New Baby Brother

So, our little girl has a brand new baby brother.  You are being really good about it and very helpful to your mom.  Now that I’m back to work, she’s going to need you.  Should be interesting how it all plays out.  All I have to do with this blog is figure out how to write to both of you and keep things at least a little anonymous.  That part may be pointless these days, especially considering the blogroll, but it makes me feel better.

So.  Hopefully, the both of you will grow up and read all this.  For those of you new here, the idea behind this is to just try and record the thoughts on the people your mom and I are right now, instead of the old people you’ll get to know later.  🙂 We’ll see how it works out.

Love you both.


He’s kicking

Your little brother is starting to kick.  We are still trying to get you to hold your hand on mom’s belly to feel it.  But your patience level isn’t quite there yet.  🙂  We are also trying to potty train you.  Would be nice to have you at least aware of the idea by the time your brother gets here.

Wait, I didn’t tell you about finding out the new baby was a boy did I?  Sorry about that.  Your mom actually tells that story well.  I’ll get her to post something.  She also has a good story about how we found out about her being pregnant.

You are growing up so fast.  I’m actually digging it.  It’s so much fun watching your ride your scooter and your glide bike.  You are talking a lot too.  We’re still trying to understand most things you say.  I’m convinced that you really are communicating real things and not just babbling.

I need to start directing some posts to your brother.  But for now I’ll sign off with something to both of you.  Stop FIGHTING!!  🙂

Love you both,



How you can love somebody that you haven’t even meet? It’s day four of maternity leave and I am so emotionally ready to meet you that I cry and long to see your face. I want to be able to hold you in my arms, to be able to enjoy just being with you.  It’s okay Savannah, you can come.  We are ready for you.  Your father and I are so excited to see you.  God grant us the strength and patience to be able to make it through this time of waiting for her arrival.  I am so anxious to meet you that I daydream about me and your father holding you in our arms to see your smile, sitting on our front porch feeling the cool breeze brush my hair, feeling you move.  It makes me thank God for this glorious afternoon with the sun shining. It makes me smile in anticipation of playing with you right here on our front yard, right here in the green grass of this august day.

See you soon…


Hello again

Ok. So it’s been a really long time since I’ve written to you. Sorry about that. You’ve gotten a lot bigger and a lot more active since we last talked. You’re mom likes to watch your movements. She gets a real charge out of it. Generally speaking she has had an easy time of it all so far, compared to others we’ve heard about and talked to. Your mom is pretty tall, so she has a little more room for you to move around and grow.

As I write this there are 7 weeks left until your due date. You’re room is almost done. We’ve actually spent more time rebuilding the bathroom from scratch than we have on your room. Someday we’ll show you some before and after pictures and I think you’ll agree that it was the right way to go. Family and friends have been pretty generous in the stuff they’ve given us for you. The first few months of your life will be much easier because of them. We thank God all the time for that. Remind me to tell you all about all of it and all of them. It’s important to remember things like that.

I find myself noticing dads with their daughters lately. I imagine that it’s me and you. Kinda cheesy I know, but that’s where I’m at right now. People often tell me about how life is going to change. My first thought is, yeah. That’s the point. I’m totally looking forward to it. I’ve spent most of my life thinking about myself. Making the world a better place for my daughter is something I look forward to very strongly. Sure, it’ll be a challenge and we’ll have tough times. There will be lots of “dad” moments, but honestly I’m looking forward to all that too.

Maybe I’m crazy, but I’m betting there are other dads out there that know what I mean.

Until next time, hopefully it won’t be so long.

Love dad.

Hi Little Girl

Hi baby girl. Felt you kick the other day. Your mom grabbed my hand and put it on her belly. It was pretty cool and surreal for me. I had flashbacks of my mom pregnant with one of my brothers and feeling them kick. Now here I am with a child of my own on the way. Pretty neat.

