Getting Our Flock: Backyard Chickens

I have been wanting backyard chickens since I moved to this house with its big yard 6 years ago. This year, we took the plunge. The timing seemed right because the bylaws just changed this spring making it easier for people to have backyard flocks, and because we have a child now who will learn… Continue reading Getting Our Flock: Backyard Chickens

Weekend Update

On Saturday we took Avery to her first Pride event! She slept through the whole thing but what matters is that she was there. The not-for-profit I chair is host to my city's Pride Week (although a subcommittee does all the Pride planning - I'm not at all hands on with that). Every year we… Continue reading Weekend Update

On Photographing your Birth

I've written about this before in a post on regrets. I wanted a birth photographer, but in the end it was going to be too expensive to hire a professional and we didn't know anyone I was comfortable enough letting into the delivery room (I'm weird that way... the closer someone is to me, the less… Continue reading On Photographing your Birth

A Community of Families

I took Avery to campus with me this week to pick up some paperwork for my taxes, and I bumped into an old roommate. We hadn't seen each other since before I married, although he knows my wife from when we were dating. He's a really cool guy and I always wished we'd been able… Continue reading A Community of Families

Avery’s 8th Month

Guys, Avery is 2/3rds of the way through her first year. I know how often new parents are warned, "it goes by so fast," but holy hell, I think time is speeding up with every passing month.  New This Month          Mobility/Gross Motor Crawling is on the horizon. She scoots forward and… Continue reading Avery’s 8th Month

Separation Anxiety… In mama, not baby 

I had a hair appointment yesterday. My wife stayed home with the baby so I could go and get an awesome new look and feel like a new me. It was supposed to be fun, relaxing, a happy escape for a couple of hours. But I was struck with separation anxiety about halfway through the… Continue reading Separation Anxiety… In mama, not baby 

Babies and Television Exposure: Ripe for Holier Than Thou Parenting 

I was following a discussion thread on a little parenting related Facebook group that I'm a member of, and what was a simple question about the effects of TV exposure on sleep had turned into a judge-fest with Holier Than Thou parents piling onto the original poster for even asking such a question.  Parents are… Continue reading Babies and Television Exposure: Ripe for Holier Than Thou Parenting 

Weekend update: Easter

It was a beautiful spring long weekend. My wife got four days off (her new job gives both Easter Friday and Monday off!) and we only spent one day away from home. It was ideal. Busy, but at least we were busy in our own home doing our own stuff. Oh, and we were both… Continue reading Weekend update: Easter

Canadian babies cry more and have a higher rate of colic – but why? 

I was interviewed for this article in the Globe and Mail on our experiences with Avery's colic. It's a really interesting read!  https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/canadian-babies-cry-more-and-have-a-higher-rate-of-colic-butwhy/article34688315/?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theglobeandmail.com&cmpid=rss1&click=sf_globefb&service=mobile

Weekend Update: crawling practice 

This weekend was nice. Saturday was a spring projects day where my wife worked on the chicken coop and I worked on deep cleaning the house, one wall of one room at a time. Baby steps. Avery was feeling good (finally 100% over her cold) and super into independent play on Saturday, so we were… Continue reading Weekend Update: crawling practice