On Becoming ‘Dad’

Becoming a dad is a strange thing. At most of life’s great junctions I like to pause, take a breath, reflect on what I’m doing and appreciate the magnitude of what is happening before moving on. The wait in the departure lounge before moving cities, the final prayer before giving my speech, the walk to my first uni lecture, and watching the sunrise on my wedding day are all moments I have cherished.

My transition from ‘Dink’ (double-income-no-kids) to ‘Dad’ began with a bleary-eyed 2:00am start and finished with me blinking down at my newborn son at 1:33pm on August 14th, 2012. Cohen James Brown had decided to make his appearance, and without so much as a chance to gaze at the early morning stars, I was whisked past one of life’s hugest milestones.

What’s different, and cool, about becoming a dad is that most of the reflection happens after the event, when as a team you can look in your son or daughter’s eyes and dream of what the future holds. I think it will take a long time to properly come to grips with the fact that I’m a dad, but being thrown in the deep end with hardly any warning saved me from getting too sentimental about the whole thing. It’s easy to get excited about all that being a Dad entails when you’re sharing the experience with the cutest kid on the planet.

Cohen really is an awesome wee boy. In his first week his health is progressing well and he is allowing Paula and I as much sleep as we can reasonably expect with a newborn. We love just watching his little face and eyes as he takes everything in. Already we’ve done a couple of wee adventures in the stroller, and I’m excited about all the expeditions we will do over the years to come.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have supported us over the last few days, by wooing over Cohen with us, stocking our shelves with food and (dare I say it) pitching in with comments on facebook. Paula and I are definitely feeling the love, and the excitement expressed by so many of you only serves to fuel our own sense of wonder at the miracle Cohen is.

Lincoln Road: Two Weeks In

I’ve now been working on the Lincoln Road Interchange project as a surveyor for two and a half weeks, and finally got a chance to cruise around with a camera to show where things are at.  I plan on getting some ‘after’ shots from the same places, so hopefully that will be interesting.  So without further ado, here’s what I’m building….

Looking south from the new Selwood Road bridge

The new Selwood Road bridge

The westbound offramp

Looking back at the site from the Huruhuru Road bridge

Location of the eastbound offramp