Tag Archives: Dad’s Eye View

When the cat’s away, the mice will play

I am missing my wife and baby terribly right now. They are both away on a trip, so my wife can visit her sister. They are gone for an entire week. Before you imagine me playing video games late into … Continue reading

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Hola España!

From the age of 14, when I went to Greece with my family for a vacation, I have been a keen traveler and have liked nothing more than packing a light bag, grabbing my well-worn passport and hopping on a … Continue reading

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It wouldn’t be Father’s Day without them

So, Father’s Day happened a few days ago. I’d be remiss if I didn’t say something about it here as part of the “Dad’s Eye View.” For starters, I must confess that I generally have a very apathetic attitude about … Continue reading

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Baby’s first bike ride

Summer is a great time to be outside exploring and experiencing the world. For a baby, most of these experiences are brand new. So, there are many “firsts” that happen during the summer. We recently had baby’s first camping trip. … Continue reading

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Baby’s second camping trip

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that our little guy had his first camping experience—that excursion was a practice run for a lengthier camping adventure to come. As I write this, our family is finishing up a six-day camping … Continue reading

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Six months in and some sound advice

Would you believe it? My tiny baby Ben is now 6 months old! Six months! Where has the time gone? As with all milestones I find myself a little reflective; I mean it’s hard not to be—6 months is a big … Continue reading

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Pull ups

I remember a time in 5th grade when our whole class had to do our annual fitness testing. One of the tests was to do pull ups. A few kids in my class did one. Most did none. I did 10. … Continue reading

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Baby swim and the first dunk

I spoke in my last blog about Ben beginning the process of weaning and how he took to it so well. I also mentioned how he would be going through a lot of new changes and experiences over the next … Continue reading

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Baby’s first camping trip

Our little guy had his first camping experience this past weekend. We had a fantastic time. We took our whole family out to a friend’s property that is located about 20 miles out of town in the country. They own … Continue reading

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The start of something new

It has begun! It is the beginning of the end of the era of boobie milk for Ben because he has reached the grand old age of (nearly) 6 months, and it’s time to wean. It’s something we could have … Continue reading

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It’s OK to just maintain

The past week of our life was profoundly uneventful, and that’s not such a bad thing. In fact, I consider it a pretty good thing. There are plenty of days and weeks in our lives where it seems like nothing … Continue reading

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Bathtime fun

Since the day Ben first had a bath, it was pretty clear that he loves them. His first bath was the first time I saw him straighten his little legs, the first time I saw a hint of what would become … Continue reading

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Let the training begin

Our little guy has gone mobile. I don’t mean that he has a data plan or that we’ve downloaded his app. I mean that he can move himself around now. It’s not exactly crawling yet, but if you can imagine … Continue reading

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A handful of hours

Here in England, we love the royals—much like you all do over in the U.S., and last week we had the wonderful birth of Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. And the world press exploded. A mere 12 hours after … Continue reading

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Tooth and nail

Vicious monsters have big scary teeth. Vampires have sharp menacing teeth. Rabid animals have teeth. Werewolves have crazy teeth, too. You know what else has teeth? Yep, that’s right, our little guy does. Well, he has one tooth, but it’s … Continue reading

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Introverts and children

It is a common misperception that introverts don’t like people. As an introvert myself, I can assure you that I like people very much. I just prefer to take them in small doses. But there are certain small people that … Continue reading

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Thoughts of the future

Having a baby means that certain things inevitably happen … you take more photos, you care a little less about the bags under your eyes (because now you’ve earned them), and you worry a lot more about what you eat, how you … Continue reading

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Nom nom

As many overzealous parents are wont to do, I’d like to celebrate the passage of another developmental milestone. Our little guy has recently started exploring the world of solid foods. He’s 7 months old now, so there’s nothing too surprising about … Continue reading

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Just a quick thank you

Usually the subject of these blog posts is me either talking about the struggles and wonders of being a dad—or the amazing things my little boy does. This week, however, I want to talk about my partner. Unfortunately, to do … Continue reading

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The key to happiness

I recently discovered the key to true happiness. I’m certain of it because I was truly happy this past weekend. I experienced moments of indescribable bliss that no smile or song can adequately convey. This happiness did not come from … Continue reading

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A little bit of me

This is my 20th blog for Pregnancy & Newborn, and I cannot quite believe two things: how quickly time has gone and that I’ve found something to talk about 19 times before this blog post (although most of that talking … Continue reading

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When instinct trumps philosophy

There was a time when my wife and I voraciously consumed books and articles and advice about all the practical minutia of baby care. We were determined to have a well-researched and firm conviction about every possible parenting practice imaginable, … Continue reading

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A tough tightrope to walk

It’s been quite a challenging few weeks since I last posted but not because of Ben, he’s been his usual wonderful self, and every day he has done something that makes me want to laugh and cry simultaneously. It’s been … Continue reading

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Sounds

We just passed the 7-month mark with our little guy. There are so many fun things happening with him right now. What that stood out the most to me this week were his sounds. He has quite a few of them now, … Continue reading

