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15 Ways to Wake A Sleeping Baby

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Whoa, wait a minute! Don’t we want our baby to sleep so we can also sleep and/or go about our normal activities? Well normally yes, especially with a newborn. However with a newborn generally sleeping 18-20 hours a day, you DO want them awake for at least one task: Feeding time. For my wife and I, feeding our baby can …

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Dad Gear – Original Messenger Diaper Bag – Review

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The diaper bag. For me it brought visions of a large, cavernous women’s purse. You know, the type that looks big enough to be carry-on luggage, with a very large center compartment and a not-so-manly look. My wife has a nice, backpack style diaper bag that is functional, yet it has a bright floral pattern that I wasn’t too anxious …

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The Unexpected Birth – Week 37

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I guess the title of this post is not very accurate; the birth of our child was definitely expected, however the circumstances were not. We knew that week 37 is considered full term, but we assumed that the birth of our daughter would follow a normal path and delivery would occur during our week 40 due date. As it turned …

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The Home Stretch – Week 36

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Here we are entering the home stretch at week 36, I am having a hard time believing that the pregnancy is going so quickly. When we first found out we were pregnant the due date seem such a long way off, but it is quickly catching up to us. In the last few weeks we have knocked out quite a …

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Action Items For a New Dad

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As I stated in my original post, my initial reaction to being pregnant was not altogether positive since it totally threw a wrench into “my plans”. Although at this point I am happy and excited, it took me a little while to get here as a gradual process. The first couple weeks with the knowledge that I am going to …

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On Being Excited

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The time is getting near as we head into week 32. My wife and I have been told that full term is actually considered 37 weeks, and our daughter could be born anywhere between 37 and 40 weeks; the big day is getting pretty close! I am feeling a range of emotions, one of those is excitement which grows weekly. …

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6 New Dad Tips During Pregnancy

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The following list of tips are based off of my experiences over the last 6 months. They are actually a reminder for me, but they may help some other new dads (and in turn help new moms). They are in no particular order, however #5 is probably the most important.

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What I Have Learned (So Far)

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These first 29 weeks of the pregnancy have seemed to fly by and it’s hard to believe that we have less than 3 months left until the expected due date. I still have much to learn, but I have learned quite a few things along the way.

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20 Week Ultrasound

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As I write this post we are finishing up week 28 and headed into week 29 of the pregnancy; I wanted to get a short post in about the ultrasound appointment that we had back in week 18. Week 18 was a very exciting week for us, this was when we had our 20 week ultrasound. Yes, we had the …