I am not really sure where to begin, but I guess I will start with the birth of our beautiful daughter. As far back as I could remember I always wanted to be a father (Insert “Goodfellas reference), but after 40 years of not having a child I kind of thought that it just wasn’t going to be in the cards for me (Read my bio form more of the story behind that). Then it all happened at once after falling in love with the woman of my dreams, she gave me the most wonderful gift of all (aside from her love), a baby. I thought we were in love prior to the baby news, we always thought our relationship was like the movie “The Notebook”, trust me when I say that we were just like that couple our love is a strong one. So when we found out about my wife being pregnant we were ecstatic about the news. We planned for this and we planned for that, we looked at this and we looked at that, and we bought this and that’s. Then the day came that we had to make the decision who was staying home with our little girl? It was a hard choice to make, my wife, a loving, caring, beautiful woman, with the touch of an angel or me just a guy. Again, a hard choice to make when it comes right down to it. A baby needs their mommy and I mean that knowing what I know now. It’s not the same for my wife to pump and breastfeed, it’s hard on her. The late night feedings, the early morning feeding before work, and let’s not get into pumping at work… that has to feel so awkward. A tip for the men; be supportive and be available, it really does go a long way. Nevertheless my wife became the hero of our little, but wonderful family. My wife went back to work to provide the insurance and I invested into a family business in hopes that one day it will become a household name (big dreams for a daddy) and to be something to pass onto our daughter.
Learning the things I needed to know was a bit of a challenge, I am a text book kind of guy. I read some of the biggest sleeping pills and I watch some of the stuff most people put on for background noise, so fun bubbly stuff was a reach for me. Now don’t get me wrong, I am also on the level of your average Joe. I like my mob movies, fast cars, used to ride a motorcycle, and a huge Bears fan. So the learning began, learning when to change a diaper and all that stuff came naturally, but it was things about having a little girl I found and still do find challenging sometimes. Let’s face it, I know how to take care of a boy being one since birth and sometimes acting like a little boy in my adult years, heck it would have been a no brainer. Having a little girl and being at home, I thought to myself what was I thinking, she needs her mommy to teach her and guide her. There really isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t say this… her mom is a superhero (still looking for a cape to string around her neck)! We make this work and sure we have our ups and downs, but it is the right thing for us right now.
Fast forward our daughter is now 5 months old and I am still learning, but wow her personality has kicked in. She makes the most wonderful sounds, has the most beautiful smile to match her mommy’s, and is the love of our lives. As I said I am still learning and my wife is still the superhero, meaning doing what she needs to do being a career woman, a mommy, and being her wonderful self, I am really not sure how she does it. Me on the other hand, I have grown up finally after 40 years. I look forward to reading the next article from The Bump or What to Expect, I clean the house, do the market days when needed, make lunch and dinner for my wife (and I love doing so), work from home, take care of our daughter, and still have my hobbies. On top of all that I still try to find time to be a little romantic too, holding hands, chasing my wife through house (shhhh, only when the baby is sleeping so we have to be quiet), running a bath for her after a long day, and sometimes I try to make a date night or at least cook a candle light dinner for her. I sometimes surprise my wife with just a small bouquet of flowers just to let her know that I love and appreciate her.
A lot of this blog has really nothing to add on how to make life simpler, but I thought it would be nice to share a personal view of who Here Comes Baby boutique is. We love our family and we love our business and that is all about babies. I will be writing once a month from the pages of my notebook and as well sharing tips, helpful hints, product information that we carry in our store, and we hope to read your comments on this and other blogs that we will be sharing..
Until next time have a wonderful weekend
Co-owner of Here Comes Baby Boutique