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True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad
In May of 2011, I dismissed class for the last time and began a new chapter in my life, full-time dad. I taught middle school for seven years, but with two kids and a third on the way, I wasn't able to give as much time to teaching as it required, plus I wanted to spend more time with my own kids, instead of someone else's.

My wife and I have been married for nine years. She spends her days (and some nights and weekends) as an OB/GYN, or as my kids like to call it, “catching babies.”

We have three kids. First Born is eight years old, but likes to pretend she’s in college. Our son, Middle Man is five, but we’re convinced by the way he talks about things like “beautiful sunsets” that he’s an old soul, and our youngest, the Blonde Bomber is only three, but already has the attitude of a teenager.

Our kids provide us with an endless amount of stories. Writing and retelling these stories for Indy’s Child has been my part-time job for the past three years.

You can contact me on Facebook at True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad or via email at indyschildpete@gmail.com.

A New Dad's Perspective

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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