Sunday, February 1, 2009

Beautiful, Squirrely, Bundle of Joy

My wife will be the first to say that I am always calling Riley a squirrely little girl. She is always squirming and I have to laugh at how fussy she is sometimes. Alas, the laughter last a mere breath as it soon turns to frustration.

As you can see by the date of my last blog I have been very busy. Not only me, but my wonderful wife. She has been taking care of Riley all day while I am at work. I'll be the first to admit, I have it easier than she does. I am so thankful for her and what she is doing. Unlike my wife who can be very soft spoken with others, I tell it like it is and speak my mind. I know things are tough as a new parent and blah, blah, blah... I am not asking for your sympathy. I am just sharing my thoughts. I really don't mind kind words from everyone, but it's the people who have never had kids who keep telling me "it's ok, Al, things are always hard at the beginning" or the "I know what you are going through" or the best yet, "are you getting any sleep?" I am a patient man, but those who don't have kids - you have no idea. So please keep your brilliant epiphany to yourself. It's not the hard work that makes it tough. It's the frustration, the unknowing, the incessant crying and for what reason you do not know. Those are what make you crazy. Yet, it is all worth it. I would never trade anything for being a dad. I love it.

Riley is the blessing of all blessings. I know that every parent has gone through tough times and that it's hard. This is my blog and I can write what I want. *smile* So with that, I want you to know that I love my wife and I love my daughter and no matter what frustration lies ahead, I am open to it. The unknown has always frightened me, but I have God on my side and that matters.

I have been snapping photos when I can - in between feedings, diaper changes, sleeping - so there are only a few I am about to post. I have been video taping a lot, too. I want to catch as many of these small memories that I can. She's already 3 weeks old today. Crazy.

Here are some of my little Riley over the past week. I love her with all of my heart.


kymberli q. said...

You are doing a great job, Daddy. You have been such a wonderful husband and father these past three weeks. You are the one that keeps me sane sometimes! LOL And yes, I could do without some of the crazy advice too, but what do you do. Take it with a grain of salt, I suppose. But know that I am telling the truth when I tell you that you are doing a fantastic job and that I don't know what I would do if I was going this alone. I love you!

Wendy G said...

The crying...the incessent, unknowing...I totally get it. After you've fed her, changed her diaper (twice), burped her, helped her try to get the gas out, rocked her, cuddled her, sang to her, and walked around the house with her (cause she won't let you sit) and she's STILL crying...I totally get it. And I think I'm one of the few that you'll agree can make that statement and you won't be offended!!

Anonymous said...

Both you and Kymberli are doing a great job. It is hard to believe she is already three weeks old. Love you for all you do

Jim, "Homer" said...

Where dose the time go, very nice shots Dad.

Roody said...

She's absolutely beautiful! I can feel your excitement all the way over here in The York. Congrats.

Anonymous said...

I keep looking at her pic in the towel, she looks so beautiful, but Grandma would say that LOL

Michael Taylor said...

Congratulations to the Quackenbush clan on the arrival of Riley
Grace. She really is a beautiful baby. White noise and a ride in the car can do wonders sometimes when there is no cure to the crying. Oh, and it might work on the baby too. :)