Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day!

We're only a few hours in to Father's Day and our first one has already been wonderful.  Andy's mom has been visiting and let both of us sleep in this morning which was a rare treat!  As I'm typing this, Dominic is actively rolling all over the floor on his blanket while Papa is out in the neighborhood for a run.  This is really relaxing which sort of fits the style of this post as the rest of the content will be done 'grab bag' style  :)

In honor of Father's Day, I wanted to share a link to an article I saw on earlier this week.  It's all about new dads and paternity leave.  Sort of an interesting topic as it's something many fathers out there have to make a decision on.  Our society has a long ways to go on paternity leave.  The telling sign?  A survey question in the article asked what the appropriate amount of time was for new dads to take off from work.  The options?  None, 1 week, 2 weeks, and 'the same amount of time as moms'  The general idea that 3 out of 4 options barely provide any time at all shows a real disconnect in allowing dads to have bonding time with their new son or daughter.

On a personal level with many Father's Days celebrated with my own dad, we would go to College World Series baseball games in Omaha each year and those experiences were always a lot of fun.  I might flip on the tv with one of today's games in honor of our past outings.  Happy Father's Day Dad!

Looking at this picture of Dominic from this morning, it's amazing to realize how far Andy and I have come since last Father's Day.  Last year, we weren't even fathers, but we were just about to enter our adoption agency's waiting pool.  Since then, we were picked by a wonderful birthmother and have been raising the best little guy in the world.  We have been incredibly lucky to experience so many things with him.  Lately, he's been able to sit up on his own (for brief periods), try new foods (pear, avocado, and sweet potato in the past week), and watching him smile as he reaches out to pet one of the cats is one of the most adorable things ever.  Of course, I might be biased on that last one.  I am his father after all, and this is my I think I'm allowed to exaggerate a little!

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