Fatherhood


Would You Trust This Labour and Delivery Room?

An arrogant, insufferable cad who threw away Darryl Sittler and Lanny McDonald and ensured the Leafs went 266-441 in the 80s is responsible for the room my son will be born in.

@jeffmarek crazy coincidence at St. Joe's

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Daddy Sings to Jarvis




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Michelle's Masterpiece

Michelle's Masterpiece

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My Office No More

I made a great sacrifice for my unborn son this week. I left the comfy confines of my 2nd floor office and converted it back into a baby's room.

Here's the before:

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Here's the after:

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I'm not complaining. Making the switch was a no-brainer, and besides, I love my new space in the basement.

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Getting Started with Cloth Diapers

Getting Started with Cloth DiapersWith my first two kids, we used Pampers and Huggies disposable diapers. For kid #3, due any day now, we're using reusable cloth diapers.

My wife wrote a great entry about the decision here.

We decided to go with one-size pocket diapers. To start, I purchased two of the best reviewed pocket diapers: BumGenius 4.0 and Fuzzibunz Elite. We’ll get a feel for what works best for us and then get more for our stash.

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Here are some tips my wife picked up during her research that might help others looking into cloth diapering:

  • Because brands have different fits, try out different ones before completing your stash.
  • Expect to do laundry every other day.
  • Have at least 2-3 dozen diapers to get you between loads.
  • Dirty diapers from exclusively breastfed babies do not need to be dumped/cleaned before throwing it into the wash. The poop is all water soluble.
  • Dirty diapers from solid foods do need to be cleaned before throwing into the wash. Liners help in these situations.
  • Certain brands of disposable liners can be re-used/washed once or twice if it’s just a wet diaper change.
  • Use disposable diapers for the first few days as the poop will contain meconium, which is sticky and not fun to deal with if cleaning a cloth diaper.

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The Home Stretch

The Home StretchMy wife is 36 weeks pregnant today. Baby Jarvis will arrive at some point in the next month.

On Sunday, I moved my home office and podcast studio into the basement so we could start setting up his room. Yesterday, we were in Ikea picking him up a dresser. We've now got a high chair, car seat, crib and several other baby items as we anxiously await his arrival.

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I can't wait.

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At 33 Weeks

At 33 Weeks

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Getting Excited

Getting ExcitedNow that my wife is in her third trimester, I'm starting to get excited. I'm only a couple of months away from meeting my son Jarvis.

As the father, there's really only so much you can do during the pregnancy. You try and make your wife as comfortable as possible, drive her to her OB GYN appointments and wait. I've been patiently waiting for 30 weeks throughout a thankfully uneventful pregnancy but now I've switched from patient waiting to eager anticipation.

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I remember this same sensation 12 years ago with the birth of my first son and 10 years ago with the birth of my daughter. You watch the belly grow, feel the baby's movements and start wondering what he or she will look like.

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We're in the homestretch now. I can't wait.

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Starting From Scratch with Baby Stuff

Starting From Scratch with Baby StuffMy wife will be 27 weeks pregnant on Wednesday. That's got us thinking about all the stuff we'll need for our newborn son.

It's been a decade since I went through this with my daughter, and we still had most of the baby stuff from her older brother, who was only two at the time. But to be honest, I thought I was done, so I didn't keep a damn thing. Now, we're essentially starting from scratch.

So far we've bought one item, a new high chair from a Sears clearance sale. My wife has been doing her homework with regards to which stroller she wants, which car seat makes sense and what crib little Jarvis Henry will be sleeping in. We need it all.

If you have any baby stuff you don't need anymore, let me know. Except a high chair... that I've taken care of.

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The Heartbeat of My Unborn Son - Merry Christmas!

Merry ChristmasOn Friday, I got to hear the heartbeat of my unborn son. My wife recorded it so I could share it here.

It's strong... which is the best Christmas gift I could ask for. I'll be spending today with the people I care about most. My hope for you is that you're able to do the same.

Merry Christmas to all!

Download the MP3 here.

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