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My current level of experience with cloth diapers…

Well that would be a big fat O. The old zippo, nada, haven’t seen, touched, smelled and certainly haven’t changed one in my life. Now, I could say that about disposables too, but at least I have some experience throwing things in the garbage bin. I think when my wife mentioned she wanted to cloth diaper our future baby(ies) I probably looked at her like she had three heads and silently hoped that this too shall pass. However, being the forward thinking eco-concious guy that I am I started to look into the mysterious beast that is cloth diapering.

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Our first fur born…

This baby growing inside my wife will be our first child, but not our first daughter. You see we already have a little female princess fluff ball living in our home and our hearts. Growing up I had a dog, but my wife didn’t have get that experience. There is just something magical about a kid and their dog. The devotion and love they share is very different and special. She always longed for that bond and the day of her graduation from college she set out to add a new member to our family. I had some reservations about the timing, amount of training a puppy needs, among other things, but who was I to stand in her way? She had worked hard in school and had been waiting her whole life to find her own furry googly eyed puppy. So we delved into the search for the perfect dog, researching breeds, training info etc. Then one day at a dog show we met Boo. A striking 6 month old red Shiba Inu puppy she exuded cuteness and poise. Already trained and house-broken she dashed all my concerns to pieces. Very cautiously she walked over and put her paws on my knees, shivering with nervousness and excitement the whole time. Looking right into my eyes she seemed to say if you love me I will be the best dog you could ever hope for.

If only that had been true…

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Why my work sucks for new dads

My wife’s work is full of ladies, more specifically moms. Besides the obvious benefit of getting lots of delicious baked goods brought into work they also are always willing to talk about babies, pregnancy, and the like. She also has a few co-workers that are also pregnant and they can all commiserate together. In my office at work I’m lucky if I hear a peep about kids or babies. If someone does happen to ask me a question it is usually “How is your wife doing?”Ugh, you know I am going through my own stuff too! I mean, I know she is the one dealing with the most changes right now, but just because I happen to have a Y chromosome doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to be engaged in a little bit of water cooler banter about becoming a dad. Unfortunately the people in my office, even if they are dads, don’t seem inclined to share their thoughts or feelings on the subject. SHE IS SO LUCKY!

I do have one friend here who had his first son almost a year ago. His little boy is super adorable and his wife is also pregnant with their second (another boy)! Their due date is about a month behind my wife and I which is also really cool. He’s the only one at work that I can chat with about cloth diapers, boppy pillows, and gliders. I try to hold back releasing this huge flood of soontobe dad geekery on him because I I fear losing my only workplace confidant. Last week he and I were discussing the benefits of bumbo seats and my one female co-worker goes “You guys and all your gushy baby family talk. Ugh!” Talk about crushing the mood. Thank God for the internet and the chance it gives me to voice all my overly excited squees regarding premium muslin cotton crib sheets, natural wool lanolin treated diaper covers, and 100% BPA free breast flow bottles. Seriously, if I weren’t as technologically inclined I would be left thinking that I was one weird dude that is getting way to invested in his not even born yet kid. Thank you fellow dad bloggers for all your posts, tweets, and instgrams about your kids!

Don’t even get me started on the weird looks I get at Target when I coo over strangers babies… Hey, at least I resisted picking them up and it isn’t like I’m breaking into their houses to breast er I mean bottle feed them.

Me: On waiting to be a dad

When I was around 9 or 10 I remember laying in bed at night unable to sleep and praying for a family of my own. I was very specific too. I prayed for a wife that would love and support me. She would also have to love animals, especially cats and dogs! I asked for kids that I could hold and protect and would look to me for guidance. And as always when I would fervently wish this with every fiber of my being I could almost feel the love that would surround this home and it was so warm and powerful that even in my imagination I hardly believed that it could be real. That was 15 long (and short) years ago. At some point I stopped praying for that life and I don’t remember why. A lot of good and bad has happened in the intervening years, but God never forgot the prayers of one small lonely boy… He was just waiting for the right time to answer them. Continue reading

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Girl!!

See ultrasound pics and some wordage by clicking ‘continue’ below…

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PregnancyWeekly: Fathers Wired to Care for Babies Too

Pregnancy Blog – For All Your Pregnancy Things by PregnancyWeekly: Fathers Wired to Care for Babies Too.

My wife just emailed me the link to this interesting article. Researchers at Northwestern found that men’s testosterone levels decrease after they become fathers. It demonstrates that physiological changes during parenthood are not limited to new mothers alone! Lower testosterone levels are thought to aide in increasing the ability to nurture your offspring and also may provide protection against some chronic diseases.

Above is the Pregnancy Weekly post and for a more in depth article click here to go to Science Daily’s report.

Welcome!

Thanks for dropping by my blog! If you were searching for a blog about fatherhood then you’re in the right place. I hope this blog will serve as an informative, entertaining, and meaningful place for men who are soon to be or already are fathers (And perhaps for the women that love them too).

My wife and I are just beginning to embark on the journey of starting a family and I’d love to share it with you. I’m really excited to be a new dad! I’ve got great plans for this little corner of the internet I am going to call my own. My wish is that one day when our children are grown I’ll be able to look back and laugh at some of the “big worries”, shake my head at some of the mistakes, and maybe get a little misty eyed at the precious milestones that passed all too quickly. So, ready or not…here we go!