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A Dad’s Thoughts on the First Year

As any new parent will tell you, nothing can quite prepare you for the first year of your child’s life. It’s extraordinary, exhilarating and downright exhausting! It’s beautiful and messy and frightening. And while I’ve heard reflections from many new mothers about their journeys through the first year, I realized that I hadn’t heard as […]

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preemie

Becoming Mom: Big Love for a Micro-Preemie

He was 1 pound, 11 ounces – the tiniest human I had ever seen. Our micro-preemie. His body was the size of a vending-machine soda bottle with a tennis-ball head perched on top. Matchstick fingers and toes wiggled madly. Waiting for Contact I saw him for roughly 30 seconds before a huge Neonatal Intensive Care Unit […]

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parenting advice

The Only Parenting Advice You’ll Ever Need

Okay, hold the phone. I am about to throw down the only parenting advice you need. I am qualified to offer this advice because I am old and grizzled and I’ve climbed out on the other side of the deep, jagged crevice that is parenting. Snatch the pebble from my hand, grasshopper.  My children are […]

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reintegration

Surviving the “Honeymoon” of Reintegration

Of all the nuances of military life - frequent relocations, long overnight work hours, always changing schedules, etc. - the thing that can take the biggest toll on a military family's life is the separation that comes with a long deployment or Temporary Duty (TDY).  With a such a huge military presence in Colorado Springs, [...]
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stay connected

The Importance of a Quickie: Staying Connected To Your Partner

Ha! I was really hoping that this title would grab your attention! While I do want to touch briefly on the intimacy aspect the word “quickie” typically applies to, I think that in these busy days with little ones and hectic family schedules, this word also applies to other ways of helping you and your partner […]

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stay in love

Keeping the Love Alive. Even After Kids

Having kids changes your relationship. It’s as simple as that. For anyone who says it doesn’t, I’d love to hear about how having your spouse watch you give birth didn’t change how they viewed you. Or how constantly having kids around doesn’t dampen the mood. I mean let’s get real here, the love game changes once you have […]

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two year old

A Dad’s Perspective: Three Lessons I’ve Learned From Raising a Two Year Old

I realized the other day – as my daughter screamed, “I want my breakfast, daaaddyyy!” while I was changing her poopy diaper – that I had entered a different realm of living. While I’m doing something for her, she’s already petitioning for the next thing… and the next. This is a strange reality. “I want [...]
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