Your Baby at 1 Month

Your Baby at 1 Month

What happens during the first month of your baby’s life? I bet you don’t know. I didn’t know until recently. My baby is turning four months old as I write this post, so I’ll share some of my research and personal experiences from the past few months. My goal is to write one new monthly development post for at least the first year, every month. Vision Your baby’s vision will gradually improve over the first month. When she is first…

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The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done Part 3

The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done Part 3

We had very little interested in Dude. I had one call from a couple in Cleveland expressing interest, but they never called me back after we initially talked. We had nothing for several weeks. On week five, we had two women contact us. One seemed very interested and wanted to meet Dude. We had high hopes. On the day she was supposed to meet him, she bailed. She said she came down with some health problems. The other lady never…

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The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done Part 2

The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done Part 2

Shortly before our baby was born, we hired a professional trainer to come help us work with Dude. My wife was worried (rightly so) about Dude interacting with the baby. He was a big lovable dog, but didn’t know his own size. We were worried he would trample the baby or trip us when we carried her. We worked on some commands to help Dude learn a special place to sit when we were dealing with the baby, and we…

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The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done Part 1

The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done Part 1

A few weeks ago, my wife and I did the hardest thing we have ever done as a couple. We had to put our beloved dog, Dude, down. After my wife and I had been married for a few years, we bought our first house. My wife had wanted a dog for a while, as we both had dogs growing up. We are dog lovers. Once we were settled in our new house, we decided it was time to adopt.We…

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Why do babies get a vitamin K injection?

Why do babies get a vitamin K injection?

Why do babies get a vitamin K shot? After my baby was born, they wiped her down quickly, then handed her to my wife. My wife held our little girl as we all cried and cried and cried (especially the baby). After a few minutes, they took the baby to check her vitals and assign the Apgar score. During the evaluation, they do two primary things. First, they put a thick goop in her eyes. This is an antibiotic to…

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I did it!

I did it!

Okay, so I took a week off. I think you guys will survive. I took a week off in part to relax and celebrate! I’ve got two major reasons to celebrate this week. First – I graduated! On Sunday August 7, 2016 I walked down the aisle to receive my diploma from the dean of the school of engineering at Ohio State University. I received a master of Global Engineering Leadership. It has always been a goal of mine to…

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Baby’s First Round of Vaccinations

Baby’s First Round of Vaccinations

My baby got her first set of vaccinations yesterday. Two month vaccines My little girl got her first second set of shots Saturday. My girl turned two months last week, which means it was time for her first real set of vaccines. I guess technically the first set would have been in the hospital. Hospitals in the USA give your baby the first shot in a series of three hepatitis B vaccines right after birth. They also get a vitamin K injection…

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Our First Fight Over the Kid

Our First Fight Over the Kid

My wife and I had our first fight involving our baby before she was even born. The mother-in-law My mother-in-law is something else. Aren’t most of them? She has no shame and no internal monolog. Anything she is thinking, just comes right out of her mouth, unfiltered. This can make dealing with her a bit difficult at times. She has a habit of inviting herself to events and along on trips. She means well and her heart is usually in…

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My baby had an IV – baby antibiotics

My baby had an IV – baby antibiotics

While my wife and I were in the hospital with our new baby girl, the nurse told us the pediatrician wanted to talk with us. Nothing like the possibility of bad news to make your heart sink as you are enjoying your brand new baby! They wanted to put my baby on antibiotics! We had all the pre-birth tests done. We had all the pre-birth screening done that can identify issues and birth defects prior to birth. I stupidly formed the opinion…

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No Update Again This Week

No Update Again This Week

Sorry, dads, no update again this week. I’m scrambling to finish up my master’s degree final project. Don’t fret, I’ll be done in August and able to devote more time to the blog and my new baby!