Dear New Dad: 5 Tips on How to be a Rockstar Daddy to Your Baby + Free Bonus Wisdom

Dear New Dad: 5 Tips on How to be a Rockstar Daddy to Your Baby + Free Bonus Wisdom

I became a 1st-time Dad just over a year ago. I’ll never forget the excitement, anxiety, bewilderment, confusion, and mind-numbing fear I experienced when leaving the hospital on B-Day (Baby-Day) with a our very own brand-spankin’ new, fresh baby! Everyone says the same joke “where’s the instruction manual” because everyone feels that way!

In addition to rounding off my first year as a new dad, we have our second kiddo on the way! I have learned a lot in the past year, and will do a better job with baby #2, Maximus Excalibur. (Sigh… sadly, my wife keeps vetoing this name.)

IMPORTANT CAVEAT: I definitely have NOT done all of these things superbly, or even decently at times. I have learned a lot from my wife and others. By the grace of God, I am improving and growing. Nonetheless, you can file all of this wisdom away as near Gospel. You are welcome.

I don’t know if I’m allowed to say this, but this first year has been really… well… weird, exhausting, annoying, frustrating, and wholly overwhelming. In a previous post I shared a couple major epiphanies about being a new dad: [Ponderings of a New Dad] God’s Love is Illogical and I Surrender All?.

For most guys, it is difficult to connect with babies. I am most guys. At initial, selfish glance… they just get in the way of life, marriage, sex, social activities, happiness, hobbies, and sanity. Side Note: Speaking of hobbies, say goodbye to those for the next couple decades. You have much more important things to do.

It DOES get better. It can be awesome. I have grown more than I could have imagined. There is a reason the word “exhaustion” appears many times throughout this micro-eBook of a post.

My love, appreciation, admiration, desire of and attraction to my wife has never been as high as it is now. It really is growing at alarmingly rapid rate, despite the inevitable tension that has occasionally flared up [more than the combined history of our pre-baby marriage ]. I am frequently overwhelmed by the stature, strength, heart, compassion, beauty, and innate motherliness of my wife.  I remain baffled at (and learn from) how easy everything seems to come to my wife AND the constant insecurity she feels regardless of how awesome she is. I feel like a bumbling buffoon…

Here is what I have learned…

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Prayer Response to James 2:14-26 (Faith Without Works is Dead)

Prayer Response to James 2:14-26 (Faith Without Works is Dead)

Tonight in my quiet time I read through James 2. In my journal, I wrote the following simple prayer, specifically as a response to James 2: 14-26, where James makes strong declarations on the reality of Faith and Works in a reborn Christian’s life .

My Prayer: Dear God, I offer you […]

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The Book of Eli Movie Review – How Deeply Is the Bible Part of Your Life and Marriage?

The Book of Eli Movie Review – How Deeply Is the Bible Part of Your Life and Marriage?

Tonight I saw “The Book of Eli” and left with a full smattering of conviction and deep thought that refuses to escape my heart. I know this may sound a bit wacky, but I need you to bear with me through this explanation. This post is NOT a movie review, but a little context is important, so we will offer a quick summary.

How would your life and marriage look if you really appreciated and respected the Bible as the literal and eternal Word of God?

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Romance Idea #3 – The Ridiculously Overwhelming Love Note List

Romance Idea #3 – The Ridiculously Overwhelming Love Note List

Set aside quality quiet time for you to spend with a pen a few sheets of paper. You may also use a word processor, but there is something timeless and enchanting about good ole’ hand writing.

During this time, think through the many reasons you adore, cherish, desire, appreciate, love, admire, honor, relish, regard, respect, treasure, revere, esteem, praise, savor, extol… and WRITE THEM DOWN! […]

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A Prayer for My Lovely Wife

A Prayer for My Lovely Wife

Dear Precious and Perfect Heavenly Father, Thank for blessing me with such an amazing wife who I deeply cherish and desire. Please physically protect her as she pursues her work for the day. Watch over her as she drives on the road with crazy drivers, and engages in a hurting world of crazy people. When she […]

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