here comes the son

looking just like his father

When I was pregnant, I shared my wish for our unborn child with Mike: “I hope he has your eyes and my brain.”

And since Nathan’s arrived into the world, he has been the polar opposite of that motherhood idealism. Nathan has my eyes, but Mike’s everything else.

Nathan looks and acts like his father. Not a bad thing at all, but I was not prepared for how unlike me Nathan turned out. And as most parents, I have intensely analyzed my son, listing into neat Excel columns what traits he inherited from me and what traits his father passed on. My column pales in comparison to Mike’s. My dominant genes knocked out any chance for green eyes. (Take that, EYCL1! I’ll get all genetic up in here, up in here!) Nathan has his father’s hair color (and receding hairline, heh).

He has Mike’s personality. They both love rocks, although Mike grew out of the stuffing-them-in-the-mouth phase (I think). And when they can’t open something, they scream with hot, frustrated tears until I come over and point out that when it says, “OPEN THIS SIDE UP,” maybe you should…open this side up?

In our parenting classes, Mike was always the oldest and I was always the youngest. But that’s what you get when you have a May-December romance, especially if it’s May 1956 and December 1983.

During the pregnancy and even during the first bumpy weeks, I wondered how he would Mike would turn out as a father. And almost 15-months into this strange world of parenthood, there’s no question: anyone who can soothe a toddler with the “attack of the flying hippo” move definitely knows his stuff.

attack of the hippo

If you ask Mike how it feels to have become a new dad at the age of 50, when most people drop their children off at dorm rooms, not daycare, he’ll say, “I can’t believe I almost missed this.”

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  1. awwww

  2. thecandyqueen says:

    very sweet post.

  3. Mayberry says:

    I’m getting very misty over here! The photo didn’t help.

  4. I was just thinking about the inherited trait stuff last night and formulating a post.
    As for the rest of it, isn’t it great to know that our husbands are getting as much out of the parenting experience as we are?
    Looking forward to working with you on the review blog.

  5. *sniff* Totally made me cry.

    Lovely, lovely stuff, my friend.

  6. Mommy off the Record says:

    I’ve got tears in my eyes. That last quote was so sweet. And the picture…precious!

  7. ditto that, cee… awwwwww!

  8. “I can’t believe I almost missed this.”…..Dude. That is just…yeah. Awesome.

    I was so obsessed with comparing AD that I created a photoshop file with my 9-month picture and hers to analyze the differences. Um.

  9. Butrfly4404 says:

    Very, VERY sweet.

    And even if all he got were your eyes…they are great eyes! šŸ™‚

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