StellaBlueBella wrote:And to be fair let's put Edward into historical context. What were the expectations/cultural norms for the role of fathers in the early 1900's? I imagine they were somewhat different then the ones we have today.
One thing I do NOT think has changed is that parents, especially fathers, believe they have a duty to protect their children from harm - be it the Volturi or an unknown medical condition. I believe Edward felt that by doing all that research - he was doing what others could not do to protect his child. I mean Nessie had Bella, Jake, Rose, Esme and Alice as caregivers - we didn't see any of them doing medical research on her behalf. And in the end finding Nahuel and Huilen in the Amazon is what saved Nessie's (and everyone eles') life. I would say Edward's parenting strategy paid off.
My theory as to why we see so much more of Nessie-Bella-Jake in the book is that is the situation that needed the most resolution. We get to see Bella and Jake become best friends again and we also get to experience the attachment of imprinting. We should have a little faith in Edward's love for his family. I also have a theory that there is more of a connection or "communication" going on between Nessie and Edward then we see through Bella. I mean the guy can read minds already so just imagine what he can see from his daughter who is able to share her mind with anyone!
I totally agree. Yea, you don't really hear of Edward being around that much after Nessie was born, but the thing we've all got to remember when reading these books is that it IS from Bella's POV. Where all she payed attention to before Nessie was born was Edward, now that she has a baby that needs the love and attention from her mom that only a mom can give Bella has to focus more on Nessie, and less on Edward. Just because Bella doesn't mention that Edward is there, it doesn't necessarily mean he wasn't. Plus, he was doing all that research to save Nessie and the rest of his family with the threat of the Volturi coming. That's why Alice and Jasper left right before the Volturi came was to find the other vampire/human half-breed that they had found out about. Honestly, I believe Edward was a very loving father, he saved his daughter and the other Cullens from the Volturi.