Steve Grunwell

Open-source contributor, speaker, and coffee snob

Category: Family

Koala Care baby changing station

Why Can’t I Change My Daughter’s Diaper?

This past weekend, my wife, her mother, and I took my daughter, Emily, to the far-off land of Indiana to meet some of her maternal relatives who have yet to be graced by her presence. Some are elderly and have difficulty with travel, while others have large families of their own making lodging a logistical nightmare. Regardless, this post isn’t about why we were traveling, just that we had a 4.5 hour drive with an infant just north of 7 months old.

Shit happens, and – in this case – literally.

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A Pacifying Plush Puppy

As you may have heard, my wife and I had our first child, Emily, one month ago today. The last month has been full of ups and downs, sleepless nights and unthinkable joy. The diapers and spit up are manageable, but the sleep has been the hardest.

Imagine this: you’re holding your newborn in your arms, gently patting her back until she drifts off to sleep. After ten or twenty minutes, she finally dozes off, and you slowly creep over to her crib to put her down. As soon as her head touches the mattress, she stirs, letting out a howl. Quickly, you reach for the pacifier to try to soothe this beast whom with cannot be reasoned, and the peaceful bliss of infant slumber resumes. You stumble back to the plush nursery armchair, hopeful to get at least a few minutes of peace before you head off to bed, when the gentle suckling of the pacifier stops; you brace yourself for what comes next: the blood-curdling scream of the child when she realizes the pacifier has fallen out of her mouth.

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Emily

Last evening, my wife gave birth to our beautiful, healthy baby girl, Emily.

I want to thank our friends and family for all the support we’ve received and my wife Kim for giving me this opportunity to embark on this adventure.

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Arriving September 2015

…and then there were four

The Grunwell family is growing in September 2015!

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Be excellent to each other.