I’ve always woke up early even on my days off I hate the thought of wasting time deep in slumber.
I remember countless people telling me when my wife was pregnant how we’d have sleepless nights from the moment our son would choose to come into the big world. Yet from the moment of his birth be seemed to sleep straight through almost every night.
I had two weeks off work when he was born and in those two weeks, my wife and I took it in turns for feeding, winding, and the dreaded nappy changing. I remember prior to his arrival I was told by a family friend to make the most of the first ten months because you’ll never get these moments back, I remember thinking to myself I hope to make the most of every moment that I spend with my son but looking back I now realise those were the quiet times when there was no chasing him around before bedtime, no trying to get him dressed with his legs kicking everywhere and no asking what he wants to eat and then on giving him his requested meal he then decides he wants fish fingers!
Every morning when I get up I go into his room, watch him sleeping, listen to him snoring. On rare occasions, I’ve been purposely loud at getting ready hoping he would wake just so I can spend extra time with him. Then I grudgingly go once again to work thinking of all the times I’ve moaned to my wife about how much I’m missing out on this fatherhood thing whilst not being there then I quickly remind myself of her answer of having a roof over our heads, food on the table and clothes on our backs. That reminds me I must do the lottery this week.
When I finish work I always lose myself on the twenty-minute drive home thinking about my son, wondering what he’s been doing, what he’s learnt today and has he been good. Then, when I pull in the drive I hear my dog Barking which signals my son Noah to look out the living room window, I smile as I see him his lips saying “Daddy Daddy Daddy”.
I open the door and before I have a chance to take my shoes off he runs to me, smiling and saying “Daddy, come and play”.
I swear there ain’t enough hours in the day!