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    The prophecies have been realised. the stars are aligned THE MOONCHILD IS UPON US!

    Nah, congrats Issac, you did well there my friend....
    • CommentAuthorIsaacSher
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2011
    Thanks, folks! And for all those who also have kids on the way, congrats to you as well!

    So, if I disappear from the net after september, you all will know why. :)
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    Grats man, I hope everything goes well.
    • CommentAuthorRyan C
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2011
    Congratulations. Good health to all of you!

    I have a 7 month old and I am doubtful anything could be greater. Get sleep, the first four months are a climb. And hum every song you know when the little one needs to sleep. I've hummed nieces and nephews and my own to sleep many times. It is the secret no one thought to tell me.
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2011
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    The one trick I learned when my baby daughter couldn't get to sleep was to have her throw up on me. Then she would sleep just fine. The trick was, when mom and grandma got frustrated with the cranky baby, offer to help. They'd say, "oh fine, you try it," and hand her to me, and then she'd spit up all over me. Once she was cleaned up, she'd be out like a light within minutes. It's tricky to pull off, but I was a pro at it.
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    Congratulations and best of luck.
    • CommentAuthorDarkest
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2011
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd 2011
    Woo! Congratulations!
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd 2011
    Congrats Isaac. My little girl is one tomorrow and the year has flown by - most of it in a haze thanks to getting up most nights to give her a drink and a cuddle back to sleep. That aside, it is not a cliche to say that your life will completely change. Prior to Evelyn's birth, my wife and I had a pretty active social life, went to concerts and the cinema regularly etc. Since her birth, I've made it out and about probably five times and my wife maybe seven. I'm not complaining though. A cute smile and a hug make it worth the while every day.
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    Welcome to the trenches son. Grab a helmet and be prepared to be one step behind for the rest of your life. Congrats and best of luck to all three of you.
    • CommentAuthorDan Kelly
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2011

    Like Ryan ours is 7 months (today in fact) and yes sleep is interesting. According to "the books" he should be able to sleep through the night. These books seem to take no account of things like teething, stomach aches, nightmares from going on holiday (related to changing numbers of people or changing environments) etc...

    But anyhoo. Well done. And enjoy it. The good stuff sticks. The rubbish bits fade quickly
    • CommentAuthorIsaacSher
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2011
    There's a feeling of huge anticipation around this, which sounds like a very obvious statement. But it's such a strange feeling, to *know* that your life is about to irrevocably change in a few months. I want to be a dad, I'm looking forward to being a dad, and I'd like to think I'm ready to go through this change. At the same time, the *scope* of the change is awe-inspiring -- and when you say that, it almost sounds like fear or regret, and that's not really what it is. It's just that every little detail of my life will be different. When I sleep, how I sleep, how I eat, when I have time (ha!) to surf the web, read a book, play a game. It would be really, really easy to be terrified of the scope of this, but that at least I can choose not to do.

    On the other hand, I wish like hell that either Gretchen or I made enough money that one of us could afford to be a stay-at-home parent, but that's a pipedream at best right now. Gretchen's going to get about 7 weeks of paid maternity leave, but after that, we're pretty much going to have to put Elijah into day care when he's two months old, and I *hate* that. But I don't see a way around it.
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    The daycare thing sucks, as does not getting paternity leave (WTF! I saved all my vacation for 9+ months to spend that time and home and my boss started bitching that I wasn't around after a week and a half and so I had to come back to work with a few days off left. Grrr!), but that stuff sorts itself out. It's amazing how resilient kids are, especially when they don't realize that their experience isn't normal or optimal or whatever. My best bit of advice (and I've got a three year old, so I at least know how not to kill them through toddlerhood) is to try and figure out how to make everything into a game. It's way more fun for them and you if you're laughing about the fact that half of the spoon full of goop didn't make it into the mouth.
    • CommentAuthorKradlum
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2011

    You should either get as much sleep between now and the birth as you can (actually a few weeks before the birth as a tossing and turning mother-to-be will keep you awake anyway), or practice living on very little sleep at all. My youngest has just turned 3 months and my eyes are about ready to drop out of their sockets which will allow my liquified brain to seep out, but a smile from the baby soon makes up for the exhaustion.

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