Photo Diary: Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

For more on Jack’s birth check out The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 55, which was recorded later on the 7th.


The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 55

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 55 might be the shortest episode yet, but that’s because we had a crazy week that ended with labor and began with a brand new baby boy! I recorded this on his birthday, April 7, since then he’s gotten bigger, is breathing better and Em’s been released from the hospital!

baby jack Here he is on day one, he looks even more solid today!

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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.

Hot Wheels Mega Jump Track Set

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 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 49

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 49 covers a pretty busy week, a really productive weekend and my thoughts on the passing of the legendary Harold Ramis.

If you haven’t seen Harold Ramis flicks like Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Animal House, Stripes, National Lampoon’s Vacation or Stripes, you should do that immediately. Head on over to to check out my 2009 interview with the man.

I’m not sure how well I described the fabric bookshelves I was talking about, but my wife was rad enough to send along the Penny Carnival link so you can all check it out. mysterious tadpole

The book I couldn’t remember the title of is the excellent Mysterious Tadpole by Steven Kellogg.

The gender episode I mentioned was #39 if you were curious. kidswitch

The Pop Poppa Seal Of Approval goes to the Kid Switch extender. If it sounds like something you’re looking for check out their website.

As of this posting, my latest appearance on Matt & Brett Love Comics hasn’t gone up (

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 47

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 47 is all about our recent vacation in Walt Disney World. This one’s got detailed information about the Grand Floridian Vacation Club Villa tubs, the super long wait to see the princesses from Frozen and digging out after we got back.

The Disney Jr. character breakfast I mentioned in Hollywood Studios is at the restaurant Hollywood & Vine.

I still haven’t had a chance to download all the pictures off of our camera because of space issues, but you’ll see them as I get caught up on Photo Diaries.

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 44

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If you were looking for updates on my car problems, our house hunt and baby movement, then the 44th episode of The Pop Poppa Nap Cast is for you!

The Colosseum is in Salem, NH. Go there. It’s fantastic.

If my story about a bad job interview that I was completely unqualified for didn’t bore you to tears, you can hear me talk about another weird interview, plus my career at Wizard in the episode of Matt & Brett Love Comics I was on.

You can either scroll down to check out my Despicable Me 2 review below or click this link.

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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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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 42

pop poppa nap cast logoThe 42nd episode of the Pop Poppa Nap Cast looks back on 2013 and ahead to 2014. Hopefully it’s not as boring as that sentence.

I looked back and I actually started Toying Around back in 2012. But I kept it going strong in 2013 and on into the new year.

I miss you Sequential Swap.

I wrote more fully about my struggles with enjoying “reality TV” over on UnitedMonkee several months back.

To check out my review of Frozen you can either scroll down to the previous post or click this link.

Here’s my reviews Monsters University and Iron Man 3, Man Of Steel, Raiders!, Son Of Rambow and The Shining.

I wrote about  my favorite new albums of the year here and my favorite newly discovered instrumental albums here.

If you’re interested in checking out either Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge: Only a Poor Old Man (wow, this one shot up in price, maybe I should sell my copy…) or The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, follow those links to Amazon.

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Pregnant Pauses: Wedding Drink Trickery

As I mentioned in my last Pregnant Pauses post (that’s fun to say out loud), my wife and I found out she was pregnant the weekend we went to New England for her cousin’s wedding. Not wanting to tell too many people right away, we kept the news a secret from everyone but parents. I think we wound up waiting until the two month mark to actually let the rest of our family and friends know.

Anyway, I know it was hard for the inlaws to not say anything at the wedding, but we all kept our lips zipped and no one caught on. “How?” You ask especially considering the most obvious indicator that a woman is pregnant at a wedding or party is the lack of an alcoholic drink, right? (Assuming she drinks, of course). It’s like holding up a big sign that only other women can read that flashes “KNOCKED UP” in foot-tall glowing neon red letters. Before the wedding my wife and I confabbed. She told me that she would ask for a Cosmo when I went to the bar, but that meant she really just wanted cranberry juice. When I went to the bar, I made sure that none of the immediate family members were around, I’d order my drink and then a cranberry juice and the casually stroll back with the cocktails (or one cocktail and a mocktail). I felt like James Bond! And the best part? It worked! My wife’s not a big drinker anyway, so no one figured it out.

