I have to admit, this whole baby thing had me worried. Noah was happy...not thrilled when I announced to him that I was pregnant. It wasn't until labor actually started that I began to feel like he was really excited. Once the baby got here, he was in awe and couldn't stop talking about the miracle of birth! Seriously, he would tell anyone who would listen how he got to hold my leg and was right there....It was pretty funny.
I've seen him as he learns what to do with infants:
-The first time Barclay spit up, Noah freaked out and ran him over to the sink so Barclay could throw up. All the time yelling, "Help help help!".
I laughed and gently showed him what a burp cloth was for!
-He googled everything I did for Barclay to make sure it was the right thing. The first time I went to bathe him, he google bathing an infant and very worriedly explained to me that "infants can become slippery when wet!"
The first time I left Barclay with Noah (at three months old), Noah had a complete freak out. I was doing a photo shoot and he couldn't get Barclay to drink his milk and was practically crying and begging me to come home. It was that day that he really got a hold on how hard this mother thing can be.
Noah had to watch Barclay that same night for another photo shoot and he actually called my sister who lived 2 hours away and paid her to come help him.
I thought it was ridiculous and was sort of sad my own husband didn't feel like he could take care of our baby!
We've had extreme highs and extreme lows dealing with parenting. Most of the lows are in complete sleep deprivation and end in hurtful words.
But I want to say how proud I am of my husband today. He has selflessly gotten up around 6:30 every morning and walked 2 miles with Barclay. I'm proud of him that he has the stamina to do it every morning and get some good exercises. It also allows me to get an hour or sometimes more of blissful uninterrupted sleep.
I'm proud of him because even though he's a real estate agent in this recession (people always give us such sad faces when they find out what he does), he has worked HARD and has not accepted that his business was going to suffer. He has done awesome this year with the most sales he's ever done! He is a quality realtor that genuinely cares for his clients and never compromises that for a sale. God has blessed him so much and I'm so proud of how far he's come the past couple of years. I am so PROUD of him and how well he provides for our little family.
I am also proud of him because I now can leave Barclay with him and not have a second thought about his care. I feel like Noah knows what he needs and is the second best (only to me) caretaker that Barclay can have. I love to see him so relaxed as he takes care of him.
I have a 10 plus hour wedding to photograph today and although I'm sad I have to leave little Barclay for most of the day and night, I am so thrilled to leave him with his Father who I know will enjoy him and take wonderful care of him!
Thank you Noah for being such a good Husband, Daddy, and Provider for us!