It’s funny that someone so small has such a big impact on life and your own attitude. Carlo and I continued to have discussions about family and how we would raise our children. Having 6 nieces and nephews does teach you a lot, but being close to them teaches you more. I helped raise the oldest niece and nephew so, I am familiar with the everyday goings on of a baby/child. Carlo is not. He has no nieces or nephews or small cousins that he is close to.
So, when we talked about diapers, baths & feedings, he was quick to say that I would be taking care of everything. He even said that he would NOT hold the baby unless he was sitting on the couch or laying in bed. (until she was at least 3 months old… then he would hold her standing up) He was terrified of holding something so small and fragile. I tried to assure him that he would change his mind once the baby came. I also tried to tell him that our baby would be cute.. at birth. He disagreed and said ALL babies are born ugly… and ours would be no exception.
As I laid in bed after the delivery, I looked at Carlo and ask him… “So, tell me… is Valentina ugly?” The answer he gave me was exactly what I thought it would be….. He said, “To be honest, I don’t know if it’s because she’s my daughter or what.. but she’s really cute!”
It’s funny how things change so quickly….
Daddy & Valentina (2 wks old)
feeding Valentina (4 wks old)
(7 wks old)*
*I should mention that this picture was taken today (4/13/10) and before we took it… he helped me change a dirty diaper!