Cree Jones is a student based in Chicago.
I am a graduate student at the University of Chicago working on a PhD in economics. I am married to the talented Amanda Jane Jones, creator of Define Magazine (launching 10/15/15) and co-creator of Kinfolk Magazine. We live together with our sweet Jane in Chicago and will be welcomed baby Miles into the family a few weeks ago.
Every father has his story. This is a small glimpse into Cree's.
1. Sometimes, the connection to fatherhood is not immediate. Was it for you? And if not, was there a moment that you really felt, "Woah. I'm a dad."
For me the connection was immediate. Jane arrived via an emergency C-section. I remember hearing her little voice for the first time sitting with Amanda behind the curtain in the operating room. When they brought her around the corner for us to meet her it felt like we were meeting someone we already knew.
2. What has been easier than you thought it would be? How about harder?
Changing diapers has been easier than I thought it would be. I never really gave much thought to the task before she got here, but I assumed it would not be a part of fatherhood that I enjoyed. But, after doing it for two years, I really don't mind doing it and actually enjoy chatting with her while we get it done. It has been really hard to sit with her when she gets her shots. In my mind I believe we are doing what is in her best interests, but I can't help but feel like I am betraying her when she sits on one of our laps with complete trust and confidence while they prep the needles to poke her a few times.
3. What kids book would you read a million times out loud in a row? What book are you actually have to read a million times out loud in a row? How about songs?
"Because a Little Bug Went Kachoo" (would) and "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" (are).
4. What traditions are you excited to carry on with your kids?
Growing up, my Dad would always take each of us out on a "special night" where it was just you and him, one-on-one, and you got to pick the activity. A lot of times it was getting a blizzard from Dairy Queen, sometimes skipping rocks, and other times playing pool. I just remember really looking forward to having my turn to spend time alone with Dad and really feeling special and loved. I'm excited to do the same thing with each of my kids.
5. Being a dad makes me feel _____________________.
Thank you for letting us profile you, Cree! Please check out his incredibly inspiring Instagram as well as the new Define Magazine.
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