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True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad
This is a blog about my life. My wife and I have three kids, ages six, three and one. Last year I gave up my gig as a middle school teacher to stay home with my kids full-time. This past year has been the most challenging, easy, relaxing, stressful, fun, tiring and rewarding year of my life.

My wife Amanda and I have been married for seven years. She spends her days (and nights and weekends) as an overworked Medical Resident.

Our oldest daughter, Eloise, is a bright, sweet, emotional first grader that loves to talk (she gets it from her mom). When not at school she is most likely playing dress up, turning some part of our house into a playroom, or creating a craft projects that involve: glue, magazines, markers, staples, stickers, scissors, crayons, pens, and a dozen sheets of paper.

Henry, the three year old middle child, is hell on wheels. There is not a house or store Henry cannot destroy in five to seven minutes max. He loves playing with his trucks, digging in his sandbox and occasionally putting on his sister’s pink plastic high heels.

Maggie, the one year old, is as sweet as they come. At a very early age she learned that her crying could barely be heard over the volume of her siblings. She has developed a blood curdling scream in order to get our attention that would make any horror movie producer proud.

Well there you have it, that’s pretty much my family in a nutshell.

DISCLAIMER: If you are looking for parenting advice you have come to the wrong place. Enjoy!

Toothless Wonder

Toothless Wonder

October 11, 2012 | 06:24 PM

My daughter had a loose for a few weeks. She carried around her plastic tooth holder waiting for the day she could fill it up with her lower middle tooth. Last night she gave the tooth a little extra tug, it went from loose to dangling in a matter of seconds.

All of the sudden her eyes doubled in size and she began to chant, "Oh goodness, oh goodness, oh goodness." Then the panic started. "We need to call someone! Call mom! Call grandma (who works at the dentist). Call my teacher! Call the principal!"

Next, she ran into her room grabbed her book, Junie B., First Grader Toothless Wonder and instructed me, "Dad, you must read me the last chapter of this book right now. I need to know if Junie B. has any pointers for loosing a tooth!" It took all I had to hold back my laughter as we finished off the Junie B. book.

The tooth was not looking like it was going to make it all the way out unless we intervened so offered to pull it out for her. Well, after that suggestion I was not allowed within five feet of her or her tooth.

I finally convinced her she needed to do something to get it out instead of messing with it all night long. I gave her an apple and told her to take the biggest bite she could. She circled the living room a few times, clutching the apple, repeating, "Be brave, be brave, be brave." Then, CHOMP!

Out came the tooth!

You would have thought this girl won the lottery. She was so excited! At bedtime, she secured the tooth in its special plastic case and placed it under her pillow.

The next morning my daughter was so excited to see $2 sitting in her tooth case.

She was already asking when I thought she would loose her next tooth.



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