He seems perfectly content most of the time, but I do try to participate once in a while--play sports, help build something, give my opinion. I probably should do it more, but it's hard when I need to get things done and don't have any backup. But again, he's usually so good about it that it's (too) easy to just let him be.
The odd thing is that when Craig is home, Jacob is the neediest child. He constantly needs a playmate. Craig will play with him for a while and take a little break, and Jacob will then whine about needing someone to play with. I will offer myself up, but he will reject me and immediately ask who he can play with. Of course he wants me to say "Daddy". It would be comical if it wasn't so frustrating.
On one had, I feel for him. He misses his daddy. Craig does work a lot (though not as much as if he was still working hockey), but I know Jacob craves time with him. After all, he's the coolest dad ever. He works for the Knighthawks, knows how to play sports, introduced him to Legos, knows everything about superheroes, and is willing to be totally silly with him. Heck, Craig sacrificed sleep Friday night to have a little slumber party with him in the spare room. He's a cool dad, no doubt. Of course Jacob wants to maximize his time with him.
On the other hand, why won't he play with me when Craig is around? Is he just so used to not playing with me? Is he not wanting to use valuable time that could be spent with Daddy playing with me? Hard to tell. I feel bad that he's not that into me. I know he loves me, but it's still a bit of a bummer to not be an acceptable option for your own kid. I feel bad that Craig has to be full-time entertainer when he's home. I guess he needs to make up for lost time--and let's face it, he likes Legos a lot--but it's hard. I wish he could benefit from the good solo playtime as well.
In the meantime, here's the Legos that have been keeping him busy lately:
|I asked him to show me what he made and smile. Close, I guess.|