PARKER IS TEACHING ME
I have been on a leave of absence from work for 3 days now, taking care of my newborn son. I am enjoying it immensely, and learning some valuable lessons along the way.
Lesson #1: when preparing to go on an outing, don't put your child in his car seat too soon. My mistake was it was one of the first things I did. Then I packed the diaper bag. Then I got my stuff together. By the time I was actually ready to leave, Parker had been in his car seat for 10 minutes and was screaming bloody murder. Once we got moving in the car, he calmed down and fell asleep. Nevertheless, I won't make that mistake again. Next time, Parker is the last to get ready to go.
Lesson #2: Give your kid what he wants. The doctors and nurses in the hospital where Parker was born stressed that for infants, skin on skin contact with both parents is essential. Especially during feeding time, let your baby's skin touch your skin. Makes sense, that's pretty much how it's done during breast feeding. So today, I took off my shirt while I gave Parker his bottle. (It's not a sight you want to see. Thank God there is no evidence. ) He was sans shirt, too. I put his back up against my chest and rested his head against my arm as I began to feed him. Parker decided he wanted more of a snuggle with daddy, and scooted himself over so that his head was cuddled up against my chest. It was very cute. And it melted daddy's heart. I didn't protest.