Open Letter – Hannah Rose, Where are You??

Dear Hannah Banana,

Today is January 7th and we are only a few days from your due date. What can I say? You seemed like you wanted to show us your beautiful face a month ago and we were so excited! When the doctor told mommy that she was already 2 cm dilated and 50% effaced, not to mention the doctor also said you would be here early we were so excited and told anybody that would listen! Grandma, Papa and Nana all booked their flights to come see you because they knew you were coming soon. The following week the doctor said mommy was 3 cm and 70% effaced and we kept thinking you were going to be a Christmas baby. Grandma was getting worried because she was going to have to change her flight to be here to meet you. Christmas passed and everyone was saying how you were going to be the first baby of the New Year! We went to a party with some great friends, we even packed the car with all of our stuff for the hospital because we figured it was going to happen that night, being so far away from the hospital!

Needless to say no Christmas baby and no New Years baby, but guess what Hannah we are still very excited to meet you! I know you know that because I tell you every night. We tap each other through mommy’s belly, it’s like we are already having little wrestling matches. I love every second of it, but I am not going to lie I want to see that face, I want to hear you cry, I want to hold you and I want to protect you. I hope that you realize as you grow up every thing I do will be to make you be a strong woman.

Oh before I go, I have to tell you that of everyone that can’t wait to meet you, your brother Jacob is ready! He is going to be an amazing big brother to you. He also hugs and kisses you every night, I have a feeling he is going to protect you more than I will. Whenever mommy and daddy ask Jacob who he loves you are always on the top of the list! Not bad for a 4 year old who blacks out on Despicable Me and Cars. Jacob tells daddy that he can’t wait to play with his baby sister, but I have to explain that he is going to have to wait until you get stronger. Don’t be surprised if Jacob gets mad at you for stealing a little attention from him, he has been an only child for 4 and a half years and he is going to have to adjust. I promise you that he will always love you though.

Hannah, we’re ready. In the end it’s up to you as to when you are going to join our family, but please realize that 9 months is a long time to wait for your beautiful daughter. You will understand this one day (just not too soon!!!). Until I meet you I will continue dreaming about you. I haven’t even met you yet, but you have my heart. See you soon Hannah Banana!


Daddy XOXO

P.S. I hope you like your changing table!!!


Master Sergeant Returns from Deployment Early and Surprises Son on Football Field Dressed as Opposing Team!


This video was produced by the United States Air Force and Spangdahlem Air Base.

Master Sergeant Joseph Martel recently returned home from deployment and wanted to surprise his son!

Wow! What a beautiful moment on the 50-Yard Line of a football field. His son, practically a grown man himself, broke down in tears and understandably so. This has to be one of the best military surprise return home around.

Master Sergeant Joseph Martel served overseas in Afghanistan with the United States Air Force. Thank you for your service Master Sergeant Martel and thanks for letting us share in your very special moment!

These videos get me every time! If they don’t get you I am not sure we should know each other. I cried instantly once the father took off his helmet. We need to be more mindful when we are complaining about our problems because there is always someone who has it worse. The son lived everyday not knowing if he will get news that his father was killed in Afghanistan protecting our rights while we sit here and complain about our iPhone being slow or our order at Applebees being incorrect.

Take the time this holiday season to think of those that have family members that are deployed and serving our great country! If you are truly moved you can check out Adopt a US Solider to find ways to can support our troops that are deployed.

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Baby Deba Alert…Could We Have a Christmas Baby?


Wow, feelings like it has been a while since I have written about Hannah. The last time I wrote about her was “Birth Class and Getting Ready” and that was pretty short. I don’t even know where to start to be honest.

No big deal, met TJ Duckett in Indianapolis

No big deal, met TJ Duckett in Indianapolis

We’ll start with how awesome Kate has been the last few weeks. First of all let’s talk about the surprise she gave me last weekend. Knowing that myself and some friends do a football trip each year, she over heard me telling my friends that I was not going to go this year due to Hannah and the chance that I wouldn’t have a job. So of course Kate decided to start scheming and planned for me to go with my friends to Indianapolis for the B1G 10 Championship between Michigan St and Ohio St. She really pushed me to go and I’m glad she did because it was a blast!

Kate has been a trooper when it comes to carrying Hannah. Not only is she working full time as a teacher until she goes into labor, but she is coaching two basketball teams during the week and tutoring on Sunday. This chick is amazing and we (Jacob, Hannah and I) are lucky to have her! Everyone talks about how much their wife, finace or girlfriend’s complained about the pregnancy, but Kate has been amazing. Yeah, I get the “I’m tired” a lot and she goes to bed by like 9:00 pm and once in a while she talks about her back hurting, but it really hasn’t phased me at all! Just try to be supportive and know that I am going to have to get a thick skin for when she goes into labor because I think that is when it is all going to come out!

New Year Baby?

New Year Baby?

So when is Hannah going to get here? Since I found out the due date (Jan 12) I have been saying that December 29 is going to be the date and the information that we got last week, I could be correct! Last week Kate had her weekly check-up and we found out that she is 2 cm dilated, 50% effaced and in the -2 position. The short of the short is that the doctor doesn’t believe she is going the full 40 weeks. Tomorrow Kate has the next weekly check-up so we will find out if she has dilated, effaced or dropped anymore. Again, the way that this kid moves around I still think she is trying to claw her way out. I don’t know if we are going to get a Christmas baby, but I am pretty sure we are going to be celebrating the New Year with Hannah in our arms! I hope this is the case because our entire family is ready to meet her as soon as possible.

With that being said, you are all probably asking…”so are you guys ready?” Well the apartment is about as ready as it is ever going to be and we have all of the things we need so yeah I would say that we are good to go!

P.S. I know that everyone is asking for some belly shots, but I am getting shut down. So you’ll have to settle for baby pictures when she gets here!

Baby Deba Update – Birth Class and Getting Ready

Yeah, I know that Hannah is her name as announced by Jacob a couple weeks ago, but I love calling her Baby Deba and will continue to do so until she arrives.

The week before Thanksgiving Kate and I finished up our three night birth class and you know what it was how can I say, very interesting. The first night we had to introduce ourselves to the group and give some information about due dates, hobbies etc. Kate and I were first so I introduced myself and then did Kate. We took turns answering what we were asked to, not thinking anything of it. Everyone else took their turns and  we moved on to the next section. I’ll fast forward to after the class when we were in the car, I turned to Kate and said “Is it just me or was it weird that none of the other mothers spoke during the introductions?” and Kate agreed and said she would have been irritated if I didn’t let her have a voice. I know that this has nothing to do with the baby, but it was an interesting observation.

laborSo back to the class, got to watch a lovely video of the stages of labor and low and behold we were lucky enough to see it all! Yup, full on shot and to be honest it wasn’t as bad as I thought. Kate and I were cracking up the whole time, not because we were being immature, but because of the way some of the other dads to be reacted. I’m sure you can imagine some of the reactions.

During the second class we watched another video about birth and went through the breathing exercises that they recommended. I realized then that helping Kate is going to be hard cause she kept laughing at me when I was helping her breathe and supporting her. The third class was more of the same, but overall it was a really helpful class for me. I learned a lot of great ways to support Kate and helped me realize that I am going to take a beating from Kate (love you baby).

The class got our butts into gear and we started packing the hospital bag and we got the crib set-up in our room. We also separated Baby Deba’s clothes by size and season so that we have less to do when she is home. We even picked out her coming home outfit and if you click HERE you won’t be able to see that outfit (sorry, I had to)! You’ll just have to wait until we take pictures leaving the hospital.

I think the hardest part about the whole birth is going to be finding some where for Jacob to go because depending on the time of day and what day it is, different people are available. I feel like we have to have a color coded calendar or something.

The good news is I know that we will figure it out because we always do.

P.S. Here are a couple of the hand made onesies the Turdburglar girls made for Baby Deba…

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Aaron Rodgers Injury Update – No Not That One…

(Scott Cooper-Williams/Press-Gazette Media)

(Scott Cooper-Williams/Press-Gazette Media)

This baby was born with a broken left-clavicle, the same clavicle that Aaron Rodgers #12 for the Green Bay Packers fractured three weeks ago against the Chicago Bears. Being huge Packers fans the couple did what any big Packers fan would do, name him “Aaron Rodger”. I would have done the same thing only probably is Hannah is a girl so it would have had to been spelled Erin and I don’t know if Rodger would be a good girls middle name. So the best we can do is make her a big Packers fan. By the way, how lucky is this kid? Born about two and a half miles from Lambeau Field, so one of the first sights the baby saw after leaving the hospital was Lambeau Field. Lucky kid! It took me 24 years to get to see Lambeau!

The Green Bay Press-Gazette tells the entire story.

And while the youngster still has to do some healing — and growing — before he is ready for some football, his parents already suspect the little guy will someday follow his namesake quarterback Aaron Rodgers onto the gridiron.

“He’ll be taking snaps,” his father, Kyle Dryer, said Tuesday as the family returned from the hospital and settled into their home on Green Bay’s west side.

Baby Aaron was born at 12:20 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay. He was a couple of weeks early, and his parents had not really settled on a name yet.

But when the nurses discovered the broken left collarbone — on the same side as the quarterback’s injury — the parents did not need long to choose a name. Kyle was the first to suggest it.

“I said, ‘That’s not a bad name,’” recalled the baby’s mother, Kristal Tyczkowski. “That’s when we knew.”

They dropped the “s” from Rodgers because they thought Rodger sounded better as a middle name.



Parent Arrested for Picking Up Children at School…What is Happening Out There?

via Yahoo

A Tennessee father of two found himself under arrest after attempting a school pickup on foot last week. The school policy is to wait in the car. “It’s ridiculous,” Jim Howe, a professional drag racer, tells Yahoo Shine, adding that he is “absolutely considering” legal action against the school. 

Howe uploaded a YouTube video of his confrontation with South Cumberland Elementary School resource officer Avery Aytes, who’s also a sheriff’s deputy, Saturday. The clip has since been viewed nearly 119,000 times. 

In the video, shot by Howe’s girlfriend, the 40-year-old dad is shown calmly debating the lack of safety in the new pickup policy and calling the sheriff to discuss the policy. The policy dictates that parents must wait in their cars in a line that can stretch to a mile long alongside a major highway, according to Howe. He adds that while students can get parental permission to walk along the highway to their parents’ cars, parents are no longer permitted to park and go into the school to get their kids.

“I didn’t intend to make a scene. But this is not about the policy,” explains Howe, whose 8-year-old and a 14-year-old attend the school in Crossville, Tennessee. “It’s about stripping parental rights away. You go in to get your kids, you should be able to get your kids.” 

Neither the school nor Cumberland County Sheriff Butch Burgess returned calls for comment fromYahoo Shine. 

In the video, before his arrest on a disorderly conduct charge, we see Howe telling Aytes, “They’re walking with me when school is dismissed, per state law.”

“No they’re not,” an agitated Aytes says.

Howe tells him, “Yes they are. You’re barking up the wrong tree,” to which Aytes responds that Howe is headed to county jail. “That’s fine, I’ve been there before,” Howe says.

Howe tells Yahoo Shine that while he’s never been convicted of a crime, he has been to jail because “sometimes things happen you can’t control.” 

Howe spoke to Shine while waiting in his car at school pickup, saying that he’ll follow the policy for the time being. “In [the school’s] defense, today they moved traffic off the road and into an overflow parking lot.” His court date is set for Dec. 2.

Wow, are you kidding me? There is no way in hell that something like this should happen. What if the parents don’t own a car and take a bus to pick up their children? I understand that they don’t want a bunch of adults walking the halls of the school, but there has to be a better policy than wait in your car and your children will be out. This father was a lot more calm than I would have been. To get arrested for picking up your children at school is ludicrous! If the father is on the list for allowable pick-ups then the children should be released. (barring being drunk or on drugs…can a school deny you your children for those reasons? Does anyone know this?”) I loved that he said “That’s ok, I’ve been there before” when to officer told him that he was going to jail.

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Video: BABY DEBA NAME ALERT!!! Jacob Shares the Secret!!!

Here are some examples of the Christmas stockings

Here are some examples of the Christmas stockings

Last week Kate asked me where we were on the name. At this point we had two different names that we really, really liked. We’ve been going back and forth for the last two months with these names, but when Kate asked that question I think we both knew what the name was. The reason she wanted to make a decision quickly is her friend is selling hand knit Christmas stockings for the Jason Vest Memorial Scholarship and Kate wanted to support the cause.

So back to the name situation, one of the names we were considering was Alyssa and it was our last addition to the list (a 2 name list). When Kate asked the question that night we realized that we were already using one name when at home and talking about Baby Deba. It was the name I would always use when talking to Baby Deba. Why would we change it? So that was the reasoning behind our decision.

I know a lot of you are wondering why we decided to share the name when we had always said we were going to wait until she was born. Well, I think our biggest worry was that we wanted to make the decision and be happy with it before telling people because we didn’t want anyone talking us out of the name. There are a lot of people that will make suggestions to couples choosing names, but when you officially make a decision less people will say “ugh I hate that name” or “I know a girl who had that name, didn’t like her”.

