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Bookends

I woke up early this morning. Rather than run out the door to the office, I showered, started some coffee, walked upstairs, and sat down on the bed next to my daughter. She turned, grunted, and said, “Too early!” I sat for a while and watched her drift in and out of sleep. “Daddy, it’s…

Kids: how do they do that?

Around midnight, my wife and I heard a loud “thump” followed by screaming. We ran to our daughter’s room and found her lying on the floor, crying, clearly terrified. I picked her up and held her, feeling around her legs, hips, arms, and head to see if anything seemed out of place or painful. That’s…

The absent parent

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on fatherhood. There’s a couple of reasons for that. My wife brought up a disturbing point—she was uncomfortable with our daughter’s picture being online. The reasons she listed made me shudder and turn white. I’m not sure whether or not I agree, but for now at least, I’m…

I love you—now let me sleep

I don’t get anywhere near the time I’d like with my daughter. We have, to say the least, rather divergent schedules. For a while I was getting her up in the morning, but my schedule is demanding that I get up earlier, and she’s not so happy about that. This morning I got lucky, though.…

Laughing

There’s nothing like the sound of a little kid laughing. It’s not just a sound, but an experience of the entire body and mind. They lose control—often of the bladder, and without shame. Anything sets them off—a joke, a pratfall, a burp (and everyone’s favorite, the butt-trumpet). We had a great weekend together. Lot’s of…

Poking the hornets’ nest

I played hooky from the office this morning. My hours have really been weighing down on me, and with my recent back injury, I really wanted a break. Then my wife begged me to take our daughter to school. And stop at the store. And find the shopping list in her car. I was unhappy.…

Guilt mitigated by Spring

I woke up yesterday morning feeling almost rested, but something was missing. During the week, I don’t have time to have coffee at home, but on the weekend, I love to brew a pot and slowly enjoy it while reading my Sunday feeds, writing, or putting together the PalCast. On this morning, I was to…

Walking away

Mrs. Pal registered the kiddo for kindergarten this week. What a kick in the gut. The first time she went to a pre-school class without us, I cried, so what’s going to happen when she gets on the bus? The other day we were watching TV, and she said, “You know that Jonas brother with…

Tuck in time

This morning was rough—daylight savings time messed with the whole household. PalKid was not real happy about getting up, but she did. I brought her waffles in bed (real maple syrup, as always). Mrs. Pal packed most of her lunch the night before–I heated up the soup and put the thermos in the lunch bag.…

Introducing—A new blog category

Most of my readers know that I’m a dad, but I don’t write all that much about fatherhood. We have some great bloggers here who talk about being a mommy and the difficulties of being a mom and a scientist. I’d like to add a voice about fatherhood. Every couple and every individual approaches parenthood…