09 December 2008

Fatherhood 2

A fatherhood update.

Yes, it is 01.30 in the morning. I have just finished feeding and changing little Will and after burping him and then getting him to sleep, I figured I would jot a few lines on the experience of being a father so far.

Every moment is an amazing one. It is amazing to watch my Wife and Son bond. It is amazing to watch what Will does as he struggles to look around and find me when I am talking. My folks are here at the moment and they are amazed that the little fella responds to my voice and tracks my movements with his eyes. I do not know the ins and outs of child development and hence do not know if this is normal behaviour in a 10-day-old.

It is fun learning and understanding what certain movements or sounds mean. These are important lessons as they are likely to save you from getting shot in the face with a warm stream of pee as you open up the nappy to make a change. I have to say that this was a lesson learned the hard way. I am still not convinced that there is any medicinal benefit in drinking pee. I once read somewhere that Demi Moore used to drink her own pee. Maybe she can drop by and leave me an explanation as to the benefits.

Will seems to be such a wise young soul. His facial expressions are those of a much older kid and his eyes seem to always be searching and asking the piercing questions of life. Then again perhaps this is just my fatherly bias :D

He is a good kid. Definitely not a yeller, screamer, or crier. He has already mastered the art of getting a cuddle (pulling a face and holding his breath till his face goes a little red like as though he is going to cry gets people running from all directions).

The first 10 days of fatherhood have been fun. I am tired because of not enough sleep. I am sure the Wife is even more tired than I. Hence the need for a system of shifts or rostered response obligations.

To all of you who have passed on their good wishes and blessings, thank you! For all of those of you who have provided advice and suggestions, thank you! For those of you who have just simply said, "enjoy it!", thank you too.

Good week to all!

6 comments:

therry said...

Awww... Will sounds like a cutie! Good lesson learnt on pee-avoidance, it sorta trains your senses more, though, don't you think? Maybe it will come in handy in the future for.. er... something :D

Any more photos??? (of Will, of course...)

schmerly said...

Rob...

Don't knock it, I hear pee is good for the skin! but I'm not so sure about the poop filled nappies!
Enjoy.

Rob Baiton said...

Therry...

They are a coming soon project. I need to scale them down to an acceptable size.

Schmerly...

I will take your word for it being good for the skin.

santi d said...

Enjoy the first three months!!!!

mia said...

A good friend of mine just gave birth one day before your wife did, and since she is a single mother I'm giving all the support that I can give. But honestly, just seeing how one takes care of a newborn makes me very tired. Not entirely sure if I'm ever going to be ready for this - but the Mommy joy is apparent, so I guess you as the Daddy should be going through the same thing. Exhausted but happy.

By the way, looking at Will's photos, I'm glad he has hair! :)

Rob Baiton said...

Santi...

I don't know about that! I cannot recall being this tired ever :D

I am guessing it won't be long till I am not only tired but irritable as well!

Mia...

Exhausted, yes! Happy, Yes! I can only imagine the exhaustion of being a single parent! I am in the office now and if I was a single parent I could not see myself keeping the same sort of routines.

I am happy that Will has hair as well ;) although his genes would suggest that it is not going to be hair forever if his old man and his Grancher (grandfather) are anything to go by.