Daddy's Pride

  • Santa

    The little man talked to Santa for the first time, and boy was he happy. I think the deep conversation about getting presents did the trick. :)

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  • Turkey and Pie Please

    Each day since Thanksgiving has past, my son asks us, "Can we make turkey and pie?" And my typical response is, "Are you going to help eat it?" And of course he says, "No...you eat it". :) I am curious to know what he's thinking. My only logical reason for his request is that he just wants to fatten me up, so he can jump on my belly. :)

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  • Ice Skating Class

    We signed up our son for ice skating classes, and we couldn't believe how quickly he and all the other toddlers picked up the sport. The teachers just put them on the ice, and they all just started skating with confidence. In the beginning they did use the skating bar, but towards the end they were skating by themselves. It was truly amazing to see how easy it is for children to learn new things. I guess they weren't kidding when they say that children are like sponges.

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  • Please Go To Sleep

    Last week the little man was sick. So, we kept him out of school. His days were filled with sleeping in as long as he can, and taking long naps in the middle of the day. We figured this would be the best way for him to get some rest and quickly recover. Well, it worked. He his up and running. :) However, now he's up and running way too much :) Someone needs to get this kid back to bed. Those long naps have yet to go away, and as a result he quickly built a routine for staying up late at night. :) The past 7 nights we have been up playing with legos, disney cars & planes, marvel toys, and puzzles until 11pm! Someone help! :) 

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  • Ice Skating

    This past weekend our son went ice skating for the first time. :) I think we spent about 30 minutes on the ice, but it was well worth it. The little man experienced something new and fun. So, we will be going to the local rink often during the weekends this fall and winter. Oh...and hopefully my skills at ice skating will improve too. :)  

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  • Happy Birthday and Happy Halloween!

    I would have to say that celebrating the little man's 3rd birthday and halloween makes a great week. The little man loved it. And guess what....??....both my wife and I had a great time too! :) We all ate cake and candy, and dressed up as spiderman (son), a cat (mom), and a pumpkin (dad). As I mention here and there on my blog, having a child makes us feel like kids. This was just one of those weeks where you forget that my wife and I are actually adults. Happy birthday to my son! And happy Halloween to all!

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  • Kids and Trucks

    Like many kids my son's age, he too loves cars, trucks, and trains...basically anything that moves. Whenever he sees these vehicles on the road he points them out....for example, "Look a digger!" Whenever we go shopping he tends to pick out clothes that showcase his love for big moving things. And of course when we go to the toy store he's looking for toys that have wheels. So, last weekend we attended a fundraiser event that allowed kids to sit in all types of vehicles. Whoever came up with this idea is brilliant. The little man sat in a fire truck, trolley, bulldozer, ambulance van, and recycling truck. This made my son's day, and I am sure this made everyone's day as well. Oh, and I also got to sit in a huge dump truck. :) So, if you have an opportunity to go to an event like this I would do it. Your child will be super excited.

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  • The Amazing Spider-Man

    I use to wonder who let their children wear costumes in the park, and why did this happen? Well, now I don't anymore. Now I completely understand. :) Last week we let our son be the boy behind the mask. We let him wear his costume in public weeks before Halloween so he gets comfortable in it. We are making sure he does not have a meltdown like last year's Halloween where he threw his costume on the floor. And my wife and I don't want to be the parents who get dressed up for this day when their own child is in street clothes. :) So, this year, we double checked, and will probably triple check that the Spider-Man costume will be okay for the big day. So far so good. Let's see how it goes next week.

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  • Short Term Chaos

    A while ago I read an article that said to enjoy having toys all over the house because it won't last forever. So, that's what I am doing. I have learned or truthfully still learning....to embrace these words of wisdom. I try to not worry so much about toy cars being under the sofa, children books not on the shelves, puzzle pieces left in the corner of the room, and etc. As the article states...this chaos is only for the short term. So, this is my mindset. I have to believe that nothing lasts forever. I need to just enjoy the moment, and not worry so much. So, the next time I see a lego piece in the bathroom, I will just smile, and put that piece in my pocket. What can I really do...I live with a soon-to-be three year old. :)

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  • Morning Music

    I love being a parent, and one of the many reasons includes reflecting on your own personal childhood. You begin to think about stuff that you have completely forgotten, and I am talking about the good things…the things that somehow transformed you in a positive way or at least made you smile and happy. You see, when I was growing up as a kid I loved listening to music while taking a shower. Listening to music first thing in the morning always started my day on a good note. Whether I was listening to Michael Jackson, Rock and Roll, or basically 80’s songs, it always put me in a good mood. Now…unfortunately, I stopped doing this, and I don’t know why? However, it’s never too late to start this morning tradition again. And I am not doing it for myself…honestly…I am doing it for my son. I am sure it sounds crazy…why does a toddler need music while taking a shower? :) Well, he already shows interest in music. Whenever we get in the car, he asks for songs. When we are in the bedroom, he wants to turn on the iPod/radio, and dance. So, maybe he too will benefit from listening to music first thing in the mood. It doesn’t hurt to try..right? And maybe we will be the ones that start off dancing every morning, and being all happy and cheery. That would be awesome. :) Oh, and on an educational note, he may pick up more words, and increase his vocabulary. Let’s see how this goes. Wish us luck!

