Crying Makes a Man Feel Whole

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Tears of joy, disappointment, love, or loss–all add texture to man’s being.

“Today my niece is such a normal, healthy, rambunctious first grader, that it is hard to believe she ever got off to such a fragile start.”

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This comment by KatyD on the post A Dad Documents His Premature Son’s First Year of Life

My Hurricane

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It has been a year since Hurricane Sandy. Ariel Chesler looks back on the storm and the birth of his daughter.

Everything Since: Five Weeks at Home With a Baby, Five Months as a Father

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Joe Stracci spent 5 weeks at home with his daughter, just long enough to learn everything and nothing.

Dear John: Seeing Baby’s Birth Kills His Sex Drive

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A dad uncomfortable after birth, a “When Harry Met Sally” frustration, and guy who is only infatuated until the other person is.

The First Time: Dad Demands Epidural

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First-time dad Dustin Fisher hopes that his first childbirth doesn’t set the tone for the rest of his parenting life.

It’s Not About Why

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One minute we were laughing and thirty-five minutes later, I was being asked which of my husband’s organs I was willing to give away.

On Death and Birth

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Mark Watkins experiences two births and two deaths and is struck by their parallels.

How I “Almost” Killed My Son

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A home-cooked meal was on the table and Tarzan was ready to be watched when catastrophe struck.

My Second Birth

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Leonard Pitt never got the opportunity to raise a child from birth. Until his grandson arrived and changed everything.

“I cried like a baby for three months as my son fought for his life in a St. Louis Children’s Hospital.”

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This is a comment by Josh Magill on the post “Parents, This is Our Edict”.

“When my son was born I felt duty, responsibility and warmth, but I didn’t feel that passionate sense of lifelong love.”

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When did you first bond with your child? Elise said that while that true love for her son eventually came to her, it wasn’t immediate. This can heap shame and guilt onto new parents and leave them feeling even more alone.

“Separating children from marriage? Sure, we do it, and perhaps we must.”

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Olive thinks that we should separate childbearing from marriage entirely because part of the reason why so many people get pressured into marriage when they aren’t ready is so they don’t “run out of time” to have kids. D.A. Wolf agrees, but with one caveat…

Fatherhood Does Not Have to Wait Until a Child Is Born

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Aaron Brinker read to and talked to his son before birth, creating a bond that benefitted them both.

From Wordsworth to Childbirth, Finding Where We’re Home

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Father delves into poetry, paternity, and zoology to understand man’s place

Baby Stuff

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In this installment of “Love, Recorded,” Matt faces his fears and buys a doll for his daughter, which gets him thinking about the stuff we accumulate, the sacrifices we make as our lives change, and what makes us human.