On Being a Parent

Wow, its been a while since one of us has blogged here. Hannah's been busy with her photo blogs, Zak365 and Photo365, and I've been busy with my usual array of Open Source projects, and then we've been kept busy by a certain little boy.

Speaking of a certain little boy, Hannah and I were watching Marley and Me this evening, and I was reminded of many things that we have experienced as parents that I saw in that movie. That said, we don't have an uncontrollable dog ;-)

Being a parent is many things, but the 3 biggest things that stick out in my mind are these: work, frustration, joy.

It's a lot of hard work. Zak can't feed himself or look after himself, so we have to do it for him. We have to look after every aspect of him, including all the unpleasant ones (bowel movements, anyone?). We have to attend to him no matter what time of the day or night. I've had to wake up in the middle of the night to soothe him because he's been having a nightmare, or for whatever reason he is unhappy.

It's frustrating. Zak is 9 months old now, and is crawling everywhere, including places we don't want him to go. "Zak, no!" is an exclamation heard all too often these days. Some days I just get so frustrated with him doing the same thing over and over again. He understands too, he is aware that we are displeased with him doing certain things, but because he's a baby, he always wants to explore everything, over and over again.

It's a joy. In between all these moments of frustration and hard work, there are many many moments of joy. His laugh is absolutely infectious, he's terribly cute, and he does the funniest things. Just this evening he lay down on his back on the floor and just giggled to himself - I couldn't help but laugh! I lay down on the couch just after I got home today, and he just loved playing peekaboo with me and the duvet I had on me.

Being a parent is highly rewarding. At the end of the day, you get to look at this little person, remember all the different moments of the day, and feel a deep sense of satisfaction. Raising a child is truely an awesome priviledge!