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  • Heat Wave

    We just convinced our son that he should wear his Autumn jacket for the chilly weather, and we were hit with a minor heat wave this past weekend. :) So, we are back to square one. The little man is already saying, "I don't need a jacket". :) I guess mother nature wants our son to always be right, and my wife and I to always be wrong. :)

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  • Three Letter Words

    I "try" to introduce a new three letter word to my son before he heads off to school. The goal is just get him to used to pairing letters and sounds. I am by all means not preparing him for the Scripps National Spelling Bee contest. :) So, you would think forming three letter words daily would be an easy task, but honestly it is not. :) It actually requires a lot of thought after you have exhausted all the obvious words. I probably should start looking up three letters words in the dictionary, especially since I am not ready to create longer words for the little guy. :) And just as important, trying to do this activity consistently is a real challenge. Oh man...the challenges of trying to educate your child.

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  • Bouncy House

    This past weekend we were planning to hit the beach or go to the museum. We figured if the weather was nice we will take full advantage it, and be outdoors. And if the weather was a little cold, we will introduce our son to an art museum. Well, of course neither happened. :) Our son had plans of his own. He wanted to go to a place that has huge bouncy houses so he can test his vertical. He wanted go through inflatable obstacle courses that challenges his military-spartan-ninja skills. Last, he wanted to go down a slide that allows him to break the sound barrier. So, we took him, and honestly we "all" had a great time. It was awesome seeing our son go completely nuts with all the other children. They were running, jumping, falling, sliding, rolling, and tumbling. And most importantly they were all smiling and laughing.......except for those children that got kicked in the face, pushed back down a ladder, or trampled on. :) So, we will probably do this again, and maybe my wife and I will be less overprotective, and perhaps be as cool as the other parents who felt confident enough to not watch their child every minute. :)

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  • Blueberry Picking

    We told our little farmer that the art of blueberry picking entails finding the bluest blueberry. It shouldn't have a hint of red because it will still be sour. He listened carefully, and followed our advice. Later, he suggested to us that tasting blueberries should be part of the blueberry picking strategy. Makes sense...right? I think so.

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  • Can you help me....

    One day when our son is older my wife and I kind of expect him to be responsible and helpful, especially in the house. So, we have started to somewhat train him to help us with our chores, along with doing other stuff. And the way we go about this is by saying "Can you help me...". At the moment we find that this works better than simply ordering him around...for example, "Put away your...". So here's a short list of things we think that will help our son simply become a better person in the future. Can you help me .... ...put away the toys? (Even if it takes longer to do overall). ...put the clothes in the dryer? (Even if it's a few garments). ...fold the clothes? (Even if it's a bad folding job). ...read the newspaper? (Even if its looking at pictures). ...make the bed? (Even if its just tossing the covers around). ...get your red cup? (Even if you have to show where it is). ...organize your shoes? (Even if you do 90% of the work). ...throw away the trash? (Even if you hold the bag, and he just walks with you). Give it a try, and let me know how it goes!

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  • Waking Up

    The past few mornings I found myself wanting to sleep longer. I guess it has something to do with the days becoming shorter, the nights becoming longer, and the weather being cooler. So, when I go to wake up the little man I can tell he's on the same page as I am. He does not want to get out of bed....he just wants to stay under the covers. And honestly, I don't want to wake him up. He sleeps peacefully, and looks cozy. I feel that he should just sleep until he wakes himself up. However, either my wife or I has to do the dirty work, and wake him up so he can get to school on time. Someone must wake up sleeping beauty, or in this case...the sleeping dragon :) I guess this is part of parenthood. Do things you really don't want to do even if it is something so minor like waking up a child from an awesome dream.

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  • Child Responses

    Now that the little man is a chatterbox, and can basically respond to questions, my wife and I have come across a new problem. How do you get your child to listen to you when they come back with responses that make you chuckle? :) Here are a few conversations with a soon-to-be 3 year old. - Between daddy and son Daddy: Could you please take your feet off the table while we eat. Son (while leaning back in the chair and smiling): No daddy, I'm relaxing. Daddy: Of course you are...makes sense. What was I thinking. :) - Between mummy and son Mummy: Can you please walk down the stairs properly. Son (while sliding down the steps and jumping): No mummy. Mummy: You shouldn't do that. You might get a boo-boo. Son (singing while arms out): Let it go, let it go...(lyrics from Frozen) Mummy: I need to let go...huh? :) - Between daddy and son Daddy: Lets put on your jacket. It will keep you warm. Son: I don't need a jacket. I have you. Daddy: You want me to just hug you all day! :) Son: Yeah! - Unexpected responses that make you laugh, smile, and melt.  

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  • Hooray For School!

    Little man started school yesterday, and boy was he excited. I guess he was sick of us. :) Who can really blame him. He gets to go back hanging out with his friends, and being somewhat independent. So, as a curious dad, I wanted to know more about his day. Below is our very short conversation.Daddy: How was school buddy? Was it fun? Did you play with so and so?  Son: Daddy do you poop in your pants? Daddy: Nope. :) Anything else happen in school? Son: Nope. Let’s play planes. Daddy: Okay.  Son: Crash planes. Daddy: Okay.I hope all you parents can relate to this. If not, then please don’t tell me. I would then have to worry. :)

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  • I Have To Go...

    Whenever my son comes to me, and says, "I have to go potty", my immediate response is always to say, "really...now?" Then I think for a few seconds, and drop whatever we are doing, and tell him, "alright...let's go!" For some reason, I am always shocked when he tells me this. I guess I cannot get over the fact he has become trained in taking care of his personal business. :) So when did the little man figure out all this potty business? I have no idea.....it just happened. The only thing I do know is that when a child is potty trained...it's awesome! :)

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  • Bedtime Reading is Back

    Reading books to our son before bedtime is back in action! This shouldn't be that big of deal, but it is to me. I am actually pumped up about this!!! :) You see, we kind of stopped reading to him at night for a little while....we fell out of our routine. So, this weekend the goal is to find some new children books at the local library and book store. Hopefully getting back to this evening routine will help the little man prepare for school and go to bed early. :)

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