My dearest Reuben just hit the 1 year 1 month mark a couple of days ago. Time passes so fast. I have been a daddy for 1 over year and I count it a privilege to be one.
I still remembered the day when he just landed on planet earth. That feeling of holding him for the first time was very surreal. Fast forward till today, Reuben is able to take one or two steps forward unassisted, he is able to climb up the sofa and low tables. He can crawl super fast and sometimes I am exhausted after chasing him in the house. And he hasnt even started RUNNING!!
You can put in him the room and the next moment, all the toys will be everywhere on the floor. One of his favourite toys are the mega blocks. He seems to get a kick out of throwing them around. Check out the video and pictures below.
One thing I am amazed is his ability to remember certain items and point towards it. There are a couple of things that we keep repeating to him. Words like sofa, kitchen, toy giraffe, clock. We have been pointing to these stuff in the house and speaking out the name. Right now if you ask him where is the clock, he will be able to point it out to you or crawl towards it. I think a kid’s brain to remember things is so mystical. The memory bank is like a never ending hard disk. It can store unlimited amount of stuff. Well I may be biased but I think my kid is intelligent! =)
Another 11 more months, he will be reaching the terrible two. I can already feel the stickiness right now. Reuben requires lots of attention nowadays. He just wants either me or my wife to be around him. Well, I think that this phase will pass after a few years. When they grow up, once they make friends, eventually they would want to be left alone. We should cherish these moments while they last.
Seeing him grow up is such a joy. Everytime when I come back from work, seeing his face brings a smile to my heart. Me being in the I.T industry means many late nights at work. Sometimes to balance work and family, it is not easy. Till today, I am still trying to find the right balance. I think as fathers, the stress that we face at work is not something so easily understood. We have to think about providing for our families and could mean having to work harder (probably longer hours). We have to fight countless boardroom battles, office politics and many other stuff. This comes with sacrifices! Longer hours would mean lesser time spent with the family. I think the most important is to have a understanding spouse. Parenthood is never easy but we just do our best of our ability to raise our kids.