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Stay At Home Dad Day One

Today my wife returned to the office after ten weeks maternity leave. I stayed at home with the kids. Now we have two children, two years apart, I have no idea how this is going to work.

We have a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, and a two-and-a-half-month-old-son. I’ve been a stay-at-home dad for the last couple of years. Juggling toddler curiosity with newborn needs makes it a different job entirely.

I’m starting to worry. Today wasn’t even my first real day alone. My mother is staying with us until the end of the week and my wife will be part-time for the next two months. Despite this, the reality of caring for two little people at the same time became frightfully apparant today.

She wants to paint (outdoors at her table in the sunshine), he needs to nap (in a quiet dark room). She wants to do a puzzle (on the floor), he wants to be bounced up and down (in the Baby Bjorn that’s strapped to my chest).