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Daddy-hood so far

December 15, 2009

Well….. (deep breath)

Right now, Liz and my little man, Ethan, are upstairs taking a nap. I actually have a few minutes to let my mind wander and reflect. So here are some thoughts on being a dad

My favorite thing in the world… letting Ethan lay on my tummy and sleeping. There is nothing better than my son sleeping on my chest. I hope that my son will know how much I love him already. So yesterday he was laying on daddy getting some tummy time and he started pecking away at my chest. I hate to disappoint, but I didn’t have what he was looking for. It was pretty funny. So my laughing must have upset him, because he proceeded to pee on my chest. (it leaked through his diaper)

I love when he wakes up and starts looking around. His eyes are beautiful, and I love when he stares into my eyes. I Hope that my eyes tell him that he is special, that he is loved, and that I am here to take care of him.

Screaming… WOW! My boy has some vocal cords, and he uses them. In the hospital I remember saying specifically ” his little cry is so cute”. Well, the first night we were home with him, I remember thinking ” Ok, his cry isn’t as cute as I thought”. This boy can belt it out. For some reason we don’t get too much crying in the day time. We get to hear it starting around midnight, ending around 5:30am. The whole sleep deprivation thing is real.

Time with my wife: it’s hard! Liz and I have been married for over 4 years, so for the first 4 years of our marriage, it was just us. We had a ton of time for ourselves. Now we seek out 10 minutes to get in a quick hug and encourage each other in our new journey of parenthood. Liz has already told me that she misses me. We haven’t been away from each other for more than 4 hours in the last 6 days, and that was only twice. Yet, she misses me.

Most importantly: I want my son to know who Jesus is. I want him to understand that he doesn’t actually belong to Liz and I, but to a God who is crazy about him. I hope that he will learn about Jesus starting now. I hope that the way Liz and I treat each other, treat him, treat friends, treat family, and how we treat strangers would all point to Jesus. I hope that we begin to model a life that is in complete devotion to Christ for Ethan. I want Ethan to see the importance of community. I am a firm believer that it takes a village to raise a child, and I want him to experience love from friends and family. I hope that Ethan learns that this life is not the easy life, but the best life.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Emily McDougal permalink
    December 15, 2009 11:29 pm

    So sweet Josh!!!!

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