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Photo Diary: January 2017 Part 3

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 79

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 79 covers Jack’s continued teething problems, Lu’s new school friend and me sharing my thoughts on the #HeForShe campaign.

Most of the horror movies I mentioned seeing were done during kiddo nap time, though a few were watched after everyone went to bed. If you only see one newer scary movie this year, make it Resolution!

The book I mentioned really enjoying on my phone is R.L. Stein’s Red Rain. Great stuff so far.

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There’s just something about Little Princess that gets under my skin. Lu loves it though. sleeping beauty diamond edition

Disney’s Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition is fantastic. Pre-order a copy or just wait until it hits stores next week on Oct. 7th.

Here’s a video of Emma Watson’s UN speech as well as the blog post supporting stay at home dads by Aaron Gouveia over at Time.com. And, for a funnier view on the whole thing, read Dead and Buried’s “Just Say No To Parenting Equality.”

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 74

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 74 recaps the last two weeks, including our trip to New Hampshire (Jack’s first long car ride), a solid house update and a special appearance from this week’s co-host, Lucy.

I should note that when I said I was thinking of going to the store on Tuesday, I said “alone,” but meant “with the kids.”

If you’re in the area, keep an eye out for Tumblebus.

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If you missed out on my Toy Story of Terror story, check it out here.

As you heard, Lu’s a big fan of Pinky Dinky Doo and Harry & His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs. We’ve been watching them on Netflix, but you can also follow those links for some Amazon offerings.

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Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince is fantastic. A funny, witty, clever and emotional personal story that I think all parents should read. It gives an interesting look behind the curtain of a young woman dealing with gender issues.

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 67

pop poppa nap cast logoThe Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 67 gets into the realness of my first full day taking care of both kids, fixing our refrigerator and dealing with no water.

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I wrote about the crucial Itzbeen here, buy your own over on Amazon.

The books and movie I mentioned in the book review section are Ludwig Bemelmans’ classic Madeline, the Madeline: Meet Me in Paris DVD and Pinkalicious: The Pinkamazing Storybook Collection by Victoria Kann. if you’re curious about any of them, follow those links right to Amazon.

For more of me check out UnitedMonkee.com, MonkeyingAroundTheKitchen.com, Comic Book Resources and @PoppaDietsch on Twitter.

The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 65

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In The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 65 I talk about our Father’s Day weekend, extol the virtues of our library system and go on and on about my comic book fandom, all ages books and the movies from my childhood they remind me of.

To see the Hot Mess dish I mentioned from Handsome Devil, head on over to Monkeying Around The Kitchen.wusic waterproof speaker

For Father’s Day I scored the Wusic Bluetooth Wireless Speaker and the Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy [Blu-ray]. I’m so jazzed about both. bill and ted toy catalog page

If you’re in the area, I highly recommend checking out the Stormville Airport Flea Market. Just don’t buy any Bill & Ted action figures if you do go. I call dibs.

If you’re looking for an RSS feed reader, I’m a pretty big fan of Feedly.

For more of my thoughts on E.T. and Cloak & Dagger, follow their respective links. This reminds me that I really need to review The Goonies. I recently read a book called Finding Gossamyr that fits in with these movies along with more fanastical ones like Labyrinth.

Leave It To Chance Vol. 1: Shaman’s Rain, Zita the Spacegirl and Tiny Titans Vol. 01: Welcome to the Treehouse are awesome comics that kids can dig into. Check them out!

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 64

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 64 goes over the recent wave of sickness sweeping through our house, a parent-enabled friend party and a few ways I’m trying to reframe how I think about work and get organized for my wife’s inevitable return to work.

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 63

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 63 bestows the virtues of Aarón Sánchez’s cookbook, the Vanderbilt mansion property, Joovy strollers and Barbie, while grousing about crummy internet and nap frustrations.

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The fantastic Aarón Sánchez cookbook is called Simple Food, Big Flavor: Unforgettable Mexican-Inspired Recipes from My Kitchen to Yours, check it out if you’re even remotely interested in Mexican cooking.

The Vanderbilt Mansion is actually a National Historic Site. Check out this site for more information.

joovy ultralight caboose stroller orangeThe stroller we got is called the Joovy Caboose Ultralight , ours is orange.

Let’s talk Barbie links! Barbie Life In The Dreamhouse can be seen here. It’s also on Netflix Instant. The exact doll Lu got is called the Barbie Bedtime Princess Doll. As you can see, Lu was very happy with hers. Finally, the two movies I talked about are Barbie: A Perfect Christmas and Barbie Fairytopia Magic of the Rainbow. I fully support all but the Fairytopia movie which wound up feeling a lot like the far better Tinkerbell flicks from Disney that are also available on Netflix Instant.

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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 61

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 61 covers Jack’s first cold, the ups and downs of potty training and our switch from reusable cloth diapers to disposables for the time being. This one’s a bit scatterbrained because Jack was sitting next to me and not the best co-host.

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If you’re interested in checking out the NoseFrida, you can head to their website or grab one on Amazon via this link. I thought it was the silliest thing around when we first got it, but it works like a charm.cloth diaper rolled and half unfolded

I went into more detail about what the reusable newborn diapers are like in a post from a few years back.

Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises gets more interesting, right?

A few of the toys we grabbed from storage include the Skwish, Sophie and a variety of rattles.

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 60

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 60 offers thrilling updates about Jack’s weight, Lu’s sleep and potty habits and my thoughts on the Cleveland Browns drafting Johnny Manziel.

