A Birth Story – Here Comes the Son

For my son’s birth, I wanted to make sure that he would have something to look back on years later to see what we went through that day. I will never forget staging our bags by the door, our family arriving at the hospital, the pain my wife went through after 25 hours of contractions, the relief she felt after the epidural, and the rest she was able to get and needed before the final 3 hours of pushing. I will never forget taking the first picture of my son, the first time he wrapped his little hand around my finger, the first time I looked at my wife and my child together, and the wonderment of holding him for the first time. My son.

Happy 2nd birthday to my little man, The Understudy.

Arrangement by Jennifer Tumminaro
Original music & lyrics by the Beatles

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Pregnancy Announcement Shocks Parents

The Wife and I have 3 sets of parents spread out in 3 different states. It’s very rare that they are all in the same place at the same time. On The Understudy’s first birthday, they were all in town and, being the awesome children that we are, we decided to shock them with a pregnancy announcement.

As part of the social media fun, we posted this picture when it was time to announce the pregnancy to the social media world.

pregnancy announcement photo

And then this one to announce the gender.

gender announcement

Have I told you how much I like cheese?

Milestones: Parenting “Tips” from Non-Experts

As an at-home parent, I witness the development process firsthand. Milestones happen every day. Some happen to suck.

When I ask my son, “The Understudy”, to do something he doesn’t want to do, he walks away quickly. Today he made his first real decision and he vocalized it. As his father, it is my duty to make sure he knows that I will always have the upper hand. I am proud of the defiant little monster that he became today.

Welcome to the game, rookie.

Pucker

Everyone told me that one of the biggest kicks I would get out of having a kid was documenting their reactions to new foods. I have a tendancy to be a bit compulsive (is that possible?) and videoed every single new food that The Understudy ate. Every time the result was the same; no reaction, no funny face. Peas, avocados, sweet potatoes, zucchini… nothing.

I was certain that I would put together a greatest-hits video and be instantly famous. And every time, The Understudy looked at me as if to say, “Is that it? That all you got? Am I here to amuse you?”

Then, I decided to up my game. I got my phone ready, I convinced The Wife that he wouldn’t be harmed in the making of the video, and with a grin on my face and a hint of victory in my eyes, I gave The Understudy a lemon. A LEMON! Why didn’t I think of this before!?! Victory was sure to be mine.

Then, he ate two slices of Lemon and made the sign for more.

The Understudy: 17

Daddy: 0

Why couldn’t it have just been like this?

 

This is the face of mockery.

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