With all the talk about Daddy-Blogs I thought I would share a few blogs (and Tumblrs) that I like, in no particular order:
- Modern Kiddo -Great style and love of all things vintage
- Parenting Fails -It’s funny
- 8BitDad -Jerks with hearts of gold
- Daddy Types -His love of station wagons is enough for me to read
- Beta Dad -You had me at the description of your site
- How to be a dad -Diagrams are awesome
- Dude Craft -Cool stuff I wish I had made
- Super Punch -All things comic book, action figures, animation
- Nick Drake -Cool pictures of cool things
- Werd -Cool dude gadgets
- Thundaga -Images and Gifs of lightning. They do 1 thing, and well
- Cabin Porn -Yeah, not that kind. It’s pictures of really amazing cabins
- Hogan Here -Person blog of singer Kelly Hogan, it’s really boss
- The Nifty 50s -Great images from the 1950s
- Aziz is board -Aziz Ansari’s blog. Very funny (when updated)
- Valentino Vamp -Iconic images from the golden age of film
- Fuck Yeah Tattoos -The good, bad and ugly of tattoos
- Audrey Hepburn Forever -Yeah, I’m a sucker of Audrey
- Awesome People hanging out Together -Is what it says. Nice & simple
- Space Ghost Zombie -(NSFW) Old sci-fy, hot rods, and some soft-core
- Bettie Page is all the rage -(NSFW) All Bettie, all the time
I know you are, but what am I? Recently I’ve been hearing from my friends on Facebook, and the few parenting blogs that I read, about various feuds between “Daddy Bloggers” and I’m really confused by it all. Reading the posts and counter posts made me think back to March 23rd, 2012 when I started my blog, and what made me do it.
Below is my first post:
Ultrasound when we discovered the gender of our child on 11/22/2010
Now as we approach our son’s 1 year birthday, and after our first OB appointment yesterday where we confirmed that we are having our second child, it seemed like the right time to sit down and put my thoughts on (virtual) paper.
I filmed another promo to let you know that it’s Sunday, and thus time to watch 8bitdad live as they film their weekly podcast.
Guest spot #3 on the 8bitdad campaign against their own video podcast that films live every Sunday at 1pm (EST).
I didn’t ask why, I just filmed it.
8bitdad.com Episode 035: You’ve Got Huck
In the latest episode of 8BitDad’s weekly webisode it seems that I come up quite a bit, as well as receive a new personal jingle and ringtone from the guys (58:36).
Welcome to my morning world. It takes me at least 2 cups of joe to really get running.. which is funny, because before I had kids I was a morning person.
Now to sit back and watch the live version of the 8BitDad video podcast at (approximately) 1PM EST.
I was completely caught of guard when one night without warning my wife, who was several months pregnant at the time, brought someone else into our bed. At first I was excited, I mean guys are always talking about having 2 partners at the same time as if they are the holy grail, so I thought we should go for it. Plus, she seemed like she really wanted it, even more than I did, and said that it would make her sleep better afterwards. However this partner would turn out to be much more than I bargained for, and ultimately more than I could handle.
I should probably say before this gets too “Penthouse Forum” that the third party in our bed was a Leachco Snoolgle body pillow. Now if you are one of those guys who’s partner didn’t use one of these bed-real estate sucking monsters then let me clue you in. It’s a giant person sized and 12” wide extruded pillow with a curve at the bottom for “Temperature control” and another at the top to cradle her head meanwhile running down her back (or front) for extra support. And I get it, she is growing another human inside her while her body is doing all kinds of crazy things to make her uncomfortable. Besides, before the body pillow we had 3 extra pillows in the bed that would get wielded like some kind of crazy tri-numchuck in the middle of the night as she made adjustments to get comfortable. The problem was that as she would be tossing and turning and adjusting it was only a matter of time before one end of that pillow would get thrust in a way that caused me to dream of being Ed Norton in the American History X prison scene.
I know that she wasn’t violating me with a pillow on purpose, and that the urgency with which she was trusting the pillow around indicated the level of sudden discomfort that she was experiencing. So I knew that if I drew a “me or the pillow” line in the bed who was going to win that fight, and rightfully so. It should be said that it is one of my prime directives to make sure that my wife is happy and comfortable at all times, and especially when she was pregnant. So, off to the guest bed I went.
It’s funny how not sleeping with your partner can cause such an unexpected reaction. I mean, at this point I was still traveling 3-4 days a month for work and was sleeping in hotels overnight, but hotel sleep doesn’t count, it’s like a hall pass of the bed using world. And the guest bed was great at first. You have all this space to yourself and nobody is shining a light in your face to read by or stealing all the covers during the night. But then as time goes on you realize that you don’t get those sweet morning snuggles or the puzzled questions about who wadded up all the covers and tossed them on the floor on her side of the bed. I even tried getting in bed with her and waiting for her to fall asleep and then sneaking off only to return just before she got up in the morning. Ultimately it became a mixed bag of sleeping arraignments that got me through that next 6 months.
It was a banner day in my house when a month or so after our son was born that she announced that the body pillow was going into storage (YAY!).
..until last week. Now that she is a few months pregnant again it has reemerged from it’s closet shelf slumber and reinfested our bed. I was amazed at how quickly I had blocked out this part of the pregnancy that was such a part of my life only 18 months ago. In fact, it made me quiver for a minute as a stay at home Dad wondering what else I had forgotten about already?
After the first night, and a repeat performance by the pillow, we had a long chat about how we were going to deal with it this time. I know that her going without the body pillow was a non-starter for both if us, so this time we talked about getting a king sized bed. We had been thinking about getting a new mattress anyway, and since we are both over 6’ it makes sense. Not to mention that it will give the kids and I extra room to reenact the Apollo 11 landing. Luckily Memorial Day weekend was coming up, and what better way to show your gratitude for the troops than by saving some money on a mattress? (seriously, Thank You Troops!)
It has now been a week since we upgraded to bed 2.0 and so far it has worked out well for both of us. I still sleep on a 16” edge sliver of the bed, but now my wife and her pillow have basically a queen sized mattress to themselves. Which seems to be keeping the three of us pretty happy, so far.
I know that not everyone can afford the expense or floor space to switch to a king size bed, so I’m not suggesting that guys do this, it’s just fortunate for me that it worked out this way and enabled me to stop wearing the chastity belt I had fashioned late one night from my pillowcase.
(as seen on 8BitDad.com)
In my ever widening quest to discover and understand all things stay at home Dad I stumbled unto this site and find it to be one of the best ballences of info and fatherly opinions: http://www.8bitdad.com
Check the webisodes, they are pretty boss: http://www.8bitdad.com/episodes/
*Full disclosure, I also was fortunate enough to have an article posted on the site yesterday (thanks guys): Year 1 in cloth diapers