Tag Archives: Thomas Rogers

Done for now

I first began writing about pending fatherhood nearly a year and a half ago. Knowing that my wife and I were expecting, I kickstarted Awkward Story, a blog about my thoughts on the transition from a childless existence to one … Continue reading

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One year

I have no idea how this happened so quickly, but my child has now spent an entire year on earth. Despite all the times I asked him to stop growing, he turned a year old this past week. That’s right, … Continue reading

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Eating and growing

When I was younger, I used to think that growth spurts happened while I was sleeping. I figured that my legs were silently, slowly growing each night as I slept. After all, how else was I going to be 6 … Continue reading

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More dogs

Oliver has learned two new words over the past two weeks. The first of his new words, NO, has brought about several delightful interactions in which he proceeds to throw spoons, play with food, and push us away as he … Continue reading

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Raising boys

“She looks so cute in that outfit!” A kind store clerk recently made this statement to my wife, referring to my son. Mrs. Rogers smiled and continued to shop as though nothing had happened. It simply was not a big … Continue reading

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Dogs and babies

My son has learned to say dog. He cannot say yes, or no, or please, or thank you. He can say dog. My wife and I have never owned dogs, but my child has somehow learned how to call them … Continue reading

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Planning a party

My wife and I began planning for my baby’s first birthday party. Yes, this beautiful monster is turning one. I actually laughed when she mentioned that we needed to create party invitations, since I thought she was kidding. It seemed a … Continue reading

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More new tricks

Before Oliver was born, I was nervous that I might find him somewhat “boring” as an infant. This sounds cruel, but I truly did think about this. I love interacting with others, and I knew that my newborn would be … Continue reading

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Travel with a baby

Nearly a year ago, in this very same space, I wrote a column about my desire to travel with my future-child. I wrote about my apprehension concerning his ability to travel with us, and shared about friends that had discouraged … 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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Cool tricks

It would be easy for a stranger to assert that I had a child merely for my own amusement. This person would be wildly incorrect, and pretty brash, but it would be easy to say. I really enjoy watching my … Continue reading

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New understanding

I once promised some of my friends that I would never be “that dad”. While I was sure of what that meant at the time, I am not so sure anymore. I promised myself and others that I would not … Continue reading

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Allergies already

Oliver has my dad’s eyes, my father-in-law’s nose, my wife’s cheeks, and my allergies. Over the past few months, my wife and I have noticed that Oliver’s face breaks out randomly throughout the day. Our doctor asked that we send … Continue reading

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Baby’s favorite foods

I recently interviewed my baby about his favorite foods. Over a bottle of juice and some plastic keys, we discussed his unique and complex palatet; his likes and dislikes, his ideal meal, and whether he is buying into the whole … Continue reading

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Fear of heights

Oliver began standing up this past week. He absolutely loves standing up on his own. Unfortunately, he has not yet figured out how to sit down. He props himself up, looks around, and then begins to squirm. If neither of … Continue reading

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Nursing strike

This past week, my son began to eat less. Much less. If you have seen my son, you understand that this is a dramatic change in behavior. For as long as I have known the little monster, he loves to … Continue reading

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Getting attached

It is no secret that my baby is friendly, as I have shared about this matter quite often here on this site. Oliver waves at strangers, smiles at all our neighbors, and even laughs at terrible jokes out of pity. … Continue reading

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Life is precious

I work in hospice. This statement has never been written in either of my blog columns. I checked. I actually just conducted a Google search to confirm it. The omission is likely due to the fact that I write about … Continue reading

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Strangers

My son is now eight months old, and has many talents. He can crawl, hold his bottle, offer a high-five to his friends, say “mama,” and tolerate weird strangers. Though often overlooked, the last of those talents is a big … Continue reading

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Mobility

Oliver finally started crawling. Sort of. Maybe. Possibly. I think so. Depending on who you ask, or how you define crawling, my baby is crawling. He pivots, half-rolls, reaches out, drags a few limbs, and somehow moves his body two … Continue reading

