A beautiful, healthy baby boy just joined me, my wife, and our 2 year old son. I live for my family, and they make me happier than anything in the world. But that isn't to say family life is always a bed of roses. At the risk of getting nasty looks from my beloved bride, here are the top 5 things I miss most now that I have 2 sons.
5: T.V. - We bring the baby home today, which means he'll sleep in a bassinet in our room, which means we'll need to keep quiet, which means I won't be able to watch t.v. at night.
4: The Internet - I like to skate the world wide webs when I am up at night. I will be up at night a lot with the baby. I will not have free hands to navigate a mouse and keyboard. I will be awake, inches from the internet, but with my hands full of bottles and diapers.
3: Free Time - Our toddler finally got to a schedule where he sleeps at a specific time and stays down through the night. While he's awake, he's a handful. When he's asleep, my wife and I can relax, have dinner, watch t.v., read books, and do whatever else we feel like. New baby needs to be fed every 2 hours, and needs to be attended to between feedings. I'll miss you, leisure activities!
2: Sleep - Sleep will, at best, come in hour-and-a-half spurts, as we awaken to feed the new baby every 2 hours. This means we wi-zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz... Huh? Sorry; fell asleep.
1: My Wife - The tolls of pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing, combined with the lack of sleep and free time will mean it will be a while before my wife and I get to spend some quality alone-time together. I'll miss you most of all, Scarecrow.
I will miss all these things, but I'm happy to give them up forever for the light my boys shine into my life every day!