The nurse hands you,
A life so perfect,
so small in your arms,
This baby needs you,
her eyes gently see you,
her father, her one and only.
I really wanted to reflect on the past year and a half becoming a father for the first time. It’s been a whirlwind of emotion and a whole lot of work!
Yes, becoming a father has been the hardest job of my life so far but has been the most worthwhile. Together, my beautiful wife and I make a great team. When one of us is exhausted, we take a time out and the other takes over.
Our beautiful daughter Josie is an absolute joy, the light of my life, and the reason I was put on this earth! Everyone, and I’m really not exaggerating, everyone says such a happy baby she is. We are truly blessed.
This past year and a half have brought a great deal of challenges. Josie was so sick off and on. She was born with jaundice and we had to keep her on a light bed for the first 2 weeks, no fun. To make it worse, right after she recovered from that she got pneumonia and was sick as a dog. In her first year she had 4 ear infections back to back and had to get ear tubes along with countless colds and now has pneumonia again.
While this seemed like a lot of illnesses to us, we know babies can get sick so often and we are truly blessed that she is as healthy as she is. Some children are not as lucky.
Ms. Josie also had many positive milestones. She was able to sleep through the night starting at 4 months. She could also use the toilet at three months! My wife learned about “elimination communication” which basically means you pay attention to the baby’s signals before they poop and then put them on the toilet. People were amazed by this and so were we! Sadly however, she has stopped going on the toilet after she learned how to crawl and wouldn’t sit still.
We also tried cloth diapers. At first we were going so thrifty we bought some really cheap ones from china on eBay. I do not recommend them. They didn’t fit right and leaked all the time. Eventually we realized we had to invest in better diapers so we got Bumgenius and they worked way better. They were more expensive but we got them used and saved a lot. Ultimately, after she turned one year old we switched to disposables. The reason was because she was going more at one time and less frequently so it was becoming impractical to run such small wash loads and they weren’t getting very clean anymore.
My wife breastfed until Josie turned 10 months when we switched to formula and eventually cows milk at 12 months. She did well on the transition and I discovered that giving her a bottle was a bonding moment for daddy and baby 🙂
Josie an I have bonded so much over the last year and a half it’s amazing. One of her first words was “Da Da” and I even created songs for her. I also had fun reading to her, acting out stories, and watching her grow. She has grown and developed a personality which is really fun to watch.
Josie is the light of our lives and is the light that has helped our marriage continue to burn bright despite some setbacks. We know the best gift we can give Josie is two parents that love each other. This will make her feel secure and loved as she grows to be a young girl and eventually a young woman.
Josie May was born April 2, 2012 at 1:26 pm (read my blog post about the birth)