A new chapter begins…

A new chapter begins…

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A new chapter begins…

It seems like only yesterday that Anj and I were having the discussion about how we were going to be the best parents we could be. In order to do this we wanted to make sure that Taylor always had a parent around. We would have to balance Anj’s shifts as a nurse and yours truly trying getting OKE off the ground. Once Anj returned to work from her maternity leave, we had a workable plan in mind. With Anj working three twelve hour shifts a week (Monday, Tuesday day shifts and Friday night shift), I would be a stay at home dad the rest of the week. When I wasn’t being Daddy Daycare I’d have the time to take care of OKE stuff. Well this was all about to change with a new chapter beginning.

Taylor was a very lucky little boy, as for the first six months he had both parents around all the time. Then he always had either mum, dad or both of us around. How many kids in this day and age would have that? I feel really lucky that I was able to spend so much time with our little guy. Well, I say that, but some of those twelve hour days were pretty hard with Taylor and I having a few arguments along the way. Alas, we survived and I’d like to think that the bond between this dad and his son is something pretty special, thanks to the amount of time we had together in his first few days. I recently read that the first 1,000 hours of a kid’s life can really have an impact on a kids life.  The research has shown that these first few hours can depict what a person will be earning by the time they turn thirty..insane!

The Big Day

Anyhow, the 13th June marked a big milestone for Taylor and me, as daddy daycare got reduced to just one day (well I say that, but in fact, daddy daycare is never really just a day).  Taylor started at a Montessori Daycare, where he’ll be going three days a week. Our little man is a pretty awesome kid, alas the interaction with other kids his own age and the philosophy of Montessori is going to help him grow into an even more special little human. Having attended a couple of trial periods, the staff at the daycare were already impressed with how Taylor would just rock up and say hi to other kids, quickly making friends with both the kids and staff. I think this is pretty good evidence that Anj and I not only survived our venture into parenthood but grasped it and did a bloody good job.