It’s a girl!

It’s official…we’re having a girl! It’s nice to FINALLY get this appointment out of the way! I’ve been on pins and needles about this since the moment Dawn said, “I’m pregnant.” The other nice part about this appointment was finding out that our baby still looks healthy.

Of course, we filmed the appointment. Below is a video that I put together that shows the exact moment we found out, and some highlights from the ultrasound.

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Happy Mother’s Day, Dawn!

For the first time ever, I can say, “Happy Mother’s Day Dawn!!!”

It feels weird to say, but she is carrying a baby. I cannot wait until the morning of May 20 when we find out if we’re having a boy or a girl. After that, the next major milestone is THE BIRTH OF THE BABY!!! :-)

October can’t come soon enough!

I love you Dawn!

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Are we destined to have a girl?

On May 20, I’ll know whether our baby is a boy or a girl. Initially, Dawn & I both thought the baby was a boy. I didn’t know why, we just had an instinct. Since then, my thoughts have changed. I pondered it a bit more, and I realized:

  • My parents’ first baby was girl
  • Dawn’s parents had two daughters, no boys
  • My first born first cousin was a girl (so was my second born first cousin)

I’m not sure if this all has anything to do with what our baby will be. Again, I don’t care. I just want to know already!

Now, on a completely unrelated note, here’s a very large cat on a water treadmill:

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Quad screen: All signs point to a healthy baby

Healthy Baby

Healthy Baby

At our 16-week appointment, the doctor drew blood from Dawn to do a quad screen and cystic fibrosis screening. The quad screen looks at four things:

AFP: alpha-fetoprotein is a protein that is produced by the fetus

hCG: human chorionic gonadotropin is a hormone produced within the placenta

Estriol: estriol is an estrogen produced by both the fetus and the placenta

Inhibin-A: inhibin-A is a protein produced by the placenta and ovari

These four things help the doctor indicate whether Dawn is at risk of carrying a baby who has certain developmental or chromosomal conditions, such as spina bifida or Down syndrome. It doesn’t definitively determine if the baby will have these disorders. The quad screen will be “negative” in (it will not detect) about 5-10% of babies with anencephaly, 20-25% of babies with spina bifida, 20-25% of babies with Down syndrome, and 20-40% of babies with trisomy 18.

However, if the tests comeback positive, you will want to undergo further testing. Thankfully, our tests (and the cystic fibrosis test) all came across negative, meaning we are not at an increased risk.

Now I can breathe a sigh of relief. I was pretty nervous about the whole thing. What I found out is that the quad screen is actually far less intimidating than the Quad Laser that the Mooninites possess.

No one can defeat the Quad Laser.

No one can defeat the Quad Laser. The bullet is enormous, there’s no escaping. Jumping…is useless.

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16 weeks: We heard our baby move

Yesterday, Dawn and I had our second appointment at the baby doctor. We’re at 16 weeks now, and we were hoping we might be able to learn the gender of the baby. No such luck, so for now, we’ll still be calling the child “it,” “the baby,” and “the human in Dawn’s belly.” We didn’t even do an ultrasound, because our doctor (who we LOVE, she’s awesome) said it’s not 100% reliable until 20 weeks. We did, however, get to hear the baby.

This is a Fetal Doppler



In addition to a few tests, the doctor used a Fetal Doppler (pictured above) to let us listen to the baby. And let me tell you – that little baby was moving! Basically, the doctor put some sort of jelly on Dawn’s stomach, and moved the Fetal Doppler microphone around until we heard something. At first, I was a little worried we wouldn’t hear anything. That didn’t last long, because just like me, our baby is loud. The child was moving around quite a bit, which we were told indicated a healthy baby. The doctor was impressed by how much our baby was moving, and if you ask me, the hyperactivity would indicate that the baby is already starting to take after me. Calm down baby, you have another five months in that tummy! Don’t be so impatient like your daddy!

The sound that comes from the Fetal Doppler makes is similar to a person jump-roping on a linoleum floor. It was pretty thrilling.

