Hi, I’m Steve and I’m a new Dad who has learned a lot of things over the last several months and I want to pass along some knowledge to you!

Each week I will be giving you some new tips for first-time parents and one spectacular Dad joke!  So let's get to the tips!

  1. Today’s first daddy tip is that your little one grows up quick! OK, so Charlotte isn’t even quite 9 months old yet, but the difference in her personality between now and 4 months ago is insane! No more will she let us just hold her calmly and talk to her. Nope, now she squirms around like a worm and grabs everything she can. Brittainy and I were just talking about how we can hardly even remember what she was like the first few months of her life. So my advice to you is to cherish every moment with your little one because pretty soon they’ll be way different from what you remember.
  2. The next daddy tip is how to use your baby to your advantage when you make plans. If you are anything like me, you have a hard time leaving parties even though you want to. I hate having to make the rounds and say goodbye to everyone so sometimes I end up staying way longer than I originally intended to. That’s where your baby comes in. Just bring your baby with you to the party and bam, at the first moment of duress, you can say “sorry I have to go, my baby is getting fussy.” It helps too if you know your plans happen to overlap with nap time because then your baby is almost certain to make a fuss while you are there, and then bam! You’re out!
  3. The final daddy tip has to do with taking vacations while you have a baby. If you are fortunate enough to have a partner while you are raising your baby, be sure to schedule your vacations together and not apart. At first, Brittainy and I were scheduling our vacations one week after another so we didn’t have to do daycare and while one person worked, the other looked after Charlotte. Boy, were we doing it wrong. Instead of it feeling like a vacation it still felt like we both were busy all the time! We found out that it works better when we are both on vacation at the same time because we could co-parent and everything just felt easier. We could take turns sleeping in, we each got several hours of alone time each day and we still had a lot of family time too.

And now it’s time for an awesome Dad Joke!

A: How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh?
Q: Ten-tickles.

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