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Seven months and counting

Whenever I tell fellow parents that my child is now 7 months old, I am consistently met with the same response: “Oh, this is when it gets really fun.” These friends will go on to explain that their child finally … Continue reading

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First words

I was recently watching a popular reality TV show, and I heard a middle-aged mom make an interesting observation. She watched as her one-year-old son repeatedly said “dada,” and commented on how he has not yet said “mama.” She acknowledged … Continue reading

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My extroverted baby

My wife and I have often bragged that Oliver loves everyone. We understand that babies will sometimes develop a subtle guardedness towards others, and we know that this may still come. So far, however, he has an unconditional love for … Continue reading

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Daycare

My wife and I both work, and we have thus become dependent upon childcare during our weekdays. Throughout the pregnancy, we always knew that this was coming. My wife researched local daycare providers, found one worthy of an interview, and … Continue reading

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First Halloween

Before I started writing this post, my wife reminded me that I had already dedicated TWO posts to my child’s Halloween costumes. If this was a subtle way of saying “you should not write about costumes,” I completely missed it … Continue reading

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My son the athlete

At five and a half months old, little Oliver has become mobile.  While the little guy cannot yet crawl very far, he has begun rolling up and down our carpet. On one occasion, he rolled from his mother over to … Continue reading

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Exciting times

This week, I realized that it has been an entire year since my wife and I started telling people that a baby was on the way. It was such an exciting time, and I am pleased to say that the … Continue reading

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Making progress

My wife and I have been joking that our baby is advanced. He tends to hit milestones early, and we have been quick to brag about it. He rolled over fairly early. After it happened, I called relatives, sent some … Continue reading

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Halloween costumes, again

As the Halloween season approaches, my wife and I continue to narrow down baby costume options. We still plan on using more than one costume, but we have also accepted that buying a gazillion costumes is beyond feasibility. We lack … Continue reading

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More firsts

This month, little Oliver had the chance to engage in several firsts. The little guy attended his first baseball game, saw his first giraffe, and went to his first Viking festival. He is growing up so much faster than I … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Questions asked by a new father

Why would anyone refer to a pacifier as an “artificial nipple?” When my baby smiles at me, is he smiling because he has a secret? I get the feeling that he knows how to walk and talk, but he just … 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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The routine

My baby is a machine. He’s like the Terminator. Or like that girl Vicki from Small Wonder, with less creepiness. He eats, he plays, and then he sleeps. No child has ever been programmed this well. Like most babies, this … Continue reading

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The smile

The baby has officially started smiling. And yes, these are real smiles. We initially attributed the smirks to stomach issues and figured he always had gas. We quickly realized however that the little guy was responding to us. We could … Continue reading

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Entertainment

The other day, I came home and found my child lying on a strange contraption. He was on his back, kicking his legs in the air. Beneath him was a colorful mat, illustrated with trees, animals and odd looking people. … Continue reading

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The baby who values his privacy

The other day, I walked into the nursery and found my baby doing air kicks. He was lying on his back with both legs up in the air, cycling frantically with a ridiculous grin on his face. If he were … 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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The hospital against C-sections

The following is a final, focused reflection on our delivery experience. It contains a great deal of mockery and sarcasm. Enjoy. Our hospital hated C-sections. While they certainly would perform the procedure, they made it clear that they wished to … Continue reading

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Firsts

In the distant future, little O will take his first steps, speak his first words, and commit his first traffic violation. Most of these will be great moments. In the meantime, I would like to celebrate a few notable first … Continue reading

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Letter to my younger self

In moments of profound life change, it can be fun to look back and see just how much we have transformed since adolescence, and consider what we might say to those younger versions of ourselves. I went a little further … Continue reading

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Things that happened this week

My baby boy was born last Sunday at 10:30 a.m. It would be difficult to describe the events of this past week even if I were allowed to write a book, so a three-paragraph blog entry will hardly suffice. Please … Continue reading

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