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Belly Art

Watch our midwife draw the baby on April’s belly for our son Teo…

Free ebook for New Fathers

I recently published a book called Becoming Dad: A True Story of One Man’s Transformation from Clueless Husband to Involved and Nurturing Father. I’m giving away a big chunk of the book (the pregnancy section) as a free ebook. Enjoy!

Dan and Julie Perkins, a Case Study

We visited our college friends, Dan and Julie Perkins, on their organic farm in Indiana last Friday. Their son, Harper, was waiting in the red Radio Flyer wagon with his muddy boots when I lifted Teo into the wagon behind him. Dan pulled the boys in the wagon ahead of us through the fields, pointed […]

Delivery Room

This post is part of a series telling Teo’s birth story. Click here to start at the beginning. I went downstairs to check April into the hospital, and when I got back to the delivery room, I found the doctor and the midwives chatting on the couches in the small waiting room outside. I felt […]


I will be telling Teo’s birth story over the next few days. Let’s begin with the taxi ride to the hospital… Taxi by Daquella manera. I didn’t say anything to the taxi driver about my wife being in labor when we climbed in the back seat of his car, but when I told him to […]


The only time I thought about being a parent today was a short five-minute conversation I had with April before we went to bed. The conversation wasn’t much, but it’s all I have to tell, so here goes. I was sitting on the couch, and April was stuffing residency paperwork into a folder at the […]


nest•ing in•stinctn. refers to an instinct or urge in pregnant animals to prepare a home for the upcoming newborn(s). It is found in a variety of animals (both mammals and birds) and can occur in human mothers as well. April stopped and set down the shopping bag in the middle of the sidewalk. “You’re going […]


We had two girl names picked out for Alleke when she was born. April had her favorite, and I had mine. Neither of us was willing to give up our name right up until the very end, so we did what all indecisive people do, we decided not to decide. Well, actually, we agreed to […]


I rubbed my eyes and looked at the alarm clock. Three minutes. I had three minutes before the clock would automatically turn on the radio and my day would officially begin. These few moments were like a gap in time, where even time itself had been caught dozing off. April lay next to me in […]

Natural Childbirth in Madrid, an interview

For those who are curious about what it’s like to give birth in Spain, I got to sit down with April this afternoon and interview her about her second pregnancy and how she’s gone about choosing a birthing center in Madrid. This interview is also available to listen to as a podcast. Kelly (Spain Dad): […]

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