Tag Archives: Dad’s Eye View

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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Mobility

Oliver finally started crawling. Sort of. Maybe. Possibly. I think so. Depending on who you ask, or how you define crawling, my baby is crawling. He pivots, half-rolls, reaches out, drags a few limbs, and somehow moves his body two … Continue reading

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The fast and the furious

My dad used to read this comic book called Groo the Wanderer, which, to the best of my memory, was kind of a send-up of Conan the Barbarian, wherein the title character was as dumb as a bag of staplers.  … Continue reading

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Seven months and counting

Whenever I tell fellow parents that my child is now 7 months old, I am consistently met with the same response: “Oh, this is when it gets really fun.” These friends will go on to explain that their child finally … Continue reading

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The all-nighter

The sun came up finally, woefully, to reveal the crime scene that slightly resembled our bedroom. Sheets and covers everywhere. Clothes lay strewn about like a hamper grenade had detonated in the closet. A crib sheet, half-folded, lay by the … Continue reading

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First words

I was recently watching a popular reality TV show, and I heard a middle-aged mom make an interesting observation. She watched as her one-year-old son repeatedly said “dada,” and commented on how he has not yet said “mama.” She acknowledged … Continue reading

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Creating traditions

I had a conversation with my sister-in-law about kids recently. Just sort of a general, quasi-philosophical what-does-it-all-mean kind of thing. She and my brother don’t have, but want kids. But the question on this particular night was why? And are … Continue reading

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Unhappy hour

The forts have all been built, the cups are all stacked. The pictures have all been Crayon-ed, the winks all tiddlied. No, it’s not the start of some third-rate lullaby. It is The Hour. And it is upon us once … Continue reading

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My extroverted baby

My wife and I have often bragged that Oliver loves everyone. We understand that babies will sometimes develop a subtle guardedness towards others, and we know that this may still come. So far, however, he has an unconditional love for … Continue reading

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The stutter

“So what do you do, man?” Fairly common question this fine fellow posed to me between squash games. No reason it should cause me such anxiety or even make me think so hard. “Well, I, uh…” But there it was, … Continue reading

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Daycare

My wife and I both work, and we have thus become dependent upon childcare during our weekdays. Throughout the pregnancy, we always knew that this was coming. My wife researched local daycare providers, found one worthy of an interview, and … Continue reading

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Job description

I came downstairs the other morning and had a couple of minutes to interact with my wife before she went to work. This is how we chose to spend them: ME: Where’s the coffee pot? WIFE: Probably still in the … Continue reading

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First Halloween

Before I started writing this post, my wife reminded me that I had already dedicated TWO posts to my child’s Halloween costumes. If this was a subtle way of saying “you should not write about costumes,” I completely missed it … Continue reading

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Take care of me

Does this sound familiar? WIFE: Uhhhh…baby, I don’t feel good. ME: (backing away slowly) What’s wrong? WIFE: I have a sore throat. I’m getting sick, I can feel it. Can you take care of me? ME: (covering mouth and nose … Continue reading

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My son the athlete

At five and a half months old, little Oliver has become mobile.  While the little guy cannot yet crawl very far, he has begun rolling up and down our carpet. On one occasion, he rolled from his mother over to … Continue reading

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What do you need?

My wife and I got into a huge fight last week. Broken down to a very simplistic, childish level, it could best be summated like this: WIFE: You are not meeting my needs! ME: Well, you didn’t meet my needs … Continue reading

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Exciting times

This week, I realized that it has been an entire year since my wife and I started telling people that a baby was on the way. It was such an exciting time, and I am pleased to say that the … Continue reading

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Advice for newbies

We recently had a couple over who are about to join the parental team any day now. We’d never met them; the guy was a brother of a friend back home, yadda yadda. The important thing is that we met … Continue reading

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls

Our last trip to the library netted us a book about a pig. I won’t name names, but let’s just say this female protagonist has a very precious item destroyed. Her mother tells her they can fix it, knit a … Continue reading

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Valuable lesson

I recently went away for a couple days. Not in a metaphysical or transcendent sense; in a very real, concrete, out-of-state kind of way. I was gone a total of about 54 hours, just enough time for things to go … Continue reading

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More firsts

This month, little Oliver had the chance to engage in several firsts. The little guy attended his first baseball game, saw his first giraffe, and went to his first Viking festival. He is growing up so much faster than I … Continue reading

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Time management

INT—Kitchen, pre-coffee time ME: So you’re cooking the kids breakfast there, huh? WIFE: Yeah, it’s almost ready. You want an egg? ME: No, thanks. (Ideas percolate madly in his semi-comatose brain for several seconds) So, uh…you guys are going to … Continue reading

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Eight types of baby cries

Babies cry and scream with varying intensity. Some cries are soft and drawn out. Others are sharp, bouncy and chirp-like. I can describe baby noises for days, but unfortunately, I have difficulty conveying the intensity of the baby’s feelings. I … Continue reading

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Safety Shmafety

I clearly remember a conversation my wife and I had with our landlord (and father of two) shortly after Bub was born. It went something like this: US: Hey, do you think you could maybe install some of those covers … Continue reading

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Huge baby

My baby is huge. There is no other way to describe him.  Sure, one might say that he is adorable, or sweet, but those are never the first observations made by friends and family. “What a big boy!” is the … Continue reading

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Telltale signs

Remember the song “Lightning Crashes” by Live? It came on the car radio yesterday, and as is my M.O. for any song produced roughly between 1983 and 1996, I started singing along. The kids were abnormally quiet in the back; … Continue reading

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Scream of celebration

My baby has developed a few new talents over the past month. He learned to roll over onto his back. He then learned to roll back onto his stomach. He also bought his first car on Friday, and then sold … Continue reading

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Through sick and kin

Last night did not go well. My wife came home from work a little early, and went right to take a nap. I didn’t think much of it—she has a brutal week in a job to which she’s still acclimating. … Continue reading

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Family halloween costumes

Children are not dolls. We do not have them simply to dress them up in costumes and fun outfits. Just kidding. Of course we do. My baby is a walking fashion experiment, and he loves it. This year, my wife … Continue reading

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The reaction

This is not going to be easy to write, because I usually try to focus on cheap laughs and oddball analogies. But I’m struggling to do that here and now, largely because I feel like a failure of a father. … Continue reading

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Dad turning 30

Over a year ago, on my 29th birthday, I sat with a close friend and generated a joint 30 by 30 list. For those of my readers who are unfamiliar with the concept, this is a written list of experiences that … Continue reading

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General Tso’s Pregnancy Test

There we were, on one big happy family adventure, piled in the Corrolla, cruising around our new neighborhood. “Exploring” we like to call it; sounds much more invigorating than killing-an-hour-before-dinner/bath/bedtime routine. And my wife comes out with this: “Mmm, Chinese … Continue reading

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Daycare fame

This past week, Oliver completed his first full day of daycare. We had been fortunate enough to keep him at home with his mother for the first three and a half months, due to my wife’s teaching schedule. In the … Continue reading

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Sleep Bargaining

Fade In:  INT—HOUSE BEDROOM—DAWN Two children’s voices, separate, yet equally annoying, can be heard mumbling, talking, laughing offscreen. It then turns to crying, then screaming, then fever pitch as the paned glass windows start asking for their last rites. Pan … Continue reading

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Why My Child Must Share My Interests

This past week, I introduced my young Oliver to one of my favorite songs. Judge me all you want, internet friends, but babies love rhythm, and few songs move like Michael Jackson’s Thriller. As we listened, I found myself nervous and … Continue reading

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