January 31st, 2008


Eight days ago, Zoe was born. The subsequent week has been one of the most wonderful times in my life. I was nervous about how well I would bond with my daughter and about whether I would make a good parent and caretaker.

My concerns about bonding evaporated very quickly. It's amazing to hold someone that small, realize they are a person, and they need you to care for them. It's a lot of responsibility but it is also very wonderful. I have enjoyed watching Zoe try to learn how to coordinate her hands and begin to grow and develop. I seem to be doing OK at taking care of her.

Currently I'm on leave with Kevin and Margaret. I'm definitely enjoying being able to spend time on our family as we welcome Zoe. I haven't managed to get out at all since Zoe was born. In many ways that's the point: focus on getting to know Zoe and on finishing the things we need to do for her to have a place in our lives.