"Mr. Mom, for Now"

In this personal essay, an adoptive dad describes his challenges caring for his newborn when his wife has to go back to work first.

Childcare stories from an adoptive dad.
I stand in the doorway with the baby in my arms and watch as my wife, Danielle, backs out of the drive. Because I haven't started teaching yet, I will look after Noelle, our newly adopted daughter, until the semester starts, then Danielle will take maternity leave. I give a reassuring wave and smile, and Danielle knows that it's a façade. I'm terrified. She smiles bravely in return, and I know that she's actually miserable. She waited years for this ...

A temporary stay-at-home dad muses on the finer points of baby care.


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