Daddy's Pride / Stuff

  • Bear Hug

    We have been teaching our son the art of giving a bear hug, and I have to say we have a 70% successful rate :). Seven out of ten times he hugs either of us when we ask him for a bear hug. Even though my goal is to increase this percentage to 100%, I will take the current percentage of received bear hugs. I guess its because I truly believe that 30% of the time when he refuses to give us a bear hug, he's just pulling our chain. And so we just give him a bear hug. He's a smart, sneaky little fellow by getting what he wants without asking for stuff.

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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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  • Snowsticks

    Last weekend it snowed in our neck of the woods. Take a look at our little snowman making sure our sticks are inserted properly into the ground.

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  • Remote Control

    From all the toys that we give our son, he always goes back to the mighty remote control. I guess its because of all the buttons, numbers, and colors that the remote control has to offer. Oh yeah....and it also makes our son wonder how the device changes the television channels.

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  • Xmas Tree

    As I mentioned in the last blog, we planned on getting a Christmas Tree during the weekend. And we did it! Who said plans were meant to be broken. :) So, our tree is up and fully decorated. Once our son saw the lights shine bright he smiled and loved it. And that's all that matters. Now we just have to build a moat so that our son wont attack the tree.

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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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  • Fishy

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

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  • I'm Watching You

    A couple of weeks ago our son transitioned to the car seat you see above. He now has a clear view of the road, and is officially a backseat driver. He watches every move I make. I now have to be extra careful to not making any mistakes while driving because he might just go and tell mommy. :) Also, studies say that kids at his age begin to imitate their parents. I know he has many years until he starts driving, but I better start being more disciplined to having both hands on the wheel.

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  • Vote

    I hope all of you go out to vote today. I plan on bringing my son to the polls so he can be part of the voting experience. Hopefully, he will one day take great pride in casting his vote.

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  • Picking Flowers

    Hey, stop picking the flowers!!! My wife and I felt a little guilty watching our son slowly destroy his grandpa's flowers. But, even grandpa found his destruction entertaining.

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  • Hurricane Sandy

    Our son was born on the day of the unusual October snow storm of 2011. This year we were hit with Hurricane Sandy on his birthday, and we were very lucky to have come out of it safe. I wonder what weather event his second birthday will bring. All we can say is that these natural disasters make you appreciate the important things in life...family, friends, good health,and safety. We wish all the families who were hit hard by the storm a speedy recovery to their normal way of life.

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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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  • 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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  • Argo

    The wife and I were able to see the movie, Argo this weekend. I thought it was a pretty good film. I don't want to ruin the movie for anyone...but the movie really showed how children can inspire their parents to achieve greatness. Children may never realize how influential they are in their parents lives. I suspect many of world's great inventions or ideas grew from parents interactions with their children. I know my son gives me new insights every day.

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  • Coloring

    I was teaching my son how to color, but he seemed more interested in eating the crayons. I think it will take some time for him to develop his skills to create his masterpieces.

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  • Debate

    Last night my son experienced watching his first presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. He clearly expressed his thoughts on how boring he found each candidate to be by continuously trying to turn off the television set. I kept on having to take the remote control from his hands. I wonder how I will be able to inspire him to value being part of a democracy and how to be an informed citizen. I guess I have 17 years to persuade him to be an informed voter.

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  • Chinese Zodiac

    Today I found out that my son's Chinese zodiac sign is the rabbit. I wonder if he will be like any of the other famous rabbits.

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  • Lifting Weights

    The other day my son was lifting some dumbbells that we have in the house. He was trying to single hand curl 2lbs and max out on 5lbs. While I was watching him lift I realized that he was trying to lift 25% of his body weight with the 5lb dumbbell. This was his first time hitting the gym, so I can’t imagine what he would do on the second day. I was very impressed as he played with his new toy. Also, if I were to single hand curl 25% of my body that would mean I need a 40lb dumbbell. I guess I have a new goal, increase my curls from 15% to 25%.

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  • Child Carrier

    My wife is trying to convince me to buy a backpack child carrier since our son has outgrown the Baby Bjorn. I don’t think my back can handle this.

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