Daddy's Pride / OMG

  • Purple Princess

    Happy Valentine’s Day! To begin celebrating the day, I took my wife and son out for breakfast. We were enjoying our time together, when a bubbly little girl came over to our son and said “hi”. Our son who had previously been babbling and making a raucous was stunned into silence. He stared at the little girl with her sparkly purple Disney princess t-shirt in awe as she introduced herself to us and told us she was 4. She went on to explain in great excitement that she was going to turn 5 soon, and her parents were going to throw her a big monster party in a haunted house. My son continued to stare with curiosity as she invited him to the party and tried to convince him how fun it would be. And then as suddenly as she appeared at our table, she was gone, skipping out of the restaurant with her parents. It was at this precise moment, when the girl was just out of sight, that my son decided to raise his hand and say “hi” with enthusiasm. Poor little man was a little too late with his greeting. I guess I will have to teach him to be bold when a friendly girl approaches him… But just not too bold!

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  • He's a Toddler?

    Last week I found out that my son is a toddler and was no longer an infant. I somehow missed the chapter that states a one year old is the cut off date of being an infant. My son is almost 16 months, so for the past 4 months I have been telling people I have a baby. :) I guess I need to step up my role in being a dad so that I don't embarrass the little man in the future.

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  • Plastic Snowman

    Even though we have already received plenty of snow this year, it hasn't been enough to actually make a snowman. So, this past weekend our son came across his first snowman. It was fun to see him stare and analyze his new finding.

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  • Cereal Boxes

    As you can see, the little man had taken out all of our cereal boxes, and made a mess. However, what you don't see is that he had taken them out so he can reorganize our cabinet. :) He immediately placed all the boxes back into the cabinet in a way that he felt was most functional. He must be secretly watching HGTV shows.

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  • Connecticut Tragedy

    The school massacre tragedy in Connecticut has tugged at my heartstrings. Prior to being a parent, I found similar school shootings sad. However, only now that I am a parent, do I realize how devastating this must be to each family. A child brings such happiness, love, and life to the household. The sorrow of losing a child is unimaginable. Every parent wishes the best for his or her child, but never imagines such evil will come to harm them. My thoughts and prayers are with the families harmed by Friday's tragedy. I hugged and kissed my son a little more often this weekend, grateful that he is safe.

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  • Natural Imitator

    I recently read this quote “Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. ~Robert Fulghum I think this is absolutely true. My son was watching my wife the other day, take out a folding stool, and step on it in order to reach the cabinet above the refrigerator. After my wife was done, she folded the stool and put it away behind the refrigerator. She went about her business in the kitchen, and when she turned around our son was imitating her by standing on the stool next to the fridge. Sneaky little guy. He seems to absorb everything he sees and uses it immediately but not necessarily safely.

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  • Earthquake

    Last night, we had an earthquake up here in New England. I wish I can say that I felt the house tremble or heard a loud noise, only because I have never experienced an earthquake, however I cannot. I completely missed the 5 seconds of action, but its probably for the best. After finding out about the natural occurrence, I thought to myself what was I doing at that time. I quickly realized that I was dealing with a man made disaster...my son. I was trying to lure my son away from the kitchen, and prevent him from going through all the drawers and cabinets. I guess while he was banging away on all the kitchen stuff, we had a 4.9 earthquake. So, I think it's safe to say that our house experiences these tremors almost everyday.

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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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  • Obama and Michelle

    My son received more mail. Take a look it is from President Obama!

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  • Mail

    So my kid is already getting mail…seriously. It was addressed to him, not me or my wife. This was completely unexpected. I thought the closest type of mail that would be addressed only to him over the next few years would be birthday cards or some type of boxed gift. I now have to sift through more mail because of our new member.

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  • Top 10 Adjustments To Parenthood

    Top 10 adjustments I am trying to make as a new parent: 10. Drinking more coffee. 9. Avoiding the temptation of late night eating when the baby is up having his food. 8. Buying stuff in bulk. 7. Doing baby laundry every other day. 6. Eating when baby is a sleep, rather than when I choose to eat. 5. Being more assertive when it comes to having your child’s best interest in mind. Such as insisting people to wash their hands before they pick him up. 4. Planning and preparing baby stuff when leaving the house compared to just throwing on a coat, and making sure you have your keys, wallet, and phone. 3. Putting the baby before personal hobbies and interests. 2. Balancing exercise with new schedule. 1. Functioning on a few hours of sleep.

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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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  • Birth Date

    Happy 11/11/11!!!…and it’s Friday! Double whammy! For all of you that don’t know, our son was suppose to be born today. Now that did not happen, but the chances of him being born on the due date was only 5%. 95% of babies are born two weeks before or two weeks after their due date. So, it was very unlikely to hit 11/11/11. However, this date will forever be part of us just like any other important date that we are suppose to remember.

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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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  • A Baby's Life

    Eat, pee, poop, sleep. Eat, pee, poop, sleep. Eat, pee, poop, sleep. This is what my son gets to do all day and night. I only get to eat, pee, and poop! It is 2am as I write this post. Hopefully, my son will fall asleep while he eats, so the wife and I can get some shut eye.

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  • Happy To Be A Dad

    Life has changed in such a good way that I cannot express in words. Let’s just say I can stare at my child all day and not get bored. I am completely entertained and willing to lose sleep and change diapers all day. Tomorrow we will get to take him home and start our lives together.

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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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  • 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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  • Getting Ready

    Here is a recap of my conversation with the wife. Daddy to be: “We need to put the chairs in the car.” Mommy to be: “What chairs?” Daddy to be: “The chairs!…the baby chairs!” Mommy to be: “What baby chairs?” Daddy to be: “You know…the chairs we got.” Mommy to be: “I have no idea what you are talking about?” Daddy to be: “I am trying to make sure our baby has a chair in our car.” Mommy to be: “You mean the car seat?” Daddy to be: “Yeah…that’s it….that’s the baby chair.” As you can tell, daddy has no idea what he is doing……yet. There is a good chance that my son will be correcting my description of his stuff.

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