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My Toddler’s 1st 5 K… He Just Felt Like Running!

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

2 years, 3 months.

Dear Jack,

While learning to walk really is a big deal, I feel like I never hear of any parents talking about the first time their kid runs.

I’m not referring to walking fast. I’m not talking about jogging a few steps before falling down. Instead, I mean running.

Today was the first time where your updated motor skills had the opportunity to be tested on an open course. Mommy and I took you to a huge park with virtually no physically boundaries.

You just got to wander wherever you wanted to today; you’re so not used to that. Granted, we were about 15 feet behind and/or in front of you the whole time.

Mommy and I joked that you ran your first 5 K today. Once you started running, and realized you could do it without falling and hearing us trying to stop you, you didn’t want to stop- so you didn’t.

Just like Forrest Gump.

I just didn’t know a 2 year-old could run for 20 minutes straight. It’s like you were trying to burn off all the calories from your goldfish crackers for the past week. If so, you were successful.

As one would predict, you were ready for bed early tonight. That worked out pretty conveniently since yesterday was Daylight Savings Time so technically I had to put you to bed an hour early.

You pretty much snubbed the playground for the opportunity to run the whole time. As much as you like dogs, you weren’t that fascinated by any of them you saw today. You were only semi-impressed by seeing kites for the first time.

Running made you very happy today. This seems like the perfect cure for your typical Sunday afternoon antsy-ness. Just let you run in a park until you heart is content.

Honestly, I’m nearly more excited about you running for the first time than when you learned to walk.

Walking is so last year anyway.

 

Love,

Daddy

 

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This Dad’s Fatherhood in Review: November 2011

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

One year.

Did you happen to read all 25 posts this month on The Dadabase? Just in case you missed a day or two, I’m here to make life easier for you today. Just click on the title of a post to be magically transported to the not-so-distant past.

Jack turned one year old this month and he learned to officially walk. Reoccurring themes in November included “American perceptions of manhood” and “TV shows I despise.”

This month’s titles were consumed with countdowns: Nearly 1/3 of November’s posts contained a number followed by the word “things” or “reasons” or “ways” and/or “this dad.”

Could it be that readers are more likely to click on the title and read the post if it follows that formula? Just take a look on the right side of the screen where it says “Most Popular Posts.” I’m taking a clue from the fact that everyday at least two of the most popular ones are some kind of countdown.

Before begin your time traveling adventure, remember one more thing: Mail me your family’s holiday card so I can put in on my fridge; you will be seeing my fridge frequently in weeks to come:

Nick Shell c/o The Dadabase

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Franklin, TN 37067

5 Things This Dad Won’t Publicly Admit

November 1, 2011 at 6:18 am

The Strange Thing About Flying Solo as a Dad

November 1, 2011 at 9:47 am

Rise of the Dadmobile: GM Sees Beyond Stereotypes

November 2, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Rise of the Dadmobile: The Chevy Traverse

November 3, 2011 at 11:43 pm

5 Things That Make This Dad Want to Curse

November 5, 2011 at 12:29 am

My Son Carefully Eats Baked Lay’s Potato Chips

November 6, 2011 at 4:01 pm

It’s Okay, I’ve Got a Parent Pass!

November 7, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Red Hot Chili Peppers for Babies?

November 8, 2011 at 9:38 pm

New Book: Heaven is for Real for Kids

November 9, 2011 at 10:51 pm

5 Things that are Cuter When a Baby Does Them

November 9, 2011 at 11:51 pm

The Unimaginable Thought of Losing Your Child

November 12, 2011 at 8:47 am

6 Things This Dad Got Wrong During Pregnancy

November 12, 2011 at 10:07 pm

The Stress of Getting to Church on Time with Kids

November 14, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Happy 1st Birthday to My Son, Jack-Man!

November 16, 2011 at 6:18 am

5 Reasons This Dad Despises MTV’s 16 and Pregnant

November 17, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Jack and Sophie: Baby Buddies in Crime

November 17, 2011 at 9:44 pm

8 Reasons to Raise Your Family in Nashville

November 20, 2011 at 10:01 am

How Not to Be “That Mom” or “That Dad”

November 20, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Send Me Your Family’s Holiday Cards for My Fridge

November 21, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Thankfulness for My Toddler’s Teacher, Ty

November 22, 2011 at 10:14 pm

New Book: Three Cups (Give, Save, Spend)

November 23, 2011 at 7:42 pm

5 Reasons This Dad Despises Two and a Half Men

November 24, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Losing Man Points Vs. Being a Good Dad

November 26, 2011 at 12:03 pm

4 Ways Dads Gets Their Man Cards Pulled

November 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Do Fathers Have Lower Testosterone Levels Than Non-Dads?

November 28, 2011 at 7:31 pm


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Dadabase Bonus: October 2011 in Review

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Eleven months.

In this unofficial post (I’ve already published my maximum of 25 posts this month), I am taking a moment amidst the hustle and bustle of Halloween to remember what all has gone on as Jack has turned eleven months old.

1. Our move back into our townhouse was delayed by nearly three weeks, as we discovered the ceiling of our living room had nearly caved in due to a water leak upstairs in the bathroom.

2. Jack learned to stand and walk up to ten steps on his own.

3. Jack has worked hard on adding “yes” to his vocabulary; he’s already pretty good at “no.”

4. We discovered Jack really does look like Boo the Pomeranian.

5. Jack has learned to feed himself by hand.

6. General Motors flew me up to Detroit to visit their facility; much more on that in November!

Thanks for reading The Dadabase this month.

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My Baby on Wheels Learns to Walk

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Eleven months.

Yeah, I know; that’s a pretty weird title…

My eleven month old son, Jack, is learning to walk. Up until now, he has simply been a “baby on wheels,” trampling over anything and everyone in his way. I think of how cartoons, like the Road Runner, had legs that essentially transformed into wheels once they got moving.

Jack also reminds me of a toy I had back when I was 5 (in 1986) called The Animal, a toy SUV that had tiger claws than came out of the tires when it needed to climb over a surface.

But over the past couple of weeks, Jack has been experimenting with standing and walking. He can stand on his own for close to ten seconds and can take up to six steps before he falls; not that I’m necessarily in a rush for him to gain more independence.

Of course, his further independence means my further responsibility. When I think of all the milestones of a baby’s progress, the first steps are definitely pretty high on the list. I feel like so many camera commercials capitalize on this event.

I am fascinated by the way he falls- in safe, slow-motion. It’s just funny because I know if I were falling down after walking a few steps, it would be fast and furious, possibly with a Tokyo drift. As for Jack, each time he breaks his walking stride with a fall, he’s as graceful as a cat landing on its feet.

Seeing Jack walk is almost as weird as if an animal were to start talking to me all of the sudden- it’s just that enchanting and seemingly unnatural. My “baby on wheels” can crawl and use toys to skate around the floor with, but… walk?

Baby steps, baby steps; that is what it will take- for me to finally get used to see my infant walking instead of crawling.

Passing the Mic:

How old was your child when they finally started learning to walk? What new tricks did they start doing that sort of freaked you out?

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