Dad Life: The First Month
Thoughts on the first month of being a dad.
A week ago our little boy turned one month old. I’m not going to sugarcoat it – it was a super stressful month. There was however a light at the end of the tunnel.
Our little dude was born on February 29th, 2020. He arrived a lot later than his due date, but it was pretty cool that he was born on a leap day. It’ll be nice to not have to buy birthday presents every year 😏.
The stay at the hospital was long, but the amazing hospital staff made the experience better. They were all patient, helpful, and supportive throughout the whole process. Huge shoutout to the whole staff!
The biggest challenge has been the lack of sleep. All of my friends who are parents themselves warned me about this, but I didn’t realize just how bad it’d be. The nights where he’d cluster feed (aka, breastfeed non-stop for hours on end) drove us crazy. His sleeps are improving slowly, but I can’t wait for them to become longer and more consistent.
The stress has been doubled with the Coronavirus outbreak. Not being able to have friends and family visit has been disheartening. Worrying about whether or not we’d be able to get our necessities from the grocery store was another thing we needed to worry about. And as silly as it sounds, life without live sports is boring as hell! I loved watching hockey and UFC with the baby in the evenings.
Despite all of these challenges, we are slowly adjusting to this new life of parenthood. We’re learning how to be patient with the baby and with each other. We’re learning how to understand the baby’s cues and respond to his needs. It’s also been cool to see him grow in just a month, both physically and mentally. He’s gained a healthy amount of weight and I can tell he’s becoming more aware of his surroundings. I’m excited to see what next month brings.