So, that’s one way to keep your pregnancy on the down low at a wedding if that’s what you’re looking to do. With a few tweaks, you could use this trick at parties too, just make sure you’re pouring your own drinks and people probably won’t notice. If they do, throw your drink in their face and run away.

Pregnant Pauses: Telling Our Parents

Welcome to what will hopefully be the first in a series of posts called Pregnant Pauses where I’ll step away from the day to day of being a work-from-home dad and tell a few tales about those nine months leading up to actually becoming a dad. When the missus pointed out last weekend that we were coming up on the year anniversary of us finding out she was pregnant, I thought it would be fun to relate the story of how we told our parents. We had actually found out the morning we planned to leave for New Hampshire to visit her parents to celebrate her dad’s birthday and go to a family wedding.

My father in law had asked for some family tree research for his birthday, so my wife signed up for one of those websites and found a bunch of things out. She decided to make a family tree using different scrapbook paper. She also had a flash of brilliance and decided to put “Baby Girl Dietsch, 2011” at the bottom between our names. I fully agreed with this incredibly clever way of telling her parents we were expecting. We were both pretty nervous during the four hour drive to the Hampsh. My wife had called and told her dad that it would be in his best interest to be awake when we got there (he usually goes to bed pretty early and we weren’t getting in until 11 or so).

When we got there we were tired and nervous and excited. My wife practically threw the wrapped family tree at her dad. He opened it carefully and was impressed. At the same time, my mother in law was mixing mojitos in a blender. The noise didn’t help with the nervousness and my wife asked her to stop. She finished the drinks and handed one to each of us. My wife casually held hers, while I took s a few long, much needed drags. We stared at her dad as his eyes moved from name to name, expecting a huge smile or a look of shock to spread across his face. Instead, nothing but a pleased smile. He was just about to hand it off to his wife when my wife suggested he look at the bottom. That’s when the surprise hit and he said something along the lines of “You’re pregnant?” That was followed by lots of hugs and whatnot. At the wedding we were all on the same page, but had sworn her parents to secrecy so we didn’t mention a thing. There’s a story in there for another time I’ll get to shortly.

The first picture of us after finding out my wife was pregnant, with her parents at a family wedding.

But then we had to figure out how to tell MY parents. As it happened, we had planned for them to visit the next weekend or possibly the one after that. It’s a nine hour drive from where they live in Ohio to where we live in New York. I spent that whole day kind of anxious. We were only telling our parents and not anyone else at this point because a lot can happen in the early weeks/months and God forbid something happened, we didn’t want to have to tell everyone. When they called to tell me they got a late start, I apparently sounded perturbed. I was trying to keep cool, but I guess that wasn’t happening!

I don’t remember if my wife or I came up with the idea (probably her, she’s crazy smart), but as a way to tell my parents we decided to get a baby life jacket and give it to them saying we had seen it at the store and thought of them. My parents have a cottage on a lake in Michigan which has been a big part of our lives for years, so it seemed like a great way to tell them the good news. They finally got to New York and my wife finally got home from work. This time I was the one who practically threw the present at them. They were pleasantly surprised that we had thought of them, but had no idea what was inside.

Lucy unsure of her lifejacket. At Devil's Lake 2011.

As you can see, it’s not necesarily the most obvious of products. When they opened the bag they had no idea what it was. Sure, they knew it was a life jacket, but the first thing my dad asked is if it was for the cat. I couldn’t believe that neither set of parents got our gags right away. We weren’t trying to be THAT clever. As I was smiling and saying a leading “Nooooo” my mom screamed “You’re having a baby?!” I’m not talking about just a polite yelp here, but a full-on scream. It was so loud that I was worried the neighbors would think we were taking lives instead of talking about new ones.

Of course, all the parents–now grandparents–were very excited and have been great during the whole process, helping us out whenever we needed anything. The closest we came to being clever about telling anyone else about the new bundle of joy didn’t come for a few weeks at a friend’s birthday party, but that will be a story for another day.