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Two Reasons I Love Being a Dad

In case you can't guess the two reasons why I love being a dad - I'll give you a hint. One reason just turned 8-years old and the other is 10-years old. Whenever they ask which of them I love more (as kids sometimes do), I tell them that they're both so special and unique - that I love them differently. I give them the example that my favorite all-time dessert is Chocolate Trifle - if I could only eat one thing the rest of my life that would be it. Yet at every family dinner I have a … [Read more...]

Pregnancy Update – Week 37

Well we've successfully crossed the metaphoric "full-term" Rubicon for our baby boy. He's officially at 37 weeks gestational age, which means he can join us at anytime now. The time has passed so quickly since we discovered our pregnancy and decided to share it here. Throughout this journey we've shared developmental milestones that have been provided courtesy of BabyCenter.com. Here's one of the final posts they'll provide regarding what exactly is going on inside my wife's … [Read more...]

Sometimes it’s Personal and Not Business…

Earlier this week my co-workers and wife conspired to have a baby shower for the pending delivery of our bouncing bundle of joy, Salvatore James Constantino (TJ for short) who's due to arrive in a few short weeks. The shower occurred at my work. Hopefully, you can see from my expressions in the first three photos that I had completely bought their bogus cover story that I was to be attending a "budget meeting." This is why they don't throw baby showers for guys, I was prepared to … [Read more...]

Our Pregnancy Update – Week 34

The arrival of our new baby boy is a mere six weeks away or 42 days or approximately 1,008 hours - regardless the clock keeps ticking, while he keeps kicking. He keeps growing as well, which is a good thing but has been very tiring on my wife who is pictured here for the first time on this blog as a soon-to-be mom! Isn't she adorable? [Note: all heads must be nodding - I learned the marriage mantra early, "Happy Wife, Happy Life."] Like I said, he's still growing and here's the latest … [Read more...]

Our Pregnancy Update – Week 27

The arrival of our new baby boy is less than 13 weeks away and we're thrilled as the due day of June 19th draws closer. Junior has been so active of late that his intra-uteral gymnastics have woken my wife up in the middle of the night. We expect to see full-fledged "Alien" abdominal movements within the next week - how cool is that! We've cleared our the guest room and have set up the crib - it's one of those heavy, oak jobs where you lower the mattress as the baby grows and converts … [Read more...]

Our Pregnancy Update – Week 23

This week marks our family's 23rd week of pregnancy with our third child - Junior Constantino. We're consciously making it a family event to ensure our two daughters are fully engaged in the entire experience. A few weeks back we found out the gender of our newest addition to the family - and the girls continue to be thrilled! My wife went in for an unltra-sound this morning and everything seems fine, normal with no complications - God is good. When we first found out that we were pregnant … [Read more...]

We’ve Learned the Sex of Our Baby…

For my wife and I, parenting is the  most important job we have in this life. Meeting the basic physical needs of our kids is merely the "table stakes" of good parenting, we seek to do more than that by also meeting (and exceeding) their emotional, creative, intellectual and spiritual needs as well. We're not perfect parents by any stretch, but we are proactively and lovingly engaged in every aspect of their lives as we nurture them toward maturity. One of the lessons that we … [Read more...]

Reader Favorites of 2011 – #1: Another Glorious Mouth…

For the past several days, I’ve been sharing the 10 most popular posts as determined by readers of this blog. Here’s the single most popular post from The Daily Retort for 2011 that deals with a seismic change to our family and was originally posted in November. … [Read more...]

Another Glorious Mouth to Feed….

Over the past Thanksgiving  holiday, we tried to see as many members of our family as we could to share some BIG news! Apparently, my wife and I (mostly my wife) are pregnant with our third child - affectionately known as Junior Constantino or Junior "C" for short [see ultrasound photo insert taken at week 9]. As of today, 11/29/2012, the baby is 11 weeks old with a due date of June 19th, 2012. My wife and I are absolutely THRILLED at the prospect of re-parenting. Ironically, one of … [Read more...]