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The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 23. A New Pair of Genes.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 11.10.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Before we left the hospital with Lev, the nurse gave us a little lecture about how important it is not to shake the baby. We've all read about awful incidents in the newspaper often enough to realize why the state has now mandated this little chat with new parents--though I found it odd that they not only explain it, but make both parents sign a document promising we would not violently shake Lev.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 22. The Best of the Breast.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 08.04.2016 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

The big people took me see some fancy Jewish doctor and he said I need to gain more weight. Whatever, fancy Jewish doctor. You're not the one who's got to fit into a diaper bikini this summer. Do you have any idea how long it takes to lose this baby weight?

How to Raise a Charitable Child

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 11.05.2015 | Impact
Christopher A. Brown

What's the secret to raising a charitable child? It's simple. Talk to them about charitable giving.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 21. Daydreams.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 10.29.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Like any normal father of a newborn child, I spend most of my waking hours daydreaming about when Lev is old enough to be my buddy and we both get matching cowboy outfits and run around the house with broomsticks pretending to be in the Wild West.

Single Dad's Sweet Father-Daughter Dance Gesture Goes Viral

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 10.27.2015 | Parents

A single dad is getting a lot of attention for his viral Facebook post about an upcoming father-daughter dance. On Tuesday, Jason Garmon share...

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 20. And Now, A Word From Lev.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 10.15.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Hi. It's me, Lev. Yes, I know how to type. It's time I set the record straight. First of all, the two big people have gone crazy lately and begun trying to force me to adhere to some insane sleep schedule they read about in a book.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 19. Three Keys to Raising a Happy, Healthy Baby.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 10.14.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

There's a lot of advice out there about how to raise a baby. There's so much information, much of it contradictory, that it can be overwhelming for new parents to wade through the ocean of books, websites, and well-meaning friends and relatives, all of whom are certain their way is the correct way.

The Daddy Diaries Chapter 18 -- 10 Ways to Lose the Dad Bod

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 10.09.2015 | Comedy
Dimitri Ehrlich

Since Baron von Burpenstein showed up, it's been hard to sleep. And hence hard to find time to exercise, or brush my teeth. I used to take pride in my appearance, but I am so overjoyed at the pleasures of fatherhood I hardly even spend all day in front of the bathroom mirror weeping.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 17. Five Ways to Keep a New Mom Happy.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 11.20.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

When you become a father, if you really fall head over heels with the baby, you begin to appreciate the woman with whom you share the awesome responsibility of parenting in an entirely new light.

Yelling: Our Parental Language of Love

Marjoriet T. Matute | Posted 10.07.2015 | Parents
Marjoriet T. Matute

Screaming, crying and talking back are all traits that were immediately removed from the equation and replaced with smiles, genuine conversations and explanations. Yes, we yell, but then it's followed up with the why's and why not's.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 16. How Boxing Prepares You For Fatherhood.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 09.30.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

There are a few moments in life when our mettle as men is tested. Getting into a fist fight is one. Having a baby is another. You can prepare for either of these, but until you go through it, you never really know how you will respond.

The Adorable Detail On The 'Jane The Virgin' Set You Probably Didn't Notice

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 09.29.2015 | Latino Voices

Gina Rodriguez makes sure to keep her family close, even while she's working. While re-watching the first season of "Jane The Virgin," a super sleuth...

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 15. How Science Explains The Love You Feel For Your Baby.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 09.29.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 15. He blinded me with science. A new dad is lying on the couch, a place where he used to go to drink beer, cuddle with h...

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 13.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 09.23.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

OK. It's time to get honest up in this piece. Can we get real for a minute? You know how everybody waxes rhapsodic about how good a newborn baby smells?

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 12

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 09.21.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

The boy eats every two hours. This is wonderful for his growth. He is getting so large he almost fell out of his swing and now instead of picking him up we drag him around like a burlap sack full of bowling balls. The downside of his eating schedule is it makes your head explode to be woken up every two hours.

The Daddy Diaries: Chapter 11

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 09.18.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

With a face that's as sweet as cotton candy dipped in artisanal honey, Lev is like a living Rorschach test. At five weeks old, he remains a blank canvas onto which we can project own fantasies, delusions and emotions. His face is so pure, it's never even felt a tear drop yet (at this age, when he cries, only tiny snowflakes shaped like angels come out of his tear ducts).

The Daddy Diaries, Chapter 10: How Religion Informs My Parenting

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 09.15.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Still, in my heart, there is no conflict between Buddhism and Judaism. Judaism is a culture and a religion. Buddhism, in my experience, is a scientific method for training the mind to be kind and peaceful and realistic. It is not inherently religious.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 9.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 09.11.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

As a first-time parent, there are many things to learn. For example, until a few weeks ago, I didn't know what a bassinet was. I had heard the word before, I just thought it was some kind of woodwind instrument. No.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 8.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 09.08.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

The thing about a vacation with a baby is that it's not like those vacations you had before, in Jamaica, Paris, the British Virgin islands, Rome and London, where you slept in, drank booze, and did what you wanted, when you wanted.

The Daddy Diaries - Chapter 7

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 09.04.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Just because we're not the one in diapers, or the frigid body sleeping on the street, or vividly aware of the fact that we're dying as much as we're living at this very moment, doesn't mean we aren't also in need a kiss on the forehead.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 6.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 09.02.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

When you are up to your wrists in a messy diaper change, trying to wipe poo off the lad's apricot when without warning he pees on you and himself, in a glorious arc that splashes into his own eyes, there is no discursive thought to escape into.

The Daddy Diaries: Chapter 5

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 08.28.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

In short, I'm a totally normal dad. I divide most of my time between sitting around the house trying not to go insane, and rocking back and forth in a fetal position in the bathtub, or hiding in the coat closet. Nothing gets to me.

The Daddy Diaries: Chapter 4

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 08.25.2016 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

For some reason, long before Michelle was ever pregnant, I had a weird feeling I was really going to enjoy bathing my baby. But who wouldn't enjoy bathing a baby? It's basically like rinsing off a hamster, with less risk of getting bitten.

The Daddy Diaries Chapter 3

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 08.24.2016 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

This is the oft-spoken of irony of parenthood. You have taken on a job with 24-hour workdays, no pay, no vacation, no rest and it requires you to handle someone else's poo, and yet you are happier than you've ever been in your life.

The Daddy Diaries: Chapter 2

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 08.18.2016 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Mike Tyson once said that everyone has a plan until you get punched in the face. The same might be said of having a baby. You get home, put your newborn in his carefully decorated baby room, and then the doody hits the fan. Literally.