We met baby Luke
- Day 5 – We had brunch at Datz for Father’s Day
- Day 6 – We went to the doctor for her 1st round of shots
- Day 7 – We hung out on the back porch in our rocking chairs together
- Day 8 – We relaxed at R.E. Olds Park in Oldsmar
- Day 9 – We took our cat Molly to the Vet for a check-up
- Day 10 – We had Ice cream with mom at Twistee Treat
Each of these experiences was a memory we created. Yes, I realize she won’t remember them; but I will.
I am blessed with this opportunity to spend time with her and I wouldn’t trade it for the world!