Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Guest Post from Daddy Dan

I'm three days into my week with the girls. Here's what I've learned so far:

They are a little more overwhelmed by new environments than I might have thought. Liana's clingyness is especially surprising: She is so independent and adventurous around the house. We went to gymnastics Monday, and they were both stuck to my legs. Same thing at our new pre-school. Now, in both places, they did warm up after a few minutes. But the world is still a big - and sometimes scary - place. It's easy to forget that seeing them in their element at home.

Meals are the most stressful times of the day. They say they're hungry and then don't eat. They chew things up and then spit them out, and they don't always have a clear reason. They love to bang silverware and make messes. Exhibit A: The Working Mom made a special effort to whip up some chicken salad for chicken salad sandwiches at lunch. They were hungry. I brought out the sandwiches. And Liana very patiently took off every last bit of chicken salad and ate only the bread. Question for my mom: Was I like this at 2? Oh, never mind. I know the answer.

All the energy it takes to keep up with them, all the stress - it's worth it for the one or two moments each day:

Hearing them tell the story of their day to Mom when she comes home from work: "We saw cows. In the barn. Go milking. Cow peed. One cow pooped."

Liana crying from a scraped knee on her way to the car. Jadyn, from her car seat, unprompted, reaching out to hold her sister's hand while Liana got her knee cleaned and bandaged.

Seeing them with other kids and realizing they move pretty well on their own and make decisions on their own. In not quite three years, they have become little people. Not perfect by any stretch, but the most beautiful people I could ever imagine.

Any dads out there have a story to share about that first solo week at home with the kids?


Shawn said...

Sweetie, I hate to tell you and the world this, but you would still peel off the chicken salad and just eat the bread. : )

I can't wait to hear a story tonight!

Anonymous said...

I do appreciate your account, Dan. This is what my husband said, or would have, years ago: It's great. No problem. We're having fun. When will you be home?

Jena Strong said...

I am just tickled pink by this whole guest blogger thing. Go, Daddy Dan!

Shannon said...

Just read your guest post (was dealing with some mean weather here :-) So, just wanted to say hi! and I'm so happy for you that you got to spend that time with them. And happy for them!

Shelli said...

I've been too busy to read blogs lately, but I'm glad to catch up here. Oh I can understand the whole "I'm hungry. Now I'm not." thing. It's driving me crazy.

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