My First Fourth

My wife and I were told by many parents that having a child would change our lives. No more sleeping in. No more showering on more than a weekly basis. No more having fun of any kind. There was almost a bitterly vindictive happiness in their sober warnings.

Those warnings weren’t completely inaccurate. My wife and I realized today, on Wolfe’s two month birthday, that we haven’t slept for more than 3 1/2 hours at a single stretch since he was born. On the other hand, we sleep about twelve hours a day, so I would consider that “sleeping in.” We started our day today with a nice brunch at 2 pm. And we are able to shower as often as we like. (During the summer, we only like to shower every four days.) So far, this has been one of my most fun summers in recent years.

So I’m glad to tell all of you prospective parents that the stories of your freedom’s demise are much overrated. And with Independence Day coming up tomorrow, I thought it only fitting that I share with you all the fun we’re having with our new little guy. Below is just a short list of the summer activities we’re already enjoying with our son.

  1. Slicing (and then devouring) watermelon–and I have to eat the little guy’s share for now!
  2. Grilling out (and again, I get to eat Wolfe’s share).
  3. Setting off fireworks!
  4. And everyone’s favorite…making S’mores.

So there you have it. Becoming a parent doesn’t mean the end of your life. In fact, it’s just the beginning of the next adventure. Happy 4th of July, everyone! Stay safe.


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