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Month: April 2013

How We Can Be Involved As Dads

Written by The Daddy before our first child was born in 2013…

Being the father of a baby that isn’t here yet can feel like you’re sitting on the sideline of the most important game of your life. But just because she’s the one doing all the work in actually carrying your future son or daughter, that doesn’t mean your involvement is not important. Sarah is now in her third trimester and I feel more needed than ever. There are so many things that we can do as husbands that will be much appreciated. Continue reading

Quick Reference Calendar for Pregnancy

On the forums I frequent, there are always new moms asking “If I’m x weeks pregnant, how many months am I?” or “What trimester is x weeks?”  Here is the tried-and-true reference calendar I use.  🙂

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Our Stroller and Why We Chose It

Originally posted 2013

Sarah and I recently got a brand new stroller from my best friend as an early baby shower gift. Of course we haven’t been able to actually use it much since our son is yet to be born, but I thought I’d give my initial impressions.

The stroller I’m referring to is the Graco FastAction Fold Classic Connect Travel System. Whew! That’s a mouthful! This is the stroller that Sarah and I decided on after doing lots of research online. We’ve never owned a stroller so it was interesting imagining how we may use it when our son arrives.

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Every New Dad Needs These Instructions

Learning that you’re going to be a new dad can be very stressful. I know because I was. I had no idea what I was going to do once our child came into the world, so I did what I naturally do when I want to learn about something. I went online and began researching.

What I found was a lot of confusing and overwhelming amounts of information on taking care of a newborn. I didn’t know where to begin and couldn’t make sense of it all. As a man with a very analytical personality, I began feeling very uncomfortable with the idea that I’d be responsible for the life of our newborn son and I didn’t have the slightest clue on how to make sure he was taken care of and safe.

Then my sister sent me a gift in the mail. It was a book called ‘The Baby Owner’s Manual‘. At first I laughed thinking it was a gag gift. She knew my about my apprehension with being a new father so I figured she was just poking fun at me. I had seen this book for sale online and thought it’d be funny to buy but I really just thought it would only be good for a few laughs.

I was very pleasantly surprised to find that it is actually a very good guide. Yes, it’s written just like an owner’s manual for a new gadget, but that’s part of the reason why it’s so good.

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