Saturday, December 12, 2009


As I was driving to work this morning, the air was unusually warm considering the weather of late. We're talking mid-40's here, but compared to what we have been having here in the South, it might as well have been 80 degrees. I was sleepy, driving along that lonely stretch of road, drinking my morning Dr. Pepper to juice up on some caffeine, and began to think of the previous day's activities with Baby Girl.

Nothing out of the ordinary...she played with her toys, marveled at the Christmas Tree, pointed her finger just far enough to touch the ornaments, then quickly looked back at me to see if she was going to get a "no-no". She tossed her eggs off her plate during breakfast, and devoured her lunch, snack, and dinner. Nap times happened in the morning and early afternoon, both lasting nearly 2 hours. It was a good day.

When I drive to work in the mornings, I know I am leaving part of my heart at home, right with my Baby Girl. It tugs at me to come back. I want to come back. BUt I must work, we must make money, and in all honesty, it's a good break and change of pace from my daily schedule. I love my daughter, but I know these days at work are beneficial for both me and her.

When I got to work, I had my backpack slung over my shoulder with Dr. Pepper still in hand. Just an fyi, I am NOT a coffee drinker. Hot drinks aren't my thing. Bring on the soft drinks if I need a caffeine boost. Scrubs in hand, I rode up the elevator to the NICU and got to work.

About an hour in, my wife called me to say good morning, and told me that Baby Girl had come into our bedroom when she woke up saying "Dah-dee, Dah-dee". Aww, my precious baby girl was looking for her Daddy. Even though I wan't there, that moment warmed my heart. It simply made my day!

Who knew being a stay at home dad (semi-stay at home), would let me experience all these wonderful things, no matter how big or small they may seem. I am so lucky to be in the position I am, and I don't take it for granted at all.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Home for 6 Days!

That's right, I have had a mini 6-day vacation. I took some time off work and am on my 5th of 6 days off. It's been wonderful! On Saturday, we all went to one of our mega malls and enjoyed the holiday rush.

It's a great time for shopping, buying presents, and enjoying the commercial side of Christmas. Yes, it is actually enjoyably for me to see what all the shops and stores do! I love Christmas.

But the mall was packed...and I mean, almost difficult for us to walk. Baby girl got REALLY antsy about halfway through, and was pretty much done with her stroller. Her need to walk around and explore just about wore us out.

We seriously contemplated buying one of those backpacks that have a kiddy 'leash' on them so she would be able to walk around, yet we could still have her close by. I know some parents hate them, but to me, it seems like a great compromise between both kids and parents. We'll see if we actually get one.

Yesterday we spent at home, but Brit and I managed to get out to see The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock. GREAT movie! If you haven't seen it, it's based on a true story and is definitely worth seeing. A feel good movie for the holidays.

For these next two days I will be doing my usual, staying home with baby girl and doing my normal house stuff. Have some heavy web site work to do tomorrow on another one of my sites. Going to suck up most of my free time. But I love doing it!

Today is also Not Me! Monday. Over at MckMama's blog, you can join a blog carnival of sorts that lets you see other Not Me! posts just like this one.

I am not postponing a haircut, which is already 3 months overdue. Strange how time constraints limit things you could easily do before :)

I did not feed my baby girl a toaster strudel this morning loaded with frosting. She loved it, beut we definitely strive for much healthier breakfasts!

And finally, I am not currently battling one tiny ringworm episode on my arm! I have absolutely no clue how I got it, but it's there nonetheless. I have been very careful with it, and am using a topical med, but it's annoying that it's there. Never had it before. It's not an actual worm for those that don't's a fungus that likes warm, moist places. Like I said, no idea how it got on my arm (not pet related, I assure you). Anyways, it's clearing up...just strange is all.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Baby Girl Winter Bedtime

We have officially switched to all winter pajamas for our baby girl. It has been absolutely frigid here this past week. We had snow, multiple frosts (which killed all the remaining flowers that were still blooming), and lots of cold nights requiring some fires in the fireplace!

Here are some pics right after our bath. Rosy cheeks and long hair! We're getting close to pony tail length! Well, sorta. Not quite there yet, but it definitely is getting longer, and is all curly at the back!

Now, if we can only get those teeth to start growing in...

We also have had a fascination with our shoes for quite some time. The Velcro is simply magical...or one would think! We even know the word "Shhews"!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Christmas Time! Christmas Trees!

It's Christmas time! Sorry, after a long hiatus, I am back! For those that don't know, I run a couple web sites in addition to this blog. One is a NICU dedicated site, which you can find the link to in my tabs up at the top of this blog, and the other is a gaming site for a game I play. Both have sucked up gobs of my time, thus causing me to neglect Daddy vs Wild. I now have some more free time, so here hopefully you will see much more activity from me here.

At Kelly's Korner this week, it is time to show off your Christmas trees! We have two, one being our formal tree, and the other being our 'Kids' tree. The kids tree has all the ornaments that Brit and I had when we were a baby. Our daughter will start adding her own ornaments as she gets older, including ones we buy for her and ones she makes at school.

I tried to get pics of the Christmas trees during the day, and when lit at night as well. Hopefully they turned out okay. Brit and I decorated the formal tree, which, of course, I was under strict guidance the whole duration. She is quite the tree decorator. She also helped do several trees at her work. Xmas Tree Pro.

The Kids tree she did herself, and I think she even did a post on her blog.

So, without further delay, check out our Christmas trees!