Daddy's Pride / Going Out

  • Shop and Seek

    Now that my son really understands how to play hide and seek, going shopping has become much more enjoyable. Look at him hiding in the women's section. Wait...I think he might have been distracted. Isn't he adorable!

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  • Brunch Smunch

    A couple of weeks ago my son and I had some time to kill, so we went to Zaftigs, a great brunch spot near Boston. My wife and I used to go there all the time before we had the little one. So, I was definitely looking forward to eating some good food and drinking coffee while spending quality time with my son. Well….whatever I did imagine was thrown out the window after 5 minutes of sitting in our booth. My son wanted to roam around and talk to people instead of drinking his milk, eating his mac and cheese, and coloring. As for me, I only had 1 cup of coffee, a bite size taste of my son's meal, and I spent all my time trying to control the curious monkey.I guess my outing was a little too premature. I probably should have thought twice. Perhaps we need to try this again in a couple of years! For now, we will just stick to eating in the park so the little beast can run around.

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  • Fun in the Snow

    We took the little man out the other day to play in the snow. And of course we wanted to see how he reacts. Well, our son loved it. He enjoyed it so much that he just laid on the snow....smiling.

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  • Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

    We went to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in NYC this past weekend. We wanted to show our son the tree. And I have to say the tree was amazing,..its size and the number of lights that are displayed is ridiculous. The tree can light up the whole town that we live in. So, we're happy that our son saw the famous tree that people come to see from all over the world. Also, it was good to experience being with our son in a massive crowd. Even though it was tough navigating the stroller with thousands of people around us, it was worth it. I think the little man had a good time.

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  • Conquer the World

    The little man is taking a stroll thinking about how he plans to conquer the world.

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  • Organization and Routine Mantra

    Over the past year I come to realize that being organized and enjoying routine has made my life easier when we take the little one out for the day. Even though I love to be spontaneous and just hit the road, I rather have all of my son's basic necessities than forget them at home. Honestly, who wants to be running to the supermarket for diapers last minute, or needing to buy an extra pair of clothes? Also, this mantra of being organized and having a routine has helped with getting out of the house quicker, and not having to run around to find things like a chicken with its head cut off :) . So, to all new and future parents, do your best at being organized and take pleasure in routine. You will save time, and have peace of mind.

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  • Fishy

    The little guy trying to catch a school of fish with his bare hands at the aquarium.

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  • Nooks and Crannies

    About a couple of weeks ago I posted a picture of our son exploring our neighbors yard by himself. Well, take a look at him now. The little man is in the big city, exploring all the nooks and crannies that the city has to offer, and socializing.

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  • Eye Candy

    The little man's favorite past time seems to be going to the grocery store. Who can blame him with so much eye candy around.

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  • Son Is The Boss

    I finally decided that when my son and I are together I will use this time for bonding. I have tried to do work when I'm with him, or even watch television, but it never works out. He wants me to pay attention to him or he wants to play with my computer or remote control. Also, many times I try to put him to sleep, but he only takes cat naps. He sleeps for 30 minutes and he's refreshed. So, the other day I decided to get as much work done as I can before we went on our play date. I was planning to take him out to the nearby city and wander aimlessly. He will get out of the house and have a chance to look at buildings while I drink my coffee. I packed his diaper bag and made his food for our journey. Before stepping out of the house, I decided to just feed him. Give him a quick drink before I lock him up in his car seat. I fed him, and waited for him to digest. While he was sitting in his high chair, I did some last minute cleaning. I put away a few dishes, organized some household stuff, and etc. When I went back to him, my son was sleeping in his high chair. He was knocked out, and I was absolutely surprised. This was the first time he had ever slept in this position. He's usually trying to get out of his seat. I found my situation to be ironic. The day I plan to give him all of my attention is the day he says I can do my work. I guess we really know that my son is the boss, and I just have to adjust to his schedule.

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  • Insight

    The other day while we were at the mall, a fathertobe approached me and asked me how it was to be a dad. I found this situation funny because I was in his shoes just four months ago. I did the same thing by talking to random people who were hanging out with their babies. I guess it’s time to start meeting people who have little ones that have started to walk and talk. I am sure they will give me some insight into my future.

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  • Coffee Shop

    Out and about with the family. First time going to the coffee shop, and my boy passed with flying colors. I guess he needed a break from the house too.

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  • No More Last Minute?

    Yesterday, we went to the Jumper Classic, an equestrian event where horses jump over obstacles. We decided to go at the last minute. We woke up at 8:30 am, called the box office, and had found out that it would be best to reach the gates by 10:00 am to get good seats. First come, first serve. So, we got ready, ate breakfast, and made sure we packed lawn chairs, blankets, and extra clothes in case it gets cold. I have to say, we did this pretty quickly. However, we only had to worry about ourselves. This got me thinking, what will happen to our spontaneous nature when we have to take the kid? Will our days of simply jumping out of bed and rushing out of the house be put on hold for about 5+ years? Will we now have to be even more prepared? Making sure we have diapers, sunscreen, baby bottles, baby food, garbage bags, and a change of clothes for the little one. I have a feeling our days of being spontaneous are dwindling. We will soon need to know what our plans are at least a day in advance. And if we ever do have that urge to just hit the road, I will make sure we are prepared to be spontaneous.

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  • Going Out Prediction

    We have about two months left until the little guy comes. So, does this means that we need to go out as much as we can now? The other night my wife and I went out to dinner with some friends. We had a great time, and I strongly feel that our night out will not change much once our baby joins us. However, only time will tell. And all the parents I know say things change. But our lives have transitioned from the wild 20s to the stable 30s. We tend to value our sleep and turn in early. I do not foresee our adult dinner discussions changing from sports, gossip, travel, and movies. Although, the baby may become one of the topics of discussion, it seems like he already has entered into most of our conversations. Now, we will just include him in the conversation. My personal messiness will be slightly magnified with the new addition’s spillage. A few extra napkins is all we need to cover the damages. Our outings will end a little earlier from 10 pm to 8 or 9pm. We can always use some extra sleep. I am sure that our dinner outings will become more entertaining with the new addition, as it will be a whole new experience. However, I realize this is a viewpoint of an optimistic and slightly naive “father-to-be”.

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  • Out for Dinner Part 2

    Both my wife and I ordered steak, but different cuts. She ordered the filet and I got my ribeye. Whenever I eat this wonderful hearty meal, I tend to order it cooked medium rare. That’s the way I like it. Since we will be adding an additional member to our family, I started pondering how will the kid share my steak? It is probably not healthy for a child to consume raw meat. So what do we do? Order him a whole steak for himself and make sure it is well done? I found this idea to be too expensive, and as a steak lover, ordering him a well done steak is ruining the precious cut. Perhaps we should just give up steak? I thought about this for a little while, and luckily my wife came to the rescue. She is willing to order a medium-well done steak so that she can share it with the little one. I guess that’s a mothers love.

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  • Out For Dinner Part 1

    Last night, my wife and I went out for a romantic dinner at the Italian restaurant, Bonta. We had a great time. The restaurant had a special appetizer of octopus salad which sounded interesting. Octopus, arugula, feta cheese, navy beans, and red onions that was dressed with a refreshing lemon vinaigrette. Since we are both foodies, and enjoy trying new things, we had to order it. When the waitress came back with our order, we were surprised to see two tiny octopuses laying on top of the fresh green bed. They almost looked like Pearl from Finding Nemo. The first thought that came to my mind was how will my son react to this? Is it possible to get a kid to eat this? or will he be asking for chicken fingers and french fries? We hope to encourage him to try new and different foods.

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