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5 Things to Expect With a Toddler

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“Toddler” is defined as a child that is “just beginning to walk”, although I think toddler is more of a time-frame between being a “baby” and being a little kid, with walking defining the beginning of this stage. When my daughter started walking and officially became a toddler lots of things changed, some rather surprising.

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Amazon Listens – Amazon Family

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Amazon Mom is now Amazon family, thanks Amazon! I guess it really wasn’t a big deal, but I always felt that Amazon was alienating 50% of their potential market. Regardless of what they call it, Amazon still produces some great deals with this program, which also includes Amazon Prime.

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Hiking The Section 16 Loop

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Note: This is a re-post of a hike we went on a couple years ago. This trail is in the foothills just west of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Enjoy! For memorial day, the Unexpected Mom and I decided to get up early to beat the crowds and hit a trail. Known as “Section 16” (AKA Palmer Red Rock Trail Loop), this …

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Time Flies – A Quick Update

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Wow, it’s been quite a while since I have posted something new, things at the Unexpected Dad household have been hopping and our daughter has been through quite a few changes since the last post back in January. Here is the short-list of updates:

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Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit – Review

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The last couple months have been a struggle getting Brooke to sleep at night. Not only has it been difficult to get her down initially, but she also wakes up on a regular basis throughout her sleep. She was past the point of being swaddled, so we had been using a sleep sack which acts as a swaddle but keeps …

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Sleeping – What Gives?

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Just when I think we have a good schedule and routine for our daughter something changes, seemingly over-night. Between 3 and 4 months of age, our daughter was sleeping fairly well. We even got to the point where we were only giving her a feeding at 1:00 AM (up until 3 months of age, the doctor was having us feed …

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Pseudo-Black Friday Shopping at Lowe’s

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For Christmas this year I bought a new 7.5 foot Christmas tree from Lowe’s on Wednesday 11/26, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and thus the Wednesday before black Friday. Now I have never gone out shopping early in the morning on black Friday; fighting crowds to save a few bucks was never my thing. Actually, when I bought my new tree, …

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Flying Solo – Hanging With My Daughter

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My daughter is now four months old; she is growing fast and doing very well. My wife is also doing well and went back to work for one shift per week. It is a great help for my wife to be home with our daughter; most days we don’t have to put the baby in daycare and it enables Brooke …