Before Mr. T was born there were a few things I was looking forward to. I can’t explain why, but I really wanted to carry him around on my shoulders, have him stand on my feet and then walk around the room and get him out of the car while he was sleeping, throw him over my shoulder and take him up to bed.
The good news is that I have achieved these three daddy goals. The sleeping thing happened pretty quickly, as you might imagine. He always loves getting on to my shoulders and riding me like a horse. Whenever we are in the lift together he demands to get on my feet and dance around.
We can never rest on our laurels, though. So I have come up with some more daddy goals to hopefully achieve in the next couple of years.
Have a conversation in English
Mr. T’s language skills are fast developing, and at the moment he is still learning as many new words in English as in Portuguese. This is somewhat surprising as I am still pretty much the only source of English that he has. Within the next couple of years I hope to have a proper conversation with him in English, as opposed to chats we have at the moment which invariable involve him talking about the door on a bus opening.
Play football together
I was never the world’s greatest footballer, and I really don’t care if Mr. T decides football isn’t for him, either. I would love, though, to be able to go the park with a football and just kick it around for a bit. I see other dads doing this and it seems like such a great way to get some quality boy time.
Read a story together
I read a lot to him at the moment, but it is just me reading and him pointing at the pictures. I can’t wait to be able to read a story together and have him say some of the words and then talk about the story and what he thinks is going to happen next.