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Sick

I came up the stairs a few nights ago to find my wife pacing in our room clutching the little guy to her chest. Her eyes were red and misty, and there were tear streaks on her checks. “What’s wrong?” … Continue reading

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Just me and the little man

Ben is now more than 3 months old! Three months! Where has the time gone? and this week I have had the first full day without my other half around. It was just me and the little man. Since he arrived … Continue reading

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Thumbs are overrated

When someone says the word “baby,” the first image that comes to mind for me is an infant sucking his or her thumb. Our little guy doesn’t exactly fit the mold, though. Some might say he marches to the beat … Continue reading

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Only daddy in day group

In last week’s post, I said I would talk about the activity group for babies I went to during my week off of work. As promised, here it is … I feel like I should start with “once upon a … Continue reading

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Sickies

We’re back from our travels. We had a great time connecting with family and enjoying the beauty of the Northwest. As good as the time was, though, we couldn’t wait to get back to mama and our littles. Sadly, when … Continue reading

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Date night

I’ve had a week off of work, and what a fantastic week it was. I’ve spent some wonderful time with my little man, and his infectious little giggle is such a gift when he shares it with me. I’ve been … Continue reading

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Traveling

All of our extended family lives a few thousand miles away from where we live, so visits are rather infrequent. We long for time to be together with those members of our extended family. We deeply desire that our kids … Continue reading

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A week of firsts

Wow! What a week! What a wonderful week. Last week we had a party, the first for Baby Ben, and it’s started a trend firsts for the O’Sullivan family—and two of them are massive ones. I want to start with … Continue reading

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Big daddy

I mentioned last week that I didn’t always want to be a father. And yet, ironically, here I am, a father, and loving it. To put it mildly, I had a big paradigm shift about fatherhood. But all that I … Continue reading

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The party with the unexpected twist

It’s now been nine weeks since the birth of our Ben, and (as it says in the title) it was time for us to party. The loud dance music went on as we got ready. I put on my best shirt, … Continue reading

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I didn’t always want to be a dad

It might surprise you to know that I didn’t always want to be a dad. In fact, I was militantly opposed to it for a while. I’m up to my eyeballs in fatherhood now, so I sometimes forget the journey … Continue reading

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My first time feeling like a father

My little man is now 8 weeks old, and this week I felt like a father for the very first time. Don’t get me wrong I’ve been a daddy since day one, but now I feel more like a father than … Continue reading

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Finding himself

It’s been an interesting week in the O’Sullivan household as Ben began to interact with both his surroundings and us more. If you read last week’s blog you’ll know the extremes I had to endure just for a little smile, … Continue reading

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Seasons change

Here we are in the dead of winter. The daylight hours are short. The cold bites every time I step outside, and we’re in the middle of snowpocalypse 2015. Feeling the warm sun on my skin has become a vague … Continue reading

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And then a smile for me

Last week, although a good week all in all, I struggled with not seeing my boy’s first smile. It happened while I was at work, and the picture that I was sent—being so adorable—broke me a little. (Thanks to all those … Continue reading

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Fatherly Intuition

“Mother knows best,” they say. “Trust your maternal instincts,” they tell mothers. But what are the witty sound bites of baby care for fathers? How about this little gem: “Please don’t break the baby.” Some fathers have even heard, “Oh, … Continue reading

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Missing the firsts …

Before I begin, I have done it! I can change a nappy and sing at the same time, if you have no idea what I’m on about read: The queen (and joker) of multitasking. … I said I’d let you … Continue reading

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Brudders

He’s almost 5 months old now, and we can see the sibling bonds growing strong already. He smiles big for all of his siblings, but he gets an extra dose of love from his older brother. There’s a good reason … Continue reading

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Learning to trust my little man

My little man has been here for a month now, and it’s left me feeling very reflective over the past four weeks. A common tread throughout that time (as well as the months leading up to his arrival) were my … Continue reading

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Let the teething begin

Our little guy has been drooling more than usual lately. He’s also been more difficult to soothe and can take an hour to fall asleep and stay asleep. These signs point to one inevitable conclusion: He’s teething. Don’t worry, we’re … Continue reading

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The queen (and joker) of multitasking

We are now into the third week of little man being here and my partner is beginning to feel more like herself again, which is a relief, as seeing someone you love struggle is not something you enjoy, and all … Continue reading

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Words matter

I am convinced that words are powerful. A word well timed and well spoken can incite men to bravery, calm an angry mob, even bring nations into existence. Words this powerful live in infamy. Consider, for example, the words, “We … Continue reading

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I wish I had some military training

It’s week two of my little man being here, and I think two things regularly: Firstly, I think he is getting more handsome as each day passes—the little lady killer, and secondly, I love him more than yesterday although yesterday … Continue reading

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Signs of life

It’s a new year, and we’re headed into it with a new family member (he’s 4 months old now, but I still consider that new.) We’re knee deep in all that comes with this new life. There’s the crying, midnight … Continue reading

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It’s in the little things

Attention everyone, settle down and raise a glass, for I want to make a toast. Here’s to me and my partner who have successfully survived the first week of parenthood. (And more importantly baby Ben survived, too!) Although it has … Continue reading

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