Parenting Life

Six Things This Dad Underestimated About Pregnancy

My Wife’s Tiredness I’m not talking about being tired caring for a newborn. Most parents know going in that a newborn means sleep deprivation and being tired in general. What I’m referring to here is how tired my wife was during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. She would often be COMPLETELY EXHAUSTED. It makes sense this happens when you…

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A Dad’s List of Terms Expectant and New Dads Should Know

I like being a very involved dad. I enjoy fatherhood immensely and was quite interested in learning about pregnancy and infancy. The process of pregnancy and infant development are just things I find fascinating. Having two kids now beyond infant age, I recently reflected on all the terms I learned through those years. Here is a list of key terms…

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A Dad’s Doula Story And Why You Should Consider One

What is a Doula? DONA (Doulas of North America) defines doulas as “a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.” DONA makes the following analogy on its website: “Like travel guides in a foreign country, birth and postpartum…

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Why I Love Fatherhood, Through The Senses

I love being a dad. I really do. Fatherhood was always something I believed I would really take to and enjoy. Since having my first son and then my second, this belief has been more than confirmed. Recently, as I was thinking about my two sons, I thought about the various reasons I love and am sentimental about being a…

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A Dad’s Second Doula Story

My wife, Jillian, and I were blessed with the pregnancy of our second son two and a half years after our first was born. (At the time, we didn’t know the gender as we waited with both of our kids.) A common discussion topic we had throughout this second pregnancy was Jillian’s hope for a more “typical” birth experience. My…

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