On the first days, I did my best to help Isadora rest. I took my paternity leave at that time. Also Léonie had severe colic, so we had to organise ourselves to both get “sufficient sleep”. It was really hard to cope with her colic. I found it very difficult to understand that we couldn’t stop her crying both during the day and at night. It was very frustrating. You couldn’t switch “off” the crying. I was even surprised by my own patience. A first for me!
When I became a father, I also had to abandon some of the principles I had before I realised what it meant to be a parent. This was particularly true when we realised how soothing it was for Léonie to have a comforter. We abandoned the idea of not using one. It’s more important to be aware of my daughters needs than to stick to principles.
Everyday life with Léonie is full of small pleasures. Recently, we discovered her laughing out loud when she discovered we had a cat in the house (even though it has been here for 3 years). It was her first interaction with the living being outside the family and it was both surprising and hilarious!
According to our families, Léonie smiles a lot. They say she is happy little girl. I feel so proud, even if I’m not alone in this.