How I Stay-at-Home Dad | Year One: A to Z

Devlin is turning a year in a few weeks. I thought it would a good time to look back at the first year and my life as a stay-at-home Dad. Over the next month, I will look back at becoming a stay-at-home dad, working for your wife, and our day-to-day routine.

But first, an overview.

The following post came as a suggestion from a Twitter friend after I made a joke about becoming a mommy blogger. I don’t plan on giving up on gaming posts quite yet. However, there is probably good money on the daddy blogger side of things.

Stay-at-Home Dad: A to Z

A is for Amazon: Oh, how I love Amazon. Subscribe & Save could be my favorite thing on the internet. Yes, there is some management involved, but it saves me leaving the house, I don’t overspend, and we have just only what we need. Additionally, any Amazon link in this post is an affiliate link. Thanks for your support.

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B is for Baby-wearing: Since the moment he was old enough, Devlin has slept on me. We started in a Boba. Now, he naps in the Lille Baby. He can sleep on his own, but he gets deep sleep this way. Whatever works, right?

C is for Chatbooks: To make documenting his first year simple, we have been using Chatbooks. Their App makes it simple to select the photos we want, order a book, and have it sent directly to the house.  We have been making a book for every three weeks of his life (we take a lot of pictures) and making notes beside each photo. It is a great alternative to scrapbooking or complicated photo books. If you want to try them out, get your first book of a series free, and help us out with a $5 credit for the referral, you can click here all the information.

D is for Devlin: Because, without the kid, there is no list.

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Twitter Minimalism

I came back to Twitter earlier than planned. 29 days felt long enough to be away.  The people I follow are friends, peers, and mentors who I enjoy and I there was no good reason to be absent for another eleven days. However, while I was gone, I realized the platform and its features were the issue for me, not the people. I needed to make some changes before diving back into my timeline.

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Twitter minimalism was the way for me to move forward.

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Lazy Sunday Morning Links Vol. 14

Welcome to the first Sunday Morning Links of 2018 made possible by Kyla kicking me out of the house on Saturday afternoon.

See, I don’t leave the house much anymore. I spend most of my time with Devlin. Which is awesome and I love it, however, it means I rarely take a moment for myself outside of 5 AM hour and the 8 PM hour.

Here are some of the things I’ve like during the quiet moments:

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Eyes and Ears

Music: Common Ground by Above & Beyond – I fell in love with A&B during our first trip to Europe in 2015. I slept from Toronto to London listening to their last release, We Are All We Need, on repeat. Their new release, Common Ground is a great straight-through listen. My personal favorite on the fifth track, Sahara Love.

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The Lent Rules

The Lent Rules are now in effect for me. This means strict guidelines for how I use Twitter. For the next 40 days, I am basically a ghost, haunting my timeline.

Last year, I attempted to give it up cold turkey. It didn’t work out very well as I never factored in how I would manage work responsibilities. I can not give up Twitter completely since I still manage Kyla‘s presence on the platform but I absolutely can limit what I see by using Tweetdeck and muting words.

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Thanks for your patience

Making time to write has been difficult recently.

My ideas are jumbled.
The routine is affecting my thoughts.
But, I know this will pass, and words will return.

Good things to come. Thanks for your patience.

There for the taking: An attempt at the #2017FlipChallenge

When I found out about Gary Vaynerchuk‘s 2017FlipChallenge, it was late March. The challenge is simple. Take the stuff laying around your house/condo/apartment and sell it with the target of earning $20,170 for the year. Fairly straightforward. But, I will let Gary Vee lay it all out for you.

I was excited to start. Ready to find and post all the items I could. But, I ran into one little roadblock – I had already given away, donated, recycled,  or thrown out hundreds of things in the months leading up to the discovery of the 2017FlipChallenge.

I had to get creative, tweak some rules, and see how much I could make in a little over eight months.

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More doesn’t mean better: Allied Races & Warcraft Minimalism

Allied Races are on their way. With each build, the PTR gives us more information about their story, their perks, and everything else they entail. By the looks of things, the pre-order for the expansion at the end of January is not out of the question. This puts me in a bit of a bind.

My last update to the Warcraft Minimalism project was back in April. (Where has the year gone?) At that time, I was planning to hunt for a new guild and become a main only player. Two weeks after the post published, Devlin was born and the search for a guild placed on permanent hiatus.

Minimizing my character load did make it easy to level up my alts and get all of the class mounts over the summer. But, it has left me it an unexpected position. With Allied Races joining the fight soon, how do they fit within the parameters I set for myself?

Let’s figure this out…

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Battle for Azeroth predictions, speculations, and where I stand

Talk of the next Warcraft expansion began in the summer, even before the launch of Tomb of Sargeras. Recently, it has taken on a life of its own post-BlizzCon and with the recent information found on Allied Races on the 7.3.5 PTR. I have been making some wild claims on Twitter since early July regarding the new expansion. The time has finally come to centralize those thoughts (and tweets) to see where I stand.

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Lazy Sunday Morning Links Vol. 13

Far too long between round-ups, but here we are. Two months since the last Sunday Morning Links.  I knew an infant would mess with my schedule but not to this extent. Fun Fact: It took 9 hours for me to complete my Travel post on Friday.

Now… To Links!

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Eyes and Ears

Podcast: The Couragecast from Andrea Crisp | Episode 10 features my boss, and wife, Kyla Roma. Kyla speaks on how she has adapted to life with GAD, Depression, and Bi-polar II all while building a business that supports our family and lifestyle. I am so proud of her strength, resilience, and heart.

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Experiences not things; Minimalist Travel Packing (Plus Blizzcon Tips)

I first adopted Minimalist Travel techniques while working as a sales rep for Staples. My role had me traveling at least once a month by plane to either Toronto or Thunder Bay. Since time is money, the less time spent at the airport, the better. Waiting for baggage was a waste of time. This is how I first started traveling carry-on only.

While carry-on worked for business, it took me a few more years to adopt it for personal travel. After a trip to Boston in 2014, where we almost couldn’t get home due to the amount of stuff we had, I realized I never wanted to be a slave to my bags again. For the three week trip Kyla and I took to Europe the following year, we scrutinized every last thing we packed and made carry-on only work. Seven trips later, we still  haven’t checked a bag.  This includes our trip most recent trip in August to Ontario with Devlin.

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