Daddy's Pride / Crying

  • What's Wrong?

    Almost everyday my wife and I ask the same funny question to each other or someone asks us, why is our son crying, upset, or making so much noise? The answer is pretty simple. He’s a baby. He’s either tired, hungry, bored, or wet. I guess we assume something may actually be wrong, but that is never the case (knock on wood). Our son really is just a baby, and this is how he communicates. I guess now that we are parents we tend to worry a little bit more even if we know the answer to our questions.

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  • Road Trip

    This past weekend, I made my son travel in the car for 10+ hours round trip. In the beginning he was very happy to leave the house. He loves to ride around in the car, be outside, and it helps him sleep. However, by the end of our trip, my wife and I can tell that he was not a happy camper. Well, he made it completely clear he was not happy with the length of our trip. It might have been the combination of being bored (sitting in one place while staring at the back seat) and uncomfortable. At one point, my son was just staring at his mom without blinking, and giving her dirty looks. His pouting was making her feel extremely guilty. She tried to entertain him with a water bottle, a piece of paper, and an empty pizza box, but he found no amusement in these items. I can’t blame him. We think he was trying to tell her telepathically, that he was not having fun. Overall, our son did a wonderful job, and hopefully, when we go on 5-6 hour round trip car ride, it will be a piece of cake.

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  • Smart Phone as Baby Monitor

    I found another use for my smart phone. I used it as an interactive baby monitor. I placed my wife’s phone in his crib, and kept my phone with us. We were able to watch our son while being in another room. He entertained himself by watching his mobile and cooing. When we heard him whimper, we talked to him via face time. However, he eventually realized that we were not really in the room with him. What a smart little guy. We could not pull a fast one on him.

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  • Waiting Game

    Waiting outside the room to see if my son stops crying. He has quieted down after five minutes. That was the longest five minutes of my life.

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  • Ticking Time Bomb

    My son is like a ticking time bomb. When I change his diaper I only have a certain amount of time before the buzzer of his cry goes off. I feel like I am disarming a bomb. What makes it more challenging are the clothes that he wears. All the buttons and snaps are so confusing and enough to drive you crazy. I rejoice every time he wears an outfit with a zipper. Diaper procedure: First, I carefully remove the toxic waste. Than I clean him, and apply the butt paste. Once in a while I have to dodge a shooting fountain. After, I need to maneuver his kicking legs into his outfit and figure out which snaps belong together…all before he realizes that he has been naked and cold. I’m getting better, but the buzzer seems to be getting faster. I guess his expectation is that I become quicker and move more stealthily every time, especially since it has been five weeks since his arrival. Hopefully, he will be more patient and I will be quicker.

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  • Interpreting Cries

    It is officially one month since our son’s big arrival, and I think we have learned what he is trying to say to us when he cries. Son says “eh eh eh”-“I’m hungry.” Son says “wahh wahh wahh”-“I’m dirty and wet.” Son says “uhh uhh uhh”-“I’m tired.” Luckily once his demands are met, the cries subside.

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