I just wrapped up a month off of work for baby bonding. The days were filled with playing with new toys, books, trying out solid foods, naps, partial naps, and bonding. During that time I was actually able to notice a lot more of a bond had formed between me and baby. I firmly believe that people should get much more time off of work to bond with their children, but that’s another story. Here’s a video I took that sums up a typical day. Enjoy!
Have a baby at home? How has the experience been so far?
This picture pretty much describes the last 5 months. An incredible baby, that requires an incredible family to raise him. I’ve been constantly moving furniture around the house to prep, my wife must have developed an amazing reach in order to do all the multitasking she does, Dunder runs unbelievably fast to the baby every time he cries, and Munster…..well Munster likes to cover himself from the loud noise. Haha. Parenting has been Incredible and we look forward to all the challenges and rewards. Can’t wait til next Halloween!
Your baby is tired and cranky, so in a drowsy blur you swaddle him, sway him, and shush him…. your arms are cramping, your back is sore, you’ve shushed out enough air to blow up a bouncy house. All you want to do is get some sleep. Finally he closes his eyes. Now it’s time for the switch, from your arms to the crib. You can’t just plop him down and expect him to stay asleep. You need technique. You need skill. The perfect combination of slowly fading out the swaying and placing him down without him noticing. Will he stay asleep while you walk away and enjoy the lost treasure of a couple hours of shut eye? Or will he release a giant ball of screaming and crying that chases you down the hall?
Recently, I started letting my son lay on the floor and explore the room visually. He gets to lay there, wiggle his little legs and play. I put out a white sheet on the floor and even allowed my dogs to lay near him, smell him, and get used to him. It’s really funny that once they smell him, they just lay down next to him and stare. I have no idea what they are thinking, but I can tell that it is positive. Then of course, I started snapping a bunch of pictures…
That’s when the ideas started rolling in. Watching them lay on the sheet interacting was so beautiful, but I saw potential for an art project. Here are a couple of initial ones. I can see myself doing a lot more of these as the months go by.
This is how it started, just a dog and baby playing on a sheet…
with a little creativity, that white sheet becomes pride rock from The Lion King.
And also a scene inspired by Where the Wild Things Are.
Last week I brought home my first born son. The feeling is indescribable. I’ve been learning a lot about being a parent, a husband and myself. He has completely changed my life in an amazing way. But while he has been keeping me busy, something else has also happened that has taken me by surprise. My photo a day video has gone completely viral. After just one week on YouTube it reached over 3 Million views. I’m getting emails and messages from people I haven’t talked to in years saying that saw me on a website, the news, or their friends have shared my video. It’s all very exciting. A project that started out as something simple for me and my wife, has blown up like I never expected. What an amazing ride it has been so far.
With help from my family, I was able to give my wife an awesome baby shower. We decided to go with a Toy Story theme. The idea was to have it resemble Toy Story but making it feel less like a kids birthday party and more of a “pinterest” feel while staying true to the colors of the theme. We cooked food and planned games for our guests. The baby shower was a huge success.
My mom and grandma surprised us with this amazing diaper cake
These pins were given to each guest. Every time a guest would get caught saying the word “baby” they would have to forfeit their pin to whoever caught them.
Some other games were “Name That Song”, each song had the word “baby” in the title. And “Name That Baby” where guests brought baby pictures of themselves and we all had to guess who was who.
We used these blocks to have guests try to guess the name of the baby.
For party favors we gave out popcorn labeled “Ready to Pop”
I changed my first diaper this weekend. Now I just have to practice on a real baby. Shouldn’t be too hard huh? As a kid I was pretty good at Super Soaker fights in the school yard, so hopefully those skills apply.
Since this will be my first time as a father, I’ve been taking a bunch of classes in the community to help me prepare as much as possible. This weekend was Newborn Care 101 and I found it very helpful. I seriously had no idea what to do with the baby once we bring him home, but now I feel a little better now. Other classes that my wife and I have taken are Intro To Breast Feeding, CPR, and Labor and Delivery. The classes take up a good portion of the weekend, but I highly recommend them.
The class also got me thinking about an item that I hadn’t yet added to my todo list. An item that signifies that we are running out of time and should be ready to go any day now. This item really makes me nervous, I guess its because I know that after it is complete, the next time I will use it is when I am in a panic running out the door with my wife, but now is the time pack:
A room that once only contained an extra bed, old curtains, and off season clothes will now be converted into my son’s bedroom. There is so much potential here. I know that I only need a few basic things like a crib, changing table, etc. But I really want to go all out. I want to paint the room, decorate it, and make it a magical place for growing boy. I am even toying with the idea of painting something along the walls: dinosaurs, safari animals, ninja turtles. I’m not sure yet if that will happen. For inspiration I’ve downloaded the Houzz app for Kid’s Rooms. Pretty inspirational rooms on there, but will be a lot of effort to make it “Houzz worthy”. I will, however, try my best to make it awesome and will post my progress here. Here are some before pictures:
One thing I need to do is get plantation shutters because this room gets really bright.
And if you have dogs, you know that they are always curious about what you are doing. Dunder and Munster always have to be right in the middle of any given task that I have.