Here is my son in a green LazyBoy chair that we have in our living room in November. It was about Thanksgiving time when we took this picture.
So a lot of my friends are parents now or becoming parents. Sure I’m only seven months into this gig but I think I’ve racked up enough miles to lay down a few words of wisdom or two. At the very least, I am close enough to the whole “new Dad” thing, and just far enough away to actually catch my breath about it all. My number one advice for any Dad-to-be’s or newly minted fathers is this: get in shape.
Yeah, Get In Shape.
My good friend (and best man) Sanoj showed me this video last year before Nathan was born. I thought it was thought provoking and interesting then, especially the part about it taking time to truly love your child. My eyebrows were raised then, but now that I am six months into this thing called parenting, I’ve just rewatched this and I have to say that everything they say makes sense now.
This is a TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talk given by Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman, who are the founders of Babble, a website for parents. Here’s their profile from TED. I don’t want to spoil the video with my own verbage, so I’m just embedding their talk from Youtube. Enjoy!
After Nathan was born, we were told that he couldn’t go home immediately because he was diagnosed with jaundice. Jaundice is a condition where the baby’s skin (and the whites of his eye) take on a yellowish tint due to his body’s inability to clear out the bilirubin (I’ll get to that in a second) in his body. Now, apparently this is not uncommon and the doctors and nurses took it to be pretty routine stuff, but still, we were a little freaked out. Sure we had heard about it in our pre-natal classes and we had read about in books and online, but still, our kid “had a condition”, so we naturally felt very concerned. Well it turned out that we actually had to come back the first week after his birth because his bilirubin count still had not gone down and he had to spend a night in the Neonatal ICU under a biliblanket. But after that Nathan’s jaundice cleared up and everything went back to normal…for a bit.
So it was my birthday last week and my good friend Rich took me out for dinner and made this card for me. Very cool. I talked about it in a previous post, but I thought I’d post a shameless plug for his website where he describes how to make pop up cards as a way of saying “thanks buddy”. Really, check out his site – he actually has posts that details how to make this very same type of card. Same design/style, just different occasion.