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*steps onto high horse*

Written on March 7, 2006 by Kevin.

Scenario: You are walking through the mall or the grocery store and you come across another baby in a carrier or stroller. You take a quick glimpse. Do you compare your child to theirs? Of course you do. This is only natural. Everyone wants some assurance that they have best looking child that they can have. Now what do you do when you realize your child is not as cute as the next one?

Luckily for us, we have not encountered this problem just yet. You will commonly find me strutting my stuff, holding Rylan proud, as my son is handsome. I want everyone to know that my son (for the most part) is a great baby. He so far has a great personality, he looks handsome and overall is just an ideal baby to have (especially as a first child). Do the parents around me look at my son and compare? Sure they do. But the unspoken question is, do they think my child is better looking, or better acting than theirs? Are women jealous that I am willing and confident enough to hold my child and not consider my child a black plague like many men seem too?

It was only 7 months ago that I was in the waiting room with my wife, waiting for her checkup, when I reported being starred at heavily by women. I still have not been able to get a solid answer as to whether some women get jealous when they see a man holding a child when their husband/bf will do no such thing.

As for now, I will continue to hold Rylan and walk proud as my child is handsome and I know that my wife and I split the genes perfectly.

*gets off high horse*

Comments

I would say as a woman I am slightly jealous, but more admiring than jealous. I think that it's wonderful to see a man especially one with a young infant to be such an active father. My BFF who is also a mom and I have discussed that men don't seem to take to being a father until their baby gets to be about 6 months old. Some guys are just natural fathers and others aren't. I guess mothers just really like those who take to it quicker and more actively since mother's seem to. I know...it's not fair since we have 9 months of constant contact to bond.
*Gets off my own high horse*

Written by Jessica on Mar 7, 2006

Kevin,
You should be proud and waste no time worrying about what others think. Life is too short to wonder what people are thinking. My oldest is 18, Brendan is 4 months. It seems like yesterday the the oldest was the only. You are a great father. Keep doing what you are doing. My dh is a very involved dad, too. He puts his family before anything else in his life. And I appreciate it. Truly, if your wife is happy, what others think is irrelevant.

Is Rylan sitting up on his own already? I see him in the picture, but wondering if he does that often? Not comparing or anything... LOL but Brendan isn't even close to doing this! How much does Rylan weigh. Brendan is 17.5 lbs now. 27". He is a very happy baby, most of the time.

Have a great rest of the week!

Written by Karen on Mar 8, 2006

Karen, Rylan is not able to sit up just yet but you can tell that he wants too. I'm likely wrong but I think his last checkup said he was 24" long and 15lbs.

Rylan seems to have an urge and what appears to be the knowledge on how to drink out of a sippycub or water bottle. He immediately takes whichever in his hands and takes it right to his mouth and begins to drink. He seems to really like the sippy cup and while you can tell her gnaws at it, he seems to drink from it as well. I'll likely get a post about this topic in the next couple of days.

There is no doubt that he amazes us with his desire to try new things.

Written by Kevin on Mar 8, 2006

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