Tag Archives: Dad’s Eye View

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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Butt Doughnuts

So I debated this week about what to talk about—the big family vacay (we survived), the fact that we’re still homeless, or the way HP is taking to walking the way crows take to lilting. And I came up with … Continue reading

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Family Portraits

This past Saturday, my wife informed me that we were scheduled to take family pictures at the local mall. Neither Santa Clause nor the Easter Bunny would be involved.  The first revelation was surprising, and the second was expected but … Continue reading

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Family Vacation: Part One

As I write this, I am currently on vacation. It’s not exactly white sand between the toes and coconut breezes. Nor is it alpine morning mists and Douglas fir shadows. Not quite. It’s more like the weird feeling you get … Continue reading

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My own little celebrity

My little Oliver is a popular guy. People love meeting him, and family members beg to watch him. Even strangers want him. When I unexpectedly encounter old friends, they walk right past my out-stretched hand to get a glimpse of … Continue reading

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The disappointed baby

I was recently tasked with holding my newly awakened screaming child for a minute as my wife prepared to feed him. He had been sleeping comfortably all morning, but he suddenly awoke and found that he was starving. He was … Continue reading

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Adam Rust

Adam Rust loves being a dad to his 5 young children (7yr, 5yr, 2yr twins, and 1 bun in the oven) and husband to his wife, Jodie. Born in the Northwest, he now lives in the Midwest, where he works … Continue reading

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