Dad and Daughter Time

Leading up to Nikki getting pregnant I always wanted a boy. Someone to carry on the family name. Something happened after Nikki gave me the news that she was pregnant. A light went off, really. From there on out all I wanted was a healthy baby. My second thought was…”definitely a girl”.

Nikki is out of town this week for work leaving me as Mr. Mom. Nora and I have gone on a run, played with every toy in the house, crawled all over and I watch her pull herself up on everything and try to walk (scary). Every night around 7:30 we wind down with a story or two and some food before I put her to bed (successfully, knock on wood).

Backtracking a little…Nora and I were able to spend 45 minutes immediately after she was born alone in the hospital room. 45 minutes felt like an entire day and I will remember every minute. I am a terrible singer, really not such a good voice. Give me a few adult pops and a couple of my closest friends and WE WILL take down a Karaoke bar, but I’m pretty bad. During my 45 minutes with Nora I felt the urge to sing to her (Hey Jude, in fact). It probably calmed me down more than it did her but it was comforting nonetheless.

Back to realtime. I tend to put Nora down by cradling her and singing to her after she eats. This is one of the best parts of any day. I don’t like when Nikki leaves but being able to look down and see my 8 month old daughter look back to me and need me is a father’s dream come true.

Love you Nora…come home soon Nikki!

Cheers,

Ben

REPOST: 100 LITTLE THINGS ABOUT PREGNANCY, BIRTH, AND BEING A FIRST-TIME MOM

HAD to link to this list, because it is all true! I did not have a c-section so those (luckily) don’t apply to me. But everything else is spot on or really, really, really close. Some of these were very timely to read.

Favorite quote to summarize her list:

Dear moms and expecting moms and future moms — please hear this last little tidbit and chew it up and let it sink right into your bones: my mothering mantra is not, “I am a perfect mom.” That would be ridiculous and unattainable and depressing. But my mothering mantra is, “I am the perfect mom for my kids.” And guess what? You are too. You’re the perfect mom for your kids and don’t ever let yourself think otherwise — not even for a moment. You’ve got this mom gig.

Find the list here:  http://adrielbooker.com/pregnancy-birth-first-time-mom
Enjoy!

Cheers, Nikki

DIY: Countdown to Becoming Grandparents Sign

I am of the slightly crafty kind. I appreciate the folks that have beautiful handwriting and work on large projects, but I’m just not there. I have great ideas, but they don’t always pan out to be what the intended project was.This project is an example of me going to the store with something different in mind but going with what I found. I’m still proud of it!

When Ben and I announced that we were pregnant to our families we thought that we were going to be having and raising (at least short-term) our baby in Fresno. The news then of course came that Ben was being transferred to CSU and we’d be closer to our families. This gift works both for near and far families and is a fun way to include grandparents-to-be on the countdown to your baby.

This project was very easy to accomplish and is still in the crafty DIY category. Go get ’em!

Magnetic Chalkboard Sign: Countdown to Becoming Grandparents

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • 1 magnetic chalkboard with wooden framing (can find at JoAnns or Michaels)
  • 1 small roll of Washi tape with design of your choice
  • 1 medium thickness paper (print using your favorite font)
  • Baby focused scrapbook items of your choice
  • 1 roll of magnets that can be cut to a specific size
  • Scissors and/or cutting board

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  1. First, you’ll start by taking the Washi tape and applying it to the wooden border around the chalkboard. Cut and fold as necessary to make smooth lines.
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  2. Then you’ll print off your words and numbers. I have attached the template that I used. Make sure you make at least two 1’s and two 2’s (and potentially two 3’s depending when you gift these to your parents) as I made this error first time through the project. I recommend practicing on regular printer/copier paper to make sure your sizing is right for your board and that there is appropriate space between items.
    1. 0  1  1  2   2  3  3  4  5  6  7  8  9
    2. weeks until we’re grandparents!
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  3. Then you’ll cut out each of the numbers and words. Make sure the ink has had time to dry.
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  4. Once you have these cut out you will measure the magnet roll tape to the back of each item and cut the roll so it covers the majority of the paper without sticking out over the edges. You will need to press down to ensure they stick together.
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  5. Put magnets on the back of your chosen scrapbook items (baby rattle, baby bottle, rocking horse, carriage, teddy bear, Boy or Girl, etc.)
  6. We did not provide a hanging attachment on the back of the frame as both of our parents have set it up without. If you know your parents will hang it up, you can add the appropriate fixture to the back and/or add ribbon for the hanging items.
  7. You’re done! Gift your item with pride and let the grandparents-to-be enjoy the countdown to your little bundle of joy!

Cheers, Nikki

Grandparent Countdown Word document template