Parenting

30 Potty Training Tips

Random Observation/Comment #634: It’s a crappy job, but someone’s gotta do it. Why this list? Potty training is a developmental milestone and not a war. This is not a measurement of your parenting, but a normal phase in your toddler’s development. It helps when your daycare does some of this on a regular basis and shows other toddlers using the...

30 Dad Jokes

Random Observation/Comment #621: When is an obvious joke a dad joke? When it becomes apparent… Why this List? When I watched Magic School Bus (MSB) back in the day, I thought Carlos was hilarious with his punny jokes. It took a long time to realize that those were channeling the best dad jokes. I personally love how there’s a clear...

30 Favorite Toddler Meals

Random Observation/Comment #620: I can’t find a purer way to show my love than through cooking and sharing food. Why this List? As soon as Evie could eat solids, I claimed head chef of the household. It started off with creating purees of everything using our Beaba and making sure we had as many colors as possible throughout the day…...

30 Tricks to Teach Your Toddler

Random Observation/Comment #614: Parents sometimes treat their kids like PR brands or pets. “Look at what my toddler can do.” “See how my child’s intelligence reflects my own.” Why this list? I’ve been reading a lot about what to teach Evie at 18 months so she can build a foundation with learning physical feats, language, grasping new concepts, and understanding...

30 Toddler Calming Techniques

Random Observation/Comment #612: Toddlers are assholes. I read the book. Can confirm. Why this list? My previous post outlined all the signs of your infant transitioning into toddlerhood. Oh, joy. Now what you need, besides a vacation (aka business trip) is a few techniques for distracting or appeasing your child without forming bad habits. We really liked the book “No...

30 Signs of a Toddler

Random Observation/Comment #611: When did my cute baby become a mad (but still cute) toddler? Why This List? It happens slowly with signs of defiance and then all at once – your crawling & cooing infant has become a running & screaming toddler. It’s still extremely enjoyable and immensely rewarding, but very different. I’ve been putting together some personal toddler...

30 Fundamental Development Areas

Random Observation/Comment #608: “I can show you the world. Shining shimmering splendid.” ~Me singing in the shower Why this list? I’m not trying to rewrite education (even though I think it’s broken the way it exists today in the US with unbalanced debt-to-job expectations). Instead, I’d like to think about the fundamental lessons and personal development that naturally occurs outside...

30 New Little Things

Random Observation/Comment #607: She’s the missing TARDIS to my Doctor Who. Why this list? I lived for a lot of little things and even wrote a whole list about it: http://seelemonslive.com/2015/08/07/list-of-30-the-little-things/ Since writing this list, there have been a lot of new little things that have been making me beam with pride and joy. Happiness still comes in little doses....

30 Signs of Parenting Addiction

Random Observation/Comment #603: Conversations between parents are like therapy sessions. Conversations with a new parent and expecting parent are like coaching pep talks. We love parenting. It’s really difficult and sometimes boring, but also unexpectedly exciting. We find ourselves obsessed with the learning patterns and impressed with not-so-impressive things. She’s taught us a lot about ourselves and given us a...

30 Conversation Topics with Babies

Random Observation/Comment #602: I’m pretty sure she said “Daa Daa” to me first. I’m pretty sure this is a game I don’t want to win. Why this List It’s never too early to start talking with your baby. This helps with voice recognition and pattern recognition for inflections and intonations. I’ve been talking with Evie since she was still in...

Baby Gadgets

Random Observation/Comment #601: Yes, we’ll probably buy that thing we’ll only use for 3 months. It’s very easy to spend money on babies and baby goods. I no longer buy things or own things for myself — it’s all just baby stuff. While we’ve been fooled by some products with cool ideas and no practicality (e.g. squeezy spoons), we’ve also...

Leaving a Legacy

Random Observation/Comment #600: Daddy-daughter songs are sometimes creepy, but I totally get it. Being a parent really changes everything. My daily routine is completely different. My priorities have definitely shifted. Plus, my life philosophies and musings tend to be less about checking off a list and more about building a foundation. I sing these words every night: Someday we’ll all...

