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A blog about the first few months of parenthood.

Your Voices
May 8, 2015
Debut Dad: Why fathers need to escape

Debut Dad: Why fathers need to escape

It seems parentally unpatriotic, but we all need some personal time. And it isn't physical space we need; it's psychic space. Don't take it personally, kid.
Your Voices
May 4, 2015
Solo dad: Would you trust this man with your baby?

Solo dad: Would you trust this man with your baby?

The babe, the bottle, and me
Your Voices
April 29, 2015
Warning: Childhood may be dangerous to children

Warning: Childhood may be dangerous to children

We've entered a world of warnings. Was childhood better when we didn't know better?
Your Voices
April 27, 2015

This is how we love: A new father remembers his own

I couldn't imagine making my way without him. But life had other plans.
Your Voices
April 24, 2015
Everything you can do, I can't do better: Embracing our gender roles

Everything you can do, I can't do better: Embracing our gender roles

We married with certain skills. And now that we have a kid, there's no time to change.
Your Voices
April 21, 2015

Parental shaming: It's not just for moms anymore

A dad's take on Similac's viral video, and a local connection
Your Voices
April 16, 2015
Is parenthood making me a better person — or am I just tired?

Is parenthood making me a better person — or am I just tired?

Children live in the present, something I've rarely managed to do until now.
Your Voices
April 13, 2015
Daddy's girl: Will she really love me more?

Daddy's girl: Will she really love me more?

The strange truth of the father-daughter bond
Your Voices
April 9, 2015
The preemie paradox: We want her to grow, but not grow up

The preemie paradox: We want her to grow, but not grow up

We're pushing her, even as we struggle to let go.
Your Voices
April 7, 2015
A room of her own: Why the nursery matters — to us

A room of her own: Why the nursery matters — to us

She can sleep anywhere. But in this room we can dream.
Your Voices
April 3, 2015
Baby's first Easter begs the question: Who, exactly, are we?

Baby's first Easter begs the question: Who, exactly, are we?

Our first holiday at home means we start our own traditions—whatever they are.
Your Voices
March 30, 2015
Old dad: The reality of late-blooming fatherhood

Old dad: The reality of late-blooming fatherhood

When I'm 64…she'll just be finishing college.
Your Voices
March 27, 2015
Cloth or disposable? The great diaper debate

Cloth or disposable? The great diaper debate

Everyone poops, just not like this.
Your Voices
March 24, 2015
The new happy hour: Playing bartender to baby

The new happy hour: Playing bartender to baby

My drinking partner is eight pounds, can't talk, and poops her pants. But she's more fun than the bar.
Your Voices
March 19, 2015
The end of house arrest: We are now free to move about our lives

The end of house arrest: We are now free to move about our lives

We don't want her to get sick. But we can't stay home forever.
Your Voices
March 16, 2015
Baby in a box: How long can we live this simply?

Baby in a box: How long can we live this simply?

For now she sleeps in cardboard. But the pressure is on to consume.
Your Voices
March 12, 2015
Dad, interrupted: What we miss when we return to work

Dad, interrupted: What we miss when we return to work

It's not the things she does that I miss, it's the things I'll never know she did
Your Voices
March 9, 2015
Who will she become? It's hard not to hope

Who will she become? It's hard not to hope

She could be anybody—and that's both exciting and terrifying.
Your Voices
March 4, 2015

It's official: Nobody knows anything for sure about babies

There have been human babies for millions of years. And apparently we've learned nothing about them.
Your Voices
March 1, 2015
The babe and the bottle: Why I fear the feedings

The babe and the bottle: Why I fear the feedings

She's growing just fine. So why is it so hard to accept that?
Your Voices
February 26, 2015
Night-time jitters: This is my brain on no sleep

Night-time jitters: This is my brain on no sleep

I've never gone to bed so often, and slept so little.
Your Voices
February 22, 2015
Turning zero: Marking the due date that wasn't

Turning zero: Marking the due date that wasn't

She's been with us for weeks, but in adjusted age she just arrived.
Your Voices
February 18, 2015
We were prepared for anything — except a preemie

We were prepared for anything — except a preemie

We had books, classes, nursery plans, and a due date. But all that changed in an instant.
Your Voices
February 16, 2015
The baby who fell to Earth: An introduction to the Debut Dad blog

The baby who fell to Earth: An introduction to the Debut Dad blog

I never expected to be a father. I certainly didn't expect it to happen a month early. An introduction to the Debut Dad blog.