Compari(son)

He’s screaming again. It has been three hours of misery tonight watching him fuss and squirm and whine and scream. We’ve run the usual gamut of reactionary reconnaissance: Googling, entertaining, feeding, distracting, more Googling, message boarding, prodding. And he’s still screaming. I feel the frustration filling my veins. I want to scream. But it’s not…

Colic & Hope: A Reflection

Less than a year ago today I was in parenting hell. Today is different.

How Parenting Changed My Life (in at Least 8 Ways)

Today, I realized my life has changed.  Don’t get me wrong, I knew my life changed when I saw a human come out of another human (and when I realized I had to take care of this Russian nesting doll).  But, today is when it was clear how much my life has changed. What made me…

3 Things You Shouldn’t Say to a New Parent (And 2 Things You Should)

  The road to annoyance is paved with good intentions. I think the original saying has something to do with hell, but prophesying damnation has never been my jam and peanut butter. I do, though, know how annoying and frustrating it is to have someone supplant social tact with “good intentions.” No place have I…

A Killer, a Father, and a Son

I’m wrapping my son up in my arms.  We lie side by side, his face nestled into my chest.  Some would look at this scene and think, “Tisk, tisk.  Co-sleeping.  Didn’t you read how terrible that is!?”  Others would think, “You better cut that habit now; he’ll never learn to sleep on his own if…

My greatest hope for my son . . .

There are many things I hope for you.  I hope for you to be happy, to feel successful, to find love, to be self-assured.  I’ll be honest, there are petty things that I hope for you, too.  I hope that you love to cook like I do.  I hope that you enjoy reading, more than…

My Newborn is An @$$hole

“He’s alive.”  That has been our mantra as my wife and I have officially kept our first born alive for a little over a month.  The fact that all we can say is, “He’s alive,” has nothing to do with our shock at our skill set.  We are more than capable of meeting a baby’s needs,…