Cheerleader Daddy

I remember when my boys were in belly time phase. Remember that phase? You lay them on their belly and watch as that gigantic head of theirs frantically moves around. Being at home with them during that day we always had our set time right after naps for belly time. I don’t know what other people do during this time, maybe they coo to the child or update social media or take photos. Not this guy.

First step in belly time was getting the right music going. I may or may not have a playlist exclusively of movie montage songs. It might include ” Highway to the Danger Zone” and ” Eye Of The Tiger”. Ok, I do! I do have that playlist and it’s AWESOME! That was always started up before belly time and has been played many times since for other developmental exercise.

Next step to Punk Rock Papa’s Baby Gym was to grab a headband. No, not for the kids. I needed a headband. During belly time I turned into a cross between drill sergeant and Richard Simmons. I would slide in from everywhere.
“Roll! Roll! Roll! Don’t quit, you got this!”

“Work it, work it! Flail them arms like you just don’t care!”

The kids, admittedly, were at first confused by my antics. Why does the feeder of bottles and majestic changer of diapers keep acting like a loon after nap time? After time though, they got in the groove. “Danger Zone” would come on to gigantic smiles. It was so much fun for all of us. They looked like those dog bobbleheads. I laughed, they laughed, we bonded.

Oh man, then they started rolling! Whenever one managed to roll themselves to their backs I would go nuts for them! Touchdown celebrations, dancing with the dogs and of course cuddles! I would go wild. My craziness was met with a chorus of giggles. The kids would be reset only to again roll. Their eyes would look at daddy and you could see the spark of pride and excitement flickering strongly.

The crazy antics haven’t toned down either. I still become the most ridiculous person when it comes to milestones. I love the name Punk Rock Papa, but Cheerleader Daddy would have been equally appropriate. I’ll always be over the top, eventually it will be too much when I show up to their sports events with my own stereo and copy of the playlist. I love cheering my kids on. I love the glow that takes their face when they succeed at something. I love the determination that takes over their faces when they falter. I love being their biggest cheerleader.

For those interested, here is the playlist;
1) Kenny Loggins- “Danger Zone”
2) Survivor- “Eye Of the Tiger”
3) Joe Esposito- ” You’re The Best ”
4) Kansas- “Carry on my Wayward Son”
5)Whitesnake- “Here I Go Again”


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9 comments on “Cheerleader Daddy
  1. You’re so into every moment with your boys, it warms my heart. I smiled for the first time in a few days reading this. Eye of the Tiger. haha

    We didn’t do tummy time. My kid *sharp intake of breath here* slept on his stomach. Yes, he did. It was the only way he slept! Bad Mommy needed her beauty sleep.

  2. I can picture it now….the boys on the soccer field and from the side lines we hear, “Eye of the Tiger” playing as they run up and down the field. LOL LOVE IT! 🙂 (You know you are going to have to video that and share it, right?) 😉

  3. Love this so much. I was the Mommy cheerleader for my first son learning to roll over at 5 months to his left side. Oh how he’d struggle woth rolly poly body to get to his right. He’d bang his head, cry out of frustration, and we’d cuddle and rock. Kick start my heart would start playing and he’d grin. And then on the day he turned 6 months he mastered his feat and we celebrated with some Dr. Feelgood. Now for my second he was a mover and shaker from the get go. He was 10 days old and rolling over side to side like he was in a washing machine. I had to barricade him with pillows so he couldn’t roll away from diaper changes. My health nurse called him my “just in case baby.” Put your hand on your baby at all times, just in case he rolls away.

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    • Thank you for the advice, I will try to make my titles more click-bait-y. Thanks for reading and I always welcome suggestions!

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