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Dad's First

Happy Father's Day!

People were saying that to me for the first time on Sunday, and I have to admit it was kind of strange. I enjoy being a dad every day but in the past Father's Day always felt so…old. Now Dad is Grandpa and I am Dad. Thankfully our daughter wasn't big enough to buy me my first ugly tie but she scribbled on a very nice card for her old man.

One year ago I was just a Father-to-be and getting choked up over some Pooh. Here are a few more things that have happened since then.

Head Strong

At about the two-month checkup they start to put your baby's measurements into percentiles. For example, at 23 inches and just over 11 pounds, our baby came it at 50% for height and 50% for weight. But for head size she ranked in the 75th percentile. In other words, if you had four babies lying around, chances are my child's head would be bigger than three of them.

What am I supposed to do with this information? Stock up on really large hats? Parents don't need extra things to worry about, and kids certainly don't need to hear about being abnormal in any way. So please do not compare my baby to any national averages. Or she'll head-butt you.

Not You Again

I understand babies get more attached to their mothers. I know there's naturally a stronger bond, especially when mother is the primary source of food. I understand that's how it works and it's just how it's going to be for a while. But that doesn't mean I'll ever get used to it when Lorisa hands me a happy baby who then cries in my face. Sometimes I feel like she looks at us as Mama and The Other Guy.

Even worse is when I've somehow tricked my baby into actually enjoying being alone with me, and then Lorisa comes in. If she innocently comes over, says hello then leaves again, the baby apparently thinks, "Oh yeah, that's the one I like, not this one with the disappearing hair." And she proceeds to yell in my face again.

The good news is babies' attention spans are shorter than their little toes. The trick is to not get upset and continue playing. Soon enough she forgets I'm not as cool as Mom and she'll go back to smiling and wiggling. When your baby cries, sometimes you just have to ignore her and love her anyway.


Disclaimer: Scott is just a regular guy who likes having another holiday.