Hello again! It's been awhile since I've posted anything on here, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to share some thoughts on fatherhood.

You see, recently I became a dad. You may have been expecting this if you read my blog from time to time, as I posted one of my daughter's earliest sonograms last May. It's ironic, however, that in that post I referred to her as "the tiniest Jensen;" that "tiniest Jensen" arrived on October 20, 2010, weighing in at a whopping 10 pounds, 9 ounces.

Size, however, is not without its advantages in an infant. We did have a few weeks of sleepless nights as she adjusted to her new life, but by Thanksgiving she was sleeping through the night, all night, every night. She's also just about the happiest little baby I've ever seen in my life. She's kept ahead of the curve on size too; yesterday we put her in clothes designed for a 12-month-old, and she's not quite 6 months old herself.

So, milestones so far? Let's see here…

  • Smiled on the day she was born. Smiled in response to "I love you" by January 3rd.

  • Lifted her head during tummy time at 17 days.

  • First time at church on November 7th. (She did great, but it'd be awhile before we took her back; the pediatrician suggested we wait until after her two-month vaccinations.)

  • Laughed in her sleep on November 10th.
  • Had her first diaper explosion on November 15th.
  • Played the piano for the first time on November 21st. (Granted, it was a five-key piano played with the feet, but still.)

    Played the piano

  • First trip to visit Jamie's parents ("Honey" and "Poppy", for the record) on November 24th.

  • First time left with Honey and Poppy so Mommy and Daddy could see a movie on November 26th.
  • Discovered she loves Christmas trees on November 30th.
  • Visited Mommy on her first day back at work on December 15th.
  • Watched the Muppet Movie for the first time on December 29th. Also on December 29th: graduated to size 2 diapers.
  • Saw her first ice sculpture show at the Gaylord Texan on January 1st.

    First ice sculpture show

  • First (and hopefully last) major car accident on January 5th (more on that another time).

  • Laughed her head off at Daddy's fake hiccups on January 12th.

  • Rolled over from tummy to back on February 5th.

  • Stole Daddy's glasses on February 14th.

    Stole Daddy's glasses

  • First rice cereal on February 12th.

    First rice cereal

  • First carrots on February 21st.

    First carrots

  • Rolled over both ways on February 23rd.

  • Went to her first book fair on February 24th.

  • Sat up on February 27th.

    Sat up

  • First time in the church nursery on March 6th.

  • Outgrew her cradle (and size 2 diapers) on March 7.
  • Got her first tooth on March 25th. Three days later, got her second tooth right next to it.

    First teeth

  • Got up on all fours on March 27th.

    Got up on all fours

  • Started crawling just last week, on April 14th.

I love being a dad so far, as you can see. It's definitely a life change, but very much for the better. I'll try to keep you posted, though I'm sure you can tell by now why I've been so quiet lately!