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Fatherhood Is A Joy, Not A Buzzkill

As I was going through my feeds this morning I ran across a video called "Daddy's Beer - Unexpected, but very exciting news!". The video is of a man finding out that he is going to become a father and is gaining views because of how he deals with the news: He's reaction is something we've all seen beforeĀ and by itself isn't something I'd typically write about. What brought me to post this was how the same video was interpreted on the Cheezburger Network's Parenting feed: "This Guy is How Every Man ACTUALLY Feels When He's...

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Learning to Grieve Through A Miscarriage

We buried our son this weekend. His name was Shiloh and he never took his first breath, never saw our faces and never experienced the touch of our hands. We held his small frame in our hands in disbelief. We are both in good shape, we have two healthy children and live a clean lifestyle so how could this happen? Did something preventable cause this? Will it happen again? We aren't the first to ask these questions and we will not be the last. Whether it be 8 weeks in the womb or 40 years walking...

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Ladies Week

I ended yesterdays post mentioning an up-coming adventure. Here it is! Day two of my wife's birthday started off by letting my wife sleep in a little before rushing out to the car and hitting the road for the hour drive out to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park near Eatonville, WA. The drive from Gig Harbor was absolutely gorgeous once we got past Spanaway with plenty of rolling country roads and the constant feeling that any minute Mt. Rainier would pop up from behind a cloud. We enjoyed the chance to get out in the fresh air...

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Fatherhood: Snuggles, Stories and Quality Time

###Story time is one of my favorite times of the day. At some point in time I obtained the unspoken task of putting my son to bed each night. **This is not a complaint**. I get an average of 3 hours a day to spend with my kids and try to make the most of that time. Our typical routine is to start getting him ready around 7:30 so we can be in his room by 8. Most nights we spend the first 15-20 minutes cleaning up toys, rough housing, making more noise than we are...

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Fatherhood: Baby Wearing

###It's as ancient as childbearing itself. There is something **magical** about the feeling of your child cuddled up against your chest. On a scientific level your body is producing oxytocin, on an emotional level you are getting some much needed bonding time with your children. There are so many studies out there showing the benefits of "wearing" your children; it helps momma heal postpartum, balances hormones, regulates metabolism and promotes a feeling of calm and trust. Mamma's *need* to have that "skin to skin" but daddie's do as well. ![](/content/images/2015/02/ellie-and-i.jpg) I didn't buy in to the "babywearing daddies"...

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