Sunday, December 17, 2017

Does A Baby Make Me Happy?

Posted by theboat On December 17, 2017 6 comments
I've written a lot about the costs, stress increases, etc. associated with having a baby. I haven't really written much about the positives. I don't know how to do that well, but I attempt it here. How does a baby affect your happiness?

baby happiness

Friday, December 1, 2017

How Does The Baby Affect Stress?

Posted by theboat On December 01, 2017 36 comments
Having a baby changes your life. Everyone knows this. What I haven't really seen though is a really accurate picture of how it affects your stress level. I probably can't provide that picture either for many reasons, but here is my attempt at capturing some obvious and some non-obvious ways that a baby affects our stress levels.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Putting A Car Seat In A Sports Car

Posted by theboat On November 26, 2017 84 comments
I drive a Subaru BRZ. For anyone unfamiliar, this is a very small, 2-door sports car. Is it possible to use with a car seat?

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Babyproofing A Tile Floor

Posted by theboat On November 11, 2017 36 comments
I was really stressed about having a baby in a house with all tile floors. In this post I walk through how we babyproofed and how successful it was.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Travelling With A Toddler

Posted by theboat On November 04, 2017 15 comments
How does a toddler affect travel? We've stayed in seven different hotels in the past three months with a toddler, and I learned a few things that I didn't expect.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Daycare Costs Go Down Over Time

Posted by theboat On September 24, 2017 8 comments
Something I wasn't aware of with daycare was a pleasant surprise...the costs go down as the baby ages.

cost of daycare goes down over time

Sunday, September 17, 2017

How Does The Baby Affect Grocery Spending?

Posted by theboat On September 17, 2017 16 comments
I'd guessed that we'd spend more at the grocery store with a baby since he has to eat, wear diapers, etc. I've broken down exactly how much our spending has changed.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

My exercise habits definitely changed with a baby, and they've continued to change as he's gotten older...

exercise after a baby

Friday, August 18, 2017

I generally cook most of the family's non-breakfast meals on Sunday afternoons and have done this for a while. Now that we have a toddler, this means I have to cook things that all of us will eat and that can be difficult since I'm picky, my wife is Indonesian, and our toddler is a toddler. Below I've laid out a few simple recipes that have worked well for us.
calories and nutritional info for taco meat and salsa recipe

Friday, August 11, 2017

Feet And Leg Swelling During Pregnancy

Posted by theboat On August 11, 2017 11 comments
The baby had a huge effect on my wife's feet and legs during her pregnancy. How bad was it, how did we reduce the swelling (also called edema), and how is she now?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Is it possible to maintain a video game habit with a full-time job, a baby, and other hobbies? This is my post looking back on this after 21 months of life with a baby.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

My wife has tiny fingers (ring finger ring size of 2 3/4 before pregnancy) and was worried about not being able to wear ring anymore. Did the baby have an effect?

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Mother's Weight - 16 Month Update

Posted by theboat On March 04, 2017 6 comments
Mother's Weight

Has his mother been able to keep her weight off?