Mr. Mom for a Month
So after 7 months on maternity leave, my wife is going back to work. To faciltate this transition, I'm taking off work for a month. That's right: I get to be Mr. Mom/Rice Daddy for 30 days, give or take.
Now this may seem like a vacation, but quite frankly these past few months, work has been my vacation from home. Don't get me wrong: I enjoy my time with my daughter, but a lot of that time is work and at this stage it’s very repetitive. My wife described it as being in a situation like Groundhog Day (the Bill Murray movie), but it’s compressed into a 4 hour cycle:
Baby wakes up,
play with baby,
put baby to sleep,
You learn to spend your time wisely. Once you lay your baby down to sleep, you may only have a half hour window to whatever it is you need to do, and do it quietly so as not to wake her up.
Plus you really can't do too much of your own stuff, if your baby is a bit on the fussy side. You have to learn to do things while holding the baby. You have to learn how to multi-task. Women multi-task with no problem, but men are like dogs: easily distracted.
A lot of people think the diapers and feedings are the tough part, but that's actually the easy stuff. It's the time in-between where you have to entertain your kid and keep her occupied that's really draining. The first 5 minutes of "Goo-goo, gaga" ain't so bad, but a whole day of it, day in and day out is a bit tiresome.