Fourth Trimester Retro Pt 2

Random Observation/Comment #598: Quality over quantity. Time will pass by in a blink, but we’ll have the memories. While we cover the dress, travel, and play-time aspect of the Fourth Trimester in Part 1, this section will focus on people and relationships – you, each other, family, and friends with the newborn. Visits Everyone is probably super excited to see...

Fourth Trimester Retro Pt 1

Random Observation/Comment #597: I’m either sleep deprived or time has sped up. The “fourth trimester” is a term that refers to the first three months of a baby’s life. It’s during this time where your baby still needs an environment like the womb and is most  vulnerable as they can’t do things like pick up their head yet or play...

The Giver

Random Observation/Comment #593: “It takes so little to be a great dad, and so little to be a bad mom.” Being a dad is fun. I play with her. I feed her a bottle. I give her a bath. I sing her a lullaby. I read her a book. I take a few selfies. I hold her as she drifts...

30 Things I Love About Evie

Random Observation/Comment #592: Sleep is that old friend you took for granted, but now realize is all you really need. I love you, sleep. Why this list? Being a new father is amazing. I swell with pride and interest with every monthly milestone met, even though I know it’s all going far too quickly. In line with reflecting on my...

[Baby Advice] The Hospital Bag Guide

Random Observation/Comment #590: Delivery is the first stop in your parenting adventure; make sure to pack your bags. We did a lot of planning, preparation, and packing for the labor & delivery, but here’s what we actually found useful for our hospital stay. Note this list takes into account that we ended up having a c-section, live close to our...

[Parenting] First Week Retro

Random Observation/Comment #589: I haven’t slept in 10 days, but that would be too long… When pregnant, pretty much every parent gave us the same wry smile while informing us, “It’s only the beginning…” and sometimes this was also accompanied with, “sleep while you can.” As with projects, these are just milestones leading to the next set of challenges. The...

A Message to Our Daughter

Random Observation/Comment #588: I believe in love at first sight. I wrote our daughter a letter: Dearest Evie, You probably won’t be able to read this until 5 years later, and you probably won’t understand the depth of these words until 10 years after that, but when you figure it out, send me a postcard (if they still exist).  When...

[Baby Advice] Solicited Advice

Random Observation/Comment #587: Everyone has an opinion on pregnancy and parenting. While help is appreciated, the amount of unsolicited advice can be overwhelming and at times, even stressful.   Why this list? Not just in pregnancy, but in life, it’s always good to collect just the right amount of information. If you collect too many sources, you get into what...

[Baby Advice] Approaching B-Day

Random Observation/Comment #586: *Queue the music* “It’s the final countdown!” ba-dada-da ba-da-dada-dum…   We (are starting to) finally feel ready for any upcoming delivery scenarios. The blog writing has declined a bit because we want to use the time to relax and get more sleep, but I think this final one should give a broad overview of the last trimester...

30 Tips for Nesting

Random Observation/Comment #585: Nesting is as much about routines as it is about physical items. Why this list? So you’ve decided to stay in your one bedroom because it’s economical and babies usually just eat, poop, and sleep for the first 6 months. Even if you’re living minimally, babies do require a lot of stuff that take up space like...

Daddy’s Pregnancy Diet

Random Observation/Comment #584: What’s more interesting to me is the daddy’s pregnancy diet. I say that the wife is eating for two while I’m drinking for three. For the expecting Dad, you should know that there are really important health reasons for the dietary restrictions for pregnant women. These can be googled pretty easily, so I’ll let people do that separately....

[Baby Advice] Pregnancy Monthly Checklist

Random Observation/Comment #583: Fathers can also nest. When we were prepping for our wedding, there was a fairly detailed checklist of things to do. I think there were some in these baby books, but I decided to make my own. Most of my subsequent blog posts will be about these activities. First trimester – 1-13 weeks Month 1 Don’t freak out...

[Baby Advice] 30 Blogposts

Random Observation/Comment #582: As an expecting parent: I’m not looking at your baby, I’m just checking out what stroller you rockin’ Why this List? I was going to call this “baby crazy”, but we all know the “c-word” is not good to put in writing for your wife to read. I’ve always written very deliberately, and as I was doing research for...