The other day I went to pick up The Mommy and LTD from her new mother’s group. The group meets at our pediatrician’s office and the parking is tight. I spied a space in front, but as I pulled in I saw a sign indicating that the space was reserved for mothers with young children. I had a brief debate with myself, the outcome of which was that since I was picking up The Mommy and LTD it would be cool to park in the space. As I waited for their group to let out I got a little angry thinking about the sign. Now, I know what you’re thinking, that I am only angry it says “Mothers” instead of “Parents”. Yeah, okay I was. Then I found out they make signs that say this:
After seeing this sign, my anger subsided a bit. However, when I realized it still wasn’t fair, I got angry again. What about grandparents, aunts, uncles, nannies and sitters? The goal of the reserved space is to make it easier for a person trying to set up a car seat or a stroller with a screaming kid while trying not to get hit by a car. Why can’t the sign simply say Reserved for Caregivers of Young Children? Looks like it is time to write your member of Congress.
So I hear LTD cry or more accurately scream. My first duty is to think of peeps or poops. Always check the diaper. I have found that it is my first line of defense against crying and the only thing I have control over. As a dad, in the beginning you can’t breastfeed them if their cry is caused by hunger.
While The Mommy is in charge of the top, I am in charge of the bottom. In my short time as a dad I have learned this, when dealing with issues of baby waste you must exercise judgment and patience. When you hear the butt cheeks sound off, don’t rush to the changing table. Trust me, the tank isn’t empty and baby’s not done. If you are too efficient you run the risk of having to do double doodie. Diapers aren’t cheap. Don’t waste them.
Note to self: In the beginning, you will check on LTD to make sure he is still breathing. You will do this a lot. Then one night you will simply pass out and realize you forget to check. But guess what, baby’s okay. New Dad Suggestion (NDS): don’t check his mouth. When baby is passed out you can’t see anything, you can try to look at the rising of the chest but even that can be tricky. You want to look at their color. Look to see if they have turned blue. Blue is bad.