By Eric Morken
My wife, Mali, and I didn’t have to wait longer than expected for the arrival of Aubree Olivia Morken. In fact, Mali is the most organized person I know, so it was fitting that our daughter came without much fuss exactly on her due date.
We got to the hospital around 11 a.m. on December 27. By 2:05 p.m., we had a healthy baby girl weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces. The delivery went as well as we could have expected, at least on my end. I was conscious for all of it and only felt a little light headed.
Before you go singing my praises, realize that Mali did most of the work. She went in determined to get through this without medication and never came close to straying from that plan. For all my male readers out there, that’s the kind of grit and determination that great players show during crunch time.
Mali has continued to amaze me ever since. It’s not that Aubree has been a tough baby. Quite the opposite. She’s great. Smiles are a lot more frequent than cries, and when she does cry it is usually a pretty easy fix.
When it’s not, there’s one person who seems to have the magic touch. I have tried to be that person. I bounce around with her, hold her every which way to try to get her comfortable. I sing to her, I rock her, but when nothing seems to work, I simply hand her off to Mali and the crying tends to stop.
I guess that’s the reward for being so selfless. Isn’t that ultimately the biggest trait that every good mom shares?
Their day never really ends. Mali wakes up with Aubree in the middle of the night to feed and change her. Daylight hours consist of feedings, play time, tummy time and naps. Only the naps are strictly designated for Aubree.
By the time I get home to take over, Aubree is nothing but smiles. Mali never seems fazed by the constant demand.
The only thing she dreads is the day it will end when she goes back to work and Aubree heads to day care.
I knew how important the role of a mom is, but I’ve come to appreciate that responsibility by witnessing it firsthand. Kudos to you, mothers. The men in your life are impressed.
Eric Morken is a husband, new father, sports reporter and outdoor enthusiast.