My daddy leave is coming to an end

First of all, like I mentioned before, I am surprised at how little computer time I have gotten on this leave. I guess I figured there would be more nap times or something. But, there weren't.

We've established that I am the fun parent and Shaundar is the calming parent.

Things Desi and I have done over the last month:
Gone to the dog park
Taken numerous walks in the neighborhood or in a park
Gone swimming!
Played, a lot.
Screamed
Spit
Pooped
and hung out at the coffee/tea place.

One morning, we were hanging at the coffee place with a couple friends from Peps. Desi decided that he needed to poop, right then. He started fussing a bit. I said, "Are you wet? Do you need a new diaper?" and proceeded to lift him up to check his bum. Turns out, he did need a new diaper...and, new pants, and a new shirt. Oh...and, I also needed new pants because the diaper had leaked and poop had gotten all over my jeans.

Another blowout story...Shaundar and I were out for Pho and Desi started fussing. I figured he needed a new diaper. Now, this Pho restaurant is pretty ghetto. So they have a nasty bathroom and no changing table. I took Desi out to the car to change him in the backseat. Once I set up the changing station in the car and proceeded to remove him from his seat, I noticed the puddle of poop in his baby seat...and up his back. That was a fun change. It was probably 40 degrees outside.

Finally...just yesterday, we were out with our friends Kate and Dan at a new brewpub in Tacoma. Again...the fussing starts. Shaundar says, "Give him to me." So...I do. It's then that we notice the yellow substance coming through his pants all the way down to his socks. Shaundar changed him that time. Took her about 20 minutes. Dan was pretty grossed out.

Things I have learned over the last month:
Treat spit upon clothes immediately or the shirt will stain.
Poop and vomit still gross me out.
Desi likes to be sung to.
I can't keep myself off of work e-mail.
Hand-me-downs are awesome.
Even home all day, I still suck at cleaning the house. In fact, I probably make it worse simply by being home all day.

Highs:
Swimming! I'll get pictures sometime.
The giggles.

Lows:
Screaming. I really can't stand the screaming fits.

I go back to work on Wednesday. I'm sad and happy at the same time. I've really enjoyed the "stay-at-home" time. It's been great watching him grow. It's been fun getting to know him a bit more. And, it's been awesome having the time just to ourselves. But...I don't know that I am cut out to be a stay at home dad. I think I am much more the "provider" type. I have a blast with Desmond...but, I have a feeling too much time at home would bore the crap out of me. And, I could not handle the screaming. Ugh. It's great to have a partner to lean on when he gets out of control (like he did today...although, today...I think Shaundar was having a harder time with the screaming than usual).

That's all. You will probably see more posts from me once I am back in the office. I typically break from my otherwise stress filled day to keep you all updated on the goings on in the Pankow household. Look for more frequent updates, soon.

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