Wrapping up a year of paternity leave


Outlook is back on my phone. A few meetings are scheduled for next week. I’m thinking to just zero my inbox and start fresh from Monday. A year with my newborn has flown by and I’m struggling to feel the motivation to return.

This phase of my life was precious. Spending the time with all three boys meant the world to me and, I hope, to them. I’ve seen them all grow physically, emotionally, and cognitively over the past 12 months. Of course, the biggest changes came with the newborn. Grateful to experience so many firsts. But also the seconds, thirds, and umpteenth times. The luster waned as the months progressed, but I knew what I was doing was forging a stronger and more durable bond.

I’ll look at putting my thoughts into order one these days here. A “big takeaways from taking a year of paternity leave in Japan as a father” type of post. Until then, I’m going to soak in these last few days, appreciate the moment, and look forward to the next challenge.