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Joy In The Journey-Daddy & Daughter Weekend

Joy In The Journey-Daddy & Daughter Weekend

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By Jonathan Oliver

When you have food for the day at the start of the day and a change of clothes you are a rich man. -Mosiac Law

Everything in life is extra when you have your basic needs met. My spouse went on a recent girls trip for an extended weekend, so while she was away it was an opportunity for me to soak up some father daughter time. One of the things that I want to remember as I continue this journey with my daughter is to try to see the world through her eyes. I want to try to not focus so much on getting her to understand my world, but for me to slow down, be present, and understand her world.

How does she interpret things? How does she interpret love, comfort, security, happiness, joy, fear, stress? At five months she is not be able to use the words to express what she is actually feeling but that doesn’t mean she can’t show what she’s feeling. She may be fussy because it’s time to take a nap, or she can become stressed if it’s been too long between bottle feedings, or she can feel confident being held by her mother, and secure while looking in the eyes of her father.

If I stripped our daily activity together down to its bare bones, it’s as simple as keeping Journey fed, her diapers changed, some tummy time, a few naps, and a good nights sleep is all that is required at this stage. Everything else is extra. We praise God that we have a healthy baby. I know that we are blessed and that’s not always the case with other families. At the end of the day all we really need is food, shelter, and a change of clothes to have a blessed day.

Journey now realizes where sounds come from, and she’ll turn quickly toward a new one. Sometimes if I want to engage her I jingle my keys or squeeze Sophie the giraffe.
Journey has gotten to the point were she is now be able to recognize her own name and understand that I’m speaking to her when I say it. She turns her head when I call her or talk about her with others.

If I want to engage and entertain Journey, all I need to do is talk to her. At this age, babies don’t learn language from the television or radio, so it’s important to turn off the electronics and use real dialogue instead.

Journey has also been showing strong attachment by raising her arms when she wants to be picked up and by crying when her mom or me leave the room. She loves giving hugs and kisses.
She is beginning to understand jokes by laughing at the funny expressions. A oldie but a goodie around the Oliver house lately has been the classic peekaboo. Journey really soaks it up with a cute giggle and a gorgeous smile.

I look forward to many more opportunities for us to have father daughter weekends together. I’m thankful that God has given me a heart to truly want to be a father. I feel like the richest man on earth.

Jonathan Oliver is an experienced motivational speaker, life coach, and author.  He is the CEO of his company Higher Enlightenment which strives to create a world of truth, love, and faith.  He was born and raised in Texas and now lives with his wife and their first child Journey in Owasso, OK. He is a first time stay at home dad. His contact information is on www.higherenlightenment.com and follow him on facebook at www.facebook.com/joyofjojo.

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