Friday, August 30, 2013

Welcome to Raising a Dad!

It has been a whirlwind 15 months! Our beautiful daughter Ducky joined us in the middle of 2012 and, as would be expected, the whole world changed. She was 8 lbs 1 oz of happy little baby and we knew from minute one how blessed we were to have her. Our family continues to expand as my wonderful wife Allie and I are expecting our second child next February. If all continues as planned, I will get the amazing opportunity to be at home with our kids during the day and I hope to share some of the fun and exciting parts with everybody on here.

Being married to an strong, driven woman has been the highlight of my life so far.  Having been lucky enough to meet her in college so we have had 13 years together already is more than I could have hoped for.  That feeling has only been heightened as we have included a very independent little girl in our home.  I cannot imagine what life will be like with two kids running around; the only guarantee I am willing to make is that it will be insane.  To make sure that we don't ever get into a routine, before Ducky was born we went on a bit of an animal rescue spree.  Over several years, we adopted two seventy pound dogs and two indoor cats.  I am convinced, based on all of this, that I will not run out of things to write about.

Allie and I tend a little toward the hippie end of the spectrum.  As such, we made certain deals with ourselves when we found out we were pregnant.  First, we WILL cloth diaper after a couple weeks when she is big enough for the one sized diapers.  Second, all food and drink WILL be organic and healthy.  Baby WILL breast feed until a year and everything WILL be perfect.  It took about 2 weeks for that to come off the rail.  Try as we might, breastfeeding wouldn't work.  As new parents with a plan, this was a shot to the gut.  One promise we made to ourselves was by the wayside and we weren't even done with maternity leave yet.  Turns out that was a pretty good lesson, "plans are good, humble is better."   We do try to cloth diaper as often as is reasonable but that certainly is not nearly as often as we planned.  I figure 51% would round up to the original "always" we committed ourselves to so we are sort of nailing it.  At this point, it depends on the day if eco-Anthony or lazy-Anthony wins the battle.  Ducky does eat a ton of fruits as planned, often organic.  Unfortunately, about 2 months ago she decided that vegetables were sent here by some evil spirit to make her miserable and that her best defense would be to ignore them.  She doesn't throw a fit, she doesn't drop them off the high chair, she simply acts as if they are not there and if we try to feed them to her she will quietly remove them from her mouth and continue with what she was doing as if we hadn't rudely interrupted her.  We, being of superior intellect, have figured out how to trick a 15 month old using the amazing foil packs.  The foil pack companies are sneaky. They mix broccoli in with the apples and purple carrots with the pears.  I never thought that I would be proud of fooling a baby but here I sit, smiling at our guile. 

Well, now you know a little about us and our family.  The cats, the dogs, the babies, Allie and I will likely all show up prominently in this blog though I want to focus on the parenting aspects of our current existence and specifically on the particular issues encountered by stay at home dads.  We are a growing population but we will encounter situations unique to ourselves and I intend this blog to be a place to engage those.  Thanks for reading and I will catch up with you soon,

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