November 15, 2001

What if?

by Chris Feeney

What if owning the paper gave you the right to brag about your kids in print? Well it does. One of the fringe benefits I guess. So I will play the role of proud papa, twice over and tell you about our newest arrival, Kathryn Grace Feeney. She's been around two weeks now and I have to say that she has probably slept about 10 of those 14 days. What a life, sleep and eat, sleep and eat, I guess she takes after her father.

It's been pretty nice being a new dad. Everyone is sort of catering to me, telling me to take it easy and all of that since I am going through such a big transition at home. I hate to admit it, but about the only thing wrong with me is a sore elbow. That's from elbowing my wife in the middle of the night when Katie wakes up to be fed. And everyone wondered why I was such a big proponent of breast feeding. Not a lot I can do as far as that goes, unless mom wants me to get up and offer her some mental support.

Speaking of feeding, Abigayle made an interesting attempt last week. After mom had sat Katie down to go into the kitchen, big sister rushed to the rescue when the little one started crying. She questioned what was wrong so mom told her the baby was hungry and wanted some "mommy milk". The two-year-old never blinked an eye as she calmly raised up one side of her shirt and announced that she would feed her little sister some "Abi milk". It was funny enough that we had to recreate the event at a later time and get it on video tape as big sister made a similar announcement.

The whole feeding thing sort of marked the transition from jealousy into big sister mode. The first couple of days Abi had a big audience of family members and guests to entertain with her tantrums. She made us all laugh the days before the birth, when we asked her which she wanted, a little brother or a sister and she would respond with No. Now she has figured out that little sister isn't so bad after all. She checks on her first thing each morning and announces to everyone "She's so cute." Now if they can only get along this well when they are teenagers. That and maybe if I can keep them in diapers that long I won't have to build a new bathroom in my house for the three women.

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