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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,...
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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