Sunday, January 23, 2005

Fatherhood: Patience and Productivity

I'm the kind of person who typically (except on some occassions) needs to be doing something productive. I've finally learned how to sit and watch TV rather than be up and around cleaning dishes or straightening or working on work while we watch TV. Turns out there's a lot of good stuff you miss if you're not paying attention.

Putting Ellie to sleep requires a skill I'd never spent the time to cultivate until now... patience. To rock calmly and quietly while holding a squirming, kicking, overly exhausted baby takes some kind of patience. Especially when it's the third time she's woken up in a night. I suppose this is all practice for having a teenager someday.

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