I'm also going to take a page from my partner Lyn Lomasi's book of how to make a post by using my own photos in the future. I'll probably have to stick watermarks and all rights reserved junk all over them, but hey, the best pictures are the ones you take yourself right? Write what you know? Well, actually in parenting, you don't know a lot. Even if you've had sixty billion of them already, every single one is different. Remember you're dealing with a little sovereign human being. Every one is unique. There's no one size fits all solution. There's only your own past life experiences and those of others to draw from.
Am I prepared to receive plenty of parenting "advice?" Absolutely. I'm sorry if I outright will come out and mock some of it - don't worry I'll be anonymous unless it's some super famous parenting "expert" that wants to berate me. Sure, I'm going to probably post a lot of things that make me look foolish.
What I need to do is keep at it. Obviously, your kid is always going to be there (yes even after eighteen, what a shocker!) I want to share both the good and the bad without being embarrassing or sharing TMI. I want to focus on the lessons learned and how you can learn from them. Observations are fine, and I'll probably have plenty of those. First words, first steps, that sort of thing. Things are that are special each and every time that they happen. The tooth fairy's first visit (not for awhile, but yeah, I'm already thinking that far ahead).
The number one thing that I need to remind myself is to not set expectations. Life can be so inexplicably random - hence the name of my "random" blog. I don't know if "daddy blogger" will become my niche or not. I hope to write more serious parenting content in the future. But perhaps I'm not that kind of writer. I don't know yet. There's a sort of freedom in rambling on about your children. There's both good and bad to it. But I think by remaining loose about it, whenever I have troubles - and I know those will come sooner than I'd like them to - this should be an outlet from which I can find some positive reinforcement.
That isn't to say I don't expect some rudeness or snarkiness or some negative vibes being sent my way from some things I do or say. No matter what I do with my kid, no matter how well-intentioned or well it actually goes, there will be someone out there who will disagree with my choices. I am quite fortunate to have a partner who's already had four children, one of which is grown and another who's nearly grown. That's quite a resource to draw on. She'll probably have to be my filter sometimes. That's an interesting topic in itself, how one parent will deal with certain things rather than the other and vice versa... I need to come back to that in a couple years.
So don't worry, I'm not going to recap every bottle feeding, or diaper changing, or pacifier spitting. But I'm probably going to get a bit carried away. So please forgive me. Or don't. I'm not telling you what to do. So please don't tell me, either.
If I'm to be a daddy blogger, so be it. Maybe it's my true calling in life. Who knows.