What was your initial reaction when you find our you were going to be a daddy?
A little bit of shock. It wasn’t anything we had discussed and we weren’t planning to have a baby at the time, so I didn’t see it coming. After the initial shock passed, I was definitely excited. I felt like I reached an important milestone in my life and I was really looking forward to becoming a father.
What has been the biggest surprise about fatherhood?
Where did all of my free time go? Raising kids is a non-stop commitment. Not that I didn’t know that. But you really appreciate “me” time you had before the kiddo came along. And, I wish I wouldn’t have wasted so much of it.
I’d say the biggest fear is that I’m not prepare her enough for what lies ahead. It seems like you can’t waste a day in making sure your kids don’t fall behind academically, athletically, socially, etc. I feel like we are doing enough to keep her up to speed at this point, but there is no time to let off the gas pedal.
What’s your idea of a perfect family activity in Austin?
Anything outside. The weather is perfect in Austin and there are so many outdoor options. You might as well live somewhere else if you are going to sit at home on the couch on the weekends. Except the weekends that fall between September and February. Football season doesn’t count.
She was always sick. Threw up after every meal, it seemed like. She also had a craving for ice from Sonic. Not sure what that was all about and loved taking pictures of herself to show off “how big she wasn’t!”
Mentally…soon. Financially, probably never. Kids are a money pit.