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 monologue. 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!  

What are the baby blues?

What are the baby blues?

Has your partner or wife been depressed and crying after having a baby? She may be suffering from the baby blues. After our baby was born, my wife was very depressed and anti-social. She spent most of the day in bed, usually crying. Nothing seemed to console her. She didn’t want to spend time with our newborn. Every time I spoke with her, she broke down into tears. I was devastated. I couldn’t understand why my wife was so upset and…

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No updates this week!

No updates this week!

Just a quick note to let everyone know, I’m not going to have any updates this week. I’ve been super busy with some business travel and a lot of grad school work going on right now, just haven’t had time to write. As an aside, I’m officially a parent. I’ve been peed on, puked on, and pooped on! I was changing my little girl this weekend after a big poop. I gave her 5 minutes and thought she was done before…

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How to swaddle a baby

How to swaddle a baby

Do you know how to swaddle your baby? If you consider yourself a super dad, you probably do…but for the rest of us here are some tips. Swaddling a baby is a great way to help calm a fussing baby. A good swaddle help child feel warm and secure. A newborn baby was just separated from the only place they have known for their entire life – the womb. Being out in a big cold world can be a shock…

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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!

Just want to drop a note to all the fathers and Papas to be out there. Happy father’s day! Enjoy your cheesy neckties, and hopefully some homemade gifts. Being a father or dad to be really makes you think back on your relationship with your dad. How was your relationship? My relationship with dad has been tumultuous over the years. I was an “accident” baby, which is difficult to comprehend when your grandmother tells you that at 13 years old….

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The First Hour After Birth

The First Hour After Birth

Do you know what happens the first hour after birth? What should your baby be doing? How should she be acting? Your baby will go through several stages after birth. These are the normal stages if you place your baby in kangaroo care. If you don’t, all bets are off. Let’s discuss them! Stage 1: The Birth Cry Immediately after birth your baby will start to cry. This is a normal and healthy response. Your baby is clearing out her…

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