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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.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 24. A Buddhist View of Attachment Parenting.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 11.11.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

After all the warnings, I was duly scared about the sleep thing. And it's true. I have not slept more than a few hours in a row for months. But what nobody tells you is how much joy you feel.

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 11.06.2015 | 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?

Even My Fantasies are Tired and Crazy

Gail Cornwall | Posted 11.05.2015 | Parents
Gail Cornwall

When a combination of drowsiness and alcohol unleashes my subconscious, I picture myself lying in a hospital bed, tubes and machines everywhere -- though none touching my serene, gorgeously-proportioned body.

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.

7 Universal Truths Of Parenting A Newborn

Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC | Posted 10.22.2015 | Parents
Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC

Newborns have to eat throughout the night. Sleep patterns don't get established for several months. Your normal sleep routines will definitely be disturbed. You're going to be tired, my friend.

Finding My Internal Spark After Becoming a Mommy

Kali Kasprzyk | Posted 10.20.2015 | Parents
Kali Kasprzyk

Some people use the word momtrepreneur to describe me starting a business, but I stop them because simply entrepreneur will do. Yes, being a Mom is a title that brings me extreme happiness, but it is only one title that identifies me.

How to Make the Baby Nursery a Toxin-Free Haven in Your Home

Hannah Helsabeck | Posted 10.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Hannah Helsabeck

Ensuring that your little girl or boy has a joyful, cozy, and -- most importantly -- safe space to come home to is obviously of chief concern as they prepare for the arrival.

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.

Jessica Biel Says Justin Timberlake Is A Very Hands-On Dad

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 10.05.2015 | Parents

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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 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...

Back-to-School Brings Reminder of Pride to This Fertility Doctor

Dr. Guy Ringler | Posted 09.24.2015 | Parents
Dr. Guy Ringler

In June I heard from a young woman. She was graduating from high school, and her parents sent me a notice of her accomplishment. It had been almost 18 years since I last saw them in my office, suddenly expectant parents after having tried fruitlessly to have a child for so long.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 14. How to Get Along Better With Your Wife After The Birth of a Child

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 09.24.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Where do love and sex and romance go now that you are both fawning over the new boss in diapers?