In my last blog entry I told the story of how I was going to be spending the majority of my time working from home, allowing me to spend much more time with my son and family. I also said that one of my goals was to spend more time publishing here, and that I intended to become a part of Fatherhood Fridays; a sort of web ring sponsored by Dad Blogs. Today, I’m making good on that promise: Here is my very first Fatherhood Friday post!

My last week has been wonderful. I’m really still trying to figure out how this is all going to work, but it definitely has promise. Just to be clear; I’m not a SAHD, Nick is still going to Daycare while I work (I love him completely, but I would never get any work done with him at home). However, he’s been spending much less time at daycare. His mom used to drop him off at 7:30 in the morning, and then pick him up just before 5:00 in the afternoon. This week, I’ve been leaving the house at 8:00, and picking him up at 4. This simple tweak of our schedule has made all the difference in the world. There is no longer a mad rush to get out of the house in the morning, and there is no longer a race against hunger to get supper on the table before Nick gets too hungry in the evening. It just goes to show that often it really is the small things that make the biggest difference in our lives.

I should point out that both Nick and I absolutely love his daycare and his caregivers; spending more time at home with Nick is simply a gratification of my own wants, not an indictment of them in any way.

This extra time with Nick has been amazing; I’m learning a lot more about him and what makes him tick. His language skills are really coming along. He’s 21 months old now, and he has a couple of phrases that he uses all the time. “I did it!” and “I got you!” are two common phrases that I hear, and he’s even started singing along to “Elmo’s Song”.

I’m really excited about our future as a family. I’m sure there will be some challenges going forward, but one week into this new experiment, I really wish I had done it a long time ago.

 Fatherhood Friday at Dad Blogs