Itâ€™d be hard enough being a stay-at-home dadâ€¦. But a stay-at-home dad who also â€œhas a pretty demanding jobâ€? now thatâ€™s just unheard ofâ€¦.. ask my mates!
12:10 pm: Iâ€™ve seen â€œBaby Boomâ€ so I know it can be doneâ€¦. But hells bells, youâ€™ve never felt you shoes rubbing against your feet so much as when you play a stay-at-home parent trying to work from home. The constant running from room-to-room would give anyone sore spots on their feet.
Sounded like a good idea at the time â€“ and I still say it is â€“ but wow, itâ€™s quite a task trying to work whilst looking after a 6-month old (for those wondering, my wife had to return to work – – she’s a scientist, so she literally has to be in the lab). Whenever you sit down at the computer to work, you can almost guarantee that bubs will be crying â€“ or waking â€“ by the time you get to that firstâ€¦.
Hang on, can hear a baby crying.
1:35 pm: OK, Iâ€™m back. Where was I? Oh yeah, itâ€™s difficult trying to work and play parent at the same time without any assistance. Part of my job is trying to watch movies, for instance, but about twenty-minutes into something you can be assured youâ€™ll have to get up to move baby from the corner sheâ€™s wedged herself into, or, get some more milk ready. You can also guarantee that by the time, say, the beaver is released in â€œBasic Instinctâ€â€¦. Youâ€™ll be scooping chocolate custard from your little ones behind.
It sounds like Iâ€™m complaining, but Iâ€™m not, I think Iâ€™d just like people that have no frigginâ€™ idea what itâ€™s like juggling kids with work to know that it isnâ€™t a walk in the park. A walk in the park was me, working twelve jobs, staying awake until 2am completing deadlines – – – this is the equivalent of having to re-shoot the finale of â€œInvasionâ€â€¦. No easy task.
But you know what? I wouldnâ€™t have it any other way. I donâ€™t want my kid going to day care at 6 months old and sharing nappies with the three feral kids from down the road but more so, I want her to know her Dad. Her mum, too, obviouslyâ€¦ but her Dadâ€¦ if only because I donâ€™t remember my Pop being around much as a kid. Most children become accustomed to seeing their fatherâ€™s for about half-an-hour-a-day â€“ before and after work. Thing is, Iâ€™m in a position â€“ literally â€“ where I can be the guardianâ€¦ I have no excuse. Iâ€™m a journalist and film producer, so it doesnâ€™t much matter where I work from as long as thereâ€™s a computer, phone line and notepad handy. Obviously Iâ€™m not getting as much done as Iâ€™d like in the afternoons â€“ Mum leaves for work after lunch, so I tend to rise very early and squeeze as much work in as possible â€“ as Iâ€™d like to, and some of the important phone calls Iâ€™m having to take – like the one, for instance, on Saturday morning where I was negotiating with a former â€œBreakfast Clubâ€ star to appear in a new film Iâ€™m producing â€“ donâ€™t go as smoothly as Iâ€™d like them to, but Iâ€™m not only getting things doneâ€¦ Iâ€™m getting things done whilst spending quality time with my beautiful little girl.
I know a few guys with children, and theyâ€™re already telling me Iâ€™m â€œcrazyâ€ for doing this. But you know what? Fuck that. As I see it, we contributed to making that kidâ€¦ we shouldnâ€™t just pass him/her off to the woman with the tits and be done with it. No, we canâ€™t tug milk from our jugsâ€¦. But we can bath, change, nurse, feed, clean andâ€¦possibly, working at home so she/he doesnâ€™t have to spend the next four years getting to know her [possibly screwloose and harmful] grandmother. I know some people donâ€™t have a choice but to drop their little one off at grandmaâ€™s, and some are forced to put their kids into day careâ€¦ but those that do so because they simply â€˜canâ€™t be botheredâ€™ need toâ€¦
Hang on, I can hear tearsâ€¦
1:40 PM : False alarm. As I was saying, those that simply drop their kids off at day-care or at their parentsâ€™ because they canâ€™t be bothered with the little one, or think itâ€™ll be too difficult working from home with the baby in tow, should remember one thing: Your child didnâ€™t make you flip mummy upside down on the couch that night to play American gladiatorsâ€¦. That was you, all you, and youâ€™ve now got a responsibilityâ€¦ whether that means only being attend to attend half the movie screenings you did last year (I, for instance, canâ€™t go to any screening after 2pm anymore – – but I have to accept that) or typing articles up in parts â€“ as I seem to do every day now â€“ so be it. Learn to live with it. Learn to enjoy it.
Sounds like a bitch, right? Well, it ainâ€™t. Itâ€™s actually rewardingâ€¦ especially when you get to see your little one walk away with the top trophy for Child of the year at a baby competition. Now thatâ€™s the shit right there.
Anyway, letâ€™s end it thereâ€¦. I want to use this time (sleeping time) to its full advantage and get some work done.
P.S. I never knew DVDs had so many â€œchaptersâ€.
- Routh gets Lost, West in the Money - February 26, 2015
- Billy Lynn nabs Alwyn, eyes Hedlund - February 26, 2015
- Spidey could remain Peter Parker after all - February 26, 2015
- Virginia Madsen to experience Joy - February 26, 2015
- Voges, Zombie reunite for 31 - February 26, 2015
- Schwarzenegger back for Terminator 6 - February 26, 2015
- When does the next Star Wars trailer hit? - February 26, 2015
- Disney XD’s Ducktales reboot sure to be a Quack-up! - February 26, 2015
- Top Five - February 26, 2015
- Ghostbusters reboot inspired by… The Walking Dead!? - February 26, 2015
Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.