Stay-At-Home Nerd:”What’s New?”
a blogumn by Josh Pullin
Stop me if you heard this one, but “My son did the funniest thing today.” If you haven’t heard me say it, I’m sure you’ve heard a new parent somewhere say it. I catch myself saying that or something like it all the time.
Just yesterday I texted my wife, while she was at work, a photo of our boy sleeping on his knees with his behind poking up in the air. It’s adorable and very funny to see your child do something they’ve never done before. As a stay-at-home dad, I see something like this almost everyday.
This week alone has brought backwards creeping (that’s when a baby tries to crawl, but ends up pushing themselves backwards), rocking (that’s when they get on their knees, push their chest off the ground and rock back and forth) and razzing (that wet sound that’s cute when babies make it and sad when old people do).
I’m not telling you this because I have nothing else to say. I’m telling you this because whenever friends, family, coworkers, teammates, or even people I meet ask, “What’s new?” I have to pause and think. It’s during this pause that my mind races through the achievements of my son and completely ignores my own doings.
Frankly, at my age new things are incrementally obtained. Weight loss takes time. Vacations require planning. Screenplays don’t write themselves. This makes the newness of babies quite exhilarating and it’s tempting to share that excitement with the world. However, I can tell from the look on some people’s faces that my kids excessive drooling and penchant for sticking anything and everything in his mouth is not that interesting to them. Don’t get me wrong. I completely understand. There was a time when I didn’t have kids. And, don’t worry. One day they’ll understand too. When they have kids.