Saturday, May 23, 2009

Guest Post in the Baltimore Sun

Charm City Moms
Just a quick note.

I got an email on Tuesday from Kate, who writes a parenting blog in the Baltimore Sun website. She asked if I'd be interested in writing a guest post, and of course I said Yes. Now, it's not every day that you get to write a guest post, so naturally I couldn't limit myself to one subject. I had to get it all in.

Which means there's a paragraph about Nina from Sprout (nothing about Star. She's really too good for him).

And a paragraph about learning from my son.

And one about my son falling off his crib.

And one, of course, about 1-800-Flowers.

If you have a chance, visit the site and read the post, and even leave a comment as a Father's Day present for me. I don't care if you just say Hi or if say you completely disagree with me, and that Star is really the reason you watch Sprout. To each his own.

Nina and Star 
And just one more thing. On Tuesday, between 6pm and 9pm, Kate will be at the Windup Space in Station North for what the Sun is calling a Tweet-Up, which I assume is like a meet-up, only--I don't know. I don't get Twitter. So let's call it a meet-up. In the email, she writes, "We'd love to see you and other bloggers there, so spread the word!"

So if you're in Baltimore or around Baltimore, or not even near, but have access to a train or an airplane, I might see you Tuesday.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

What to tell a pregnant woman who hates you because she's suffering and you're not

My wife didn't have an easy pregnancy. In fact, she had the most horrible time a human being can have, apparently. And just in case this pregnancy thing happen again, I need to remember to avoid saying, "I know how you feel." You've never seen rage until you've seen a woman who has been puking every day for 40 weeks and now the baby is feeling pretty comfortable where he is, thank you very much, for at least two more weeks, and her husband says, "I know how you feel." I swear, for a second, her eyes turned bright red.

Thankfully, we now have a study that will help us comfort the soon-to-be mothers.

Morning sickness linked to smarter babies

Children born to mothers who have morning sickness may be smarter than those whose moms don't have nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, suggests a new study.

Friday, May 15, 2009


Ever since that whole parenting thing started, I've been noticing new things. And I'm not just talking about my baby pointing at a familiar tree and me realizing there's a bird's nest up there. No. What I mean in this case is prioritizing self-identity.

Even though I write a father blog here (and there), and even though I stay home with my baby, and even though I spend much of my day chasing him around with a spoon full of YoBaby, I consciously try to define myself in my own terms first, and in relation to my family second.

Kevin, at Always Home and Uncool, defines himself first by using the most undefinable phrase in the history of humanity: a Gen Xer. If I got anything by reading Douglas Coupland's book, Generation X, it's that Kevin and I are lost, but we get by. We even get by happily most of the time.

It's a funny blog for all Gen X fathers out there, who worry sometimes that they're supposed to give their kids some kind of direction, but knowing there's no one true way, settle on the next best thing: making sure their family is happy and that they're doing the best they can.

I know it sounds corny. But in our Gen X world, where everything is fake and ideologies are manufactured and then tossed away, our families' happiness is actually the one truth we can be sure of.

Always Home and Uncool



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