Obviously, we found out that you are a girl. I’m excited about that. There aren’t a lot of girls on my side of the family, which means that between you being the first grandchild and being a girl, you’ll be spoiled rotten. 🙂 I have a few cousins that I think will get a kick out of it too.

By the way, if by the time you are reading this, I haven’t taught you to play baseball, football and gotten you started in your BBQ education, call me out. 🙂

Looking forward to meeting you.

Love Dad.

“Baby Girl”

Today we went to the doctor and we found out we are having a girl. We are both very excited. It was pretty cool, the ultrasound tech was like are you ready? Uh yeah! A pause and you are having a girl! I was like okay! Last thursday we felt noodle kick for the first time. It was so cool. I have enjoyed this next phase a lot. I like this connection I feel between me and noodle. Now we have to to figure out what color to paint noodle’s room. She has a real name of course, but we’ve been calling her “baby girl” since we left the ultrasound.

A good day

Your mom and I went to the doctor today to get a good look at you. We got some great pictures. We even decided that we even wanted to find out your gender now instead of waiting until you were born. Well, turns out that you had something to say about that. You weren’t interested in letting us know at all. Pretty funny actually. We spent the whole pregnancy up until a few days ago thinking we didn’t want to know. Then the day comes and you decide, nope, I don’t think so.

The doc wants us to come back so they can get another look. They just want to make sure everything is forming properly. That’s the only part they weren’t able to check. Everything else is great. I knew it would be great to see you and hear your heartbeat, but I didn’t realize how cool it would be. I was mesmerized by the sound of your heart, beating so fast. Watching it beat, watching you move around, your hands and feet, that thumbs up shot we got (remind me to show you that one), amazing. Totally amazing.

Afterwards we went for a walk down by the river. Your mom got some great pictures of some ducks and geese. She’s really good at that. They always seem to stop and pose for her when she’s taking their picture. Pretty cool to see. You’ll find out all that soon enough.

The weather was great. Warm and sunny. Nice to see after such a rough winter. Your mom says the snow isn’t coming back. I think she’s right. All in all it was a pretty good day.


This past weekend we started our bathroom remodel which was to say interesting. A bit stressful and little uncomfortable due to the hard as rock beds at the cheap hotel that we got for a couple days. Due to the fact that my body is always changing it was interesting trying to get comfortable. Lets just say I got creative with the extra bedding. But we made it through. What’s important is the fact that we have a working shower and toilet Yeah!!!!! Hunger. That is what I am feeling now all the time. A cute growing belly and the need to eat is quite an urgency. mmmmmm chicken pot pie mom made over the weekend. Enjoying the need to eat whenever noodle says.

Mom to be Super Bowl…..

Today is the big game packers vs steelers honestly it doesn’t matter to me who wins. Today to me is a great day to spend with family and friends. The highlights will be of coarse the commercials and let’s not forget the food. Oh the food….mmmmmmm meatballs, little weenies, chips and dip, hot wings and of coarse pulled pork that Alan made yesterday. The fact that I am now in my second trimester I am hungry a lot. Today is going to be all about the food and of coarse football right. 🙂

To Noodle from Dad

Dear Noodle,

Got lots of snow recently.  Shoveling snow is hard work, but can be satisfying when it’s over.  🙂  Even using a snow blower (borrowed from the neighbors, don’t forget to thank people for favors like that) is rough when you get the amount of snow we got in the last day or two. If we don’t have a snow blower of our own by the time you are old enough to read and understand all this, remind me of this post because you’ll be helping (at least) with this job.  I will probably need to be reminded of the pain my shoulders are in, from clearing the driveway last night and the clearing of the end of the driveway this morning (with a shovel) after the city plows cleared our neighborhood during the night.  I’m very thankful that they did it though, so your mom didn’t have to drive me to work (note: 4 wheel drive is a wonderful thing).

Looking forward to meeting you, so you can help with the driveway.  I promise to wait until you’re old enough to hold a shovel.

Love Dad.