Star Powered Parenting: Going solo.
This is it. The day I’ve been preparing for since our son was born and my wife’s maternity leave began. The time has come when I am, from now until whenever this doing-webcomics-for-a-living thing ends, a stay-at-home dad. Yesterday was my first trial at caring for a tiny human all day and I have to say… I think I did okay.
I don’t want to praise the good behavior of my son too much. I’m generally not a superstitious man, but I do believe in the jinx. I don’t want to ramble on and on about how my kid is a little angel, only to have my wife go back to work today and watch him turn into a screaming little monster. But, as bad as I was fearing him being yesterday, he was pretty well-behaved. The only problem was that he was mostly happy when I was entertaining him. Why is that a problem? Because I still have stuff to do and he takes very short naps. But of all the problems I could be having with a child all day, I’ll take that one.
Speaking of his very short naps, our first attempts at scheduling his naptimes were a failure. We tried to keep him in his crib and let him “cry out” the time we wanted him to sleep during the day, but he cried so often and so loudly that he’s made himself hoarse. His little throat is still rattly and his cries are extra pathetic. So we’ve learned to live with short naps to spare his poor, raspy voice. I suppose I’ll have to be extra entertaining to wear him out for longer naps.
So far no productivity has suffered, either. The scripts for future Issues continue to head Garth’s way and book orders continue to be assembled. The only thing that seems to be suffering is my video game time. It’s a bummer, but of all the things that could be suffering as a result of me being a stay-at-home dad, I’ll take that one. Besides, I’ll get it back one day when my son is old enough to kick my ass at video games.