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A Dad’s Haiku

January 15, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Two thousand and eight
My final birthday sans child
Is this an iPhone?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!!!!!!! 🙂 😯

Eagerly waiting
As the due date drew closer
Wife’s gonna explode

Contractions began
Like 2 Unlimited sang:
Y’all ready for this?

“Not really,” I thought
But there’s no turning back now
Life is gonna change

A cold winter night
Natural birth is no joke
The wife persevered

Gaaah! Is that the head?!?!
“It’s a GIRL!” Tears in my eyes
“Congratulations!”

It’s hard to describe
How it felt to be a dad
Ecstatic? That works.

Six hours later
Midwife said, “It’s time to go.”
Can’t we stay longer?

Drove home real slowly
More defensive than ever
Had precious cargo

Finally got home
Tucked her in all warm and snug
What’s meconium?!

First few months were tough
Diapers, diapers, more diapers
And not sleeping much

Most nights she would cry
Manual would have been nice
Return policy?

But there was joy too
Like nothing I’ve ever felt
Loved her more each day

Can’t wipe this smile off
The things she’d do made us laugh
Baby farts are cute

She grew so dang fast
Thank God for DSLRs
Wish I could stop time

First rolling over
Then eating her first solids
OH WOW! She’s walking!!!

First words. First sentence
Constantly asking my wife
Can you believe that?!

Often I’ll wonder
Where does she come up with this?
She sure makes me laugh

After a tough day
There’s nothing like spending time
As a family

Settling in and
Reading her favorite books
“Read it again, Dad!”

Mundane things are new
First snow. First time eating beef
First time at the mall

I love her prayers
“God, please help dad feel better”
From the mouth of babes

I love her big smile
And she encourages me
Like “Go, appa, go!”

No more sleeping in
“Are you serious?! She’s up???!!!”
Wake up sleepy dad!

Cleaning is futile
“Didn’t we just clean this place?”
OW!!!!! Stepped on a toy

Are you going out?
It looks like you’re on a trip
Carrying those bags

Spare onesies you pack
But the one time you forget
Poop gets all over

Going out to eat?
Loud chains you used to despise
Are now your go-to’s

No more giving rides
That car seat is pretty big
Entire back seat

Sometimes I’ll get asked
Do you miss being childless
Yeah. Sometimes I do

It’d be nice of course
Go out on dates, stay up late
No babysitters

I’m not gonna lie
Do what we want, when we want
That sounds pretty nice

But I wouldn’t trade
These moments for anything
I love fatherhood!

This bday weekend
Dedicate this to our girl
God’s great gift to us

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  1. A Skag in Taiwan
    January 17, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Very nice, you’ve invented the epic haiku.

  1. June 9, 2010 at 3:11 pm
  2. January 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm

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