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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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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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Does My Dog Know I’m Pregnant?

Does My Dog Know I’m Pregnant?

Humans have been having babies for thousands of years. For all those years, we’ve wondered, does my dog know I’m pregnant? I’ve got a dog and a cat. This is one of the first questions my wife asked me after she told me the news of her pregnancy. We attempted to answer this question throughout our pregnancy. We never really got an answer, other than the response from our dog and cat. Most dogs are very smart and intelligent animals….

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Today I’m a Brand New Papa – Baby Is Born

Today I’m a Brand New Papa – Baby Is Born

On May 24, 2016 at 11:04 AM, my life was inextricably combined with a little girl. She was born weighting 6 pounds 14 ounces, 19.5 inches long, and a 12 inch diameter noggin’. I’m officially a Brand New Papa. Here is the birth story from dad’s point of view. It started on Monday night around 7 pm. My wife said she was having some lower back pain. At first she though maybe she had done too much that day. Her parents…

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My Wife Told Me She Was Pregnant

My Wife Told Me She Was Pregnant

When my wife told me she was pregnant, I nearly passed out! My wife told me that she was pregnant in August of 2015. I had a very busy week between work and graduate school. The previous few months had not been easy for me. I was stressed out beyond belief. I was in the midst of an existential crisis. I had recently changed jobs. I thought it was going to be my dream job, but it seemed to be…

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Any Day Now – Baby Is Coming

Any Day Now – Baby Is Coming

Babies are scary for a new dad. I don’t have any real experience dealing with newborns. A 3 month old is one thing, but a newborn is an entirely different beast. How do to sooth someone that is barely even conscious of themselves? How do you feed, clean, and care for another human being that is entirely dependent on you? That is a terrifying thought. You know it is, even if you can’t admit it to yourself. We went to…

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Brand New Papa Tee Shirt!

Brand New Papa Tee Shirt!

Are you a new dad? Show your baby some love with our Brand New Papa Tee shirt! Available for a limited time only, place your order today! I created this Tee shirt because I wanted to show my new status off to the world. As a proud new Papa, its a cool shirt to have. Unfortunately, Teespring will only print the shirt if I get at least 10 orders – so I need 9 other people to order a shirt…

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Brand New Papa – A new dad blog

Brand New Papa – A new dad blog

“Aren’t there already enough dad blogs in the universe?” you must be asking yourself right now. Yeah, you’re probably right, but I don’t give a shit. I started this dad blog for me. Not for you. Not for you momma. Not for your grandmomma. Not for your baby….well, okay, maybe for your baby. Just a little bit. I’m on the cusp of entering fatherhood, and it’s frightening. I’m starting this dad blog as a place to gather my thoughts, feelings,…

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