I started this blog to record my daily thoughts, actions and antics as a new dad. I work in the education realm and usually prefer to keep a little bit of anonymity, well at least until I started this blog. I don’t go at this alone… I’m lucky because I have an amazing cast of characters who are part of all this craziness that is parenting.
Here’s the thing about me… I’ve worked with children my whole life, in fact I have two master’s degrees in the area of elementary education and leadership… but until April 27th, 2014… my interaction with children was always work related… teaching, administration, etc… now… I have my own.
I started this blog because I wanted
to record all the crazy things that happen during parenthood an easy way to keep track of my little ones growing up. The blog has slowly evolved over time and become a little more than a daily recording of funny antics. There are some entries that allow me to tell my son how much I love him… and some entries that allow me to apologize. But mostly, it’s about sharing the things that most dads, most parents at that, feel but never say out loud.
I am Peter and this is my life as a (somewhat) new dad.
Top Ten Things I’m Embarrassed to Admit
(but feel you should know)
10. I am still patiently waiting my acceptance letter to Hogwarts ⚡️
9. I still collect baseball cards
8. I cried a little bit when Mufasa died, (doesn’t everyone does)
7. At one point I thought I would be a “professional” comedian (unfortunately, the only people who laugh at my jokes are… me… and my sons.)
6. I have as many sneakers as my wife has heels (almost).
5. I hate when restaurants use odd pictures or terms instead of words to identify the Mens/Womens Room (mostly because I wind up highly confused)
4. EVERY.SINGLE.TIME I am in the ocean I am confident I am going to get eaten by a shark
3. If we play a round of golf, I will lose more golf balls than you can imagine.
2. Both my sons are going to learn how to drive a stick shift before I do.
1. My wife won’t let me use power tools… and that’s probably a good idea.
Characters in our Story
I thought it might be important for you to meet some of the key players in Jackson and Oliver’s life. Each of these people contribute to their growth and development in some way and since they are referenced quite often in the blog, it’s imperative you know who they are!
The Mom: Stephanie
I never thought I’d meet anyone who could put up with me for more than a few days at a time. Yet, Stephanie is still here and doesn’t seem to mind me one bit (although I’m sure her active ignoring skills have improved drastically since we first met.)
The Autie: Auntie Tricia
Godmother and Helicopter Aunt, buyer of clothes, toys, bibs, games, books and anything else that has been labeled “Ages 0 – 12 Months.” Aunt has been used as a babysitter, a dogsitter, a nurse, a cleaning lady, a chef and diaper changer and a really good baby toy builder.
The Uncle: Vinchenzo
Vinny is a techie and enjoys asking if either of his nephews have installed iOS 8 on his new V-Tech cell phone yet. (No he hasn’t, he downloaded too many apps and doesn’t have enough space left). He is also responsible for buying Jax his first laptop and then quickly asking if he should install anti-virus software on it.
The Grandma: Mima
Mima is a collector of all things Jackson… pictures, cards, letters, photos, calendars, old clothes that smell like him, etc. Mima enjoys spoiling Jax rotten, taking him for walks around the block (which goes in a large circle around the neighborhood, but while she gets lost in every time they go out together… I think its planned).
The Grandpa: Poppa Pete
Poppa Pete works 397 days a year. He travels almost as much as a nomad and does most of his Jax and Ollie time through FaceTime, Instagram and Facebook. He is famous for his mustache (see November Post: https://newdadchronicles.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/movember/). Jackson is obsessed with said mustache and enjoys yanking on it.
The Grandmother: Grammy
Grammy is a full time nanny for the little man. She has set Jackson and Oliver on a schedule that is not only impressive, but is impossible for his mother and I to keep him on when he is home. Sample Schedule:
8:45-9:30 Language Development (including Latin, French, Italian and sign language learning)
9:30-10:00 Motor Movements (Cross fit, and marathon training)
11:00- 11:30 Yoga and Meditation time
12:00-1:00 Gardening and soil testing
1:00-2:00 Trading Stocks
The Brothers: Buster and Max
More protective than a parent and louder than a sonic boom. Buster and Max loved Jackson and Oliver from the first time they met, at one point or another the four of them have eaten something off the floor .
There are more… MANY MORE people that have influenced Jackson and Oliver (positive and negative I’m sure)!