So my wife is taking summer classes in the DC area, which means I've been at home with our 1 year old. Alone. Which has been awesome. And terrible. And Awesome. What I've learned this week, more than anything else, is the value of sleep, which I thought I knew. Wednesday, I didn't get much sleep because I stayed up watching movies. I was thinking I would nap when Ellie napped. But Ellie didn't nap. All day. She had a bad day. We were both exhausted and lots of other stuff was going on. But more than the napping, I really missed the time I had been using to get other things done while Ellie napped. I just can't imagine how a single parent does it.
The second thing I learned is that my wife is pretty much almost always right when it comes to the baby. Not because "she's a woman" but because she did the research. She's been reading books since day zero, and more than that, really thinking about these things. I knew this, but it was really brought home when I found myself reinventing the wheel and just did what she would've done in various situations. And don't get me started on feeding the baby.
The third thing I learned is that chicks dig babies, but they don't really give two shits for the person lugging the baby. Fyi.
The fourth thing I learned is that our baby is going to be a holy terror when she gets older. She has the patience of...her parents, the willpower of...her parents, and the intelligence and precociousness of...hell if I kow where she got that, but boy is she smart. I feel like I wasn't that smart as a baby. I'm pretty sure I'm still not. So yeah.