A few months back, I did a post on “8 Things I Had Learned in 8 Weeks of Being a New Mom.” Now that our son turned 9 months old, I thought it would be fun to get my husband’s thoughts on some of the things he has learned and share it with you — naturally! It’s always interesting to get a man’s perspective, I feel.
Here are 9 things my husband has learned in 9 months of being a new dad.
1. Paternity Leave Was One of the Best Decisions I Made 1 of 9
I was very fortunate to have been able to take a 3-week paternity leave. It was the best decision I made, not only for our son, but also for my wife. You go through a lot of adjustments in those first few weeks (sleep schedules, new routines, etc.). I am happy I was able to be there for my wife and go through it together.
2. It’s Ok to Get Help 2 of 9
When the baby was first born, my mother-in-law offered to stay with us for one week. I'm not going to lie, but I was definitely hesitant at first. I mean, I love my mother-in-law, but one week?! At the end of that week, I was wondering if she could stay another. Having her there really helped us both a lot.
3. Every Month Gets More Exciting 3 of 9
As the months go by, it just gets more exciting. He's becoming a little person, with his own personality. He doesn't want to sleep 24/7 anymore, which means we can do things like go to the park or splash in the pool.
4. I’ve Mastered Poop Reading 4 of 9
I've learned to tell whether my son is not feeling well based on the color and frequency of his poop, something I could not do before. So you mean mustard with seeds means what?!
5. I Have Mastered Making Baby Food 5 of 9
I would have never thought making baby food was easy, until I learned how to make it myself. It's not as difficult as it sounds.
6. I Enjoy Wearing a Baby Carrier 6 of 9
Yes, I said it. I have friends at work who say they would never wear a baby carrier, but I actually really enjoy wearing a baby carrier (we own 4 of them). There's something about having your baby close to you that bonds you together. Plus, it frees up your hands so you can get things done.
7. It’s the Best Job in the World 7 of 9
Being a father really is best job in the world. Seeing him grow each day just blows my mind away.
8. My Music Collection Has Been Replaced with Baby Songs 8 of 9
The music on my iPod has been taken over by child songs such as "La Iguana y el Perezoso" and "You Are My Sunshine."
9. They Grow Up Really Fast 9 of 9
Everyone says it, but it is very true. I find it hard to believe that in just 3 months, we'll be celebrating our son's first birthday. I go through pictures on my iPhone and tell my wife, "Remember when he was this little?"
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