Tag Archives: Dad’s Eye View

It’s just a date

Baby boy’s due date has just about come and gone as I sit down to write this post, and it’s not looking like he’s going to be making an appearance anytime soon. Although Hannah and I are excited to bring … Continue reading

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Thoughts on baby No. 2

We’re down to the final week before the due date of our baby boy, and we’re starting to get a little anxious. Hannah knows from her experience with our first baby that she needs to find lots of things to … Continue reading

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The bed and breakfast routine

As a working father, I often worry about getting enough quality time with my 1-year-old daughter. I work roughly 50 hours a week from about 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. If you tack on commute time then it’s … Continue reading

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What I didn’t expect to be expecting while my wife was expecting

When we found out that Hannah was pregnant for the first time, we instantly thought about all the cliché symptoms women experience when growing a baby. We expected her to get morning sickness, crave chocolate and ice cream all the … Continue reading

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4 Pieces of advice for taking family photos

We live pretty close to our state capitol building, which is famous for the pathways lined with cherry blossoms that surround it. For a few short weeks in the spring (or less, depending on how crazy the weather gets), the … Continue reading

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Babies raising babies: A birth story

As Hannah continues to prepare for round two of childbirth, I thought it would be fitting to share a condensed version of Lydia’s birth story from almost a year and a half ago. Experiencing Lydia’s birth will forever be one … Continue reading

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Getting all emotional

As I promised I would in my last post, I bought Lydia a balloon this week after getting back from traveling to New York. Well, I would have bought it, but the kind grocery store employee thought Lydia was so … Continue reading

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It’s just good to be home

This last week at work has been rough. I usually manage to get most of my work done in time to leave the office by 6 every evening, but due to some changes at work, this week has required much … Continue reading

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The first month of parenting as told by Google searches

You can tell a lot about a person from their recent Google search history, and I’m willing to bet that new parents are some of Google’s most active users. My wife and I searched so many things in the first … Continue reading

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Snapchat baby

As I mentioned in my post last week, although not without its challenges, I actually enjoyed the newborn phase. After publishing that post, Hannah and I spent some time reminiscing about what our lives were like while Lydia was still … Continue reading

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4 Reasons why I love the newborn stage

Before Lydia was born, it seemed like everyone Hannah and I talked to stressed all the things we wouldn’t be able to do once we had a baby. Comments like, “Say goodbye to your sleep!” and, “Forget about having time … Continue reading

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Jumping the gun on parenthood

“Wait, is that one line or two? I can’t tell.” “I don’t know; there is definitely one line and maybe a faint second?” They say you’re supposed to let the pregnancy test sit for a few minutes before reading the … Continue reading

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Stephen Olson

Stephen is husband to a wife he claims is way out of his league, and they have a baby girl who keeps them laughing every day (with Baby No. 2 on the way!). He watches “Planet Earth” almost every weekend and … Continue reading

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Looking back

It’s been nearly a year since I began writing about my experiences as an at-home dad expecting a newborn (for the third time) for Pregnancy & Newborn, and it’s been a blast. I’ve tried to enlighten you about life as … Continue reading

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Foodie in the making

As planned, we introduced Austin to solid foods. Was it a success? Is it a complete and utter mess after he’s done eating? Is he upset when it’s gone? The answer to all of those questions is a resounding YES! We’ve … Continue reading

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Introducing … food!

We haven’t begun giving Austin pureed human food yet, but we will soon. The reason being he’s been less and less tired around his bedtime of 7 o’clock. Linds will feed him, and he sits there, eyes open, staring at … Continue reading

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It’s that time of year

It’s October, and that means we’re really close to the time of year every parent steals from his or her children. Yes, of course, it’s Halloween! Kids don’t really need 15 pounds of candy, do they? They don’t even know that … Continue reading

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Diaper change or wrestling match?​

He’s just over 5 months old, but every time I change Austin’s diaper it feels like I’m trying to pin one of the Road Warriors—either one, Hawk or Animal. I know it was difficult to pin either of them because I Googled “best … Continue reading

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Why are baby boogers so sticky?

Apparently it’s cold season here in New England even though fall just began. Either that or it’s Nolan bringing home sick treats from kindergarten and generously sharing them with everyone at home. As for the title? That’s the first thing … Continue reading

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Teething?

I think Austin is teething, and he’s almost 5 months old! Fortunately, like Nolan and unlike Graham, he’s taking it all in stride. Watching him tongue his gums as the tooth emerges from his mouth like a worm out of the ground is kind of … Continue reading

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Four-month sleep regression

Myth: There’s no such thing as a sleep regression. Fact: The 4-month sleep regression is real. And it’s horrible! Austin was sleeping well, day (naps) and night. Key word: was. Then he turned 4 months old, and it’s been a roller coaster, mostly … Continue reading

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​Cleanup, Register 6!

So, about that time I went to Home Depot for some water softener salt with a 4-month-old strapped to my chest while pushing Graham in the child seat … I marched over to the salt wall, waded through a salt spill due to rips … Continue reading

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Little laughs

Linds has a thing she does that always gets Nolan and Graham to smile—no matter how ornery they are or how defiant they seem to be. She says, “I can make you smiiiiile!” And poof! They smile, sometimes begrudgingly, but a smile … Continue reading

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Why the crying?

