Close to 2 months ago – March 29th – if dates matter to you my wife once again gave me the best present one could ask for a wonderful baby girl. We named her Harper Elle.
BAM – in that one moment the life that we had known as 3 became a life as 4… the concept of superhero only rooms and a lot of blue and green clothing became PINK – it really appeared like 4 minutes after she was born.
There are few words that can really express the birth of a child – its just a feeling… an overall calm just washes over you as you hold your child for the first time. In that moment that I held my baby girl for the first time I saw a flash of little princess dresses – little tea ceremonies – countless dress up playdates – little ballerina tutus and dance classes… it is my future without a doubt.
It’s been a solid 4 years since we’ve had to hold a newborn – well at least one of our own. Which is kind of like riding a bike I guess – you totally know you need to support the head and that cradling arm position but it’s a little awkward at first… It takes some time before you really get back into the swing of it.
Fast forward countless sleepless nights and here we are – 4 doctor checkup and first round of vaccines later – a few interesting rounds of trying to make sure her older brother doesnt try to squeeze her like a doll.. It is our new normal.
My wife and I are playing man to man defense with the kids – usually she’ll take Harper and I’ll run with Marc (and usually Marc and I always end up in some fun trouble)…. I take over the night time role once Marc is asleep and that’s my quality time with Harper.
I will say now that Harper is into the 3 months clothes now – We’re breaking into a lot more of the dresses and cutie girl clothes – WOW I totally need a crash course of cute kids fashion – thankfully Suzanne has an amazing eye (she’s a great photographer) for the trendy edge of fashion or as I like to call her a super stylist (remind me again why she doesn’t dress me?!).
Thankfully our new apartment has an in unit washer and dryer and to most that must leave you scratching your head like huh?! Its a major perk in NYC small apartments to have a washer and dryer in the unit – most have them in the basement as community machines eating $2-4 worth of quarters per load. We’ve done tons of laundry – wow for such little clothes we go through them sooo fast – I guess my clothes are not helping with the number of loads the spit up either.
I’m sure we’ll see Harper in a princess dress soon enough… but for now I’ll leave you with this image of Marc being a great big brother.
Once you have a baby boy you will come to understand the power of the water hose. I have a great personal story from first days of my son’s life. My Mother-in-law [MIL] has two children one being my wife and the other being my brother-in-law (he has a child that is 5 days older then Marc). She was able to spend a little time with him before coming to New York for our child Marc. She was our baby nurse (for lack of a better term). It was the second day of being home when a scream came from Marc’s room. My MIL screaming (in that funny yet upset way) He pee’d on me… I walk into the room to find her shirt covered in pee and seeing her have a look of disgust on her face (since a little actually got in her mouth). It was a rolling on the floor laughing moment for me (not so much for her). Today we still kid about it…
At this point I’ve been pee’d on more times then I have fingers and toes… I’ve learned the tell-tale signs of when he’s about to go. I consider it a parenting badge of honor (other then the fact that I’m adding to the laundry pile) but really its part of the passage into parenthood.
Here is the Huggies commercial thats been running again on TV.
Here is a funny behind the scenes look at the making of this commercial.
Today we just signed Marc up for his second round at NY Kids Club – this time around he’ll be doing Gym Combo here’s the description from their site
Our simulated preschool program pairs 45 minutes of enriching classroom activities including, art, music, interactive story time and exploration of educational learning stations with 45 minutes of our toddler gymnastics curriculum. This is an active adult participation class and a parent or caregiver must be present with each participating child.
Last week I was honored with an invite to graduation class for Marc from the Gym Tots class – it was too cute seeing him run around, jump on the trampoline, hang from the ring, and do somersaults (assisted of-course).
The great staff at NYKidsClub has offered a free class to one lucky DaDaRocks.com reader. To win comment below with what class you’d like to take your child to there… Take a look at the website http://nykidsclub.com for more information about the program/classes offered.