Dad here. Returning to work has been challenging for us both, though I know the challenges for a working mother are quite more difficult. So thanks Jess for handling it so well, and for being a great mother and wife.
Witnessing Thomas develop since we first brought him home has been amazing. In butterfly terms he's still in the caterpillar phase, and definitely a hungry one. But over the past two weeks or so I've noticed a definite change. Our infant son is starting to cocoon into a baby boy, I notice it in the look in his eyes.
One of my favorite moments each day is when Thomas fixates on my shirts which are often adorned with *NERD ALERT* something from Star Wars or Marvel comics. He likes the contrast. I don't pretend to think that he's excited about Wolverine or the Millenium Faclon. What I know is I can see his focus zoom out and he locks onto my face, and there's a quick realization that happens - and most of the time a cheesy smile. It's one of the best feelings, and in those moments I feel like a real dad.