Sheesh. Times-Picayune writer Barri Bronston spent so much time following Chris and Dale Liuzza around, it's like having a built-in sitter. I hope they put him to work. The result is a long, engaging tale with stories that'll sound familiar to almost every new dad:
Except for an occasional wail, Seth slept through most of the flight [home from the surrogate's place] to New Orleans. With experience baby-sitting their 5-month-old nephew, the Liuzzas felt they were well-prepared for their new roles as Daddy (Chris) and Dee Dee (Dale). But after 15 days of waking up every two to three hours to feed him, exhaustion had started taking its toll.There are cameos by loving in-laws, the fledgling gay parent support group, the happy rabbi [funny, no mention of the mohel], and the disapproving old neighbor, along with product placements for two-dad baby memory books, story books, even a dig at "Mom's #1 Choice," Baby Einstein ["That really bothers me. Why can't it just say, 'Parents' No. 1 Choice'?"]
"You get so overwhelmed with the sudden changes in being a parent," Dale said. "Everything revolves around him -- when he eats, when he sleeps, when he gets a bath."
"At first we were hoping for twins," said Chris. "But now we're relieved it was just one."
It all sounds great, and then one night while they're watching the World Series BAM!: "In an hour or so, Dale and Chris will gently rouse Seth from his sleep, check the bruise on his head and give him a bottle." The kid's 10 months old, and they're waking him up to feed him?