In our family’s typical fashion, we documented another milestone in a photo a day video. This is our son’s first year. He will be 2 in a month already. I’ve been pretty busy with daddy duty so I haven’t had much time to write, but I have a fun project coming up for his 2nd birthday gift that I will document here. Enjoy!
“The Rescue“ is a story about Dunder the German Shepherd and the day his parents brought home Munster from the animal shelter – changing both of their lives forever. “The Rescue” shares the message of hope, appreciation, friendship, and animal rescue with the next generation of dog lovers. And what better way to do this than to use our dogs’ story as an example.
This book started out as an idea for our son’s first birthday gift. After receiving several requests from our followers, we felt the need to share it and spread the importance of rescuing animals in need.
For years my wife and I have had an idea for a Children’s book. We never found the time to actually sit down and make it happen, but somehow after the birth of our son we made it happen. Maybe he was the inspiration to actually sit down and make it happen? Most likely, but either way we got it done and aside from a few finishing touches it’s going to be up for sale soon.
Here’s a sneak peak of some of the work in progress illustrations. We are really happy with the outcome and hope you will be too. The story is fun and has a great meaning behind it (which we will share soon). Please stay tuned here, our social networks or enter your email at dunandmun.com for updates.
I just wrapped up a month off of work for baby bonding. The days were filled with playing with new toys, books, trying out solid foods, naps, partial naps, and bonding. During that time I was actually able to notice a lot more of a bond had formed between me and baby. I firmly believe that people should get much more time off of work to bond with their children, but that’s another story. Here’s a video I took that sums up a typical day. Enjoy!
Have a baby at home? How has the experience been so far?
1. Be patient, its hard to get woken up at all hours of the night, but you’ll get used to it. I used to see it as a chore, but now I see it as hugging my son to sleep.
2. Everything is a phase, and they pass quickly. The good and the bad things.
3. Don’t stress out. When making the decision to have kids, we didn’t do it because we had to, we did it because we wanted to enjoy every moment with them. So enjoy all of it!
4. Kids grow fast. You’ll see drastic changes even within a couple weeks. Take lots of pictures (with you included) and capture each moment.
5. Take advantage of their naps! In order to run a house hold, take care of items while they sleep. You have 30 minutes to 2 hours max, so as soon as they go to sleep take care of business. Don’t play with your phone, etc. Clean, cook, workout etc. That time is precious. If you finish early take some time for yourself and put your feet up.
6. If people offer help. take it.
7. If you have a boy, cover him while you change him. I didn’t at first, but getting pee’d on at 2am will change your mind.
8. Take care of yourself. Eat, healthy, exercise, and even sleep if you can. Having a healthy body will make these physically draining times a little easier.
9. Have fun! These moments are amazing! Roll with the punches and cherish each moment.
10. Love your baby! These times go by fast and you will miss these phases. My son is 5 months old and I’m already sad at how fast he is growing. You will miss these days especially when he’s driving away in your car as you want nothing more than to just sit and hang out with him.
Here we are enjoying SF at a coffee shop.
1. I value sleep so much more now (when I actually get some)
2. For the first time, I feel comfortable holding a newborn baby. I used to be so nervous and awkward when it came to holding babies.
3. I am now a professional diaper changer.
4. Priorities have shifted. HIM > Everything else
5. Less gym time. Now I combine workouts into everyday things. Lunges and squats at the dog park, pull ups on the jungle gym while out for walks, sit ups on the nursery floor while baby plays, etc.
6. Healthy eating. I was already pretty good about it, but now I am better. I want to make sure I am around for baby and active for as long as possible.
7. I care less about other things. For some reason, I have a lot less interest in other people’s problems/stories. Maybe I’m just too focused on what matters to me.
8. Less free time, but I’m ok with that. There is no better place to be than spending the day with baby.
9. I’ve never wanted time to pass more slowly.
10. I finally know my purpose in life.
This past Sunday was the one month mark for the due date. That means we have less than to do everything we need to do to prep the house, prep ourselves, read all baby books, and take care of anything else that will be harder to do once the little guy comes into our lives.
Aside from that I am trying to enjoy the last few weeks of my life pre-baby. Doing some of the things we all take for granted once the baby comes. For example, sitting quietly in a cafe reading a book. As I was sitting there reading and enjoying my roti bun and coffee, I thought to myself days like this will be missed, but I am really looking forward to the lifestyle change ahead.
Book: Show Dad How: The Brand-New Dad’s Guide to Baby’s First Year by Shawn Bean the executive editor of Parenting Magazine