Brooklyn Brewery‘s Lager, as well as everything else in their standard multipack, is pretty fantastic. brooklyn brewery logo

My buddy Todd Casey is co-writing the Krampus movie.

Guys, I’m super excited for the Browns to (hopefully) get better thanks to Johnny Manziel.manziel browns draft

For more of me check out UnitedMonkee.com, MonkeyingAroundTheKitchen.com, Comic Book Resources and @PoppaDietsch on Twitter.

The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 59

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The 59th episode of The Pop Poppa Nap Cast gives a general Jack update, details Lu’s birthday and also a daddy-daughter day co-opted by other kids!

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If you’re at all interested in checking out any of the gifts I mentioned when talking about Lu’s birthday they are as follows: Melissa & Doug Cutting FoodHot Wheels Mega Jump Track Set and Melissa & Doug Stacking Train.

Here’s the bubble-related video from Knocked Up, it’s a bit NSFW language-wise.

Captain Carrot And His Amazing Zoo Crew ran for 20 issues between 1982 and 1983. DC collected a few of the issues in Captain Carrot and the Final Ark, but they’re collecting the whole thing in an upcoming black and white volume called Showcase Presents: Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew TP.

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And finally, here’s the video go Lucy meeting Jack for the first time.

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 57

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 57 gives a good deal of Jack updates, including an estimated time of arrival her at home, discusses Lu’s improving sleep habits and my recent trip to Michigan for a wedding. Please excuse the heavy breathing, uhs and drawn out words.

The food thing I mentioned in the episode is called Meal Baby. We super appreciate if you can help out.

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 56

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 56 is coming at you a few days late, but it does get into some of the day to day details of dealing with a little dude in the NICU and our early attempts at altering Lu’s sleeping habits which did not go so well.

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Here’s the Bitty Baby and Me book I mentioned. It’s not actually a good story, but it’s worth having just for that “taking a rest” idea which Lu has gotten a lot more used to since I recorded this episode.

A few quick updates: Jack’s putting on great weight, Lu’s sleeping better and the wedding was great, but more on that next episode which will hopefully be on time!

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 54

pop poppa nap cast logoThe Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 54 promotes smoothy consumption, interacting with humans you are not related to and  the benefits of regular work. Meanwhile, Caillou continues to rule my kid’s brain.

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Above you can see the delight that is the giant Mr. Potato Head.

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And here’s the Hot Wheels ramp I was talking about. It’s called Hot Wheels Mega Jump Track Set. I’m stoked to get my cars here and show her the whole set-up.gamera

If you’re unfamiliar with Gamera, this is him. Or is it a her? I have no idea. It’s a flying turtle. I’ll have post called Daddy Daughter Movie Mania up with a specifica review about this and the 60s Batman movie.

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 53

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 53 runs down our recent trip to the playground, the end of car troubles and the million and one things that have been making me crazy lately. Fun stuff!

Not much in the way of notes this time around, just me talking about myself.

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 51

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The 51st episode of The Pop Poppa Nap Cast not only features my midnight DJ voice, but also talk of a parental visit, fixing reusable diapers and doing chores like a maniac.

You’ll probably be able to tell, but I recorded this one on the kitchen table while Lu napped and got visited by the cat several times. My apologies for that and the ridiculous number of stutters and “likes” this episode.

If you missed my 10 Big Questions About The Toy Story Mythos, check it out now.

Regarding the episode of Totally Mommy I mentioned, it’s episode #8. You can follow this link to listen to the episode and then check out the comments. The topic actually came up when a listener asked about how they can bring up gun safety with their upcoming baby’s grandparents around the 56 minute mark. Laime commented by way of saying that parents have the rights to set up whatever kind of boundaries they want, no matter how “extreme.” She said, “Andy and I have talked about the idea of not letting our kids be around a man alone who’s not Andy ever whether it’s our father-in-law, family, whatever. It’s not to say we don’t trust and love the people around us, that’s a choice that we’re discussing and we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.” She then reiterated that parents can and should set whatever boundaries they feel are best to keep their kids safe.

When I talked about this in the episode, I misremembered and thought Laime said that she and her husband were definitely following this rule of thumb, so my apologies for getting that part wrong.

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 50

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Not only are we celebrating the 50th episode of the Pop Poppa Nap Cast, but also the belated year anniversary! As such, this episode is mostly about my general anxiety as well as Lu’s new pre-school and a new parent podcast I’m digging.

While talking about the anxiety I felt while on a college visit, I erroneously said the school was Miami of Ohio. It was actually Ohio Northern.

Check out all of Elizabeth Laime’s podcasts over on TotallyLaime.com. Totally Mommy is the only parenting pod I listen to!

My most recent appearance on Matt & Brett Love Comics can be found over on their site or on iTunes.

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 48

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The 48th episode of The Pop Poppa Nap Cast recounts my experiences down at Toy Fair (sore feet and all) and our strange developments with the potty and bathtub.

Doesn’t seem like I mentioned much in the way of link-worthy notes, but I hope you still enjoy the show!

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 43

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In the 43rd episode of the Pop Poppa Nap Cast you find out the sex of our new baby, hear me talk about how different the second pregnancy is over the first and the eternal problem of finding a good boy name.

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Here’s the little guy in the flesh!

The TED Talk I mentioned in this episode was originally mentioned back on Episode 39. Follow that link to get the full video.

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Above you can see Lu’s sleeping-in-her-own-bed sticker chart.

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Here’s what the newly organized living room looked like. I feel the most like Batman when cleaning this room. I know I won’t stop the mess forever, but I can at least make a different tonight. Just like the Dark Knight when it comes to criminals.

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