The Urban Dad

writes letters to his children

The Urban Dad

The Urban Dad
Northeastern US,
August 23
Father of two, now expecting twins autumn 2008. My goal is narrative here. Scene, character, story. I imagine my children reading these stories as young adults.


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DECEMBER 2, 2008 4:31PM

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OCTOBER 10, 2008 7:38AM

Letter to My Daughter: Words = Power

I’ve been thinking about this blog (while not blogging for six weeks or more—crikey!) as a series of letters and stories that my children will read when they are young adults. At the moment, I don’t know if I can think of a better gift for my children. In that spirit:


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On her first camping trip, my then-2-year-old daughter had her wrist dislocated by yours truly. Not exactly what we had in mind, but we thought it was important to get the girls used to camping.

You see, when Darlin and I fell in love, it was in tents. One of… Read full post »

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AUGUST 14, 2008 1:05PM

"She's not breathing."

When my first child was born, she wasn't breathing. This is one of the things I will never forget.

Sometimes I try to remind myself that nobody is born breathing. That's correct, isn't it? A fetus lives for months in the womb. Heart driving oxygen to all those tiny parts without… Read full post »

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AUGUST 13, 2008 1:05PM

Boy, Girl, or Both?

We decided before the ultrasound not to learn the sex of our baby. Then, 30 seconds in, we find out we are having twins. The ultrasound technician explains to the MD who popped in that we don't want to know.

Wait, did the MD just refer to baby A as 'she'? I… Read full post »

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AUGUST 12, 2008 11:14AM

Doing well, in the Darwinian sense

The ultrasound is going to take longer than expected. Every measurement required (femur, head circumference, abdominal circumference, heart rate, etc.) must be done for each twin. The tech steps out to summon an MD, who will make certain she is labeling the twins correctly when she records the measur… Read full post »

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AUGUST 11, 2008 1:22PM

Everything changed at the ultrasound

Darlin, my wife, says that I don't need to come to the ultrasound, but she is glad that I want to be there. She has scheduled it for 7:30 a.m., so that I can make it to the office by nine and, therefore, not use up any of my valuable vacation… Read full post »