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Children’s Book featuring Alleke

I’ll be doing my first ever book signing this Saturday in Madrid. It’s a children’s book called Clara Has a Baby Brother. It’s bilingual in English and Spanish, and Alleke is the protagonist. Also, Alejandra Quiceno ( will be showing 12 of her illustrations for kids and also doing face painting. We’ll see if I […]

Dear John

Spain Dad, a baby blog celebrated its fifth birthday in February. This milestone has given me the chance to reflect on my original purpose for this blog. In 2006 when April first got pregnant, I remember she had a stack of parenting books waiting on my nightstand, complete with neat, hand-written bookmarks telling me which […]

Microteatro Por Dinero

What does it say about me and my friends that when we heard the bedrooms in an old brothel had been converted into miniature kids’ theaters with 15 min. shows for 3 euros, we all turned to each other and said in unison, “Why didn’t I think of that!” Despite the fact that we had […]


Skee Ball

Be prepared to duck your head if you dare to watch Alleke play Skee Ball…


My closest friends say I’m a laid-back person. They tell me they feel peace and tranquility when they’re with me. I’m a regular Gandhi, they say. I’ve never understood this, and I don’t think my wife or my kids would ever describe me this way. Today was a perfect example. I got it in my […]


Before I had even set down the grocery bags and closed the front door, Alleke had scrambled off the couch and latched onto my leg. “Daddy,” she squealed. “See,” she said, pointing at her lips, shiny as a chrome bumper. “I did it myself,” she added, now pointing at the lipstick sitting on the arm […]

Christmas Day

Most of the chairs still sat up-side-down on the tables in the hotel lounge except for the table in the corner where we sat and ate our breakfast. Alleke sat in front of a half-eaten bowl of oatmeal and sang at the top of her lungs, “Let every heart prepare him room, and heav’n and […]

We´re at the hospital.

April is 4 cm dialated, and it looks like we´re going to have a baby soon. Last time we arrived at the hospital just in time for the doctor to catch little Alleke, so we´re thankful that this time is proving to be quite different. April is asleep in her hospital bed, and our doctor […]

Calling all Cheerleaders

If you’re feeling unusually generous today, I could actually use a favor. I’m participating in a blog contest over at 20 Minutos, a local newspaper in Madrid. I think I have a good chance of winning in the category of “blogs from Spain, but not written in Spanish.” Although you can’t directly vote for my […]

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