This past weekend, my husband and I hunkered down on the sofa with snacks and binge-watched Jim Gaffigan stand-up comedy shows on Netflix. You're right; it was awesome. He's hil-arious! And I thought so even before I learned Gaffigan is a dad of five!
Yes, you read that right. The comedian and his wife Jeannie have five children: Patrick, 3; Michael, 5; Katie, 7; Jack, 10; and Marre, 12.
But lest you think the funnyman has fatherhood down to a science given all that practice, Gaffigan told People magazine that, actually, "Parenting is all about making mistakes and dealing with a certain level of guilt."
Can't say I disagree with you, Jim. I feel guilty right now because my kids are eating lollipops before breakfast. Oops. At least I'm not alone in feeling fairly inadequate as a parent sometimes. (Okay, a lot of the time.)
Gaffigan, who has talked about living in a two-bedroom New York City apartment with his brood, may have made his fair share of mistakes, but he also has an important gem of wisdom to offer newer fathers: "When the baby comes, there's gonna come a moment where your wife or girlfriend's gonna be like, 'I'm starving.'" So, make sure you have food, dads! Gaffigan adds, "After a woman gives birth, there's a hunger I always found fascinating."
Does scarfing down a giant baked potato and a bread bowl of broccoli cheese soup qualify as "fascinating" hunger, Jim? I'm guessing the answer is yes. And like the famous dad of five, my husband was also awestruck by the amount of food I put down following the births of our three children. But hey, giving birth is like the hardest workout of your life!
Meanwhile, Gaffigan often jokes that he hates working out and still eats as much as possible. So, there! But no hard feelings, Jim. We love you!
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.