The Last Days of a Stay at Home Dad

Enjoying my days as a SAHD

It’s been awhile since my last post—too long.  A lot’s changed in the four months since I posted about sore nipples—they’re still a little tender by the way.  Cristian turned two, an orange narcissist was elected President, and I’m no longer a Stay at Home Dad.

Shortly after Mommy and Me Class, (my last post), Esther and I discussed putting Cristian into daycare three days a week.  We figured spending time with kids his age is better for learning childlike-behavior, instead of spending days with his old man learning childish behavior.  We signed him up when he started throwing his sippy cup at the TV whenever CNN aired a Trump Rally.

Around the same time, I started receiving job offers.  A steady gig as a school photographer was a bit scary—not because of the workload but photographing elementary school kids was a sneak preview of the next few years of parenting.

Shortly afterwards I scored an interview for an academic advisor position at a college, my alma mater.  Since I was already working steadily as a freelancer with a possible full-time job lined up, we added two more days to Cristian’s schedule.  I had mixed emotions—I was excited at the challenge of a new job but was a little bummed too.

Getting his daily dose of CNN.

I’ve taken care of Cristian since Esther went back to work from maternity leave.  We’ve gone to MyGym classes, shopped at Costco, and he came along with me when I delivered documents for my medical billing job.

I knew I’d miss chasing him around the playground, watching him hit new developmental milestones, and miss the vein popping from my forehead as he tested Daddy’s patience time after time, (usually after the playground and hitting developmental milestones.  Life was changing yet again.

My mornings are different now.  Instead of taking Esther to work and Cristian to the playground, before settling into a few hours of spreadsheets and billing codes, my mornings are now a blur of shave, shower and get dressed.  Once again Esther and I are tag-team parents, one of us watching the baby while the other gets ready for work.  Sure my new job has nice perks like an office, but I still miss watching Cristian goofing on Wolf Blitzer after coming home from the playground

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6 thoughts on “The Last Days of a Stay at Home Dad

  • January 10, 2017 at 9:06 am

    I recently started working full time again and miss being home with my son and drooping off and picking up my daughter from school. Nice post!

    • January 10, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      I love my new job, but miss taking my son to the park and chasing him all over the playground. The smile on his face when I pick him up from daycare is the highlight of my day. Do you agree with me? Thanks for reading Victor.

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    • January 13, 2017 at 11:48 am

      Thanks for the shoutout! Enjoy Dad 2.0 I’ve got to find a way attend a future event!

  • January 18, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Ah, what a mixed bag. I’m a WAHM and it’s really tough to juggle. Some days I think it would be easier to actually go to work and be paid by someone, but then I realize I would miss my little people so much. Congrats on the job but I totally know how you feel!

    • January 18, 2017 at 9:33 pm

      I miss being with the little guy everyday but daycare is the best thing for him. We started gradually, we put him in three days a week, when I still worked from home, and upped it to five days a week when I started finding steady work. Our mornings are now carefully calculated into getting ready in the morning and getting the baby ready to go, as well as picking him up after work. Thanks for the good wishes.


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