Monday, October 25, 2010

New Job, New Blog

I'm now blogging at Come visit me at my new job!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

New changes coming soon!

Sorry for the blog-neglect, but it's been a busy last several weeks.  I plan on updating soon, but be on the lookout for some new changes!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

It's pronounced bæg, not bahhg

Growing up, I was a failed boy scout.  Never got past the whole 'uniform' thing.  But I did stick around long enough to learn the 'Be prepared' motto.  And as I'm going to be the primary caregiver for awhile, I need to be prepared.

But not with this.

Tulip (Amy Michelle)

This would be Whitney's new diaper bag.  In all of its pink-and-gold glory.  It's a messenger-style diaper bag that they named 'Tulip' in case one might mistake it to be gender-neutral.

But what is a guy with shared-diaper duties to do?

Thankfully, merchandisers have answered the call of desperate dads everywhere and created a niche for men who don't want to look like they must carry their wife's purse to the grocery store.  And this is what that niche looks like:

1. Camo (Diaper Dude) / 2. Black Skull (Diaper Dude) / 3. Guitar (Diaper Dude) / 4. Collegiate Series (DadGear) / 5. Classic Rock (DadGear) / 6. Skull & Flames (DadGear)

Instead, we look like a pre-teen boy on his first day of junior high with his new backpack.  There's nothing that says 'my wife trusts me with our child' more than the ol' skull and bones.  Argghh!

It's like a bunch of marketers somewhere asked the question, 'How do we get men to buy a bag that is traditionally used only by women?'  'Well, what are guys most interested in?'  Obviously, we like camouflage, rock & roll, sports and... bones?

I'm a 'jeans and t-shirt' kind of guy.  I just wanted something plain and functional.  No big logos or artwork.  And it had to hold a laptop/ipad and double for work-use if necessary.  It took some clever internet searching and conversion of pounds to dollars, but I found it.  Behold, my new diaper bag:

Alex (StorkSak)

A no-frills, unassuming, multipurpose diaper bag.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Showers are good

Another week has come and gone... please put down the pitchforks.  As promised, a recap of our two baby showers in pictures.

A couple of weeks ago, friends from medical school threw us a couples luau-inspired shower.

In keeping with the type-A pursuit of academic excellence that characterizes many medical students, books were a common gift.  I'm sure there will be many tears shed over bedtime readings of Love You Forever.

This was the first baby shower for all of the men in attendance, which meant we were introduced to several foreign traditions very familiar to the women.  For example, a game in which each person attempts to guess the mother-to-be's belly size.  Understanding the potential ramifications of judging a pregnant woman's size, the men wisely underbid, while the women overshot.  In this case, it was a safer bet to measure your own waist.

One week later, some good friends threw a shower with family and friends from the Chicago chapter of OBU alumni.  Good food, great cake, and even better friends.

Thanks to all who celebrate our growing family!

They decided to wait for the baby... only 30 some-odd days!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hello, Mary! It's nice to meet you.

After 7 weeks absent, I have succumbed to pressure from my wife, sister, and brother-in-law's friend and am blogging again. My apologies, but the last several weeks have been consumed by our normal everyday responsibilities, plus much preparation and planning for what's ahead. Here's a blog-preview:
  • packing, moving, unpacking, and decorating a new apartment
  • designing and creating a nursery
  • a 'Baby Makes Three' class
  • two co-ed baby showers
  • multiple visits from out-of-town family members
More details coming soon...

34 Weeks

Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain

30 Weeks

Millennium Park, The Lurie Garden