An acronym that has helps me survive fatherhood is CTC: Coffee, Tylenol, Cat Naps. Proud new dad here with my handsome 6 week year old letting you know what it is like to be a dad in the 21st century. We have diapers with stripes that tell you when the baby has moistened, a diaper genie specifically for disposing diapers into an air tight bag, a Brezza bottle maker, a diaper changing table, breast pump machines of all colors and sizes, self rocking swings with different levels, and pajamas with monkey footsies. With all this stuff, you would think being a parent would be easy. Well think again.
There are always challenges in fatherhood. Sleep and free time have become precious commodities. CTC is a tool, but the only tool that really keeps me going every day, is what every father and mother knows, is love. Taking care of my wife first has become my number one priority so that she has the strength to feed and nurture our baby boy.
It’s hard not to feel extra protective of my baby boy. Sometimes I like to hold him like an NFL player holding a football. Better watch out in crowded spaces, “Baby coming through.” There is something about the smell that you come home to when you have a baby. No reason to go out anymore. I’ve got the game on, baby on my lap, wifey under my arm, and I think to myself, I have finally found my piece paradise.
One thing that gets out of control is the house cleaning and maintenance. So we’ve hired a house cleaner. She comes every other week to clean our pad and does a great job. When the house cleaner is here, everyone has to leave the house, what a great excuse to get out and get some sun and fresh air. When we come back home, it’s great to see everything back in order again. Our minds are at ease.