It’s a Toss Up: Adventures of the Not-So-Superhero Dad

Mr. MomSo, last week, I did, indeed have Ainsleigh all to myself. It was indeed an experience that only a father can have, or at least me for that matter.

The night started out great. I high-tailed it home as I needed to be home by 5:30PM so that Christine to attend back-to-school night at the High School that she teaches at. I walked in the door huffing and puffing (you see, I ride my bike about 1-1.5 miles to the Metro everyday, so this way Christine doesn’t have to wake the baby when I get home late) and look at the clock. It was exactly 5:30PM. The night couldn’t start any better.

Things are good for about an hour. Ainsleigh is cooing and squeaking and just all smiles. The rest I will detail in a chronoligical order for a better bird’s eye view of the events that transpired. I got this idea from the McGinness Clan Blog so don’t think I am full of all sorts of unique ideas. I have found that all ideas are never entirely our own and are borrowed in some way, they just aren’t sourced properly.

Well let’s get on with the events of one September 17, 2008

Disney/Pixar's A Bug's Life6:00PM – Pressed play to watch emA Bug’s Life/em for some color and stimulation for Ainsliegh (also, I have never seen it up to this point)

6:30PM – The cooing and smiling devolve into an irritaion and then crying

6:35PM – Dad stands up and starts rocking and warms bottle

6:37PM – Crying stops, dad attempts to sit down after retreiving bottle from the warmer

6:38PM – Crying ensues immediately upon sitting.

6:40PM – Dad gets up and puts on the emBaby Bjorn/em and puts Ainsleigh in to soothe her and rocks standing up in front of the TV with emA Bug’s Life/em still on.

7:00PM – Crying stops and dad attempts to sit again with no success

7:45PM – Baby finishes bottle after multiple attempts to spit the nipple out.

8:00PM – Dad is still standing and rocking

8:15PM – Dad runs the bath

8:30PM – Ainsleigh is all smiles in the bath until dad washes her bottom and accidentally bathtime baptizes Ainsleigh with a one second dunk of the face.

8:31PM – Dad repeatedly says “sorry,” as if it would help to Ainsleigh and she begins to cry.

8:35PM – The bath time crying is now slowing and the bath is over

8:40PM – Dad administers bedtime bottle

8:41PM – Ainsleigh rejects bottle and cries again.

8:45PM – Dad is standing and rocking baby again and places Ainsleigh in her crib and turns on music

8:46PM – Ainsleigh immediately quiets and dad is amazed.

8:50PM – Dad resumes bottle and Ainsliegh finishes it

9:00PM – Ainsleigh is sleeping and dad proceeds to clean bottles in the sink in the kitchen

9:30PM – Dad finishes bottle and opens one of his own, a nice Cabernet.

9:45PM – Christine walks in the door and like a rescued prisoner, her husband’s eyes light up and thank the heavens that she has arrived.

The point of this story is that, for all that she does, I do not say it enough how much I appreciate all that Christine has done for both myself and Ainsleigh. She endured the worst pregnancy immaginable, gave birth and puts up with the occasional (about once to twice per week) hostilities from Ainsleigh. With school, I cannot help as much as I would like to and I would like to say it in front of all of our readers, I am thankful for her being there with Ainsleigh. She is the real Superhero here, not me.

Up to this point, I have only been with Ainsleigh for about an hour to two hours without Christine being around. As she picks up Ainsleigh before I am home, the opportunity for me to be alone and watching our daughter are few and far between.

Don’t get me wrong, Ainsleigh is an angel and it isn’t very often that we have to deal with her being upset, but when it happens it is difficult. But who ever said parenting would be easy? I will say this, after seeing her smile the next day as if nothing happened, my heart melted all over again for her. She is perfect in every way. Even when she has a “Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.”

At least she didn’t wake up with gum in her hair. Can you guess which book I read her that night?

I call this post “A Toss Up” because she was good for a part of the evening, do you think the night was a toss up between good and bad?

Thanks for reading and your comments. They are really something to look forward to.


Will Hull, MPA

Front-End Web Developer, Nonprofit professional, SigEp Alumnus who holds a Masters in Public Administration living in the San Diego, CA Metro Area


  • Anonymous


    Good job Will. Don’t you think she was just tired and up a bit later than usual? After a day of being entertained at the sitter’s, she is probably looking forward to a nice bottle and bed. Sounds like some grown people I know.BR/Hugs,BR/Nana

    September 22, 2008 at 9:13 PM
  • Sandy


    You’re doing great! This is how you learn to be an awesome Dad…by just jumping in the deep end and flying by the seat of your pants LOLBR/You are a good dad Will…and your girl is cute =)

    September 23, 2008 at 11:34 AM
  • Will Hull


    Thanks everyone. Your comments really mean a lot.

    September 23, 2008 at 12:26 PM
  • Stina


    What an adorable little girl. She is beautiful.BR/BR/I agree. You are doing a great job. I can usually get the girls to calm down by holding them, even while sitting…but no such luck for my husband. He, like you, is usually in an upright standing position. The minute he tries to sit, the baby starts to fuss again. Poor guy. He loves them to pieces…just like you love your little girl. And really…that is what is most important…that she knows you are there to comfort her and love her. I’m sure she already knows how much her Daddy loves her. :)BR/BR/Love the blog. You can visit ours, if you would like. My email address is listed. Just send me an email and I’ll get you on the list.

    September 24, 2008 at 9:41 PM
  • Sara McGinness


    Thanks for the shot-out, I am pretty sure it’s not an original idea but I am glad that Brett inspired you. I am impressed at your daddy skills, I can’t even start to imagine how hard it is to be a parent, let alone a single parent and have to do it by yourself.

    September 25, 2008 at 4:57 AM
  • Will Hull


    Thank you to everyone who have posted comments thus far. BR/BR/I am glad that you think I am doing okay. I just wish she came with an instruction manual. Not that I would read it anyway, but just so I can say I have one.

    September 25, 2008 at 7:00 PM

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