We moved our son to his first “big boy” bed a few months ago. It was a challenge, no doubt.

The first couple of weeks was him constantly climbing out of it the moment we left the room during his bedtime. Some nights, we put him back to bed repeatedly for close to an hour or more.

Those days are past, but he still frequently needs company as he falls asleep, and also if we he wakes up in the middle of the night. From the get-go, we knew we needed to have a semi-comfortable way of sleeping with him in the room. We have a small mattress set up, from his old crib, padded with a fur blanket, and a couple of pillows. Many nights, his mom or me might spend anywhere from two to four hours lying on the floor next to him instead of his bed.

I don’t mind. The set up is actually fairly comfortable, and there’s a lot to be said for the bonding time it allows us. I’m especially appreciative since my work schedule often has me away on the weekends, and many of his bedtimes.

Some nights, we have to sleep in the chair next to his bed for a bit. I’ve gotten some good snoozing in sitting in that chair.

Some shots from the monitor from last night, trying to get him down at bedtime. For whatever reason, he was particularly wired last night:

He’s swinging around his big, plush shark “Do Do”, because all sharks he sees are named “Do Do”. Yes, because of the song.
Finally, he pointed to the chair, said “Chair”, and that was our cue to move there so he could wind down. That’s me getting a solid 20 minute nap in as he finally dozed off.

And then in the middle of the night, I spent a couple of hours with him, both of us lying on the mattress next to his bed.

These are the moments that make parenting worth it.

S2E3 – Believing in Santa Claus



Happy Holidays from Dad to the Future! In this episode, Dennis and John talk about when they stopped believing in Santa Claus – spoiler alert: Dennis never did; how John and his wife handled Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny with their girls, and Dennis wonders how him and Betsy will present Santa to their son.

Baby Crocs (Do Do Do)

48393541_2231525940421445_5177731436383305728_oWhile his mom was getting him ready for bed tonight, Harrison saw his baby crocs on the shelf across from the changing table – shoes he hasn’t even worn yet because they’ve been too big – and decided he must wear them immediately. He wore them through story time, and refused to let them be taken off as he was put in his crib.

One came off a few minutes later, and he began crying until Betsy went and put it back on. He’s still sleeping in them now.

And that’s how our son went from being 2 years old to 42 years old overnight.

S2E1: What These Two Dads Think of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

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John Mick joins the podcast as a regular co-host of Season 2. In this episode, We talk about the perennial controversy over the holiday song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, and use it as a jumping off point to talk about consent – how we learned about it growing up, and how we hope to teach our kids.

The song featured in the 1949 film “Neptune’s Daughter” on YouTube:

The book Dennis mentions, “Beyond the Birds and Bees”, by Bonnie J. Rough