The misadventures of a first time father

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Block Shelf 01This morning I was standing in the middle of our living room, getting dressed for work.

It’s not the usual place I prep for the day, but everyone else in the house was still asleep, and with a nine month old with a temperamental wake-up, I didn’t feel like tempting fate and having anyone wake up that might start a domino effect of human alarms that ended with a crying baby to start off the day.

So, I was there, just Winston (one of our cats) and myself, in the silence of the early morning. I was buttoning up my shirt when my eye caught some of the baby toys on a cubed shelf we have in the living room. We bought it with the sole purpose of having a place to house toys when not in use so they weren’t constantly scattered across the living room rug.

Three fabric bins neatly placed underneath, housing everything from Fisher Price Little People to toy instruments. A shelf filled with some board books, another bin filled to the brim with Duplo Legos, the raw material that leads throughout the day to spaceships, houses, superhero headquarters, zoos, and any other creations that spring to our kids’ minds.

Block Shelf 02In the past several months, a small basket has sat on top, filled with soft blocks, indestructible books, a rattle, and a handful of toys suitable for keeping a baby’s interest, at times a wishful prospect.

The shelf itself has been there, probably a year, by my estimate, but for some reason, this particular morning, one thought hit me while I got dressed – “these things are not going to be sitting here long.”

Contents within will change, perhaps from the Fisher Price Little People and Duplo of today to action figures and building kits of tomorrow. Puzzles might give way to board games, board books to magazines. And those baby toys in the wicker basket on top will fade away from our view like a mirage that in time will make us wonder, with how quickly it changed, it was all real, and all not so long ago.

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ImageMy wife and I took our little guy with us for some Christmas shopping recently.

He, quite honestly, did terrific. Whether it was department stores, book stores, clothing stores, he was great the whole time. We even got to go to lunch in between without any fuss.

We wrapped up our night at our local Barnes and Noble, where my wife spotted a stuffed Gingerbread Man doll. She showed it to him, prompting a huge smile. The little guy reached out, grabbed the doll and hugged him tight.

Yes, it was cuteness overload.

Then, as any four month old might do, he let out a huge wad of drool all over the Gingerbread Man and then shoved the doll’s head into his mouth.

Thus, the origin of our private courtesy policy of “you drool on it, we buy it.”

Needless to say, The Gingerbread Man, now named Dougie, has since taken up residence with us.



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