Or maybe let's not fiesta. Someone's not in the mood.
One year ago today, I woke up thinking that this at-home dad thing would be a sweet gig. I would get to sleep in, take naps, watch TV, play my guitar, drink beer at 10am, and a whole list of other non-parenting things that I had been missing out on because I worked too much. I can't say that I haven't done everything on this list at least once, but I didn't really know how much this whole "parenting" thing would get in the way of me accomplishing most of the items on my list. One year later, that list is long gone, and I'm still having the time of my life.
Let's just make a checklist of some of the things that have happened to me since I started staying home with my daughter:
Get peed on? Check. Poop in the tub? Check. Went to an at-home dads convention? Check. Resorted to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to get my kid to sit still? Check. Get an apple lodged in my daughter's nose? Check.
Wow, it's been an eventful year! Not only that, I got butt-bumped by a tourist at Hershey's Chocolate World. I got into a written spat over a Huggies commercial. I gave away a bunch of free stuff. I made at least one (but really many more) new friends.
But what do I value the most about this past year? None of the above. What does it for me is that my daughter is happy and healthy. My marriage is much better than it was when I was working too much. And I am finally starting to work on my own health issues by getting more active and losing weight. There are a lot of great things coming in the next year at TheRealMattDaddy.com but they mean nothing if it costs me any time or peace with my family.
Thank you so much for sharing this adventure with me. I'm glad that my writing is meaningful to you, and I hope you keep coming back (and telling all of your friends)!