Free time

I think that I will take the time now to explain how to make time well-spent while the wife and child are away from home, as is the case at the current moment and for the rest of the evening.  She suggested that I take this time to either nap or rest up because she knows that I haven't had anywhere nearly as much sleep as I usually did before the baby arrived.  On the other hand, I want to take advantage of the absence of baby Gracie and do some housework that we've had little time to focus on.  In the end, I think that I will end up mixing the two into a relaxing yet productive night.

In the hour and a half since I've been home, I have done little in the way of productivity.  I took the time to heat up a frozen dinner (we stocked up before the baby was born) and leftover chili from last night, both of which were delicious.  While I have spent about half an hour surfing the web and watching SportsCenter, I have also spent some time folding baby laundry and watching SportsCenter.  And as 7:00PM approaches, I look forward to folding more laundry and watching the Red Wings destroy the Ducks.  I also plan on using my free time tonight to tity up our living room and kitchen as well as replace the ink cartridges and empty the dishwasher.  These may seem like easy tasks to accomplish, but their simplicity belies their complexity when mixed with a newborn!  Not only does it feel like we lose at least half of our time to taking care of the baby, but energy levels are way down after said care of baby.  In the past I may have blamed it on lazyness, but now I feel like I have a real excuse.

So I will buckle down and relax to the best of my ability as I try to accomplish as much housework as possible at the same time.  I may wear myself out worse than usual, or I may get nothing done around the house.  I'm not sure which choice I'd bet money on, but hopefully this duel ends in a tie!  Who knows, maybe I'll just spend all my time on BlogSpot customizing this shiny new blog.


One Week!

For those of you who don't know me (yet), my name is Chris LaPointe and I am the proud father of a newborn baby girl.  The past week has been a mighty challenging one for a first-time father and mother, yet it has given us valuable experience in raising a newborn child, experience I hope to share with the rest of the world.  I'm pretty sure that I won't be the best father in history, nor do I expect to be, but if through the words of this blog I help one single person in their similar journey of fatherhood (or motherhood), then I know this blog has served it's purpose.

Besides giving other's a glimpse into the wonderful (and stressful) life of a new father, I hope this blog can also be a way to strengthen the link my family shares with our new baby.  You see, my wife Rachel and I currently reside in Michigan, which is where she and her family grew up.  On the other hand, my family and all my relatives are from the New England area.  You may be asking yourself how my wife and I ended up together, but that's a lovely story for another time.  Anyway, since there's a 2 hour plane ride or 14 hour car ride separating my relatives from our family, I intend for this blog to supplement them with a plethra of information, pictures, and videos of our young and growing family.

That is all for now, but I will make it a point to update this blog as often as possible, for the benefit of all those who enjoy our family, a good laugh, or have nothing better to do with their time.  Au revior!

(Oh, and sorry if there are many typos... this new father has gotten very little sleep in the past week!)