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Monday · May 30 2005

Charlie turned 1 month last Friday. These are the things I have learned in our first month home together:

  • Stacy deserves all my appreciation + 1. We're in this together and she has all the hard jobs by default. It's my job to clear the path so she can keep going.
  • You have to be careful handling babies, but unwilling hands still need to get through arm sleeves and flailing legs need to stay clear of dirty diapers. They're kids, not crystal eggs.
  • Newborn boys don't have “aim”.
  • Sometimes you need a beer. Sometimes you need coffee. Sometimes you need Irish Coffee.
  • Always beware an angelic face before opening the diaper. Wait 20 seconds.
  • The cuteness of a baby is an evolutionary survival attribute. They are entirely helpless and will use coos and soft grins to soften your heart and elicit your care after driving you to the brink with screaming and fussing. If babies weren't cute, fewer babies would make it to age 13 and the ability to make more babies.
  • Changing diapers is way less of a deal than people make it out to be.
  • To those who get perverse joy from telling expectant parents, “Your life will change.”…thanks for the obvious advice. Now go do something useful and pick us up some diapers…we're low.
  • Babies are strong. If I could exert force per body weight on par with Charlie, I could legpress a Ford Focus.
  • Some people feel grown up when they buy their first home, or when they get married, or when one of their parent's dies. To me, growing up means accepting the world without you in the center 24/7. Being a new parent forces some growing up in a humbling way.
  • Babies don't care if you sing off key and they don't care if you make up all the words.
  • The warmth and smell of kissing your son's head makes everything else in your life perfectly ok at that moment. I want to bottle and save it.
  • More patience, but always room for more.
Archived: Offspring » May 2005
What you had to say:
May 31 2005

Many, many truths here. This one especially speaks to me:

"To me, growing up means accepting the world without you in the center 24/7. "

I'm still adjusting to that I think.

May 31 2005

Yep. This is by far the hardest part of parenting for me to adjust to. I'm doing the best I can do with it, but still a work in progress.

June 01 2005

This is a great list (I would guess). Thank you or sharing it.

Speaking of "bottling up" this time, you're obviously taking a lot of pictures. Are you getting a couple of videos too?

Just askin'.

June 01 2005

We got some early video the first week or so when I had borrowed my friend's video camera. We don't have our own, but honestly, there hasn't been much that's happened the past month that is video worthy.

The photos catch the essence of Charlie as a newborn pretty well, because the only time he really moves much (and video would be better) is when he's writhing and screaming. And I prefer to forget the writhing and screaming times. They suck.

June 05 2005

The growing up point is so true.

Someone I admire told me that, like it or not, there is a level of maturity you reach when you have a child that those that do not have children may never appreciate. As soon as you walk through the door to your house after having a baby, you realize that your issues/problems are not and cannot be the center. Someone else's issues are the center.

Adjusting to this is not the easiest.

© 2005 Jason Keglovitz