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Parents - Do You Remember When You Used To Sleep?

Jennifer Wolfe | Posted 01.25.2016 | Parents
Jennifer Wolfe

I remember when I used to sleep. It was really a wonderful time. I would actually sleep until my body woke me up, not the alarm. Not a child screamin...

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 43. Words and Music.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 01.11.2016 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

When a baby takes his first steps it's hugely significant--but it pales in comparison to a child learning to speak. Going mobile matters. But it's merely mechanical. Learning to speak is like the moment the caveman first discovered fire. It's a game changer.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 42. Good Cop, Bad Cop.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 01.05.2016 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Full disclosure: I have been peeing on the roof deck of my apartment lately. That sounds really Soviet-era mental patient, but wait. I have an excuse.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 42. Who's Your Diddy?

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 01.04.2016 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Here I am, abdicating all responsibilty and enjoying this buzz of love, while my son doesn't know how to ask for breakfast and keeps shouting for Diddy to come save him. Spoiler alert. Diddy's not going to save you.

The Daddy Diaries: Chapter 41 - To Buy or Rent?

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 12.31.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

When historians look back at this era, I think one of the seismic cultural shifts that will be associated with millennials is that kids these days don't think about owning stuff. Instead of buying music on CDs, they stream it on Spotify.

The Daddy Diaries, Chapter 40: These Booties Were Made For Walking.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 12.27.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

As with many firsts in the life of a baby, Lev's first two steps were both momentous and mundane. He walks kind of like 50 Cent dances: just that same old two-step. Nothing more than is needed, each foot jutting out a few centimeters, leaving stability and finding it again as fast as possible.

To The Single Mom With A Newborn

Nikki Stephens | Posted 12.23.2015 | Parents
Nikki Stephens

The newborn months are hard on every family, and you are doing it by yourself. You are surviving the hardest part, and you're doing so with only the resources you've developed on your own.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 39. Zen and the Art of Child's Play.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 12.21.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

As an experiment, tonight while I was playing with Lev before his bedtime, I decided that rather than leading the activity, I would follow, observe and learn from him. I tried to emulate his every sound and gesture, to copy his movements.

The Daddy Diaries, Chapter 38: Sex and Babies.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 12.20.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

When a baby arrives, the newborn provides something special to both parents which, if this were a venn diagram, would overlap with different areas of what each gender tends to get from sex: a sense of boundary-less intimacy.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 37. How to Not Go Insane in 3 Simple Steps.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 12.11.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

A happy baby is a baby who knows there are rules. This is one of the great ironies of becoming a parent and it takes a while to figure out: Although babies bring chaos into your life, they don't actually like chaos. Even though they make a huge mess, they actually prefer a nice tidy world, one in which they can depend on simple routines and reliable outcomes.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 36. Bigger.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 12.10.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

I've always wanted a house with a pool. But I live in New York City where homes don't tend to have private pools unless you earn your living say, stripping the Russian state of its natural gas supplies. Since I don't have that kind of job, I remain pool-less.

See You Later, Sleep. {And Why I'm Okay With It.}

Kali Kasprzyk | Posted 12.10.2015 | Parents
Kali Kasprzyk

Do you remember the days of staying up into the wee hours of the morning laughing with friends, not a care in the world, perhaps having one-to-many co...

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 35. Headstrong.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 12.09.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Of course, it's nice to go on vacation to islands with private beaches. But one drawback of getting away from it all -- which every parent hopes will not become an issue -- is that you're also far away from healthcare if there's an emergency.

The Daddy Diaries, Chapter 34: Nip and Tuck.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 12.08.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

I'm really looking forward to the next phase, when the baby starts sleeping through the night. Or wearing oven mitts. Whichever comes first.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 33.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 12.07.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Since long before Lev arrived, one of my gravest concerns was the issue of sleep. I was worried that I would not be able to maintain the construct of my personality -- which let's be honest, is a fairly high-energy consumption device -- unless I were still able to sleep on the reg.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 32. The Attitude of Gratitude.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 12.04.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

With the holidays upon us, I have been reflecting on which is my favorite, and I realized that hands down, it's Father's Day. I have only had one so far, and it was awesome. In years, gone by, I never gave much thought to Father's Day.

The Daddy Diaries Chapter 31: Losing the Dadbod

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 12.02.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

What's that? You don't know what a Dadbod is? Don't feel bad. I'd never heard of the Dadbod either, until I woke up the other day and realized I couldn't see my toes.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 30. Dirty Hands.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Relationships are hard. Conflict is everywhere. Lately, Michelle has been trying to blame Lev's farts on me, even though -- and I swear I am not making this up -- only one of us can hiccup and fart at the same time, and it's not me. (Tried. Can't.)

40 Things Parents Shouldn't Have To Say To Their Kids, But Do

Meredith Masony | Posted 11.25.2015 | Parents
Meredith Masony

Do you remember the warm fuzzy feelings you had when you thought about having children? That feeling of excitement and wonder about the journey to come. While you were daydreaming about the joy of raising children, I guarantee that you had visions of loving exchanges and deep emotional conversations.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 29. What to Do When Your Baby Discovers His Banana.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 11.20.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Lev turned 6 months old the other day and on his birthday, he earned real money for his first modeling gig. Our tiny Zoolander also ate fruit food for the first time that day -- a banana.

You Won't 'Enjoy Every Moment' Of Being A New Mom, And That's OK

Christine Marion-Jolicoeur | Posted 11.19.2015 | Parents
Christine Marion-Jolicoeur

I think this kind of talk about babies and motherhood doesn't do new parents any favors.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 28. The Day My Son Lost His Food Virginity.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 11.19.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Food. Without it, we would be unable to think about 99% of the things that usually bother us. Call it a design flaw, but we humans need to eat every few hours or we melt down.

The Daddy Diaries, Chapter 27: An Organic Crib.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

We should definitely buy a fancy Swedish crib called Oeuf, because anyone who makes wooden furniture in Sweden and names it after the French word for egg can't be all that bad.

The Daddy Diaries, Chapter 26: Chin Up

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 11.17.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

I'm not sure what's more disturbing: the news that babies are born with 300 bones and yet as adults, we only have 206. Or the fact that I learned that...

The Daddy Diaries: Chapter 25 -- In Praise of the Most High

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 11.12.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

He started softly at first, and then began growing in volume. Over and over and over. It wasn't like he was saying, "Oh God!" More like just intoning the name of the primordial creator as if it was a mantra, rolling the word around in his mouth slowly and repeatedly, like it was a marble or a malted ball.