February 11, 2010

Snowed In

Filed under: Adoption, Newborn, Parentood — adoptation @ 10:19 pm

As the northeast starts to dig and thaw its way out of the “snowpocalypse” storm, I’m feeling doubly glad that we made it back home before the snow hit. By being snowed in during the first few days home with our son, we got an automatic stretch of time for just the three of us. We went nowhere, no one came here, there was no pressure to run around doing errands, and there seemed to be a general agreement throughout the region that everyone was entitled to a snow day.

So we looked out the window at the storm during the few moments when were weren’t staring at the baby. I did a little shoveling, but it didn’t bother me quite like it did last winter (or even earlier this season). A general feeling of contentedness ruled the day, and the way the storm slowed the overall pace of things was right on the money.

The kid is eating, sleeping, and pooping like a champ. We’re starting to realize all the little things we don’t know about having a newborn—like, are those little snorting noises he makes just cute, or should we be worried?—but we’ve got friends, family, books, and the Internets to shed a little light. I can’t remember the last time I felt this unburdened, which is strange considering that technically I’ve got a tremendous set of tasks added to my plate now.

I’m sure it will change once I’m faced with going back to work, or even just when the baby moves to the next inevitable stage. But right now, I can really feel that something is very different, and not just the new job title (“Dad”) and the demanding new resident. New parenthood is even more of a pivot-point than I’d been expecting, and I’m curious to see if the set of sensations firing off in my brain will carry over into the rest of my life when things return to some semblance of normal.



  1. Enjoy this time. Enjoy all the discoveries…. and when he smiles at you (in a couple of months) – oh, you’ll be over the moon!

    Comment by deathstar44 — February 12, 2010 @ 12:40 am

  2. Don’t worry, once you’ve got one stage all figured out, he’ll be moving on to the next. 🙂 It’s all pretty amazing.

    Comment by Anne — February 12, 2010 @ 9:14 am

  3. He kind of smiles already…but I know it’s not on purpose yet.

    Comment by adoptation — February 12, 2010 @ 9:38 am

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