The Circle of Life

It’s been a crazy 2 months.  In that period if time, my first child was born and my only mother passed away.  Jake O’Neill Bouton was born on February 21, 2013.  Susan Marie Bouton passed away last night, April 22, 2013.  Such is the Circle of Life. My mom has been seriously ill for years and had been getting worse the past couple of months.  In my head, I knew that it was only a matter of time, but it was still hard to accept.  In my heart, I didn’t think she was ready to go, and I wasn’t … [Read more...]

How Much Sleep is “Enough”?

Ever since our little bambino arrived, it seems that sleep is an issue that is at the forefront of our thoughts and an extremely common topic of conversation among other parents.  Everyone wants to know how much sleep our little bundle of joy is getting each night, and by default, how much my beautiful bride and I are getting.  Why?  Well, it seems that there is one constant about sleep…parents don’t get much with a newborn. As for the question, “How much sleep is enough?”…I’m finding that … [Read more...]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya.  In honor of Jake O’Neill Bouton’s first St. Patrick's Day, we’d like to wish you a happy one and offer this “proper” Irish Prayer: Our lager, Which art in barrels, Hallowed be thy drink, Thy kegdom come, I fill thee mug, At home, as in the tavern. Give us this day, our foamy head, And forgive us for our spillages, As we forgive those who spill upon us, And lead us not into inebriation, But deliver us from hangovers, Barmen. Remember to drink … [Read more...]

A Simple Way To Get Your Greens….

My beautiful bride and I kick start each day with this Green Smoothie below for a few reasons.  First, after “breaking your fast” from hopefully a good night sleep, it is typically easier on your body to ingest and digest whole-, water-rich foods, as opposed to things like eggs, bacon, pancakes, cereal, etc.  In addition, the rich greens in this concoction provide “alkalizing” effects that can offset the acidity of the fruit as your body breaks down the sugars, thus helping to keep your body’s … [Read more...]

DB’s Lots O’ Meat Red Sauce

You might be wondering why I am posting a recipe for a red meat sauce on a website about the trials and tribulations of a stay-at-home dad.  First, many of the “off the shelf” pregnancy/parenting resources suggest that making meals in bulk prior to the birth of Baby, and freezing them for later use, can help remove one of the sources of stress encountered by new parents’ during their first couple of weeks at home after the birth of Baby.  This is one that we actually followed through on.  … [Read more...]

Daddy’s New Roles

During the first week of our new baby’s life, he pretty much just ate, slept, pooped, and cried…not necessarily in that order.  So most of Mommy and Daddy’s time revolved around tending to these needs via feeding, changing diapers/clothes, and soothing.  In between these activities, my beautiful bride and I tried to manage to do the same things for ourselves, without strangling one another or dumping our little bundle of joy in the diaper bin. During the second week, all of the above were … [Read more...]

“Top 10” Things to Buy for Creating Postpartum Sanity at Home

After arriving home following the birth of your new family addition, the two weeks (at least) that follow will bring moments of joy, fascination, excitement and awe.  However, you will also get exhausted, frustrated, maybe even angry.  You will definitely experience some periods of sleep deprivation.  If you are married or in a relationship, your relationship could be tested to the limits. Adjusting to such a big change does not happen over night.  That said, in those first couple of weeks … [Read more...]

Fire and Brimstone…

Upon hearing the excruciating cries, smelling the toxic, sulfur-like emissions, and seeing the wailing expressions of a demon-spawn on “fire,” I wondered if I had somehow arrived in the underworld and was facing Beelzebub himself.  When I awoke from my sleep-deprived fog, I realized that I was not in hell…I was actually in the comfort of my own bedroom and it was 1:30am.  I thought to myself, “WHAT THE [email protected]#K?” This was only our first night home after five excruciatingly long days in the … [Read more...]

The Waiting Game

So here are we are trying to figure out how to keep ourselves busy as we wait for the signs of labor to arise, or as we ready ourselves for round 2 of induced labor.  People often suggest such activities as taking walks, going to see movies, watching favorite TV show marathons, playing games, or going shopping.  Well, we tried them all and still no action. Here’s something to consider for the dads/partners out there.  Though all these ideas might sound good, anticipate that it’s not that easy to … [Read more...]

Taking His Own Sweet Time

I apologize for being silent for the past few days, but I was honoring my wife’s request of no posts while we were in the hospital during labor and delivery.  You see, our little bundle of joy decided not to show up on his due date, which was not necessarily a surprise since the majority of babies (especially for first time moms) do not arrive on the due date calculated by the doctor.  As I mentioned in a previous post, calculating the due date is a very inaccurate “science”. As such, in the … [Read more...]