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Birth Keepsake: Newborn Footprints on Dad’s T-Shirt

Birth Keepsake: Newborn Footprints on Dad’s T-Sh...

Preparing for your wife’s delivery day is a big responsibility for Dads. There are obvious things to pack and prepare (like a birth announcement email), but I wanted to share something that proved to be a great keepsake – a white t-shirt with my newborn daughter’s footprints on it. This task does not really take much preparation – what I did was wear a white undershirt on the day we were headed...
Tips for Sending a Birth Announcement Email

Tips for Sending a Birth Announcement Email...

If you’re a Dad like me, then you knew you had a key responsibility when your child was first born – sending an email announcement to your friends and family.  Now, unlike me, you may not have prepared for the delivery-day communication in advance with an predefined email template and recipient list. Here are some tips for completing this ever-important new-Dad task. Prepare an email group in advance - Include...
NYT: Postpartum Depression Strikes Fathers, Too

NYT: Postpartum Depression Strikes Fathers, Too...

Postpartum Depression Strikes Fathers, Too New York Times, December 7, 2009 When reading this article about how some fathers develop a postpartum-style depression after their child’s birth, I was sympathetic with the Dads who were subjects of the story.  Clearly, they had issues they needed to workout long before they had a child, but it just happened to manifest when the newborn was drawn into the picture. However,...
Dealing with a Toxoplasmosis Scare

Dealing with a Toxoplasmosis Scare...

During the first trimester of pregnancy with our second child, an early test of my wife’s blood indicated a potential for a Toxoplasmosis infection.  I had heard of Toxoplasmosis before – we have a cat and it’s usually something the doctors will tell cat owners or an annoying family member will shout out when trying to show-off their knowledge of pregnancy facts and grill you about owning the litter...
Breast Milk Storage Guidelines

Breast Milk Storage Guidelines...

When our first daughter was born, my wife and I hired a lactation consultant who came to the house to help with the breast feeding initiative but also inform us on the world of breast feeding and breast milk.  Below is some information that was provided that we constantly looked at as a guide – how long is breast milk good for and in what setting.  Posting this detail so I have it in a central place going...
Sleep: The New Currency of Your Marriage

Sleep: The New Currency of Your Marriage...

Do you remember the days when your wife would be happy with a night out, dinner and a movie perhaps? Have kids and you’ll quickly learn that she’ll trade anything for a night of uninterrupted sleep. SLEEP DEPRIVATION Sleep deprivation is an actual form of torture. Probably every nation with an intelligence service uses it in an attempt to extract information from unfortunate adversaries. For those who have...
Buy a “Push Present”: A Note to Expecting Fathers

Buy a “Push Present”: A Note to Expect...

The days and weeks leading up to your wife’s due date can be a very stressful time for expecting fathers. While you’re running around like a maniac getting last minute items and assembling different equipment, the mom-to-be is probably propped on a couch overheated, hungry, tired, and pissed off at you for something.  She needs proper tending and you need to get things in order – a tough balance. As...

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