Home Alone with a Baby

“A coward is a hero with a wife, kids, and a mortgage.” -Marvin Kitman, author and media critic (b. 1929)


Today is my first time to be left alone with some so little yet so handful to be with – our baby. I had to skip work just to see and feel how well I’ll do with this tiny living gift we got just less than a month ago. Likewise it’s my way of checking if the baby routines systematically listed by my wife on the cork board will work out fine if followed to the dot by our neighbor whom we asked to babysit for him while we’re out.

The drowsiness and a bit of headache didn’t keep my enthusiasm to face the day – more than 12 hours ahead with just me and him. And the moment my wife closed the gate and headed for work, I was mentally conditioning myself and was trying if I can remember the routines even if I’m not looking at it. There’s breakfast, vitamin and supplement intake, bath time, playtime and lunch for the first half. The second half upon review shows two more playtimes separated by two other routines. Wow! Isn’t that overwhelming enough for someone who’ll be left alone with such demanding baby?

Now after 12 hours that seems to me like months of workout in the gym – at least there you don’t wipe someone else’s poop – I didn’t realize that I finished everything that is listed. Right after I set the innocent and handsome looking small guy in his colorful crib, with his eyes beginning to show his sleepiness, I was so ecstatic that I feel like calling a celebration. Unfortunately, I can’t shout for joy as I’m so sure it will be like waking a sleeping little giant – who’ll be so eager to get out of his sleeping pen once again to play like there’s no tomorrow.

A dads mandatory and embarassing picture with the Jollibee mascot.

A dad's mandatory and embarassing picture with the Jollibee mascot. Taken in SM Bacolod.



Mood: 2/10 Honks!


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