I used to be neat and tidy most of the time, until hurricane Gabriel was born on December 17, 2011. My first born son only weighed 5 lbs. and 5 ounces. However, like any hurricane, he first started off as a slight breeze and later bloomed into something much more destructive. When he started to cruise and nibble on snacks, he became my worst nightmare. As a clueless stay at home dad, I was overwhelmed with cleaning everything all day and night. The washing machine and dryer was constantly running, I was vacuuming all the time, washing bottles, and cleaning up vomit, poop, and pee from the carpet, couch, and bed. If you think not sleeping for a day or two can drive you nuts, try to imagine not sleeping for a few years.
And then one day, I stopped cleaning. I regained my sanity for a brief period, but then my wife would come home from work and get perturbed. Our cozy home, was now a dump. A place we didn’t want to spend our time. After a few weeks, my wife asked me to clean up the place. She basically said that the place stunk and she wondered what I did all day. I argued that I’m doing what’s best for Gabriel and that I don’t have time to clean up after him all the time. I think I might have said, “If you just leave it there long enough, it’ll become invisible.” It was true, his mess eventually became invisible to me.
I sort of liked that my son’s left over cereal was all over the place so that he could eat up his own mess whenever he became hungry. But my wife did have a point when she said that “it wasn’t a good thing” that he was eating food off the floor. By the time our second son, William, started cruising and snacking, we still didn’t have a solution. Our place became twice as dirty, and I would only vacuum when it got really, really bad. Until one day, on craigslist, someone was selling a used Roomba 560 for $20. The ad said it didn’t work, but that didn’t stop me from thinking I could fix it.
“The Roomba will save us,” I thought. So, I picked it up, examined it, and decided to buy a new battery for $20 and what do you know?! It worked. I set it to vacuum every day at 8:00 am. Our home wasn’t immaculate clean, but it was clean enough. Considering how much time and effort we’ve saved over the years, the Roomba is worth its weight in gold. Now it’s been several years, and I haven’t vacuumed since. New Dads, you should get a robot vacuum.