Baby Daze

I’ve been able to take several days off for the new baby. It has been great to be able to just spend time with the family, hold my little girl, and enjoy our time. She is such a little doll, and I could stare at her for hours. It’s amazing though, how much time slips away when you’re not on a deadline or anything.

We’re sleeping pretty good overall, although last night was hard. Still, it is easy to sleep in with baby and get going slowly in the day. Since my wife homeschools the boys, we’re not on a school deadline either. Spanish and math has a variable start time!

I thought I’d be able to blog a little more and get other things like some actual *gasp* writing done. Not yet, but I will be working on this the next few days. I don’t intend on turning this into a purely family or baby oriented blog. However, a writer will write about what is on their mind.

So I’ll see y’all around. I’m still here. Just enjoying our blessings, like the picture below:

Isn’t she a doll?

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Baby Daze

I’ve been able to take several days off for the new baby. It has been great to be able to just spend time with the family, hold my little girl, and enjoy our time. She is such a little doll, and I could stare at her for hours. It’s amazing though, how much time slips away when you’re not on a deadline or anything.

We’re sleeping pretty good overall, although last night was hard. Still, it is easy to sleep in with baby and get going slowly in the day. Since my wife homeschools the boys, we’re not on a school deadline either. Spanish and math has a variable start time!

I thought I’d be able to blog a little more and get other things like some actual *gasp* writing done. Not yet, but I will be working on this the next few days. I don’t intend on turning this into a purely family or baby oriented blog. However, a writer will write about what is on their mind.

So I’ll see y’all around. I’m still here. Just enjoying our blessings, like the picture below:

Isn’t she a doll?

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Our New Baby Girl!

Words fail me.

I am so stunned by the grace of God and the goodness He shows to us. How can such a tiny little thing, I’ve known for only a day, totally steal my heart so?

Beccy and I are proud to announce the birth of our daughter, Micaiah Mae, on 10/29/2008 at 12:30 pm. We’re still working on how to spell “Micaiah”, but we know we’ll call her Micah.

She weighed 8 lbs. 7 oz. and was 20.5 inches long. As you can see, she has a head full of dark hair. The nurses yesterday in the nursery would look at me, look at her, and ask if I was sure if I really was her daddy. She is doing wonderfully. Everyone is in love with her already.

Beccy is doing well, just recovering from the C-section. Things have gone really well, actually the best we’ve ever had for a C-section, so thank you for your prayers!

Our boys are enamored with their new baby sister, and can’t wait to get back to see her.

“What a rude awakening!”

Micah, her big brothers, and Nana.

What a doll!

Goodnight, I’m worn out.

Wow. What a little miracle. Bless all of you out there, and thanks again for your thoughts and prayers. What an answer!

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Our New Baby Girl!

Words fail me.

I am so stunned by the grace of God and the goodness He shows to us. How can such a tiny little thing, I’ve known for only a day, totally steal my heart so?

Beccy and I are proud to announce the birth of our daughter, Micaiah Mae, on 10/29/2008 at 12:30 pm. We’re still working on how to spell “Micaiah”, but we know we’ll call her Micah.

She weighed 8 lbs. 7 oz. and was 20.5 inches long. As you can see, she has a head full of dark hair. The nurses yesterday in the nursery would look at me, look at her, and ask if I was sure if I really was her daddy. She is doing wonderfully. Everyone is in love with her already.

Beccy is doing well, just recovering from the C-section. Things have gone really well, actually the best we’ve ever had for a C-section, so thank you for your prayers!

Our boys are enamored with their new baby sister, and can’t wait to get back to see her.

“What a rude awakening!”

Micah, her big brothers, and Nana.

What a doll!

Goodnight, I’m worn out.

Wow. What a little miracle. Bless all of you out there, and thanks again for your thoughts and prayers. What an answer!

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Parenting Tip #27

“Put us to bed Daddy!” my four year old gleefully announced prior to their bedtime.

You may be asking, “How in the world can I get MY kids to accept bedtime so eagerly?” I will share my experience with you, absolutely free. Nowhere else, but this blog, will you get such amazing advice.

Get bunk beds.

Since we’re expecting Baby in October, we needed to compress space. My wife is an avid garage sale shopper, and she found a perfect solution for us, a bunk bed with a twin on top and a full on bottom, thus allowing for three boys in one room. My two older boys already shared a room and a full bed, but the youngest was very excited to join his brothers, and the novelty of the bunk beds fueled the older ones’ interest. Tonight was the first night they get to experience this, and I about fell over when the above statement was shared with us!

