Spending New Year’s Eve Like…

1st New Year’s with children.Β  Anyone else have this as their “Party Goal” for tonight?

Comment with your plans and any advice you have for year 1-2 of raising kids, which starts for us in 2018!

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First Christmas With Kids – Twins Edition

Woah this year has flown by!

I’ve wanted to write so many articles, share thoughts, silly stories – it is truly impossible to find time to do all of that and raise TWO boys, deal with work, enjoy my side gig, and also manage the basic duties of life like clean underwear and cooking soup.

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Dream Goals – Click the Pic for the Best Gift for a New Mom

That said, I wanted to quickly share the joy of Christmas with our new family.

First off, having kids in January is GREAT because it means by December they will be old enough to at least recognize something festive is happening AND see that their are treasures underneath that loose wrapping paper.

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…as well as one special Cubs ornament for dad!

We were blessed with three different people sending us dual-baby ornaments, so we will always be able to commemorate the boys’ first Christmas with people that they love.

After years of teasing my wife for always wanting to open presents on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas (she’s an only), we ended up having two events to attend to on Christmas itself, so we dug in for presents early Sunday morning Christmas Eve.

In true Ivan-fashion, I started the camera on my cell phone rolling and after two presents checked back and the camera wasn’t rolling!Β  I tried again, and found out that my phone memory had filled sometime in mid-December.Β  That said, we did get one or two pictures all together.

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Who wants to watch a camera when there is a Gingerbread Village instead?

Christmas Day itself we were invited in the morning to a friend’s house where the entire neighborhood came together for a feast of tamales, menudo, and Christmas cheer while smelling the salt air from the ocean.

 

Christmas night the boys’ Godmother invited us to a wonderful formal dinner that we will never forget.

We are hoping that these will become traditions as we strive to raise our kids with some sense of normalcy in the wild city of Angels.

What are your favorite Christmas traditions you’ve instilled since your kids’ first Christmas?

…is Putting the Kids Down For Bed

5 1/2 months old: Is it normal to feel like you spent “all night” just putting them down for bed, one getting startled just when the other is finally asleep, starting all over again, trying every binky, song, rocker, stuffed animal, multiple burps, finally letting the one who wants to be a Roly-Poly do so on your bed with five different pillows until he gets snuggled just right – 3/4 on his tummy with his legs splayed different directions (supervised the whole time of course), only to sneak out of the room & realize it was really only an hour and half and you suddenly feel victorious?

Cover Photo of a much more peaceful nap time this weekend for good measure.

Who has a similar story of a night they’ll never forget?

…is Dealing with the Cuts

Last week I posted about the precision required weekly to cut baby’s fingernails.

With much braggadocio I might add.

Suffice it to say, I learned this week not to count on my skills alone.

Logan is going as Scarface for Halloween

Be sure to check your babies’ nails frequently to make sure they are dull as well as trimmed. 

“Wait, I wanna play Scar Game too!”

I don’t know that either scar will last.  Still, nothing makes a parent’s heart leap like the thought that they made a negative lasting impact on their child.

The lesson I learned was to remain vigilant.  Don’t let one thing accomplished today mean that tomorrow you assume it’s still handled.

Also, shout-out to FridaBabye for the most wieldy & agile clippers for baby on the market!

What was your children’s first scar & how did they heal? 

…is Heeding the Call of Duty

…& I don’t mean on XBox360.

Dads: do your partners ever come to you with a need, & at the same time apologize for making that request?

We live in an age where we are encouraged to do things out of love, passion, excitement.  “Pursue your dreams.”  “You can be whatever you want.”  “Don’t tell me what I’m supposed to do.”

While I approve of all of those as reasons FOR doing something, they also shouldn’t be excuses for NOT doing what is your duty.

Dads can pout too, can’t we?

I can’t stay home from work just because I “love my son(s) so much.”  Similarly, I can’t ignore my wife OR EXACT EMOTIONAL REVENGE ON HER for waking me up at 4:30 in the morning.

Because we are a team.

Because she stayed home last evening while I went to a work function.

Because she provides 75% of their daily food out of her own body.

What our babies would look like if I had been in charge of their growth for 9 months

And here’s the kicker:  when your partner hits you with a request at your most inconvenient time, SMILE while you do it.

She’s coming to you because she is exhausted.

He needs help because he’s at the end of his rope.

She waited until the last possible moment to interrupt your sleep, & did it feeling guilty for doing so.

Don’t just do the action, perform the task in a way that makes them proud of the team they chose.  Make”Duty” your call sign, even if that call comes at 4:30 AM.

Zero Dark 4:30 – Operation Giggles in full effect