Aug 022012
Just Can't Wait to Wake Up

Well apparently Thomas can’t wait to wake up and see everyone in the morning anymore because this morning he toppled out of his crib! He was not injured, don’t be alarmed. I heard a few light cries and checked his video monitor to see an empty crib!! I went into his room and he was just sitting on the floor looking at me calmly. He crib has now been lowered to its lowest setting (we had previously lowered it to the lowest setting without flipping the mounting bars upside-down but this time it really will not go lower… Hopefully this […]

Apr 022012
I'm No Longer Employed... Doing My Part for the Economy?

A week ago today was my last official day of employment. Yes, I had been at home with Thomas for four months, but I had been out on leave. First I was out on paternity/bonding leave, then I asked for a personal leave. Those leaves have finally been exhausted and I am no longer employed. This means some of the benefits I was receiving for being employed I no longer get… not the biggest loss there, although there were a few nice perks. What I Miss Most I worked for my employer for just over 13 years. I went through […]

Mar 262012
I'd Make a Horrible 1950's Housewife

So last week, on Wednesday I believe, I did my first housework while staying home with Thomas. Nearly FOUR MONTHS of being home with Thomas and I finally did some housework during the day while my spouse was at work and I was caring for Thomas! No, dinner isn’t ready and on the table when my wife gets home, in fact my wife ends up making dinner more often than I do. I am not waiting at the door to take her jacket and hand her a drink, the newspaper and a cigar. When my wife gets home I am […]

Mar 192012
Children Under Two Shouldn't Watch Any Television...

As watching television means they are not playing with a parent or engaging with or developing motor skills through playing with toys. This was released way back in 1999, but re-released by the American Academy of Pediatrics in October, 2011. I’m getting this information from this New York Times article. This topic is a sore spot for many parents because television is such a great distraction for a few vital minutes while mommy/daddy need to accomplish something without distraction. The reason I mention this is because I have noticed that there have been different times where Thomas has gone through […]

Mar 162012
Thomas Cries at One of His Toys

Since Thomas has been able to situp on his own he has been spending hours each day playing with his toys. This has been wonderful as we have been able to engage motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Thomas loves all of his toys, except for one… This police car toy has a siren that goes off when you squeeze the “hood”. When Thomas hears this siren he will cry. He could have been playing with this car for twenty minutes and if he hits the siren (or I do by mistake)… he cries. There are dozens of other toys that […]

Mar 132012
(Updated with video) How We Didn't Lose As Much Sleep When Thomas Was Younger... (AKA Peace of Mind/SIDS)

(Note, I am not being paid for this endorsement, that would be amazing though haha!) So SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome is something that all parents probably freak out about until their kids are at least six months old. Even after that age you may be stuck in a routine of checking your monitor or going into your child’s room (if they are in their own room) to constantly make sure that they are still breathing. As expecting parents we did a lot of research and reading on what to expect, books like What to Expect When You’re Expecting […]

Mar 122012
I Thought the Time Change Would Be Harder on Thomas' Schedule

Spring Forward Yesterday I was a bit nervous that the time change would really mess with Thomas’ schedule. That the one hour difference would be really difficult for wake-up, feedings, nap times etc. Well the end of the day has come and gone and I am surprised to say that the time change went much smoother than I thought. In fact, the day went really smoothly. Thomas slept past 9am, ate a decent amount, went down for a nap two hours after waking up, and slept for almost 90 minutes. Thomas was even so tired again that he slept for […]

Mar 102012
My Son Doesn't Hug Me Anymore

There was a two week time period where every morning when we would wake up Thomas and take him out of his crib, he would put his arms around or necks (as best he could) and hug us. This was a pretty special time for both my wife and I. Thomas isn’t at the age where he can reciprocate affection in ways that we expect so when we got hugs each morning for a few weeks these were extra special! These mornings were so special that they were the bright spots of our day. Then one day they just stopped. […]

Mar 082012
We Feel Pretty Alone in the World...

I usually post about Thomas and our day-to-day dealings, but this will be more about being a parent/adult, at least from my perspective… I have no friends… OK I have friends that I grew up with, went to school with and were even in my wedding. These are my best friends and they are truly my friends at any time I need them, but they don’t live around me. Throughout the years as life has happened, we have slowly moved away from where we grew up for one reason or another… job opportunities mainly, that have meant that we no […]

Mar 072012
I'm Really Glad We Had a Boy...

Like most parents… before we knew the gender during pregnancy, we both said we would be happy with either a boy or a girl. As most fathers-to-be feared, I figured that we were going to have a girl as payback for the years that I was dating etc (trust me this is the fear of most dads-to be). My fear wasn’t that rational really as I didn’t know how to take care of a child at all, but you pick it up very quickly once you bring that baby home and you have no choice but to care for him/her. […]


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