Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Follow the Laughter

Our son has taken a few steps here and there on his own over the past week (holy cow!), but cruises like he's got roller skates on. Recently, while he was cruising the couch, I made a noise so he would know I was behind him. He turned his head and instantly smiled, before turning back around to make a mad dash for it. Now imagine me slowly crawling on my knees as I watch my 10 month old son get a kick out of just being there. Each little section he would stop to turn, and rush forward again, all while laughing, giggling, and snorting as his daddy followed him on his trip.

If you don't think this is one of the most amazing moments of my life, that just means you haven't met me yet.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Parenting Time

In the past few months, there's been less and less time during the week to see my kids. Baby moby goes to bed between 5:30pm and 6pm each night, so most nights he's hit the sack by the time I get home. Usually, I can see big girl, but the past few weeks even she's been avoiding naps which means she's exhausted before I get home.

Even though I get sad when I don't see them, days like today make up for the lost time. I left work early, stopped by my local comic book store, picked up dinner, and met the wife and kids at home around the same time. During the few hours I got to spend with them, I watched little guy laugh up a storm as Meghan hopped up and down in front of him. Little girl ran back and forth in the living room, talked to me about her day, and read some books with us. All of this was mixed around both kids eating a TON of food for dinner.

I understand that there are times when I don't get home from work soon enough to see the little ones, but days like today put a wide smile on my face. It definitely helps that my wife is an excellent mother and talks about dadda when I'm not home in time. On a side note, when Meghan was on the way to drop off the kids at daycare yesterday, baby moby was saying "dadda dadda dadda." Apparently, little girl's response was, "Marshall said 'da da da.' No Marsh, say 'ma ma ma.' Do it Marsh. Do it, do it, do it."

It's these moments that I get to share with my wife, even when I'm not there, which makes me feel like I am there. It's not easy being away from the kiddos, but taking advantage of every other second is what I try to do.