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kobio
02:34 AM on 12/12/2012
Thanks John, that was great! I can relate to all of it!
01:02 AM on 12/12/2012
great little article! Thank you! I am currently 8 weeks from delivering my 2nd child....after a 13 year break (yeah, my first is in full adolescent crisis). Reading your article made me laugh (I needed that) and also reminded me that I may have done this once before but it was 13 years ago so I need to be patient and kind to myself and to my husband. :-)
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MsEli34
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09:41 AM on 12/12/2012
Good luck! There's a 12-year gap between my daughters. It's a whole new experience when you get home with a newborn and realize that you haven't personally had one of these in a very long time. It's crazy. I felt like a new mother all over again. My favorite part of it all? Hearing my 18-year-old arguing with my 6-year-old. They actually argue. All I could do was roll my eyes. The great thing is that now that the 18yo is off at school, they really miss each other. I wouldn't trade this whole experience for the world. Congratulations!
09:16 AM on 12/24/2012
Thank you :-) It's reassuring to know that I will survive this new life journey :-) I'm hoping my 13 year old helps us out a little as well.
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teatwerp
The remaining tea will be dumped in 2014
10:30 PM on 12/11/2012
Don't worry, you Will wake up tomorrow and you will be dropping him off at college. That's how fast it goes. Then, you Will have plenty of time to sleep.
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Trualtruism
Proud farmer's daughter, keeping it rural
09:57 PM on 12/11/2012
Just beautiful John. Truly made me LOL. Going to save this piece in my collection of good humor. Six months from now this will be a reality, not only a reminiscence for us as well.

This is the first work of yours that I've read and I am absolutely delighted to find a thoughtful, beautiful dad perspective. Keep up the good work, and best wishes to you and your wife as you continue on the great parent adventure.
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John Kinnear
Father and author of http://askyourdadblog.com
11:56 AM on 12/12/2012
Thanks! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I have a bunch of other stuff and post "regularly" over at http://www.askyourdadblog.com. Come on over!
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Trualtruism
Proud farmer's daughter, keeping it rural
07:29 PM on 12/12/2012
Thank you. I believe I will.
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TraceyES
06:33 PM on 12/11/2012
That made me laugh. I was terrified half the time when my daughter was a newborn. Newborns have that freaky way of breathing -- fast, fast, fast, slow, STOP, fast, fast, fast -- that made me constantly think she was having trouble breathing. I can't imagine being a neonatologist. They must spend 90 percent of their time calming neurotic parents.
12:28 PM on 12/12/2012
I experienced this with both of my daughters. They always seem to do it when they're sleeping. That way, mom can be kept awake all night worrying that her little one is going to expire in the night.
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Mary Renee Reuter
06:30 PM on 12/11/2012
This was so wonderful, it had me laughing out loud a work and remembering each thing you were talking about, and my daughter is two and a half. So touching and lovely, took me right back to that crazy time when I had no idea what was going on.
05:21 PM on 12/11/2012
Thanks...you've successfully freaked me out and made me look forward to my child being born in May.
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sweetpatriot
28,woman,healthcareworker,polyglot,bisexual.
12:27 PM on 12/12/2012
Congrats
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John Kinnear
Father and author of http://askyourdadblog.com
02:55 PM on 12/12/2012
Congrats! You'll be great. And the parts you're not great at you'll forget because you'll be so tired.
04:59 PM on 12/11/2012
The sound of breast feeding is magical :) it it so calming and a great bond strengthener.
04:55 PM on 12/11/2012
Oh so true...and the bonuses...so sweet. The toes curling 'round your upper lip? Deliciousness.
03:06 PM on 12/11/2012
Very funny can totally relate - my problem is I love video games and the walking dead and my wife loathes both. Also I have two friends who I hike with. Our last hike was a 5 nighter in the Grand Canyon months before the baby was born and my wife said “Hope you really enjoyed it because it was your last” - for a while. My favorite right now is when my son is fed, vertical for at least 20 minutes, new diaper and then as I'm putting him in the crib ... hiccup - hiccup - hiccup - Oh yeah it's 2:30 am - I can't believe it and then he looks at me and smiles and it makes me forget what time it is and all the work it is going to take now to get him to sleep.
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02:14 PM on 12/11/2012
I love newborns with there baby soft skin and sweet smelling breath and henever I hold one, I always wish I could have another one but, then I remember they gow into teenagers and reality hits.
01:53 PM on 12/11/2012
I thought I was the only person who worried that the second one would die! My first whimpered like a puppy, but my second was quiet as a mouse. Then she would sigh or grunt or cry, and I would INSTANTLY relax. Until I had to get up and nurse her.

Once I tried to get myself a glass of water when my daughter was 3 weeks old. Our fridge has a deep enough shelf that I can wedge a glass in there and let it fill. For some reason I walked away. An HOUR later my husband walked into our flooded kitchen. Because I was a raging ball of hormonal crazy, when my husband told me about the flooding I cried for about an hour. He didn't even have the heart to be mad at me.
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rabbitfurcoat
HOUSEQUAKE !!
01:44 PM on 12/11/2012
This was so sweet and funny. Belly button cancer ? LOL.
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John Kinnear
Father and author of http://askyourdadblog.com
02:45 PM on 12/11/2012
Thanks! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. His belly button is much better now and back to smelling like belly buttons should.
01:14 PM on 12/11/2012
At home with my first and my husband and I are completely on the same page with item #4! We know it's absurd, but we can't seem to help ourselves!
12:46 PM on 12/11/2012
Funny article!! Thanks. When I bought my newborn daughter home from the hospital I put her to sleep in a cradle next to my bed and then slept with one leg on the bed/one leg off so I could pop up in case she stopped breathing. So ridiculous when I look back now.
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John Kinnear
Father and author of http://askyourdadblog.com
01:59 PM on 12/11/2012
I can't help but feel like we're hard-wired to worry like that. I was positive I was going to be more confident and less worried this time. Nope.
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Shepgg
05:54 PM on 12/11/2012
Of course we are hardwired to worry, otherwise we would have all got eaten back in the Serengeti (with apologies to all you fundamentalists who think the world was created by some supernatural power in a week 4500 years ago).
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brainpower
10:35 AM on 12/12/2012
I was really interested to learn that there are dads who feel that connection, the same as many mothers do. My husband has always genuinely loved our kids and been a great dad, but it was never visceral for him the way you describe - I was the only one listening to/for the breathing, while he slumbered without a worry!