Well I know that all of you are like ok, be quiet and just share the name already, but if you want to know it you have to watch the video because Jacob wanted to tell everyone! Enjoy 🙂

P.S. Birthing classes end tomorrow night so expect something on those classes soon.

47 Days til Xmas – Christmas Season Song of the Week

There are rumors out there that we could see some snow showers next Wednesday here in Maryland, so on that note let’s see what this week’s Christmas song is…

Let It Snow by Boyz II Men

P.S. I have already seen some houses with Christmas lights and trees up…Lovin it!

Baby Deba Alert – Birthing Classes Are Coming and Other Great Things

So we are heading out to birthing classes tomorrow night to get ready for our quickly approaching baby girl. We will be taking part in three classes of two hours each on Thursday nights. Although I know that Kate has been through this already, I know this is a good thing for me. I want to make sure I am as functional as possible during the delivery and not just in the way. I want make sure that I am helpful so that Kate’s experience is better than the first time. I’ll report back on what I hear during the first class Thursday night.

Today we went to a appointment for Kate, well actually I started off as being there, but since they took forever to see Kate I had to leave to head to my meeting. I know that there wasn’t a lot going on in that appointment, a few questions and hearing the heart beat, but I was still sad to miss it. The good/bad news is that starting now we have an appointment every two weeks, so I will be able to make today up.

While we were sitting in the room waiting for the doctor, I told Kate I was a little sad that we aren’t having anymore ultra sounds because I didn’t know if I could wait another 9 weeks and 4 days to see her beautiful face. Yeah I said it 9 weeks! Are you serious? We are in the single digits! To be honest I don’t think that it is going to be soon enough for Kate! I feel bad for her because the back is hurting everyday and there is not too much I can do about it. She is doing a great job and know that she is going to make it.

For those of you that don’t know Kate loves basketball and is pretty great at it and although she can’t play at the moment she is getting her fix by coaching a varsity girls team, oh and a middle school team. It’s pretty unbelievable all that she does, she is very strong and shows me this more every day. I hope that when the time comes I can be as strong as her when she needs me the most.

P.S. Why are these not in Baby Girl’s closet yet? #doyouevenxmasbro

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Baby Deba Time! Working on 10 weeks

I can’t believe that at this time next week I will be saying that we are under 10 weeks left until our beautiful baby girl is expected to come! Today we are sitting on 10 weeks and 4 days and although that seems like an eternity, I can definitely say that it’s going to be here so quickly. Every day that passes seems to go quicker, well for me at least because I can’t speak for Kate! I know that her back is beginning to hurt a little more now and that she is not getting full nights rest anymore. To be honest I am not really getting full night’s rest either. I am not sure if its due to the baby coming or my unemployment situation, but either way I have had a hard time sleeping. I guess that will help for when the baby is born and needs to be tended to.

It’s becoming a real possibility that I may not have a job when baby girl comes and I would not be upset by that. It would save us money on Jacob and infant daycare and I would get to spend a ton of time with both of my children. Don’t get me wrong, I need to work and that is my number one objective, but to be honest if I don’t have a job by the time she is born, that search may take a back seat for a couple months. Is that bad? I don’t think so. I mean maybe Kate can start making triple her current salary and then I could be a stay at home dad. I’d be pretty awesome! I mean I would have the cooking and cleaning down because it would be about four months of doing it, I’d just have to add a baby and a 4 year old. Ok, that was a scary sentence.

Jacob is getting excited for his sister, he keeps saying “my sister is coming soon!”, that reminds me we still need to sign him up for big brother class. I guess that is something I will do prior to next week. Baby-Girl-Cartoon-clipart_17

So let’s talk names here. I have had people agree with the idea that we are not going to share the name with everyone until the baby is born. I have also had people that think we should share the name because if they have any issues with the name and actually say they don’t like aren’t the people that are going to be around her that often any way. Well, I see both sides and while we are still thinking we are going to keep the name a secret, I will share that we are now up to two names that we really like. We want to pick the name soon so we can get her Christmas stocking this year in case she comes for Christmas. I know what you are all thinking, even if she is here she won’t know she doesn’t have a stocking, but guess what? I love Christmas and I want her to be able to share our traditions as soon as she can!

So here is the deal, send me your name ideas either in the comment section or through Twitter @debo2pt, I would love to hear them. If there are any names that are in a bunch I will be sure to share them with everyone. ***Disclaimer: Just because you send a name in or I use the name in a post does not mean we will use it. I just want to hear your ideas***