Change is an odd thing in that it can bring such intense happiness, anticipation, and excitement or it can bring sadness, fear, and feelings of loss.
We all experience change daily but most change that happens is insignificant in the grand scheme of things. That change may come in the form of having to take a detour to work, stop at the grocery store on a day you normally do not, or getting an unexpected letter in the mail from an old friend. We never seem to think twice about these small changes that we encounter but they are there and we adapt quite easily and quickly. Read more >>
This Sunday will mark Sammy’s seventh month on this planet and again, all we seem to be able to ask ourselves is…where has the time gone?
Actually that’s a lie, that question comes up but so do a crap ton of other questions like: Read more >>
While our kid is only 7ish months old, I understand that we haven’t seen anything yet…but I’ve been to my share of kid’s birthdays, Christmases, Easters, Arbor Day Celebrations…you get the idea! Why is it that people feel the need to bring MORE toys!?!? We’ve all been there, right? You show up at little Bobby’s 3rd birthday party and add your obligatory wrapped blinking, screaming, honking, bleeping truck-train thingy that you found on sale at Target to the humungous mountain of other wrapped crap! By the time Bobby gets around to opening all 57 of those gifts, he’s all sugared up, overstimulated, and likely exhausted. Let’s have him sit and open all that shit now and attempt to play with it, okay? Bad idea! Now load up the car, take it all home, and try to find a place to put it all! Read more >>
I came across this article “The Top 5 Worst Mistakes American Parents Make” and couldn’t help wonder what we’re doing wrong…or better yet, what we might do wrong in the future. I think it’s really interesting that there could be such a difference between the way Americans parent and the way Europeans parent.
What do you think??? Do you agree? Oh yeah, and what do you think us Americans are doing right???
I remember getting all misty and teary-eyed the night before we went in for the C-section to have our little Sammy. Matt asked me what I was thinking about and I told him I was realizing that from the day he was born, every day Sammy would move a little bit farther away from me. He would begin seeking his independence almost from the very beginning, and I was sweetly sad thinking that this night was the closest he would ever be to me. Read more >>
Looking back at getting pregnant and having Sammy is quite difficult at this point. In some ways it seems like it all happened yesterday but in many other ways I feel so far removed from it that I feel like I don’t remember much. On the other hand though, it feels like I remember a lot.
I remember how I felt when Annie first said she was pregnant. I remember how I was ecstatic and scared out of my mind all at the same time. There was also that part of me that simply could not take in that fact…surreal. I’m going to be a dad? Read more >>
Yesterday, April 15, 2013, something evil happened in Boston, Massachusetts. As thousands of spectators looked on, runners steadily crossed the finish line in the 26.2 mile Boston Marathon. What an accomplishment! I can’t imagine how finishing something so challenging and rigorous would feel! So, as these people were celebrating reaching HUGE goals and realizing their dreams, 2 bombs went off in the crowd. As of right now, 3 people have died and almost 200 have been injured. We see pictures of massive bloodshed, people frantically trying to get away from the scene, and chaos at every turn. Read more >>
Having a baby is hard work. I think we all know that and understand it but it’s just something I’d rather not focus on. Instead I’d like to focus on those things that happen that get you all excited about being a parent like the first time they look up at you, the first smile, or the first time they laugh. We’ve had all these firsts but in the last week we had a bunch more. Read more >>
We’ve written about things that they don’t tell you when you get pregnant, things they don’t tell you when you have a newborn, and tons of other unexpected stuff, but here’s a new and developing list! Now that Sammy is almost 6 months old, our days are spent actually playing with him! In other words, he responds to us with laughter, facial expressions, and random noises when we jump around just enough at just the right time looking for that next laugh from him. Until recently, he’s mostly been a sleeping, pooping, spitting-up blob laying in a bouncie seat. Not that he doesn’t eat and poop these days (he really does!) but things are changing right before our eyes! Read more >>
I can’t think of baseball, but especially the L.A. Dodgers, without thinking of my grandfather (or as we called him, Papa). He passed away 17 years ago as of late last night (April Fool’s Day), although the paperwork says April 2. Anyway, no need to digress into that story. The point is that I used to be a huge baseball fan. My first memories of baseball were going to Dodger games with my grandparents as a young child. Although I don’t follow sports as much as I used to it’s still a great memory for me. Read more >>