Archive for the ‘Parenting’ Category

October 2nd, 2009 I’m not proud of it; no, it is actually something I’m somewhat ashamed of.  I couldn’t help it and I think that fact was the source of greatest frustration from the whole experience.  Confession is good for the soul, so here goes: I was a . . . (insert long, drawn pause [...]

September 30th, 2009 Today is a special day because Laura and I are celebrating our ninth wedding anniversary.  Whew, now we’re starting to get up there a bit!  One year . . . peanuts.  Four years . . . piece of cake.  Seven years . . . sure it’s a fine, biblical number, but still [...]

September 28th, 2009 When you’re a new parent, you really try not to read into everything . . . unsuccessfully, that is.  I can remember walking into newborn Sadie’s room many-a-time in the middle of the night and positioning myself low to listen for her little breaths.  I recall little sounds and gestures that she [...]

September 25th, 2009 Okay, so I know that it doesn’t sound very spiritual.  You may roll your eyes or think me more odd than you did before . . . if that’s even possible.  But it must be written about because it is one of my favorite Sadie moments of all time. When Sadie was [...]

September 23rd, 2009 Parenthood is not just about doing things that you’ve never done before, it’s also about not doing things that you would have done before the pitter-patter of little feet hit the floor of your previously non-paternal pad.  In my case, gagging is one thing that I seldom do now . . . [...]

September 21st, 2009 Some aspects of parenting a newborn were simplistic.  Simply put, she slept eighteen hours every day . . . and when she slept, she slept hard!  You could drive a Mack truck towing a carnival ride through the living room and she wouldn’t stir . . . well, so I theorize. Since [...]

September 16th, 2009 If you haven’t noticed, I’m kind of a “words” guy.  My wife says that I can use two-hundred words to describe something when twenty words would have sufficed.  Guilty as charged, I suppose. Nevertheless, one cannot underestimate the influence words have on our lives and on our culture at large.  In this day [...]

September 1st, 2009 You may remember the story I wrote some time ago about Sadie’s first bath time nightmare.   The screams of agony.  The beet-red face.  The grueling and squirming . . . but enough about me, you should have seen Sadie! I told you, however, that she eventually became accustomed and even fond [...]

August 13th, 2009 There were many naysayers.  Those who approached us during pregnancy with a take-it-to-the-bank guarantee that having a baby would transform the dynamics of our lives . . . seemingly, by their tone, for the negative.  Now, they never said it that way, but picture a husband and wife standing before you . [...]

August 11th, 2009 Anticipatory planning rarely equates to reality.  Three years before Sadie was in our house, we brought home a little two-pound puppy named Brutus. Jet black.  The runt of the litter.  Gentle and submissive. Brutus was the perfect dog from the get-go. Pregnancy then brought about a whole host of ideas about the [...]