First Solo Trip with Daddy

Ready to roll!!

Today was the first day Mateo and I went out on our own. He had his two month appt with the pediatrician. I got stuff picked up and put away before we got ready to go. I got Mateo dressed and his diaper bag packed, strapped him in, and off we went. After checking in, we sat in the waiting room with 4 ladies and their children. It felt a bit weird being the only guy, but when I thought about it, I realized that I was doing my duty as a parent, regardless of gender.

Mateo checked out well, the Dr. said Mateo’s weight and height were within range (he’s up to 11 lbs 13 oz – 4 pounds gained in two months!!). The hardest part were the three shots he received today. I hate seeing him in pain, but I will take the short period of hurt to provide him the best health possible. I brought him home, gave him some pain medication per doctor’s (and mom’s) orders, and fed him his bottle.

I think we did ok today.

Memorial Day Weekend

This weekend we took our first road trip as a family. We went up to Beecher to celebrate our nephew David’s graduation from high school. It would be an understatement to say that we were scared of what to expect. Sure, we’ve traveled a lot together, but never with a child, let alone one who is two months old. We double, triple, and quadruple checked to make sure we had everything we needed. Pack and play, clothes, diapers – if we thought we needed it, we packed it. We loaded up the Outback and headed north. Our trip was pretty uneventful – Mateo slept most of the way. He woke up to eat and that’s about it.

Linda was overjoyed to spend time with her nephew. He liked her too.

The party was Sunday, and as we’re getting ready, I realized that I had not packed the polo I was going to wear. I guess we did forget a thing or two. We took a quick trip to Kohl’s, and we were back in business. The party was great. Mateo was busy looking at everything, but he did get overstimulated. He was so tired on Monday, he slept most of the day, and he had the worst outburst last night we’ve experienced with him so far. Still, it was a great trip. We love spending time with family – it has a way of recharging a person.

Our first trip was a great success, and we are so proud of our little man.

Changes

Well, it’s been two weeks since I left PNC to stay home with Mateo. I’ve started my new part time job at CVS, and the end of school is on the horizon (come on December!!). Staying at home is a challenge, but a rewarding one. I get to hang out and take care of Mateo, but I also have to learn how to do things like laundry and stuff. I hate calling or texting Nicole to ask how to do something, but it’s better than leaving it waiting for her. That wouldn’t be fair. Still, I have gotten to be a pro at washing Mateo’s diapers and clothes (not at the same time!)

Mateo’s diapers? Yes, we are cloth diapering. We are using the Fuzzibunz Elite, and we love them. They’re really absorbent, but if we don’t pay attention, Mateo can exceed their capabilities. I’ve changed several shirts because of that. Well, pee and vomit. Little stinker has a penchant for puking on me when I think he’s done burping. It’s a Mexican standoff at times. I wait him out, and Mateo gets the better of me more often than not. All I can do is laugh, And change my shirt more often than a teenage girl on a Traders Point Spring Break trip.

I won’t lie and say I’m not scared about this whole thing. I worry about making sure he’s fed, changed, entertained, rested, protected – everything. I want to do my best by Mateo, but I don’t want to become a helicopter dad. All I can do is to do my best, all the while following God’s lead. 

Oh, before you ask – I haven’t played any video games since I stopped working full time. I’ve caught up on a few TV shows, but mostly I hang out in the kitchen or living room with Mateo, and enjoy every minute of it. Well, I do homework while he’s sleeping. But sometimes, I do stop and watch him sleep. 

So, it’s a new adventure, and we are going to enjoy every minute of it.

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