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True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad
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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!

A New Dad's Perspective
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A New Dad's Perspective

December 06, 2012 | 01:48 PM

There are many emotions that come along with being a new parent but the one that sticks out the most for me is: surprise. Every minute, every day, there is a new surprise – you are surprised, shocked and in awe of your wife or partner at the incredible strength and perseverance it takes in order to give life to a person. Then you are surprised at how in the world a pile a cells the size of a half grain of rice can turn into a human boom box with its volume set on 11 and only gets one station- screaming. Then you're surprised at how great that station is no matter what the neighbors might think. Then you are surprised at how something that is 1/100th your size can look so much like you! Then you are surprised at how little sleep you actually need, how much a little smile can warm your heart and then literally the next second how much a bawling infant can break your heart. You are surprised at how much this little person reminds you of that one college roommate who stays up all night, makes all sorts of noise and occasionally, after a rough night, vomits wherever he pleases. Then you are surprised at how much you miss him the moment he is out of your sight. But most of all you are surprised at how much you can love another person- instantly! I wouldn't trade this time in my life for anything. No matter how much research you have done and how prepared you think you are – surprise! – you have no idea what awaits you and how great it is!

New Dad,

Kelly Bedore


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