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New look – Ohio Daddy

If you’re one of the few people who have  been to this blog before, you know it now has a new look. Since I’m going to use this blog as a place to document my journey through fatherhood, I figured it made sense to change the appearance a bit. I went with “Ohio Daddy” because I identify strongly with my home state, and…well….I’m going to be a dad in six months.

I have a few goals for this blog:

–> Create a record as Dawn & I dive into parenthood, so we can look back and be reminded of this crazy ride.

–> Have a place that my friends and family can stay up-to-date on our lives.

–> Review products and services that are pertinent to new parents.

The posts won’t always be daddy related, but they’re going to strongly lean in that direction.

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The best babysitters

I’m may be new to this whole “expecting a child” thing, but I’m pretty sure this picture speaks the truth.

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Boy or girl? Waiting to find out is driving me crazy!

You know that feeling you get as a kid on Christmas Eve? I’ve got it, all day everyday. In about a month, we’ll find out if our child is going to be a boy or a girl. People keep asking me, “Are you going to find out the sex of the baby?” Hell yea I am! I don’t know how anyone can go the entire pregnancy without knowing!

Right now our baby is the size of a potato

According to the baby books, the baby is about the size of a small potato right now. I realize that is pretty small. Still, with all the technology in today’s world, why do we need to wait 20 weeks before we can tell if it’s a boy or a girl?! C’mon medical science, pick it up!

Another question I keep getting is, “Which do you want, a boy or a girl?” I honestly don’t have a preference. People seem to think I want a boy. I know I eventually would like to have a boy, but it doesn’t have to be now. I also really want to have a girl. In a perfect world, I’d be able to have both. At the moment, I just want a happy, healthy baby.

I think once I know if the baby is a boy or a girl, things will ease up a bit. Of course, once I find that out, I have to name the baby and decorate a room. Can we just fast forward until October already? I’m waiting on the edge of my seat here!

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You’re going to be a father. Worries ensue.

The moment Dawn told me she was pregnant, I was overcome with joy. For the next several days, I couldn’t concentrate. All I could think about was how happy I was to become a father. And then…the worries started to come over me.

Will my baby be healthy?

Is Dawn going to be alright?

What can I do to avoid any complications in this process?

What if Dawn gets sick, will the baby be alright? What if I get sick, should I stay clear of Dawn?

What if the baby is born sick?

Can I afford a baby?

How can we get the baby’s room (and our lives) ready in a matter of months?

Am I ready for this?

From what people have told me, you’re never truly “ready” for your first child. And while I’m overcome with joy and excitement, I can’t help but worry too. I just hope that everything is going to be alright. Each step seems to have a worry or “what if” associated with it.

We’re past the first trimester, so I know we’re not at risk for a miscarriage anymore. At our first appointment, we had blood work done to see if there were any initial problems. They never called us, so it looks like we’re in the clear there. Next we have prenatal screenings to see if the child is at risk for any major diseases or autism. After that…who knows, I haven’t thought that far ahead yet!

I’m somebody who always tries to be over-prepared for everything. But all of the baby books and research in the world can’t help me here. All I can do is sit back and try to enjoy the ride. While it’s exciting, it’s also unnerving at times. Am I crazy for worrying so much about something that’s completely out of my control?

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I’m going to be a dad!

When I started blogging again, I said that my blog was going to be a reflection of what’s important in my life. Little did I know when I wrote that first post on January 21, the wheels were already in motion to change my whole world.

I haven’t posted in about a month, and there’s a reason for that. On March 4, 2011, I received the greatest news of my life. Dawn sat me down and told me that she’s pregnant. It took my breath away. I’m going to be a father.

I put this baby in Dawn's tummy.


Our child is due to be born on October 6, so we’re about three and a half months along. I guess that means I’ll soon be a daddy blogger. This blog isn’t going to exclusively focus on being a new dad, but it’s going to start to strongly lean in that direction. I’m hoping to fit some time in over the next couple of weeks to redesign my site a little bit to reflect that. In the mean time, stay tuned for some new posts from an expecting father!

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