Soon to be mommy with thoughts and questions:
I never really thought about this issue of a child not bonding with dad, probably because my husband is such a "natural father" with kids...and he's getting his "dad humor" full force these days! But this shirtless daddy thing. Can someone tell me more about that? I have never heard of it...makes sense but I'd love to know more.
In terms of "allowing" for bonding, I welcome it! My husband is from Africa and comes from a culture where the village truly raises the child. After living there with him, I had really adapted to some of those life practices. I look forward to leaving our child at home with him, I appreciate the one-on-one time our baby will get with daddy, grandparents, etc. I believe it is really positive for a child to develop strong bonds with mom and dad as well as extended family.
I am the "breadwinner" of the family (teacher...hahaha) and will be using my sick days to take a 6 week maternity leave. After that my husband will be home with our baby while I am at work for the remaining 6 weeks of school until summer. I feel so lucky that we will both be home during those fist six weeks to share in the initial bonding. My mom will then come up to help us out when my husband and I go back to work (he works nights). She and my hubby get along amazingly. It will be so wonderful to have her be a constant presence as my husband and I rotate our schedules to be with the baby.
Whew....sorry about going off into a personal tangent...probably unnecessary! Back to my initial question: Shirtless pops...can ya tell me more about it???