Week 21 (4 months).
What can happen in just a year’s time? Here’s a bit of a candid, behind the scenes look at both the history and the future of “dad from day one”.
It was April 13th, 2010 that I not only officially announced to the world that my wife and I were expecting a baby, but also the day I published the very first post (“She’s Having a Baby”) for my brand new series, “dad from day one”. A year ago, I wasn’t even aware of the term for what I was doing, which now I know is “daddy blogging”. Perceiving that there was a shortage of pregnancy and baby advice from a dad’s perspective out there on the Internet at that time, I decided to be the first to dad in history to publish at least one weekly post for my daddy blog, beginning with the knowledge of the pregnancy. After a few months, once I had established my presence in the daddy blogging world, my wife sent an email to the editor of two major magazines for expecting parents, recommending them to read my blog. One of these magazines expressed interest; the other, we never heard anything back from.
The interested magazine company was American Baby, who decided to feature “dad from day one” in their November 2010 issue, which hit magazine stands in October. A few weeks later, my son Jack was born. Two weeks after that, I worked my last day for my employer of five years in Nashville so that I could move my wife and newborn to my hometown in Alabama so we can raise our son near family. For the next four months, we lived off of savings and eventually had to give ourselves a deadline of three weeks for me to find a job, or we would be forced to move back to Nashville where my employer agreed to take me back- despite all the money, effort, energy, and planning it took to move from Nashville.
We left it in God’s hands as I left my readers in suspense from March 16th until March 24th, as I too was in suspense regarding the future of where my family would live. It was no coincidence or bout of good luck; but instead, a miracle: God provided a marketing and sales job at one of the world’s largest playground equipment companies in the world. Plus, the day after that, I was offered the job (which I obviously took and now enjoy so much), I received an email confirmation from a major publishing company that I had been selected for a regular part-time writing job that will take “dad from day one” to the next level, like a “spin-off”. In a few weeks, I will be ready to go into details about it…
But I will say this: As of yesterday, Parents.com (the website for Parents magazine) assigned me my first huge “non-blog” writing assignment, completely separate from my “big surprise”. I will be writing a Father’s Day article for them and I am extremely excited about it! Soon after, I was approached by a writer who is doing a Mother’s Day article for Parents.com who will be using some of my input for her writing. Can I just say this? I love Parents.com! And my wife and I were already subscribing to their magazine before they discovered me. This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
The irony of writing this one year anniversary of consistent weekly daddy blogging is that it’s in this post that I must announce that starting today, “dad from day one” is changing to a monthly format, and later into a quarterly format in January 2012. With all the writing I will be doing (as part of my “big surprise”), I have to re-prioritize my few free hours each week. That means less new posts here in general on Scenic Route Snapshots, but the new parenting material I will be writing will be seen by more than the thousand people a day who read my site here. I’m movin’ on up, and you, my dear readers are going with me!
So what can happen in a year? All of the above. The good, the bad, the suspenseful. And thank God for it all.
Thank you, my faithful readers- even if you just recently tuned in. You’re all a part of this. Especially those of you who know me personally and help me out with “dad from day one” topics when I ask you on facebook. You encourage me. And despite already being a positive kind of a guy by nature, encouragement is still a good thing.
A couple of months ago, I briefly mentioned that Jack will be getting a new cousin- my sister and her husband are having their first child. They recently found out it’s a girl! My sister’s due date is July 2nd, which means that her daughter and Jack will be in the same school grade. Here’s the most recent picture of her: