We’re having a baby – a boy!
In just a few days, as he makes his debut in the delivery room I’m going to greet him with his first fist bump.
He’ll be our second child – our first boy. And as the due date has drawn closer, I’ve been thinking a lot about two things.
First – I’ve been imagining what it’s going to be like to hang with a boy – MY boy.
Second – I’ve been reminiscing about how much I’ve enjoyed our 7-year-old princess, Madison. I love her dearly. And she adores me (most of the time).
Sarah and I both spend a lot of time with her. And we love every minute. These days I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to successfully split time between the two coolest kids in the world. I guess I’ll figure it out like some of you did!
Madison has such a sweet, yet strong personality. As early as 3 years old we noticed her independent nature.
When I would offer to help her climb into my truck she would pull her hand away and announce determinedly, “I got it!” Or as I attempted to help her secure her seatbelt she reminded me – “Dad, I got it!”
One day, as we were riding in the car, she picked up my iPhone, entered my password, selected a program, and started using the application – followed by, “See dad, I got it.”
Madison’s independence has occasionally challenged me to rethink my own. Do I respond appropriately when others offer to help in my life and work?
So many people have offered a helping hand, yet occasionally I’ve pulled away and insisted, “I got it”.
Now, as I begin an exciting yet daunting new chapter in life, I’m not so foolish to think I can do it on my own. I need you. And you need me.
The truth is, we all need help – most of the time. No one is self-sufficient. We’re better together.
I’ve learned much from Madison – and I’m looking forward this new phase of my journey – growing with my son.
So here’s my question – and I really need your help. No reading the post and leaving without commenting today! What is your best advice for me as I prepare for my new son?