Well, I’m 1/2 way to having a mini hubby around the house… we have confirmed our new baby will be a boy (Lord help me!). And, as you can probably imagine, my actual hubby is thrilled to have a young impressionable little boy to mold into a 2nd version of himself. I’ve mentioned before that I’m already surrounded by alternate versions of my hubby with both his father (here’s an example) and his brother (here & here are examples).. each seem to exhibit many of the same qualities. And yes, his mother and I do our share of commiserating!
So here I am wondering how I can stop the madness and ensure my cute, innocent, little munchkin learns to put things away and to help with chores and to… well… uhmmm… just not be hubby (or at least the annoying version of hubby… he can totally be the part of hubby that I love…) I have long term visions, WAY down the road, of commiserating with my own poor daughter-in-law about my son’s inability to wipe up crumbs and toss his dirty clothes into the appropriate basket… long into adulthood.
So what’s a gal to do?
Well, I’ve started by vetoing just about every insane baby idea hubby comes up with like:
Making the NURSERY into an outer space room with aliens - yes, this is a REAL idea.
I’ve tried to explain to hubby that the baby comes out as an INFANT, not a little boy (I’m not completely sure he understands this). And that a black ceiling with glowing stars and alien spaceships doesn’t really feel very baby-like. And, could quite simply ensure that the little boy is scared of his own room and moves permanently into our bed. I’ve told him that by age 5 or 6 he can discuss this idea with our son and if he chooses to have an alien outer space room, we can redecorate.
Buying a bigger dog crate that can fit both our dog AND our baby….. so “the dog can babysit”
Ok, hopefully this isn’t a real idea, but with hubby….. how can anybody know for sure??
Having the whole family live on baby food (since he doesn’t want to cook)
There will undoubtedly be days when I have to work late or entertain clients, where hubby will need to be the care giver for dinner. So, he’s basically already declared that he, himself would happily eat baby food with our new child rather than (god forbid) cook something.
Starting poker training early… let’s say at 5 years old (No, I didn’t mean “potty training”… POKER training, as in a full house beats a straight…..)
Since we have a poker man cave, hubby has already said it will be important for our son to “be adept at playing at an early age… so he can beat all his friends in a poker game” (That’s ever-so-important at elementary school). Yeah, just what I need, a note home from the 2nd grade teacher: “We caught mini-hubby in a heated poker game at recess today. He had accumulated a couple of PS3 games, 2 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and a little girls hair band before we stumbled on him. Please address this ASAP”
As you can see….. I’m probably in over my head.
I can only hope that our little one has some of my qualities too and that maybe some day, he can start The Daddy Diaries and you can hear all about hubby from his point of view!!!!!
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