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As I continue to write about my never ending training as a father, one constant has been the observation of firsts. the first time he say up on his own, the first time he pulled himself up, first steps. First teeth, first words, and so on. there are lulls in these bouts of “firsts” as routines start to become set. Then it seems we go through another round. As our little ones continue to grow and develop, there is an onslaught of new words,  which is still magical, as they grasp their native language and learn how to string single words into coherent thoughts, but is it really a first? With the exception of course of “naughty” language (I will never forget the first time my youngest brother uttered the “s” word(here’s a hint, it rhymes with ‘Schmidt’).

Last weekend we had a couple of new firsts. The first is we took the little guy to his very first movie in the theatre. We took him to see Rio 2. He was a rock star! He stayed engaged until his lack of naptime got to him (he passed out about 2/3 of the way through). He did not try to go wander off, he did want to hang on the seat back in front of him and we were fortunate that there was a young boy in the seat who was not bothered by this.  he was pretty fascinated with the fact that the seat bottom folded down and wanted to play with it at times, but overall his focus was on the movie.  Unfortunately the movie time did run into his nap time and he did succumb to it and fell asleep in new mom’s arms. Overall a win for all involved.

The second ‘first’ was a haircut in a shop. Now he got his first real haircut back in March by new Mom’s aunt who has cut hair for a very long time. Our little guys hair was getting pretty long since then and it was time. When we were at the movies, we spotted a shop that specialized in kids cuts. So we took him there the next day and he did GREAT! He sat in new Mom’s lap and he stayed very still. In the pictures he may look unhappy, but I think it was more that he had no clue as to what was going on rather than he was truly unhappy. he did not cry or look like he was going to cry,

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To reward him for a job well done, it was off to Ruby’s for a shake. He definitely was happy to enjoy a cold milkshake!

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I know as new dad in training that there are going to be thousands of firsts, some of them much more significant than others, some that will be oblivious to me,  and some that will move me to tears. But I hope to be able to remember them and share them with him as he gets older as well as enjoy the ones he experiences throughout his life.