Stay at Home Dad Video Regarding England’s Dad Revolution

This video hits the nail on the head. For a long time I had an identity crisis as I felt my identity was that of a Police Officer. It took me a while before my identity became that of the best Dad I can be. And, I have been absolutely blessed to have witnessed all the things that I have while Emma has been growing up. The old fashioned fathers who worked, worked, and worked missed out on the most important thing in my mind--being involved with and seeing your kids grow up--intimately. Anyway, enjoy the video! ...Read more [.....]

Opening Drawers, Sitting High, Hiding, No Baba

Today, actually yesterday, Emma made sounds like she was up at 7:45. I thought she went back to sleep but then heard noises a 1/2 hr later. I went up there and she was sitting next to her dresser with the door open and all her clothes on the floor. LOL Just playing contentedly with her clothes. Our new thing is to go play in the basement. She likes it down there because it is roomy and we have all kinds of lights and things set up for her to look at. For the first time she wanted to sit on one of the bar stools. I couldn't get her down! She loves saying "high!" when she sits on the high ...Read more [.....]

Daycare, Trust, & “John”

Seems my discussion of Daycare was interesting to lots of people. I will elaborate on daycare. My main concern regarding daycare is not the fact that kids are always sick that go there or the fact that the children are not exclusively supervised(not really a problem for older kids) but the fact that I don't know who is caring for my child. I find it very difficult to put my trust in a stranger( multiple childcare people at daycare centers). Now I am sure there are those who say that the facility is highly reputable and has a stringent screening process, etc... I say that the people who say ...Read more [.....]

Colors, Delivery Guy, First Days Home

The colors of the day are Purple, Emma's favorite, and Yellow which she said for the first time today. The last couple days have been "purple" days... She knows several colors, purple, blue(boo), and now yellow. Her favorite toys are her purple bear and purple fish, both of them she calls bu "purple." While going to bed she showed Melissa one of the 2 beanie baby cats she was holding and said, "yellow." Moments like this, seemingly so small to lots of people, are the ones that I treasure and will never forget. We had a Peapod(grocery) delivery tonight. When we told Emma that there ...Read more [.....]

New Word, Guilt, Calling for Mama,Hurry She’s Sleeping!

Today Emma woke up in a good mood. I heard her on the monitor calling for Dada and tried to finish some work for my business. This brings up the fact that even though I stay up late--I really appreciate the quiet time now-- I purposely get up early so that I can: first have my coffee and slowly wake up(I am not a morning person) and second: go through the seemingly endless number of emails I get overnight and get business work "finished" before Emma wakes up. Well, she woke up happy as she does most of the time, and proceeded to show me her new sheets that have frogs and flowers. She ...Read more [.....]

Navy Pier, Happy New Year! Birthday Party!

We took Emma to Navy Pier for the Christmas extravaganza. We met Doug and his family that includes 3 boys ages 1,5 and 8. Well, it was very cool even for me. So many lights and Christmas decorations as well as so many things for kids to do. Emma rode on the train with Melissa, rode the Merry Go Round a couple times but her favorite thing was to play in the ball tent and candy cane tunnel areas. She played with Adam, age 5, in this area and when the time was up for her group of kids to leave she was the last one to leave--actually Melissa had to get her out, lol. There was also a magic show ...Read more [.....]

My first post…Here goes!

First of all, I would like to dedicate this to my beautiful wife and my precious daughter. Both are the love and joys of my life. Without my wife's support I don't think I could have made it this far! 🙂 I would like to say that my experience so far, 21 months, has been filled with many joys and challenges. I have learned that everyone should give credit to all the mothers(& fathers) that have, and continue to make the sacrifice and commitment to their children. I have learned that it is probably the hardest and most challenging job in the world..No kidding! The sacrifices that so ...Read more [.....]