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Fatherhood Bits of Wisdom

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Since I do not have any wisdom of my own in the fatherhood department, I have been reading several books and articles to get input from people who have some experience in the area of parenting. Here are some items that I have written down (note that I don’t have the source for most of these, but I am absolutely …

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The List – Stuff For Baby

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In the last few weeks I have started hearing a term I had never heard before: The Layette List. Looking this up on various internet sites, there are several ideas of what this is. The dictionary definition of layette is: A set of clothing, linens, and sometimes toiletries for a newborn child. In my case this will be a list …

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What’s In a Name?

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We started a list of baby names early on in the pregnancy (in fact, my wife and I routinely talked about children names even before we were pregnant); it seemed like a fun exercise to work on intermittently and good topic of conversion on most days. By the end of the first trimester we had a list of about 12 …

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We Are Going Where? – The Doctor Appointments

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In the eighth week of pregnancy we had our first appointment with the obstetrician. I had no idea what to expect the first time around and I was a little apprehensive, after all, I had never been to an obstetrician before. During this appointment we had our first ultrasound and were able to listen to the baby’s heartbeat; this is …

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Shock and Awe – The Unexpected Dad

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You’re  a 40 something man with plans of early retirement and travel just a few short years away, when suddenly the bomb gets dropped:  You’re wife is pregnant.  This was where I was at just 6 short months ago.  When my wife delivered the news of the impending child, the phrase “shock and awe” came to mind.  I was the …