Fatherhood has pretty much been my active lifestyle the past six months. Now that I'm getting the hang of things, my workout schedule is getting back on track. I'm in the process of losing the extra 10 pounds I've put on. We need to get a parenting section up on Active, eh? Below is a list of lessons and tips I've learned (there are certainily more, but these stand out).
What I've learned:
My child is priority #1 over all else
The world does not revolve around me
I do not have to rearrange my entire life... organizing makes all the difference
I don't need 8 hours of sleep to function normally
Moms are hot
Diaper changing is easy... just be sure to use the right size diapers (don't learn the hard way)
Being spat or soiled on is not a problem... let it go and bring an extra shirt if you're going out
Not every cry or noise is a sign of distress
Taking time for myself is OK... just make sure mom gets time too
Hiring a baby sitter is not the end of the world
There is no such thing as having too many baby clothes, blankets or burp cloths
There is no such thing as too many pictures or video
Baby toys are entertaining for both babies and adults (gotta love technology)
Shopping for baby clothes is more fun than going to Fry's (almost, but not quite)
Strapping in baby and lifting the car seat is second nature
Baby inherently trusts mom and dad above all else (lead by example)
Pretty much anything can be accomplished with one arm
There is such a thing as a "schedule" for baby. It's up to mom and dad to make it happen. Much patience required, but it will set in. I'm a believer!
I will never love anything more than my child (and any future children)
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