My wife has been out of town for the last 2 weeks. She’s in L.A. as part of the requirements for her master’s degree program. It has been a challenge managing the baby without her, I must admit. I’ve gotten a lot of help from two women who have been like mothers to me and Isis in NYC. They’ve watched him–even overnight–and they’ve fed me.
People seem so shocked when I tell them it’s just been me and the baby. Shocked that anyone would trust a man alone with a child. Shocked that the kid is still in good health and spirits after 2 weeks without Mom. I understand their surprise in a sense. I liken it to the surprise you might feel if you call a company seeking some answer or service and you get the CEO. Even if it’s a small business, getting the head might catch you off guard, but why should it. Yes, the boss has people in place to keep things running smoothly, but in a pinch, the CEO can hold the shop down alone if necessary. The capitan of the ship can make it to port if no one else is able to navigate, etc. And a father can hold his kid(s) down indefinitely as needed. It’s better to have the full team in place, but it can be done.
Besides, I’m the one struggling–the boy is fine. Why, me and my wife haven’t gone two weeks without……since the baby was born. Thank God for phone to phone picture mail, especially in the heat of the night.