This time feels different. We’re going to have four kids – yikes! How will they get all the attention and care they need? How will we carve out time for ourselves? I feel a little like cat hanging from a tree branch – it’s a bit of an Oh Shit! moment. I am feeling nervous before birth – for the first time. During the last three pregnancies I was pretty chill about things, with a We’re having (another) baby? Cool! attitude. But this time I’m surprised to feel nervous. I suppose it’s the number of children and knowing how things change once a baby is part of our lives. The first was … [Read more...] about Feeling nervous before birth?
Editor's note: This was written in 2011 and we've stopped at 4. Chaz, otoh, is expecting #6 any day now!Apparently when it comes to us & kids, 3 is not the magic number – #4 is on the way! This was a surprise, our first unplanned pregnancy. The other 3 were all planned, though the TTC (trying to conceive) times varied from 1 1/2 years to 1 week to 1 day. I really wasn’t sure at all that I wanted any more children; in fact, it took me a couple of days to get used to the idea it but I’m very happy now. Our third is almost 2 and at that absolutely wonderful stage of toddlerhood where … [Read more...] about An unexpected surprise!
Morning sickness SUCKS – and the gnarly thing pictured above might be the best thing to fight it. Morning sickness (or day sickness since it’s not limited to mornings) is something my wife dealt with in each of our pregnancies. Of all the ideas suggested the two that worked best for her wereEat something, since low blood sugar can cause nausea. This meant munching on healthy snacks throughout the day and, if the nausea was really bad, making sure to wake up for a midnight snack. Ingest some ginger.Wondering what ginger is? Ginger is a kind of rhizome – a horizontal plant stem … [Read more...] about Fighting morning sickness with ginger
Note: this was written in 2011!Teams with championships with preparation, mindset & focus – a great lesson for fathers-to-be. It’s the day after Super Bowl XLV and congratulations to the Green Bay Packers on the win. They came prepared, with a mindset that let them play mistake-free football. They were ready to take advantage of the opportunities their opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers, gave them. It was clear the Packers had better focus than the Steelers – the Pack didn’t turn the ball over once while the Steelers did it 3 times. All of this added up to victory and an excellent … [Read more...] about 3 things a father to be needs: Preparation, Mindset & Focus
Three things struck me after our son was born:Leaving home for the hospital is disruptive. Just when we really needed to hunker down, dim the lights and be together we had to leave. We drove, checked in, went to the room and settled in again. It’s like driving downfield in football, turning the ball over, waiting to get the ball back and then getting back on field in worse field position than before. Birth, like consistent offense, needs rhythm.I could have done a better job supporting my wife and, by extension, my little boy. Books and videos are certainly helpful but … [Read more...] about What I learned from our first birth