Parenting

[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...

[Travel Advice] Babymoon

Random Observation/Comment #579: Besides the frequent bathroom breaks and lighter walks, this adventure roadtrip was pretty much like the rest. Crushed it. What’s a babymoon? Similar to a honeymoon, a babymoon is a celebration of a life-changing milestone. It’s a last hurrah, but also supporting the foundation we build in our relationship. Kids will grow up and leave the nest, but we’ll...

Pregnancy Press Release

Random Observation/Comment #578: “Sometimes the thing that’s most expected can be the most wonderful surprise” ~vnessawithaneye It’s official. I’m gonna be a Daddy! Yay! Well, some of you likely knew since it’s kind of a big change… If you know anything about me, you know I like to be thorough and do my research. In the past few months, I’ve...