Five More Weeks

The new baby arrives in 5 weeks. Yikes! We’ve done a lot of prep work, but there is still a lot to do.

Raelene and I took a childbirth refresher course, which was well worth it. The class reviewed the basics, like when to go to the hospital and how to breathe, but the main focus was on what to expect from the older sibling. Hopefully what we learned will help us help Corinne adjust.

The things that are left to do include setting up a nursery area in our bedroom for the baby (cradle swing, changing table, etc), and buying an extra freezer to store food in. We still have a lot of stuff from when Corinne was a baby, so we haven’t had to buy that much.

As stressed as I am about how soon the baby is going to be here, I can’t wait to meet this precious little girl.

Setting Good Examples

Now that I am a father, I spend a lot more time analyzing the things I do and how they might be perceived by my daughter. I am constantly teaching her things whether I like it or not, and so I need to be cognizant of what my lessons are. For me, this means drinking less beer and having a more active lifestyle. I drink very little these days, and I try to go jogging three times a week.

On Friday, Corinne asked if she could go running with me. That’s great! So Sunday we got dressed up in “running” outfits, put on our sneakers, and jogged the loop around the baseball diamond and soccer fileds in the park across the street. We did the loop twice, and in the end we jogged/walked about half a mile. She did a great job, and we had a lot of fun.

As the weather warms up, my hope is I can get her outside jogging and riding bicycles with me more and more. The goal is not distance or duration. The goal is to get outside, get some exercise, and have fun.