So we've all heard the saying "Mothers become mothers at conception, but Fathers become fathers when the baby is born." I believe that 100% but men and women have different brains when it comes to parenting!
Last night, we stayed up late watching movies with the baby monitor sitting at our side. We were both really into this movie. Then, we heard it... the first gasp for air letting us know he was choking. This is my WORST nightmare! I feel so helpless when my boy is choking... My first instinct was to jump up and run to his rescue! He was fine. But, upon returning to the living room , I noticed I knocked down a glass of cola.
The movie was still playing, and my fiance's eyes were still glued to the television. WTH?!
So here's a list of things that I've noticed we do quite differently as parents:
MOM- "I can't do this. This is bad. What was I thinking? Why are all these people here? What the heck is that? Is this supposed to happen?"
DAD- "Can I switch the channel? There's a game on."
MOM- Fully engage in every moment. Wash the bottles/bowl thoroughly with hot water. Burp baby as many times as we can.
DAD- Hold the bottle with his chin because switching channels is very important. Toss the bottle/bowl to the side when done. Leave the spit-up burp for mom.
MOM- Sanitize hands. Change into clean clothes. Hold baby close and tight.
DAD- Come in from work and scoop up baby... then tells about his day. "Today, we worked on the sewage system."
MOM- Reading books aloud. Tossing balls back and forth. Twirling baby around.
DAD- Sitting next to baby while he/she plays with blocks.
MOM- 2 wipe maximum. 30 seconds flat. Not one word of complaint.
DAD- Calls in the S.W.A.T. team and wastes 327 wipes.
1:00 AM Screaming Fit:
MOM- "Why is this happening? Do I call the Doctor? Where's the nearest ER? What did he eat that was different today? What time is it?! I hope my mother is still awake."
Road Trip Time:
MOM- 100 check lists. Seat belt padding, check. Bag full of EVERYTHING, check. Juice. Snacks. Portable DVD player. Where the hell is Elmo?!
DAD- Red Bull. Gas. Baby... check.
MOM- This is bonding time. We love it. We splash with baby, and blow bubbles, and giggle!
DAD- No info available.
MOM- Stories? baby screams. News? baby screams. Yo Gabba Gabba? really? All day long?.
DAD- Scary, gangster, crime movie? baby is happy.
MOM- Must cover the cart before putting baby in it. One hand on shopping cart at all times. Buckle in baby.
DAD- Sits unbuckled baby in uncovered basket and walks to aisle 5 "real quick."
SO, WHO WINS THE PARENTAL BATTLE EVERY TIME?
Baby's first word... Dada.
Baby gets super excited to see... Dada.
Baby's favorite person in the world... MawMaw. haha
Okay, so what if daddy wins the battle? Mommy wins the war ;)