I get that Austin might get upset because he’s hungry or needs a new diaper or just has a little gas. Those things would make me want to cry, too. He can’t communicate besides crying or cooing or smiling or just chilling out, so … Continue reading

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Transitions

Now that Linds is back at work Monday through Friday, we’re transitioning Austin to more bottle feeds. Despite my wife’s ire for pumping thrice a day behind a closed, locked door, she’s doing an awesome job maintaining the supply. We’ve got … Continue reading

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On a roll

I mentioned that Austin has begun rolling over in my last post, but I neglected to add that the rolling over thing came within days of moving him into his crib. Talk about a pain in the butt (for a few … Continue reading

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Three-month milestones

According to experts, there are tons of milestones you should expect when your newborn reaches 3 months old. In Austin’s case, those three months total 92 days, and today marks his entrance into infanthood, because apparently he’s an infant now. Whichever way … Continue reading

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Yearly pilgrimage to the vineyard

Not an actual vineyard, but Martha’s Vineyard. We drive out there every summer, across the Bourne Bridge to Woods Hole where we board a ferry that takes 45 minutes to get us to The Rock. This year, the car had … Continue reading

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Three boys and Buzzards Bay

I wrote a few weeks back about how to pack your car for a road trip, in our case, Martha’s Vineyard. We’ve yet to head out there, but we recently completed—rather successfully—a trip to Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. A little beach … Continue reading

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Summertime hours

Summer is here, and with that, most parents seem to have a hard time convincing their children that it is indeed bedtime even though the sun is still shining. Fortunately, Nolan and Graham have relatively no issue heading to bed … Continue reading

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Traveling with three

I’m talking three kids. Three total people? Please, that’s child’s play. Traveling with three kids (and a dog), however, is no easy feat. Every summer, we head to my MIL’s place on Martha’s Vineyard, and despite recently adding Austin to … Continue reading

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Six-week milestones: Big and small

Every child reaches benchmarks at different ages. Some speak really early, while some take so much time you think they might be part caveman because of their minimal vocabulary and constant pointing and grunting. In the first month of life, however, … Continue reading

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How I’ll stay/get fit … again

I’m guessing you’ve all heard of the trend that was sweeping the nation a few months ago called “dad bod,” which basically implied that dads have a specific body type best defined as “softly round,” according to Urban Dictionary. I … Continue reading

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The energizer, the hellion and the sleeper

Nolan, Graham and Austin. There’s my empire; there’s the three title characters for this post. And with summer all but here, they’ll be on display all day, every day. Nolan is done with school this week, which means it’s the … Continue reading

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To-do list

Going from two to three is exponentially easier than going from one to two. There. I said it. We have two kids in diapers including a 2-year-old who doesn’t really display any interest in learning to use the toilet. That … Continue reading

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Three weeks and three-plus hours

That’s how long we’ve been a family of five and roughly how many consecutive hours of sleep my wife and I get a night. And to be honest, it’s not bad. I’ve always been one to live by the mantra “sleep … Continue reading

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The shape of life to come

It’s been less than two weeks since we were able to head home with our newest member in tow, and a lot has changed. To take a quote from Jim Gaffigan (one of the funniest men on the planet), “You … Continue reading

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He’s here

Dramatic Comedy of the Year nominee … So we finally welcomed the new unit into the world. As you know, he was late. Not a day or two. Six days. SIX! The due date isn’t an exact science, I get … Continue reading

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Waiting game

Cue the Final Jeopardy music, you know, the kind you play in your head when you’re impatiently waiting for something. Yeah, that’s us. L wants this baby out here already, and honestly, the sleepless nights ahead are appealing to me. … Continue reading

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Due date approaching

Today is the day. Or was it the day? (I’m writing this prior to the actual due date despite it being published on the due date.) Truth be told, it’s the beginning of what I’m planning on being a hectic, unpredictable … Continue reading

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Hold off, just a little longer

T-minus seven days and L feels more pressure and more exhausted by the day. Pregnancy pressure, not pressure to have the baby. We’ve sorted through bin after bin of clothes of 0-6 month and 6-12 month clothing, most all of … Continue reading

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In the teens

The pregnancy countdown is in the teens. Well, technically it was in the teens last Wednesday. Semantics. He’s in a good downward position, heartbeat sounds good, weight right on par with the first two. When he finally decides he really … Continue reading

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On the registry

As you know, we’re getting closer to welcoming boy No. 3, and the idea of us creating a registry is so far-fetched it’s beyond words. For us, anyway. First child: The registry is all-encompassing. Everything and anything you think you need (plus … Continue reading

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28 days

Twenty-eight days. No, not the movie where Sandra Bullock plays a newspaper columnist who enters a drug and alcohol clinic, though L and I will finally be able to partake in a celebratory glass of champagne together. We’re four weeks away … Continue reading

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Hospital bag packing list

We’re six weeks out, and I guess technically L can go at any time. While unlikely (N was born a day late, G four days early), you just never know. We live close enough to the hospital that I can make … Continue reading

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Getting down to it

We’re roughly seven weeks from becoming a family of five. Seven week from no longer fitting at a square table for four at a restaurant (if we find time to go out to eat as a family). Seven weeks from … Continue reading

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Officially nesting

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably heard the term ‘nesting’ before. Whether or not you’ve experienced in it firsthand, however, depends on whether or not you’re almost to your due date, are newly pregnant, or have already had the pleasure … Continue reading

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No sleep, no name, new car

You’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times to describe a great night of sleep: “I slept like a baby.” HA! I’ll admit, we’ve been fortunate—both boys are pretty good sleepers and have been since they were born. … Continue reading

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Cooking for a crowd

I’m the resident chef in our home. And let me tell you something else: It’s impossible to appease everyone. The only two people who eat our nightly meal without fail are L and me. After all, we’re the ones who decide what’s … Continue reading

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Stay-at-home-dad again

Even though I work during the day, there are still days where I tell the nanny she can have a day off because school is closed. These are the days I cherish. The entire family will be together every day … Continue reading

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