My in-laws were just here for a visit and among the gifts they left behind for D1 who turns seven tomorrow, was an original iPod shuffle. It is even pre-loaded with some music. As D1 and D2 are prone to heated discussions about pretty well anything Laura said they could share it. The extra good news for them is that I also have an old iPod shuffle hanging around and available for use. So now D1 and D2 both have an iPod. As such the real work has now begun. [Read more…]
In Canada we parents have the benefit of maternity and parental leaves. Our jobs are protected by law while we are on leave and we can collect income through Employment Insurance during our leaves. A mother who has given birth can use maternity leave and parental leave for a total of 52 weeks. Fathers and other parents, including adoptive can take up to 35 weeks of parental leave. These leaves are shared and any parental leave taken by one parent is deducted from the total of the other parent so that the time take by both parents combined cannot exceed one year.
I have some issues with how this is structured, but I greatly appreciate that it exists. Some organizations will top-up the payments provided by Employment Insurance so that one’s income remains relatively close to full pay during the leave period. Many, such as my current employer, do not provide a top-up. [Read more…]
So we’ve had a baby kicking around the place for 8 days now. I have learned and been reminded of the following eight things in the past week since we came home from the baby factory. [Read more…]
I am a new dad for the third time. Each birth experience has been different. I have only had a few days to get to know daughter number three and so far I would say she is a bit of a slacker. She just lies around and only really gets up to eat. She definitely isn’t willing to apply for jobs…
My five and almost seven year old have different personalities – in some way reflective of their births. D1 – our almost seven year old is contemplative and a slow eater and walker. She would rather walk than run. Her birth was induced and was an orderly affair. D2 – Our five year old was three weeks early and she would rather run than walk. She is a ball of energy and always on the move. D3 was two days late and labour was casual to start and then once they broke Laura’s water labour started in ernest and moved along quickly after that. It will be interesting to see if D3 will be perpetually late, take time to get started and really get engaged in things once she is started.
We’ve been home for four days and I am already learning things about what fatherhood of three girls is going to be like.
Well, the results are in, or perhaps I should say out… yesterday afternoon my partner’s contractions finally got themselves sufficiently organized to present a united front and get organized into a sort of regular pattern. After a couple of hours of sustained contractions we decided it was time to put the plan into action. [Read more…]