One Man and a Baby

Dear Reader,

Two weeks into being a dad I am about as tired as I’ve ever been. It’s no joke. The baby seems to have decided she is a nightowl which means that mom and dad are nightowls too. Being up super late is a little taxing because I need to, you know, sleep every now and then. I haven’t been this tired since I was in Army Basic Training, which is really saying something because sleep deprivation was kind of the whole point. Tonight is no exception either. She woke up around one o’clock this morning and after a sip at the boob she’s was alternating between sleeping and making a fuss until about ten minutes ago. Thankfully she’s konked out now, curled up against my chest and making her cute baby sleep noises while my wife is on the futon in the living room getting some shut-eye before it’s time to feed this little eating machine again.

Setting aside the soul draining sleep deprivation, having this little munchkin has been pretty badass. Just looking at her trips me out as I can totally see myself in her face and gigantic feet. I’m getting to know her, to be able to tell how she feels by how she behaves. When something bugs her she transforms into a kung-fu master, kicking and punching the air like she’s reenacting a scene from Fists of Fury. What’s more, interacting with her is giving me a bunch of writing ideas I’m going to play around with come August when I have a month off school. I don”t know if it’ll be anything good, but it’s better than the whopping nothing which is what I am writing now.

Anyways, it’s 5:30 now and I might as well get some studying done before I have to work. I can’t wait for the night when she sleeps a full eight hours.

Yours in constant fatigue,

Scott

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4 thoughts on “One Man and a Baby

  1. I’ve never had kids, but from observing coworkers who have gone through this first year, I’d say this is about par for the course. The poor guys always came into work looking like hell from lack of sleep. But eventually they got through it. 🙂 I hope you’re able to do some writing on your vacation!

  2. She will turn a major corner at eight weeks (with sleeping and nursing), and then again at three and six months. I know first hand that it feels tough now, but you will be shocked at how fast it all goes. You’ll look back at this when she turns one and wonder what happened to the months/time. Try to enjoy these little moments. I know I miss them! Good luck.

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