Tag Archives: Dad’s Eye View

I’d take a bullet for him

Our little guy is 13 weeks old now, and he’s encountered another first. It’s his first stuffy nose. It’s nothing life threatening. The only noticeable consequence of it has been that he’s a bit more wakeful at night because he’s … Continue reading

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Knowing the cots from the car seats

I now have just one week until the due date of my little boy, and I’m so excited to welcome him into my world. But, my gosh, there are a lot of new things to learn. It’s wave after wave … Continue reading

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You know what causes that?

We became a family of seven after our new little addition 11 weeks ago. I guess that makes us a “big family” by American standards. Now that we are able to go out in public more, we are getting the … Continue reading

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Has anyone got any water wings?

This is it, the final two week countdown (hopefully) until I embrace the trauma, wonder and sympathy pains of my first child being born into the world. But, before I begin to really talk from my perspective of this soon to … Continue reading

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Darren O’Sullivan

Darren O’Sullivan is new to the Pregnancy & Newborn family and is about to embark on the adventure of becoming a dad for the very first time. He and his beautiful partner live in Cambridge in the U.K where he … Continue reading

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Smiles

Who doesn’t enjoy a good smile? A smile signifies joy and happiness. It allows the sender to say to the receiver, “Hey, I’m glad to see you,” except that no words are necessary. That’s a good thing because our 10-week-old … Continue reading

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I’m not usually a germaphobe

Sometimes I wonder how people stay alive at all. It seems like every other headline is a report about Ebola or a Pertussis outbreak or the next big antibiotic-resistant superbug or this year’s deadly flu strains or the zombie apocalypse—especially … Continue reading

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What are grandparents for?

The title of one of Wendell Berry’s books famously asks the question: “What Are People For?” I’d like to narrow the scope of that question and ask: What are grandparents for? This question is burning on my mind right now … Continue reading

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Expressions

If you’ve ever seen the ridiculously funny movie, Zoolander, then you’ll recall the humorous facial expressions of the main character, Derek Zoolander. He has looks such as “Blue Steel” and the heroic “Magnum” look, which was so amazing that it … Continue reading

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I like breasts

I’ve been thinking about breasts a lot lately, even more than usual. Being around my breastfeeding wife has made me more thoughtful and aware of breasts. I like breasts. In fact, I like them a lot. That may not be … Continue reading

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There are no formulas

Generally speaking, men like to solve problems. I am no exception to this rule. To me, a crying baby, a dirty diaper, a sleep-deprived wife are all problems that need solutions. Most of the time I look to the established rule … Continue reading

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Why my newborn has an email address

My newborn has an email account. He can’t even read or type, so what’s the point, you might ask. Maybe I’m just a geek that has to get his kids using tech gadgets as early as possible. Maybe it’s all … Continue reading

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Transitions

He’s almost 4 weeks old now, but he has the acne of a teenager. Baby acne is nothing new, but it’s a fresh reminder to me of the transitions this little guy has been through, is going through and will … Continue reading

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My beautiful wife

Oh, beautiful wife of mine, you are a miracle worker! Together, we conceived a new life, and then you lovingly and tenderly nurtured that fragile little life into a fully developed human. It took a little while. It took a … Continue reading

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Little mama

I’m happy to report that our new little blessing has successfully completed his first week of life outside the womb. Not only that, but our whole family has successfully completed its first week as a family with five kids. We didn’t … Continue reading

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One final date

As I was writing last week’s post, I honestly thought I would probably be writing this week to report that we had a new baby. Alas, no such luck, though. Since we didn’t have a baby this week, we decided … Continue reading

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Preparing for the visit

We are no longer counting down the weeks to the birth. We are counting down the days. There are many things that could be racing through our minds right now. We could be thinking about last minute supplies we might … Continue reading

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Know by name

Names are like tattoos. They are with you for the rest of your life, and there is a story behind them. Sometimes the story is very deep and profound. Sometimes the story is as simple as, “Oh, I just sort … Continue reading

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Mommy the introvert

My wife is an introvert. She needs a certain amount of time to herself in order to “recharge.” Her emotional fuel tank eventually runs dry if she doesn’t have a chance to be alone and think and pray and rest. … Continue reading

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Celebrating children

Last week, we celebrated my daughter on the occasion of her sixth birthday. This week, we will be celebrating our twins on the occasion of their second birthday. You’ll notice that I did not use the phrase “celebrated their birthday.” … Continue reading

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Are You Ready?

I was at a friend’s birthday party last weekend. I struck up a conversation with a young couple as they took turns bouncing their first baby (3 months old) on their knees. Seeing my wife walk by with her obvious … Continue reading

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Baby boom

It occurred to me today that several of our friends are having babies within a couple months of us. The first friends that came to mind just had their twins this past week. Another couple has the exact same due … Continue reading

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Preparing for change

Whenever you add a member to your family, it sends shock waves through every part of your life. You have to adapt, change, and grow. You have to find a new “normal” on the other side of the birth. That … Continue reading

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I gotta get out

One of my favorite things to do is to load up my camping gear on my bicycle, strap a kid or two on, and hit the road for a day or two of riding and camping. There is some primal … Continue reading

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So, what are you having?

