Daddy's Pride / Memories

  • Footage

    My wife and I take pictures of our son all the time via digital camera and smart phone. We have thousands of images of him that are stored away on the hard drive. However, I have yet to make the full leap in using a video camera to film our son's special moments. For some strange reason, trying to film our son has been a real challenge. It's not because he doesn't want sit still or anything. It's a simple matter of just using the video camera. This challenge, which I plan to beat in the near future, actually started 8+ months ago. First, we had planned to buy our video camera before our son was born. Well, that did not happen. It should have, but unfortunately it was not meant to be. I started looking into cameras after he was born. I researched video cameras for a few weeks even though it's pretty basic. I googled the camera's price, lighting, weight, whether it has a flash drive or moving parts, and who builds the best camera. Around the 6 week mark of our son's birth, my wife and I decided to go to Best Buy and see what they had in stock. This was around Christmas time. We found a camera that met our requirements, however it was not available. The salesman recommended buying the video camera at another location which was about an hour away. We never got around to do this because we were kind of busy being new parents. A couple of months go by and we still have yet to buy our video camera, but we did use our digital camera's video feature to capture some footage. I know it's not the same, but I guess something is better than nothing. We did manage to go back to Best Buy, but we faced the same problem about their lack of inventory. I tried to buy it online, however the camera I wanted was only available at retail stores. Again, I was told to go to the store that was an hour away. Now I began to question the camera I wanted to purchase. Am I trying to buy a camera that has a high demand or a camera that they want to stop producing. So, I do more research. Finally, around my son's 5 month old birthday we purchased a video camera. We did not buy the one we wanted, but we were kind of lucky in that regards. They stopped producing it. We bought something, and that's all that mattered. I would love to say we have footage that can last months to watch. However, I would be lying. For the past three months our camera has sat on the shelf. So, as of this week, I will start filming. I need to capture our son crawling because sooner than we know it, he will be walking and think that crawling is for babies. I plan on using our video camera at least once a week. A few 30 second clips here and there. I think my goal is reasonable because it's doable and I simply don't see myself filming hours of footage. Let's see how it goes.

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  • Good Morning!

    One of the best parts I find about being a dad is seeing my son first thing in the morning. Even if I don’t get a good night sleep, waking up to see him is all I need to start the day right. It actually beats out drinking coffee. :) I guess its because he is so happy. He’s not moody (like his dad), he just smiles in the morning. He’s full of positive energy and is eager to learn. These are the qualities that I love about him. Last, he really makes both my wife and I look forward to getting up early.

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  • Live in the Moment

    Now that I am a dad, I can spot a baby, stroller, and any kid related thing from a distance. These are the skills I acquired once I found out my wife was pregnant. Recently, I have been seeing many newborn babies out and about with their parents. What I find fascinating is that these babies are so small, and I cannot believe my son was relatively the same size. Seeing these newborns makes me realize that time is flying bye so quickly and my son is growing at a rapid pace. I used to cradle him like a football in one hand with such ease. Now I need to use both arms, and all my strength to control the squiggly beast. Before he used to sleep on my chest peacefully. Now, he wants his own space. I hope I can continue to enjoy and live in the moment because I don’t want to miss anything that my son does.

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  • Quality Time

    Quality time with my son.

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  • Eventful Night

    Have you ever stayed at a hotel, and your neighbors made so much noise that you had to shift rooms? Well, last weekend we were those people that made a lot of noise. Our son was crying so much because he was teething. That night his teeth popped out from his gums. He was in a great deal of pain. I felt bad for him. Actually, I felt bad for everyone; my son, wife, and neighbors. My son was uncomfortable, my wife was tired, and my neighbors paid good money to stay in a hotel room, but could not get any sleep. To help relieve the situation, I decided to take my son down to the lobby. Perhaps a little stroll would help him fall asleep or at least he would find some amusement in watching people. Right when we left our room, we ran into my neighbor who was shifting rooms. It was embarrassing. I was face to face with someone who did not look happy, and who was very tired. However, I am quite happy I ran into the person. I had the opportunity to apologize for the raucous we caused, even though my neighbor did not want to deal with me or even look at me. Once I got everything off my chest we were on our way. At the lobby, my son stayed calm, but gave me evil looks for about 1 hour. He was not in a good mood. I guess this is the life of a father. Enjoy the times when your child laughs, but enjoy trying to lift up his spirits.

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  • Paparazzi

    How many pictures can we take of my little buddy? It seems endless. Every moment of the day it seems like my son is surrounded by the paparazzi (me and the wife). He must have about 2K pics from a variety of sources. Our digital camera, each of our smart phones, and devices from both grandparents.The funny thing is he seems to know how to ignore his fans. He just sleeps through all the commotion. Also, this makes me wonder, will the snaps slow down as he gets older and his face changes less drastically from day to day?

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  • Whose Face Is That?

    Everyday I look at our son’s face, and I try to figure out who he looks like. Does he look like me or his mommy? He has some obvious features that come from either of us like his mommy’s hair and jaw line, and my nose and chin. However, he seems to change from moment to moment. When he wakes up he looks like me, but after he eats he looks like his mommy. When we have visitors, or when we skype with family and friends we get mixed opinions on his looks. It makes me wonder who he will look like when he gets older. In addition to his features, he makes many expressions. He furrows his eyebrows like his mommy, and raises his eyebrows like me. This little guy has so many different faces that he keeps my wife and I mesmerized for hours just looking at him.

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  • Proud Daddy

    Now that I am a proud Daddy, I find myself being proud of my sons’s smallest accomplishments. Who knew that I would be giving my son praise for a “good burp”. Or be happy to see him pooping “so well”.

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  • Night Time Phrases

    I am way too tired to write a few sentences. So here are some phrases that come out of mommy and daddy’s mouth in the middle of the night when taking care of the baby. OMG! Again! I just fed you? Please go to bed. What time is it? Why are you crying? On the outfit? What was that noise? What’s that look? Don’t tell me? Can you check on him? He’s fine. Need more diapers.

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  • Father I Am

    The balloon has finally dropped, and I am proud to say that I am a dad. I will keep you posted on my adventures as a new father.

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  • Baby Journal

    Took a while to find the right baby book, but we did it! Now it’s time to start writing in it.

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  • Balloon Down

    Look!…the balloon, the balloon….it’s coming down!!!

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  • Baby Shower Balloon

    This helium balloon from our baby shower in September keeps going up and down into our skylight. My father-in-law suggested it could be a predictor of when the baby will come. It keeps going up and down, and he thinks when it completely falls the baby will deliver. Very interesting idea from a usually very scientific man.

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  • College Reunion

    Attended my 10 year college reunion. It was nice to see some old college friends. My wife got to explore her old college stomping grounds too. We picked up a few things for our son.

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