Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The SAHD Life #1

I am going to try to keep all of you updated on the ups and downs of my life as a part-time SAHD (Stay-At-Home-Dad) in a series I like to call, "The SAHD Life."

So, in a recent study, it was discovered that the very act of holding dolls lowered testosterone levels. This really doesn’t frighten me … well, it does make me feel a little unsettled. Once late September rolls around, Baby Girl Soto will be a major part of my day, afternoons, nights and unbelievably early mornings. Soon after that come the tea parties with pretend, fluffy and dolly friends joining in on the imaginary fun around a pink table.

Will my burly, burly manliness dissipate because of a doll? And, what will Gideon think of all this?

You see, Gideon, Alexa and I have a very tight schedule that seems to be working ok. It works like this. Whenever Gideon’s is not napping or with Alexa during her lunch/dinner hour, I am working. I also let him watch some of his favorite shows on TV while I get some work done. I also have a few mornings free to work without interruption because Alexa works from 1 - 9pm on some days.

When I'm not working, I read to him -- one of his favorite books is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? . On nice days we go to the backyard to practice stair climbing, toss the ball and provide answers to some of Gideon's deepest questions about life ... like "dadtie?" And, I answer, "Yes, Gideon we are outside."

I then run after him inside our apartment making sure he’s not irking the cat. There’s the feeding and the diaper changing ... oh, and let's not forget the jumping and wrestling with daddy. I'm beat just thinking about it all.

Some days I take him to story time at the Library and take advantage of the fact that all the women who work there want to say hi to him. I pull out and my laptop and try to sneak in about a half hour worth of work.

Now there is talk of taking him to open gym a local daycare to he can shake his sillies out (just one of the many songs I sing during storytime).

In late September, all this will change. I'm still trying to figure out how I'll get any work done, but I guess I'll cross that bridge when I get there. So what will Gideon think about Daddy's little girl? And, how will Daddy keep Gideon quiet enough to avoid waking up Daddy's little girl? How will Daddy and Gideon wrestle, while Baby Soto Girl is so close by. All good questions.

Stay tuned...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Memorial Day!

Gideon loves water! Whenever he sees a pool, he wants to jump in with reckless abandon, even though he doesn't know how to swim yet. He splishes and splashes during bathtime. Alexa usually is soaked by the time bathtime is over. So, when we turned on the sprinklers this Memorial Day it was no surprise that Gideon became ecstatic.

Here's another video. I decided to join Gideon, but as you will see, the constant bombardment of cold droplets of water propelled towards me, was not as joyous an occasion for me as it was for Gideon.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

The Sotos go to the NJLA Conference

So, every year, my library very generously allows me to attend a library conference and take my family. We usually stay overnight, and while I rush from workshop to workshop, Alex watches Gideon and hangs out with him. Then I meet them for meals, and usually by 4ish, I am free to play with them. The best thing about it, is that it takes place right on the beach, in Long Branch NJ.

This year, it was kind of chilly, and not really beach weather. However, we got to walk on the beach on the last day. Alex and I were very much interested in taking a particular picture, since last year, we got a great shot of Gideon with Alex, looking at the waves. (below)

So, this year, we were after a similar shot, except with a now (obviously) older Gideon. Here is what we got:

Cute, right? You can tell that it wasn't as sunny out as last year. Can you imagine next year? Yikes. Two kiddos.

Here is one of me and the Gidster.

We were hanging out on the beach, when this cute young couple from Utah, asked us to take their picture to send to their parents. It was their first time on the Jersey Shore. In return, they take this picture of us. What is up with my hand?

Gideon has an obsession with feeling warm air come out of his nose. We hope he outgrows this habit by the time he starts school, or he is going to be in for some school yard trouble.

We always have breakfast at this great place on the boardwalk. This is the milk pitcher, and I want one oh-so-bad.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Drum roll please.....

So, today was my 20 weeks sonogram. I had a 9:00am appointment, and Alex and Gideon went with me. We definitely wanted to know the gender, and I was very positive that it was a boy. Although, this pregnancy has been very different from my first, I just KNEW that it was a boy. I could FEEL it. And you know what they say about a mother's instincts?

Well, I am very happy to report that I was totally, and completely WRONG!!! We are having a girl! A baby girl! Gideon actually was the one who called it, since he said sister the other day.

So, a sister for the Gidster.