Tag Archives: Dad’s Eye View

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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One year ago

Merry Christmas! Many people will be giving and receiving gifts today. For our family, this day has become an important reminder of a very precious gift that was given to us. Actually, it was the news of the gift that … Continue reading

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Happy birthday (part two)

So here it is, the second and final installment of the birth story of my beautiful son. (In case you missed it, here’s the first.) By telling it over two weeks it kind of feels like it’s the last book in … Continue reading

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Exploring the limits of love

Let’s pretend that love is something that we manufacture somewhere in our body, as if a gland secretes it. I thought of love that way for a long time. In this view, love is a finite resource. We only have … Continue reading

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Happy birthday (part one)

After nine and a half months of waiting, it has finally happened. Our baby has joined us in the world, and as all parents say it changed my life in the very moment I first saw him. It has done … Continue reading

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No two are alike

One of my favorite things to do is to pace around the house while bouncing our new little guy in my arms. I study him and ponder life while doing this. My most recent pondering had me thinking about the … Continue reading

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Big news!

Baby Ben is finally here! Stay tuned for details in next week’s post …

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The beginning of birth is not the end of sex

I’m a member of an online group of dad bloggers. Last week, one of the dads in the group shared an article to get some feedback from the group. The article gave one woman’s account about why she believes that … Continue reading

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The great wait

Well, as you can tell by the title he hasn’t arrived yet, and at this point I should be talking about the arrival of our little boy, but instead, we find ourselves in the middle of … … The Great … Continue reading

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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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