Our work scenarios result in a schedule juggle of sorts. We are extremely fortunate to have my father-in-law (the self proclaimed “Manny”) willing to adjust his schedule twice a week to watch Little Guy. My wife holds the fort down by herself 3 days a week, and Sunday is pretty much the only day we have all together. That leaves today: Dadurday!
This is guy day. In the past 6 months since my wife has gone back to work part time, we’ve done some extremely manly stuff on Dadurday. We’ve built a tree house, learned to ride motorcycles, tested various levels of hot peppers. . . you know. . . typical dad/baby activities. It’s truly amazing how quickly he’s picked up cage-fighting!
. . . maybe not yet. . . but. . we do get to go on little missions that are intricately timed around eating, sleeping, having a fit, and spitting up all over the place. . . and of course we have to work around his schedule too. . . .
It actually ends up being very productive time. In our Dadurday missions we’ve managed to open up a savings account for him (loves the change counting machine at the bank), we try to get the grocery shopping started (while learning colors and the names of vegetables), we purchase pallets of diapers and 55 gallon drums of formula from Sam’s Club, and we go explore new places like hardware stores just to “man it up” a little. I used to see these “tasks” and “chores” as fairly annoying, but with some little hands to help, it actually ends up being a nice break from the rushing around. Everything takes twice as long to do and there’s a lot of in and out of car seats and shopping carts, but when you start to accept that it’s not about knocking down chores and more about spending a little quality time, the pace of the whole day changes a bit.
All week long I look forward to today – and in between Dadurdays, I’m on the lookout for Architecturally related baby toys (not exactly a huge market). Although he’s a little young, one of the first items I bought was Popville.
I’m always looking and have a list of Architectural based products that I’ll start infusing into my posts. Until then: Happy Dadurday!!