Of course, I have no delusions about this blissful state lasting. And note, I didn’t offer this excitement for bedtime as a permanent solution. But it should make bedtime for a few nights an anticipation, rather than trepidation…

Parenting Tip #27

“Put us to bed Daddy!” my four year old gleefully announced prior to their bedtime.

You may be asking, “How in the world can I get MY kids to accept bedtime so eagerly?” I will share my experience with you, absolutely free. Nowhere else, but this blog, will you get such amazing advice.

Get bunk beds.

Since we’re expecting Baby in October, we needed to compress space. My wife is an avid garage sale shopper, and she found a perfect solution for us, a bunk bed with a twin on top and a full on bottom, thus allowing for three boys in one room. My two older boys already shared a room and a full bed, but the youngest was very excited to join his brothers, and the novelty of the bunk beds fueled the older ones’ interest. Tonight was the first night they get to experience this, and I about fell over when the above statement was shared with us!

Of course, I have no delusions about this blissful state lasting. And note, I didn’t offer this excitement for bedtime as a permanent solution. But it should make bedtime for a few nights an anticipation, rather than trepidation…

Fatherly Platitudes

Ah, the wisdom of the ages, spoken through me as a member of the grand old fraternity of fatherhood…

My oldest son has a tendency to get his expectations WAY up there, and if he gets disappointed he can become quite upset. The first soccer game of the season was canceled due to rain and cold. Both he and his younger brother were crying, as they had their soccer gear on all day in anticipation for the start of the season. I offered them the choice of a treat or playing soccer with me in the rain, and they chose the soccer (“Good one,” I said to myself sarcastically as I dripped with moisture).

Last week soccer got canceled again, this time for lightning storms. My middle boy handled this one better, but the oldest got throwing his soccer gear around, acting mad. When his mom sent him to his room for that, he started with a very rare screaming fit, that continued until I came home.

I had him cool down so he wasn’t throwing a fit, then sat with him to comfort him. In my enlightened fatherly sense, trying to explain the idea of making the best of a bad situation, I shared the time-honored saying with my progeny:

“Son, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

He cried a minute more while pondering this. Then he answered in a wailing voice, “What good does lemonade do if I’m in my soccer gear ALL DAY and we don’t get to play!” (referring of course to the first weather-canceled game).

Man. These pearls of wisdom are trickier to dispense than it seems.

Fatherly Platitudes

Ah, the wisdom of the ages, spoken through me as a member of the grand old fraternity of fatherhood…

My oldest son has a tendency to get his expectations WAY up there, and if he gets disappointed he can become quite upset. The first soccer game of the season was canceled due to rain and cold. Both he and his younger brother were crying, as they had their soccer gear on all day in anticipation for the start of the season. I offered them the choice of a treat or playing soccer with me in the rain, and they chose the soccer (“Good one,” I said to myself sarcastically as I dripped with moisture).

Last week soccer got canceled again, this time for lightning storms. My middle boy handled this one better, but the oldest got throwing his soccer gear around, acting mad. When his mom sent him to his room for that, he started with a very rare screaming fit, that continued until I came home.

I had him cool down so he wasn’t throwing a fit, then sat with him to comfort him. In my enlightened fatherly sense, trying to explain the idea of making the best of a bad situation, I shared the time-honored saying with my progeny:

“Son, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

He cried a minute more while pondering this. Then he answered in a wailing voice, “What good does lemonade do if I’m in my soccer gear ALL DAY and we don’t get to play!” (referring of course to the first weather-canceled game).

Man. These pearls of wisdom are trickier to dispense than it seems.

Baby Baby


I hinted a while back that we are having a special addition in the fall. Here’s the first pictures of the newest member of our family! Aren’t the feet adorable?

We’re very excited. We’ve slowly gotten out of baby mode, so it will be a little challenge to go back into it. We have good helpers though. The boys have also come up with some interesting name suggestions, from “Sonic” to “Snake Eyes” (blame that one on G.I. Joe).

After the ultrasound, people around here were very curious about what we were having, seeing as we have three boys. I was proud to announce that we’re having a human. Of course, ultrasound pictures can sometimes look creepy, but take my word for it.

She is much cuter than the pictures suggest.

Baby Baby


I hinted a while back that we are having a special addition in the fall. Here’s the first pictures of the newest member of our family! Aren’t the feet adorable?

We’re very excited. We’ve slowly gotten out of baby mode, so it will be a little challenge to go back into it. We have good helpers though. The boys have also come up with some interesting name suggestions, from “Sonic” to “Snake Eyes” (blame that one on G.I. Joe).

After the ultrasound, people around here were very curious about what we were having, seeing as we have three boys. I was proud to announce that we’re having a human. Of course, ultrasound pictures can sometimes look creepy, but take my word for it.

She is much cuter than the pictures suggest.