I guess it is time to get back to work. This week I will shift my focus away from teaching my son how to build block towers, how to not kill himself while climbing on and falling off furniture and other required survival skills. I will go back into the complex and exciting world of Agile and DevOps, but before I do this I wanted to share what my paternity time meant for me.
First of all, it was amazing to be full time dad while my son makes exciting progress in development, while I was at home he:
- Learned how to crawl, walk with the help of a pampers box and walk freely – wow what progress in such little time
- Kicked his first soccer ball (YAY!)
- Played with his first LEGO set (YAY!)
- Learned to eat food with his little hands and in the process spread it all over the dining area
- Became even more adorable than he already was
What did it mean for me? Well I:
- Slept an estimated 3 hours per night
- Changed roughly 136783 diapers or so
- Realised that you have to be super-efficient to fit breakfast, shower and getting dressed into a 25 min morning nap
- Caught up on few pop culture things I didn’t know about like Bananas in Pyjamas
The last 7 months or so have been absolutely fabulous. I am looking forward to get back to work, because I really enjoy what I do for a living and have a great time, but I wouldn’t have wanted to miss these special months in my son’s life. I certainly appreciate stay-at-home mums and dads a lot more and will never ever ask them: “So what do you do all day?”
I want to encourage all soon to be dads to take the opportunity if they have it to spend some time as full time dad: It is great for your bonding with your child, it will make you appreciate your life partner even more, it will provide you a new perspective on life.
Now I am looking forward to reconnect with my team, my clients and my friends in the industry, I see a few work dinners and drinks in my near future to share stories 😉