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Friday, 27 July 2012 12:34

They say it's your birthday

What a ride. Year one will soon be a thing of the past. How strange is that?

This past year has been a blur. New parents, you'll be told often how quickly time flies. And it will. Time takes on this strange quality when you have kids. The days themselves seem to go soooo slowly, but the weeks and months fly by. It seems like yesterday that I had my kids in my belly, and now they're pulling themselves up by the furniture and speaking in tongues.

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Thursday, 14 June 2012 12:14

Happy Fathers' Day

Everyone talks about moms and how awesome we are. It's nice, really. Who doesn't want to hear how hard they work, how underappreciated they are, how radiant they look in that outfit? Dads seem to get the short end of the parenting stick in this regard. When they aren't just being unsung, they're being actively mocked by advertisers. Have you seen a commercial where the husband/father is competent lately? Didn't think so.

The bumbling father trope is so pervasive, people are actually surprised when they see a man parenting.

So let me set the record straight, at least as far as my experience allows. My husband doesn't bumble. He doesn't freeze up like a deer in the headlights when faced with a full diaper or a meltdown. When I'm getting frustrated, he stays cool. When it's O'Dark Thirty and someone begins to fuss, he's up.

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Wednesday, 30 May 2012 16:09

Word

First words, man. How do you decide what counts as a word? At our house, everyone said DaDa first. It's true. I hate it a little bit, but it's true. Dadadadadada All three of them. There is some small debate whether or not one of my gals tried to say Maaaaah first, but that's neither here nor there. Because neither my husband or I think they actually know what they're saying at this point. They know that they can get Mom and Dad to act funny when they do something.

The predominant form of communication is still laughing and yelling. This can also apply to Mom, depending on how much coffee she's had and how well sleep happens. And sleep does happen.

It's amazing how quickly you get spoiled on sleep. In the beginning, you couldn't rub together two hours of nap time; now I find myself whining when I only get six hours of sleep. Your brain is a funny thing. But I digress. Communication. Since the kids can only communicate in a limited fashion that involves screaming, it's important that you, as the adults, have keen communication skills. Which isn't always easy when you're sleepy and stressed.

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