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Wrestling a 7 Month Old: A Stay-at-Home Dad Update

04/01/2013

Since it’s been a while since my last blog entry, I figured I can best describe how things are going by explaining how I put my lovely 7 month old to sleep. Somehow our genes combined in a way to give my youngest daughter “Hulk” strength. She’s cute, she’s beautiful, she’s smart…but she has the strength of 5 pro football linebackers. Read more…

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You’ll smile about it….later

10/23/2012

I think I have this parenting thing all figured out. You know when people say “When we look back at this, it’s going to be so funny”? That is parenting. Non-parents are always thinking us parents are crazy/delusional from all the mixed stories we tell of our child care adventures. To be honest, they are right. In the thick of the moment, we are nuts. We say how much we adore our kids, how cute they are, and how much it’s a joy to be a parent. THEN, we tell the war stories of being pooped on, staying up with a crying baby, and how exhausted we are. It sounds crazy. One minute we talk about how great it is being a parent and the next we vent about how much sleep we’ve lost. So I started thinking….why do parents talk about their “little blessings” but sound like it’s the worst experience ever? Read more…

Father of 2…and not stressed

10/02/2012

It may seem like nonsense but it’s true. Now being a stay at home father of two, I find it weird that I’m not stressed….I’m exhausted but not stressed. Definitely not as stressed as I was with my first born. I remember going crazy with my first girl. There were times that I was really stressed out and needed a break. I guess it’s because I’ve been through so much the first time around so I’m ready for anything.  Even though it may be a bit overwhelming (and it does get overwhelming), it doesn’t stress me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m stressed about other things…like will I lose the baby weight (YES Guys gain weight too!). Of course it’s exhausting having two kids under 2. Going back to nighttime feedings is never fun.  But I take it all in stride. Read more…

“The Missing Note” Director’s Statement

07/19/2012

I just wanted to share the “Director’s Statement” I wrote for my short documentary “The Missing Note”. This project was very personal for me and I hope you can understand why I made this film after reading my statement. Hope you enjoy: Read more…

“Daddy, I want to be like Katy Perry”

06/28/2012

Okay so my almost 2 year old hasn’t actually said this to me yet but I’m waiting for the day she does. She loves Katy Perry. Since she was a few months old, anytime I wanted to calm her down I’d play some Katy Perry. She LOVES the “Firework” song. She used to stop when it was playing and she would be rocking to it…cutest thing ever. (side note: I made a video of my baby’s first year and used Katy’s song as the background music…too damn cute) I realize I’m a “manly” man, but I like her music too…doesn’t hurt that she’s hot (sorry wife). Either way, I’m sure one day my kids will be imitating her or someone like her…its inevitable. But what do you do when that person your child looks up to does something that causes a “stir” in the public eye. Read more…

Manly Thoughts Before Estrogen Invasion

06/19/2012

Pretty soon my life will be surrounded by females. Not in the cool “Hugh Hefner” grotto way either. I’m talking full invasion of estrogen in my house (soon to be their house). I already have a wife and a daughter…but in less than two months we have another girl gracing our presence.  I will be completely surrounded by women. I will be severely outnumbered. Just to be clear: no we are not having any more kids; two is fine by us. Therefore we will not be “trying for a boy”. I realize the cultural disappointment with not having a son but I am okay with it. Read more…

Parenting Moments That Make You Say…SH-T!

05/26/2012

First off, I want to start by saying I love my daughter and it is a joy to stay at home and take care of her.  That being said, here are the reasons she makes me yell “SH-T”. Every parent will agree with and relate to this list because it’s happened to all of us.  I’m sure it’s happened to parents as far back as the cavemen (although they probably bashed themselves with a club….which I don’t condone).  These are moments that are expected when becoming a parent but still get you mad when they happen. I use the word “Sh-t” but you can substitute your own word; whatever rolls off the tongue. Also (as I have said on other blogs), don’t take out your frustrations on the child. One thing is yelling “internally”; another is yelling at your kid. Just sayin’. Anyway, on to the list (in no particular order)…. Read more…