Five weeks into being a new Dad and I have learned a few things. First, much to my chagrin, I am not as young as I used to be! Picking up and carrying a 40 pound little girl, getting down on the floor and playing Candyland or blocks, and playing basketball, soccer or scooter outside are all things which require more stamina and a stronger back than my 43 year old body currently has. I still happily do all those things and, in fact, look forward to them; however, I hear a few more pops and creaks now than when I did them 6-8 years ago with Price.
Second, my Chinese is really not very good. For example, most every evening, Judi reads to Tait in Chinese from her favorite book, the Jesus storybook bible. One particular evening, Tait let me read it to her instead of Mom, which was a big deal. I figured I had heard Judi tell it several times, so I could muddle my way through in Chinese. I told her about Adam and Eve, Noah, the tower of Babel, Joseph, and Moses. After I was finished reading and tucking her into bed, I was feeling pretty good about myself until I came out to Gillian’s room, which is beside Tait’s. Gillian was in hysterics as she had heard most of what I had said. As her Chinese is significantly better than mine, she informed me that I had messed up pretty much everything! Oh well, no big surprise there…
Lastly, and most importantly, I have been reminded just how amazing it is that you can fall in love with a child instantaneously. Whether it is things she says (“Why do you like swimming so much?” Answer: “Because swimming is beautiful.”), things she does (copying me and putting on a swim cap while skyping with her brother and sister and asking, “Do I look good?”), things she likes (ketchup, painting, things in her brother and sister’s rooms, singing, dancing, music, and did I say ketchup?), or other little things (getting the silly giggles during bath time, dancing cheek to cheek, or hearing her say, “I love you” in English for the first time), I know one thing for sure…this little bundle of joy has me wrapped tightly around her little finger and I am crazy about her.
At the park
Tub time is always fun!
Always the life of the party
Making brownies with Gillian
First time at Jesus' house