A Day Out with Thomas:

In a previous post I mentioned how much my son loves trains, especially Thomas.  My wife got us tickets to A Day Out with Thomas at the Baltimore B&O Railroad Museum.  Although the tickets are not cheep, if your child loves Thomas, it’s worth it. The B&O museum alone is worth a trip.  Just as…

Trip to Steamtown!

A classic boy, my son never stops moving and also loves everything else that moves.  Trucks, tractors and of course TRAINS!  Thomas And Friends has become Hunter’s number one show and the time he spends with his toy trains triples any other toy in the arsenal. Earlier this year, my mother and I took him to…

Practice Makes Perfect (or at least a little closer)

Stay the Course- I have been taking my toddler, Hunter, to the local library for a story time dedicated for 2-4 year olds.  It has been a challenge.  While a crowd of kids sit nicely on the carpet and listen to the lady read a book to them, my child prefers to run around the…

Toddler Bed

We hit a new milestone last night as Hunter not only climbed into his toddler bed and fell asleep but stayed there for rest of the night.  This was not a sudden transition and I believe several things allowed it to be as smooth as it was. First, we travel a lot to visit family…

Learning Consequences

I sometimes wonder who learns more during the toddler years; the kids or the parents.  The child is likely learning faster than the parent but I have realized that we as parents have every bit as much to learn.  These learning experiences can contain immediate and long term consequences for both child and parent.  Predicting…

SAH Parent… is it a Job?

When asked what it is that I do, I am quick to answer my full time job is a stay at home dad.  Sometimes, I follow up with my part time jobs which include some at-home public relations work for small businesses and a reserve officer in the Army National Guard. People often debate if…

Forward Cruising

This past weekend marked a milestone!  We turned Hunter’s carseat around!  You’ll realize why I am so excited about this when I tell you how difficult Hunter has been in his carseat. Since he was only three months old, Hunter hated sitting in the carseat.  Most babies fall asleep easy in the car.  When I…

Flying With Baby: My First Superhero Dad Moment

When my son Hunter was 4 months old we decided to travel from Maryland to Arizona to visit part of my wife’s family.  There was a lot concern right from the start of this plan.  How will he handle the plane?  How will we handle him?  Can we pack everything he needs?  But we wanted…

First Sleep Schedule

As I am sure you have heard, many babies have challenging sleep schedules.  Fortunately, my first child slept decently as a newborn and the techniques below worked well for us.  As he grew older, it became difficult, but that will be another post. Days and Nights:  The biggest problem will be if your baby has…

Mom’s defensive line

When you first bring baby home, family and friends are anxious to come see your new bundle of joy. Many also want to help by providing meals and such. As well intended as these visits may be they can be very disturbing. Mommy and baby need sleep and that first week they will be grabbing…

Preparing for your trip to the hospital

Bottom Line Up Front: Be prepared! As my military career enters it’s 20th year, having a ‘go-bag’ is not a foreign concept to me.  You have a bag, pre-filled with every essential item your mission may require, that is ready to grab and run out the door at a moments notice.  In this case I…

Getting Started

While completing my second year as a stay-at-home dad and preparing for our second child I decided it was time to start sharing my experiences, good and bad.  The web is filled with stay-at-home mom information and general mom to mom advice, but its the 21st century and we need some more dad voices.  My hope…