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Used ultrasound to find out the sex of #1, do we use it for #2?

Used ultrasound to find out the sex of #1, do we use it for #2?
The wife is pregnant with kid number 2.  I never want to bury the lead. This is not really breaking news to most around us as we made the annoucement at Vlad’ first birthday party in May.  In this time of instant news and information spreading like a VD in Bangkok this is tantamount to... Read more »

Rock Lobster and a rock star baby

Rock Lobster and a rock star baby
I’ve been working third shift for the last 6 months, it’s not preferred but it’s my reality for now so one does what one can.  This reality allows me a guilty pleasure; day drinking.  I am day drinking as I type and jamming out to Rock Lobster by the B-52′s.  That was reason enough to... Read more »

A lovely visit with my mother-in-law

A lovely visit with my mother-in-law
Life is never easy, it is a series of hardships and triumphs in constant test of ones will and determination. As a man goes on with his life he meets challenges head on and as more come his way there is less and less to fear in life.  That is until his mother-in-law hands him... Read more »
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3 Michelin stars and a baby at Alinea

3 Michelin stars and a baby at Alinea
This past Saturday, January 11, two parents brought their infant into one of the premier restaurants in the country, Alinea.  Alinea boasts one of the best chefs in the world and 3-Michelin star rating along with it.  Due to a baby sitter cancellation the parents made the decision to take the baby with them rather... Read more »

Crappy Hallowieners!

Recently there was a discussion about Halloween and what we were going to dress the boy up as.  The thought hadn’t occurred to me at all to take him trick or treating, thankfully the wife is always thinking of things that I am not.  Always.  I can see the merit in it, I suppose, it... Read more »

Do not ever laugh at a naked woman

Do not ever laugh at a naked woman
Teachable moments are all around me now.  With every situation, circumstance and happenstance there is something that I can teach my infant son, Vlad, the Impaler. I’m work shopping the nickname right now, what do you think?  To early for world dominance? There was a teachable moment a few weeks ago when I smarted off... Read more »
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90 day performance review

90 day performance review
JOB PERFORMANCE EVALUATION NAME:  Aaron DeDobbelaere TITLE: Father EVALUATION PERIOD:  90 days EVALUATED BY:  Vladimir, BIC;  Baby in Chief Knowledge of Work – Consider employee’s skill level,  knowledge and understanding of all phases of the job and those requiring improved skills and/or experience. The associate is severly lacking in this area.  He exhibits a minimal... Read more »

Baby shower no man's land

Baby shower no man's land
It is on the calendar, the baby shower.   For sure a baby shower is necessary in my view but that doesn't mean that I have to attend, and I won't.  It's no man's land, women reign supreme in that world of spritzers, cup cakes and tiny clothes. There was a some wonder as to when the baby shower would take place.  My wife's mother is a Serbian immigrant and all that entails; stubborn, cheap and locked in the old traditions.  Initially she told my wife that she would not host a baby shower for her because it was bad luck to have the shower before the birth. "What if something happens because you planned too far ahead and then what?" That's how I imagine the conversation going, one way. When Tetka Z talks the wife listens.  Done.  I'm probably not too far off the mark with my quote. So my wife put the word out to her family, friends and my family as well.  Her side, the Serbs, weren't a bit surprised by this as they are a superstitious people, and here's the proof.  So it rolled right off of their backs, NBD.  My mother and sister, to my surprise, took things in stride and I didn't hear a thing about it, until last week when my sister sent the following:
....mom and I were talking about having a shower for you.  I know that your mom wants to have one after the baby is born, but we are concerned the you are not going to have all that you need once he arrives.  We would love to host a shower, but don't want to steal her thunder.  What are your thoughts?  If we going to do one, we need to get moving!!"
Truth be told I was actually relieved when my sister brought it up, I was starting to think she'd gone soft.  I know she had many sleepless nights sitting in the dark plotting on how to pull it off.  She is not one for inactivity, if there is an opportunity for pink shit, hors'douvrs and booze she is ready with a clip board and guest list.  Thanks for not letting me down. All this means is that now the wife will have two showers, just as she did when we got married, (she had three).  The American shower will be laden with practical gifts and the Serbian one will be heavy on cards with cash.  The two will have few similarities; one will be modest in size, the other will be hundreds.  One will be in a home, the other at the church.  One will have finger food, the other will have sarma and burek. What they will both have in common is that I won't be there.  I got guilted into going to the bridal shower and it was a nightmare, I hated every second of it.  There are few times in my life that I felt more uncomfortable and out of place and that was one.  After I vowed "NEVER AGAIN!' and I'm sticking to it.  I'll play my part and swing by afterwards to pick up the gifts, and if I'm not too loaded, her.  During the Serb shower I'll be over at my Kume's pounding down rakija and eating salted-cured meats.  Delish! Call me what you will but I am past the point of doing things because it's expected.  I do what is necessary for the family and my wife, but this isn't one of them.  My time and energy will be focused somewhere, anywhere else on an early spring day.   Take a look at my Facebook page for other baby shower running-away-from nonsense.  https://www.facebook.com/DaddyDiaperDanger Sign up for automatic updates to your email! Never any spam, cancel whenever. But you won't want to silly! =====================>  ...

Baby name Thursday; old school names

Baby name Thursday; old school names
With apologies to my niece Brynn today I’m picking my own name.  I”m not going to retread the Branko debate even though it would be supremely easy to do because I have ammo for years on the subject.   Nope, today I’m kicking old school.  Today I’m going into my own family history and looking at... Read more »
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Kids doing their thang; A Gallery

I think we all like to look at pictures.  Turning the brain off and laughing at stupid shit is relaxing, especially on a snowy Friday morning.  I can be philosophical today because I’m sitting at my kitchen table in my martini-glass covered fleece pants being all kinds of warm.  I tried to talk the wife... Read more »
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