“So, what are you having?” I forced a smile because I knew their question was motivated by genuine enthusiasm for our pregnancy, and I love that, so it deserves a smile. But it was forced because I honestly don’t like … Continue reading

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Actually, “WE” are pregnant

One of the best ways to encourage a man to be active, involved and supportive during pregnancy is to affirm that he has a significant role in it and a valuable contribution to make. Conversely, one of the ways to … Continue reading

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Father’s Day reflections

Father’s Day is a few days away. Frankly, I don’t really like Father’s Day as it’s currently celebrated. Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of honoring fathers. I just don’t like the idea that we can relegate that … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, hero

My wife is 28 weeks pregnant. Today is my wife’s birthday. On this momentous occasion, I’d like to tell you why my wife is my hero. First of all, she conceived and carried all four of our children. She went … Continue reading

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The not so newbie

Hi, my name is Adam Rust, and I’m new to Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine. However, I’m not new to the experience of pregnancy and newborns. In fact, my wife and I currently have four children, ages 7 years, 5 years, … Continue reading

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Meet Adam

Please welcome our new Dad’s Eye View blogger, Adam Rust! As a soon-to-be dad of five, Adam always has a story to share. Be sure to check out his bio below, and stop back next week for his first post. Adam Rust loves … Continue reading

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Done for now

I first began writing about pending fatherhood nearly a year and a half ago. Knowing that my wife and I were expecting, I kickstarted Awkward Story, a blog about my thoughts on the transition from a childless existence to one … Continue reading

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One year

I have no idea how this happened so quickly, but my child has now spent an entire year on earth. Despite all the times I asked him to stop growing, he turned a year old this past week. That’s right, … Continue reading

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Eating and growing

When I was younger, I used to think that growth spurts happened while I was sleeping. I figured that my legs were silently, slowly growing each night as I slept. After all, how else was I going to be 6 … Continue reading

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More dogs

Oliver has learned two new words over the past two weeks. The first of his new words, NO, has brought about several delightful interactions in which he proceeds to throw spoons, play with food, and push us away as he … Continue reading

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Raising boys

“She looks so cute in that outfit!” A kind store clerk recently made this statement to my wife, referring to my son. Mrs. Rogers smiled and continued to shop as though nothing had happened. It simply was not a big … Continue reading

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Dogs and babies

My son has learned to say dog. He cannot say yes, or no, or please, or thank you. He can say dog. My wife and I have never owned dogs, but my child has somehow learned how to call them … Continue reading

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Planning a party

My wife and I began planning for my baby’s first birthday party. Yes, this beautiful monster is turning one. I actually laughed when she mentioned that we needed to create party invitations, since I thought she was kidding. It seemed a … Continue reading

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More new tricks

Before Oliver was born, I was nervous that I might find him somewhat “boring” as an infant. This sounds cruel, but I truly did think about this. I love interacting with others, and I knew that my newborn would be … Continue reading

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Sexism and fatherhood

I recently was walking through a department store while holding my baby. As usual, we made faces at one another, shared some high fives, and mumbled back and forth at one another. We smiled often. For anyone that has ever … Continue reading

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Cool tricks

It would be easy for a stranger to assert that I had a child merely for my own amusement. This person would be wildly incorrect, and pretty brash, but it would be easy to say. I really enjoy watching my … Continue reading

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New understanding

I once promised some of my friends that I would never be “that dad”. While I was sure of what that meant at the time, I am not so sure anymore. I promised myself and others that I would not … Continue reading

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Allergies already

Oliver has my dad’s eyes, my father-in-law’s nose, my wife’s cheeks, and my allergies. Over the past few months, my wife and I have noticed that Oliver’s face breaks out randomly throughout the day. Our doctor asked that we send … Continue reading

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Baby’s favorite foods

I recently interviewed my baby about his favorite foods. Over a bottle of juice and some plastic keys, we discussed his unique and complex palatet; his likes and dislikes, his ideal meal, and whether he is buying into the whole … Continue reading

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Fear of heights

Oliver began standing up this past week. He absolutely loves standing up on his own. Unfortunately, he has not yet figured out how to sit down. He props himself up, looks around, and then begins to squirm. If neither of … Continue reading

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Nursing strike

This past week, my son began to eat less. Much less. If you have seen my son, you understand that this is a dramatic change in behavior. For as long as I have known the little monster, he loves to … Continue reading

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Getting attached

It is no secret that my baby is friendly, as I have shared about this matter quite often here on this site. Oliver waves at strangers, smiles at all our neighbors, and even laughs at terrible jokes out of pity. … Continue reading

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Life is precious

I work in hospice. This statement has never been written in either of my blog columns. I checked. I actually just conducted a Google search to confirm it. The omission is likely due to the fact that I write about … Continue reading

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Strangers

My son is now eight months old, and has many talents. He can crawl, hold his bottle, offer a high-five to his friends, say “mama,” and tolerate weird strangers. Though often overlooked, the last of those talents is a big … Continue reading

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Thank you, good night

Well, that time has finally come; time to pack up the diaper bag and mosey a little further on down that parenting trail, a bit older, hopefully a bit wiser.   My kids are now three and one, and we’re … Continue reading

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Full service

INT—DINING ROOM TABLE—DINNER TIME Daddy has just given HP her tray, Bub his plate, and put Mommy and Daddy’s plates on the table. BUB: Daddy, can I have more juice, please? ME: Sure, Bub. Where’s your juice cup? BUB: I … Continue reading

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