M has just been accepted into a ‘dagis’, or daycare, facility starting on Monday. He will be attending 1/2 days five days a week. And with this, my run as a full-time hemmapappa is coming to an end. The original plan, the plan that I agreed to when still in Burma and contemplating the move to Sweden, was that I would stay home with M … Continue reading Sowing the Seeds of Regret
I had that awkward internal debate in my head yesterday. It went something like this: -Wow, M is sleeping an extra long time for his nap. -Ah how nice, I can relax and catch up on more mindless internet stuff. -But it really has been longer than normal…could there be something wrong. -No, he is fine. Look more status updates on Facebook. -Do you think … Continue reading Silly I know…but perhaps I should still check on him.
Its 4:45…in the morning and M is awake, crying. Nothing new about that, but a month ago my wife would be the one getting up to feed him and we would all return to happy sleep land for another two hours. But now, we are in the final stages of weaning M, so no more midnight or early morning snacks for him. This also means … Continue reading It’s 4:45
Not all days are good daddy days. Being a stay-at-home dad challenges me in many ways and is, at times, as difficult as I thought it would be. But yesterday…yesterday was a good daddy day. My routines for any given Monday – Friday is fairly predictable. Up for breakfast by 6am, get K dressed and ready for school by 7:30ish, put M down for 1st … Continue reading A Good Daddy Day
In the Star Trek DS9 episode ‘Time’s Orphan’, O’Brian gives Worf and Dax their 18-month-old son to care for while they work out some issues with their older daughter. The following YouTube clip from the episode says a lot about fatherhood: Time’s Orphan One of the pull away quotes: “I am a Klingon warrior, and a Starfleet officer. I’ve piloted starships through Dominion minefields; I’ve … Continue reading Even Klingons Struggle
It’s 3pm. K is asleep on his bed surrounded by his diggers. M is asleep on my chest, completely at peace in his daddy’s arms. The iPad is next to me allowing me to catch up with the world. It is perfectly peaceful, just the low soothing hum of this old apartment building. Perhaps it was a good decision to become a stay-at-home dad. Continue reading At this moment