An ode to dads staying up late:
Twas the night before Father's Day, when all through the house
not a creature was stirring, just kidding, awake kids and spouse
The toddler was placed in his small bed with care
in hopes that for once he'd finally stay there.
The twin girls were nestled snug in swaddle sacks
all content having had boob milk for a snack
And Mama in her nursing bra, and I in mesh shorts
had verified both babies were breathing, a status report
When just down the hall there arose such a whine,
I sprang from my bed groaning, "That didn't take much time"
Away to the nursery, I stumbled half-awake,
for my cute infant boy, sleeping won't take
The glow of my cell phone lit up my face,
a dusting of light as he curled up on my waist
When, what to my comatose ears do I hear
but one girl, two girls whose rest disappeared
With a slight pout on my lips and a walk down the hall,
it doesn't take much to cause this night's downfall
Once soft then louder, then just louder still,
the girls took turns crying for cuddles and milk
At this point teamwork helps moms and dads all
A plan to keep the night from going to hell:
"Now babe, you know
I don't have those parts
You nurse the girls, great,
this one's got a head start.
I'll take our son elsewhere,
make his eyes droopy
maybe he'll sleep, likely won't
and you know he has a poopy."
My wife's heart full of gold fought eyes full of sleep
Three kids under 2 means little rest you can keep
She nursed one, then two, and swaddled for luck
(No idea if that works, but we figure, what the ... heck?)
Eventually we all, the family one through five
Got back to sleep, weary, but hey we're alive
You see there's a lot more at stake when you're up late at night
A baby can't change themselves, it's a sad plight
They need you for everything, for comfort, for food
and they need it from dads, especially, dude
There are all types of dads, many around
Some involved, some wise, some lost and then found
But late at night, it turns out, is perfect for fathers
to step up and comfort his son or his daughter
A dad's eyes - so sluggish! It's 4 in the morning!
You'd think parenting would come with forewarning!
You mouth may turn south, so tired are you
but late nights aren't just for moms, just think that through
You see, a toddler, an infant, a baby, no matter
there's no reason a dad can't help subdue the clatter
Milk them? No sir, we can't physically do it
but a bottle can work - that's one way to view it
Your spouse will be thankful, your kids appreciative
Less sleep? Sure, but they won't always be active
One day they'll be grown, and won't need you to rock
No cuddles, no crying, no babbling small talk
On Father's Day you deserve a little extra slumber
On others? Team work! There's strength in numbers
Now back to my kids. Asleep? No, but they should.
"Dada!' Gotta go.
Guess that's fatherhood.
Happy Father's Day to all of you dads, whether it's your first or your 30th. I hope you get cool golf clubs or neck ties or whatever. - Andy
p.s. Don't be an idiot and fall asleep at night with you baby on top of you like I did in the photo. Safe sleep, people. Safe sleep.