The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 62

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Not only does the 62nd episode of The Pop Poppa Nap Cast recount our Memorial Day weekend woes, but also lays out the groundwork for Lu’s new mastery of the potty and a brand new intro.

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The potty we use is the white BABYBJORN Smart Potty.

Go, Girl! Go Potty!, The Potty Book for Girls, Elmo’s Potty Time and Nina Needs To Go on Disney Channel have all helped our daughter figure out what this whole potty training thing is about.

I wrote about my first time using the Lost It! app over on Monkeying Around The Kitchen last year.

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 20

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“Frustrating” is the word of the day when it comes to The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 20 thanks to a disinterest in swim class, even less in potty training and a strong desire to wake up at 7AM every morning.

The swimmie thing I mentioned is actually the Stearns Deluxe Puddle Jumper 30-50 lbs. Unlike the one pictured in that link, Lu’s has a zebra on it.

Get your own copy of the Wreck-It Ralph (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) and/or Meet the Robinsons [Blu-ray] by following that links.

Before I started watching it several times a week, I reviewed Toy Story 3 on

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Lu’s potty seat is more known as the Mommy’s Helper Contoured Cushie Step Up.

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The recipient of this week’s Pop Poppa Seal Of Approval is more specifically called the Copco 0-62009 Medium Bag Cap – Orange.

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The Pop Poppa Of The Week is Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentacost from Pacific Rim pictured above. To read my full review of the film, head on over to

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 4

pop poppa nap cast logoThe fourth episode of The Pop Poppa Nap Cast hits chock full of geekery from a video game-creating dad to a little girl mashing up Star Wars and princesses plus a few positive thoughts on Pixar’s Brave, the importance of keeping yourself happy and more!

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Here’s the Disney Princess commercial I mentioned:

I first wrote about Brave on this very blog here.

Here’s the Wired story on Mike Mika, the guy who remade Donkey Kong for his daughter.

The Her Universe story on McKenna.


Take A CPR Class!

Last Sunday, the three of us headed to one of the offices our midwives work their practice out of for an American Heart Association CPR class. When scheduling, I told my wife that I remembered a lot from the previous classes I had taken. I’ve been Red Cross certified twice in my life, once at 13 or 14 to get my babysitting certificate and again at 18 to graduate high school. My school had a swimming class that every Senior had to take unless you were in a certain number of AP classes. I took that number of AP classes to avoid swim class so before the year was up, I had to swim a mile and get my CPR certificate. I remember driving to a place I was completely unfamiliar with in my minivan, hoping I didn’t accidentally look at anyone the wrong way and then spent half a day breathing into topless half-mannequins. Literally the day before the class, though, my mom said that she had just re-certified and a lot had changed.

And, boy, she wasn’t kidding. The system is so much easier now. I remember bits and pieces of the old way–mechanics mostly–but this new system of 30 compressions (to the beat of “Staying Alive” or “Another One Bites The Dust”) followed by two breaths and repeat is incredibly easy to remember. We even went over how to use an AED machine which looks so simple a child could literally do it.

Most importantly, though, we went over baby, infant and child CPR and Heimlich maneuvers. Being a stay at home dad with an increasingly active little girl who seems dead set on putting every little bit of anything she finds on the floor in her mouth, choking is a worry I’ve always got in the back of my head. Now, with these new tools at my disposal, I feel a lot more prepared in case something does happen. Better safe than sorry and all that.

Dad Training: Five Tips To Prepare For Fatherhood

It’s absolutely true what they say about not being able to explain what it feels like to see the birth of your child. It’s completely unique and pretty indescribable to anyone outside the parent club. While you won’t be able to train for that feeling, though, there are a few things you can do to ready yourself for fatherhood. Assuming you’ve already gotten a good deal of your supplies and baby furniture, I highly recommend giving the following five methods of preparation a shot to help train your mind and body. Warning, they might not all be pretty, but they’re honest!

CARRY AROUND A PSEUDO BABYThe primary piece of advice I have for new fathers–especially ones who will be staying home with their kid like I do after mom goes back to work–is learn how to do everything one-handed. As a work-from-home dad, I’m constantly carrying my daughter either facing out or up on my shoulder and trying to do normal things around the house like picking up, grabbing a pacifier or even buying groceries with the other. The best way to train for this would be to get something heavy–preferably a small, compact mass–and carry it around like a baby for hours at a time. You’ll really feel the burn in your arm, but think of it like training for a sport, the more you do ahead of time, the more prepared you’ll be for game day (which is everyday, of course). Start off with something heavier than your kid is expected to be, that way when she’s born, you’ll actually be used to a heavier weight and she won’t feel as heavy. The most realistic baby-like construct I can think of would be a bag of flour with an ostrich egg for a head. If you can figure out how to combine those two things without the head falling off, let me know.


No matter how well prepared you are for your kid on a daily basis, there will be times when she freaks out for no discernible reason. She’s unhappy and the only way she can let you know is by screaming her tiny head off. The loud, high pitched scream emanating from your darling daughter will signal a need to be changed or for food, but even when you get really good at translating the various cries, that doesn’t mean you have Flash-like superspeed. There will be time between realizing what she needs and actually being able to help. In that time, she will scream bloody-freaking-murder It’s a sad, heartbreaking thing to witness, but it’s also very hard on the ears. Listening to some old school metal like Megadeth will get your ears used to high pitched, loud sounds.


I got this idea from The Office. When Michael’s ex is expecting, he decides to take on a fatherly role. To prepare him for the birth, Dwight uses a buttered-up watermelon to simulate the kid. It’s not a bad idea. You could even use it for the first item on the list now that I think about it. Anyway, bathing babies can be difficult depending on how squirmy they are, but even the calmest, most water-loving infant will still become slippery as all get out when dipped in water. I figure trying out a bath with a watermelon will offer up a pretty good analog for a baby. If you can bathe a watermelon, you can bathe a baby.


This one’s a two-fold bit of preparation. First off, ff you’re queasy about gore and plan on being around for the birth, it might make sense to desensitise yourself a bit. I recommend finding the more graphic entries in the horror sub genre like Zombie or Dawn Of The Dead. Secondly, the truth of the matter is that your baby will resemble a zombie on more than one level. She will be a slobbering, single minded creature who makes noises only found in monster movies (just replace “brains” with “milk” and you get the idea). You will love her with all your heart, but you will notice her zombie-like tendencies. Might as well get used to them with a few fun flicks.


If you don’t feel like picking up some sacks of flour or watermelons on your next trip to the store, the real best way to get ready for a baby is to borrow someone else’s, preferably while the parents go elsewhere. That will really give you the full effect of having another tiny life completely dependent on you. Food, waste management, entertainment, clean-up, it’s all on you. Just remember that you can’t just pass your kid off at the end of the day when you’re actually a parent. That would be cheating.

Good luck new dads! Any advice from other veterans out there? I can only speak for the first few months so far.