So … it feels like a lot has happened since my last post. I’ve learned a few things in the past 3 months!
Shelli started back to work this week and my role as full time father got EXTRA real, but it felt really natural and I think I handled it well. Being kind of comfortable with the baby has me a little nervous, but then again, I’ve been doing this for 3 months already. I better have some idea of what I’m doing, right?
Well, anyway … I would like to start this with 2 special shout-outs.
Tameeka the Curl Whisperer of Jaded Tresses! At the baby shower, she gave us a bunch of baby wipes. And to my homie Gesthemane for making the baby wipe solution to keep me environmentally conscious! THANK YOU! I had no idea how many we would go through! It’s almost time to re-up!
Other things on my mind …
How can a baby look so cute when they yawn, but have breath that smells worse than spoiled milk! LAWD!
Don’t trust pacifiers.
THANK GOD for pacifiers!
You will know who your real friends are when they humorously respond to the emails and texts that you send in your state of sleep deprivation with serious information.
One should not try to do school work, such as writing papers or studying for a test, when you are on the tail end of the overnight shift when retention and punctuation are important.
You gotta know when and how to maximize the use of the dishwasher.
12 weeks is not 3 months … it’s 12 weeks … but … it’s 3 months too!
The rate of growth and development for a baby is mind blowing! Why were there clothes that she outgrew before she even got to put them on!?!
There is a MAJOR difference between Daddydom and Daddy Dom. When I say Daddydom, I mean fatherhood … not the Daddy Dominatrx kink stuff!
One should remember to take the burp cloth off of their shoulder when going out in public. I keep finding it on my shoulder when I am out and about.
Mixing formula is an art and a science. *hint: warm the water a little before you add the formula.
I still don’t have a nickname for Wyntr. Shelli calls her Pumpkin. Amongst other things, I still call her lil’ mama, peanut butter brown and lil’ doo-wop. I kinda like calling her by her middle name, Abrihet, but my favorite nickname for her is Stinky Booty!
I still don’t know what Wyntr is gonna call me. Right now, I am feeling “Poppy.”
Wyntr is road trip tested and ready to clock mileage! We recently traveled to Trenton, NJ where she saw my 100 year old maternal grandmother.
And then to Charlottesville, VA to see my 86 & 87 year young paternal grandparents (Virginia Granny and Pops).
Then we dipped down to Virgilina, VA for the wedding of Shelli’s cousin, where she met up with the Gillis clan!
Afterwards we went to the Bull City, Durham, NC, and saw my parents and a few of my friends.
(Sorry … all my peoples were in disbelief that I was father and were so in awe of Wyntr that we forgot to take pictures!)
And then to DC to holler at a few more of my friends.
Yeah, we kinda forgot to take pictures again!
And then to Woodstown, NJ where Wyntr got to see Shelli’s other grandmother for the first time!
And her play Aunt Peggy.
And then HOME!
It was a great experience. No baby issues! And Wyntr had the chance to meet all 4 of her great-grandmother’s over the course of a week! That is 4 LIVING generations. Can everyone say GOOD GENES?! I love that we will show her pictures of the history of which she is a part.
I am the baby whisperer/the closer.
The other day, I got Wyntr ready so that we could go out and I could do some shopping!
(Headband by jellybeancompany. Good people. Good product. The ETSY shop opens May 1)
And then she realized that we were not going to Buy Buy Baby and she went straight to sleep.
The takeaway from the experience: Wyntr is like her mother. She doesn’t like grocery shopping. But Wyntr has only been out shopping with me once. I will make it a part of our routine and I will try to teach her to love it. Secondly, it took me a little work to figure out this Baby Bjorn thingy, but it’s great for going out and doing things when you need 2 hands.
AND YO … Why didn’t anyone warn me that I would gain post-partum weight?! And on that note, is anyone ready for a fitness challenge starting May 1?
And that’s about all I wanna say right now!
What a tremendous blessing!!! Four generations! God is good! You have a great handle on daddydom. It’s always great to see fathers with their daughters, but as a daddy’s girl, I absolutely adore seeing fathers with their daughters.
Thank you for sharing your “Adventures in Daddydom”. I look forward to hearing about the new things you and Wyntr will experience.
Oh and I love the face with Aunt Peggy!
Awww, how sweet. I’m glad everyone was ecstatic to see her for the first time. It’s a shame they don’t remember these early road trips. I’m sure y’all will never forget though.
Thanks for the pictures and the post. It was greatly appreciated. I am glad that Shelli has had some rest. Be careful. The kid is going to head for college sooner than you two will believe!
Wait – PATERNAL POST-PARTUM weightGAIN!!!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA – u robust Pop/Poppy/Baby Whisperer u!!!! kj – ENJOY!
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OOPS – that was JK…
Love this post esp. the weight gain part. I don’t even have kids but my friends warned us that both mommy & daddy gain weight 🙂
Love love and this is sooo relatable 🙂 love it
Virgilinia! My dad’s family is from there. I was just there a few weeks ago visiting family. Small world 🙂