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Signing off

Our little guy turns 1 year old this week. This event also marks the end of my journey writing for Pregnancy & Newborn’s Dad’s Eye View blog. I’m thankful for the opportunity to share a bit of my journey in … Continue reading

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Upside down and turned around

Our little guy is almost a year old. In the past few weeks, we’ve seen him stretching out and bulking up considerably. As he’s grown, he’s also become more playful. His greater strength and mass have made him more capable … Continue reading

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Six weeks of summer: Week 3, visiting the childminder

As you all know I am currently on leave from work and have six weeks where I get to spend all of my time with my little man. So far it’s been amazing—I feel like I’m really bonding with him, and … Continue reading

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I don’t want him to be sedated

Some of us might have fond adolescent memories of the punk band The Ramones, whose hits include a song called, “I Want to be Sedated.” The song is catchy, and it articulates the angst of our generation as we were … Continue reading

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My love-hate relationship with the medical system

Last week, I mentioned how we were going to see a specialist about a cyst that is growing next to our little guy’s eye. This week, we made the trek to the hospital for the evaluation. The ophthalmologist poked and … Continue reading

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Six weeks of summer: Week 1, a life on the road

For all of Ben’s life my partner has been at home with him, tending to his needs, making him laugh, helping him develop his routines, which best suit him and keeping him safe. I tell her all the time that … Continue reading

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A thought about the concept of time

It’s been a few weeks since I last posted and for that I’m sorry. When life gets busy a month can fly by, and although in that time I’m not any different, as a month in adult terms is such a short … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Hands-on dad

Pack man Babywearing promotes bonding, soothes baby and is ideal for multitasking. Make sure your partner feels comfortable with the carrier, so you can literally share the load. Man the ship Leave your two loves home alone while you run … 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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10 things a dad should never do during labor

As the dad of two beautiful girls, I write for the men who are embarking on this adventure for the first time. An expectant father may not be the star of the show when it comes to pushing a baby … Continue reading

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Pop-up shop

1. Sons of Trade T-shirt, $36 A T-shirt that acknowledges those papa bear instincts. 2. Evenflo Feeding Glass Bottles, $12 for 3 A bottle set that allows pops to be in charge of dinner. 3. RECARO Performance Coupe, $270 A … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The dad gene

Now that I’ve been a mom a whopping eight weeks (wahoo!), I can confirm that all the clichés about parenthood are true. You’ll love your baby unconditionally the moment you meet her. Check. Time goes by too quickly. Yep. Your … 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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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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Book Club: BirthCONTROL: A Husband’s Honest Account of Pregnancy

This month, Pregnancy & Newborn’s Book Club is reading up on one husband’s hilarious recount of becoming dad. BirthCONTROL, by James Vavasour, is a man’s guide to the joys, anxieties and downright absurdities of pregnancy, but you don’t have to … Continue reading

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Giving mommy a break

First, a fictional anecdote: So, there is a car accident involving a father and son. The father is killed instantly, but the son survives. He is rushed to the hospital, in critical condition, but the doctor says, “I can’t treat … Continue reading

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Father’s Day

  Sunday will mark my third Father’s Day as a member of the club. Last year, I was feeling a little salty when I wrote THIS. Oh, it was exaggerated and stuff, but there were some nuggets of truth buried … Continue reading

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Week 21: Father’s Day

When Arthur and I began dating more than eight years ago, babies weren’t exactly at the forefront of my mind. But I knew that anyone I ended up with would have to not only be my best friend but an … Continue reading

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Model baby

My baby lies to the public. At home, he cries here and there like any normal baby. Away from home, he likes to stare and pose for our friends, like a runway model baby. He is quiet, observantand stoic. He’s … Continue reading

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Daddy makes a difference

We all know how important and influential a mother’s love can be in her baby’s life. However, a father’s involvement is also hugely beneficial. Let daddy take an active role in the child-rearing and your kiddo will enjoy far-reaching benefits … Continue reading

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