Baby Bonding (New Video)

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?

This picture pretty much describes the last 5 months

This picture pretty much describes the last 5 months. An incredible baby, that requires an incredible family to raise him. I’ve been constantly moving furniture around the house to prep, my wife must have developed an amazing reach in order to do all the multitasking she does, Dunder runs unbelievably fast to the baby every time he cries, and Munster…..well Munster likes to cover himself from the loud noise. Haha. Parenting has been Incredible and we look forward to all the challenges and rewards. Can’t wait til next Halloween!

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A White Sheet With Endless Possibilities…

Recently, I started letting my son lay on the floor and explore the room visually. He gets to lay there, wiggle his little legs and play. I put out a white sheet on the floor and even allowed my dogs to lay near him, smell him, and get used to him. It’s really funny that once they smell him, they just lay down next to him and stare. I have no idea what they are thinking, but I can tell that it is positive. Then of course, I started snapping a bunch of pictures…

That’s when the ideas started rolling in. Watching them lay on the sheet interacting was so beautiful, but I saw potential for an art project. Here are a couple of initial ones. I can see myself doing a lot more of these as the months go by.

This is how it started, just a dog and baby playing on a sheet…

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with a little creativity, that white sheet becomes pride rock from The Lion King.

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And also a scene inspired by Where the Wild Things Are.

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to be continued…

It’s a Boy Story! Baby Shower Invitations

UPDATE Feb 23,2016: WE WROTE A CHILDREN’S BOOK! and its coming out very soon! Please check here to be the first to see it! http://www.dunandmun.com/

As a designer, I’d rather spend time creating a custom invitation than go out and purchase a pack from the store.  I really wanted to get creative with the Baby Shower invitation and announcement of the sex. As a life long Disney fan,  it didn’t take long for me to come up with the theme of the baby shower and the idea for the matching invitation.  Here is Toy Story inspired outcome. TO INFANCY AND BEYOND!!!

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And the back side with some information changed for this post. 🙂

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Dunder and Munster are getting ready for some strange things to happen to the world they once knew.

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And here are some initial sketches. Originally I thought about having the back be an etch a sketch, but I really wanted to draw Buzz Lightyear along with a few other Toy Story Characters.

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Thanks for looking!

UPDATE Feb 23,2016: WE WROTE A CHILDREN’S BOOK! and its coming out very soon! Please check here to be the first to see it! http://www.dunandmun.com/

To Dad, Love Byron

I drew this in 1988 and signed it “To Dad, Love Byron”. After my dad passed away in September, I found this in his brief case next to the deed to his house and living trust…wow.

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To Dad, Love Byron

As a kid, I would just sit down and draw for hours, I started with Disney characters and dinosaurs, then in 88′ Ninja Turtles came out so I focused mainly on that. At that time these drawings were just that, drawings. I don’t know why I drew so much, but I do remember when I was done, I loved the recognition I would get when I would give them to my parents. They would smile and tell me what a great job I did and hang the drawings on the fridge. Once the fridge was covered, the drawings were hung on the door to the garage.

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Finding my drawings in my dad’s briefcase was surprising to say the least. I haven’t seen this drawing since I drew it in 1988. I couldn’t help but think that my dad held on to this drawing to remind him of a moment in time that would pass way too quickly. The drawing and the signature “To Dad, Love Byron” shows a bond between father and son at it’s early stages. One stage of many that have come and gone, living only as memories now.

I hope one day my son will hand me a drawing like this. Looking forward to experiencing this from the father’s point of view.

10 Seconds Seemed Like an Hour

The first time we went to hear the baby’s heart beat was such a nerve racking and exciting time for me. It only took a few seconds to find it, but to me that was one of the longest moments in my life. So many thoughts were running thru my head. What if they can’t find it? What if there’s something wrong? I was so nervous, it seemed like they took hours to find it and then….there it was. The fastest tiny little heart beat I’ve ever heard. Well, aside from mine at the time. It was that moment when I knew that shit just got real. Absolutely real.