I always thought being a meteorologist was one of the toughest jobs in the world. But that all changed three months ago when we had our son Andon. Being a parent is the most challenging job in the planet!
Here's a secret...I did not experience love at first sight when I met my son. I was scared out of my mind. This little guy was so sweet and helpless. And I was so clueless. I had never changed a diaper before. I never babysat. How would I know when to feed or bathe or change him? I didn't want to break this delicate creature!
Flash forward 3 months later and the transformation amazes me. Not only can I change diapers but I can do them in my sleep (really, I have). I'm not clueless anymore either! I know if Andon is crying after a meal he probably just needs to be burped. If Andon is fussing around 4pm, he's probably just tired. And I know to enjoy every big goofy smile because he's growing and changing so fast! While every parent has fears, they no longer overwhelm me. When I look at Andon I'm overwhelmed with love.
Coming back to work is bittersweet. I love my job!! I miss forecasting the weather (and having conversations that don't revolve around poop). But I will also miss spending precious time with my baby. Luckily I still have each morning with him before heading to work. It's all about finding that balance!
People ask me if I feel like I missed out this winter since the weather was so wild. No way! It was great enjoying all the storms at home with my family. I normally never get to relax and look out the window when a storm is rolling in. But I'm excited to get back in the action again. Flooding and severe weather season is around the corner!
I might be a little rusty but I'll see you Monday at 5, 10 & 11!
|Look at how much he has grown! This is Andon a few days after birth compared to 3 months!|