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Pack ‘N Play Provides Peace


I hope everyone enjoyed Memorial Day 2010.

We did.

In part, enjoyment was realized because of Liam’s evolution to sleeping flat on his back, not just in the bouncy-and sleeping well. We don’t know why, but he has really taken to his Pack ‘N Play. The sleep is allowing for a few more smiles like the one to the right.

This might be the first documented smile.

Outside of making Liam happy the P ‘N P is easy to move, set-up, tear down and looks pretty sweet too. Way to go Graco.

Liam lounging in the P 'N P

THINGS UNSAID PROJECT POSTS LETTERS: The project has posted its first two letters. This gives a little preview of what this project brings to the table: emotions, probably relief, expression, something unsaid. How will you participate?

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Military Draft Dodging


First and foremost, I am truly grateful to the United States Military. The job the men and women of our armed forces have done for decades and centuries is so impressive it is difficult to put my arms around. I am in awe.

But I can’t imagine being drafted and forced to enter that line of work.

But for years it happened. It still happens all over the world. Having a son provides a deeper perspective on the issue. Which brings me to the story of Cleveland Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo.

As a native South Korean he is required to serve two years in the South Korean Army between the ages of 18 and 30. He’s 28. Suffice to say, he hasn’t fulfilled that duty and his options are many.

What would you do?

LETTER WRITING: The Things Unsaid Project is gaining steam. Help the locomotive continue by printing a project poster and placing it at your place of work, the library, coffee shop, school, etc. Download the PDF here.

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Liam And ‘Hawks Swinging To The Cup Finals, Project On WGN Radio


After a morning run in the May heat of Chicago (it was quite moist out there), we took Liam to Kankakee for his first trip south of Interstate 80. We had a nice time, enjoyed a little breakfast, brought home more gifts and introduced Liam to his Great Grandma Kelly. (Funny, cute side story – My Grandma was having a tough time grasping Liam’s name. It went from Leon to I-AM before we straightened it out. Good times; and she’s not the only one to have trouble with the pronunciation, which surprised me. I thought Liam was a fairly common name.)

Liam with Great Grandma Kelly. Or, Leon, whatever.

A couple of weeks ago talk of a Baby Swing dominated the comment section of the blog. Several readers and friends offered their swings, swings they didn’t use and provided recommendations. We held out for nearly a month, but over the past few days Liam has started to have increasing Spurts of Sourness, as I like to call them.

Enter the Graco SnugGlider.

Liam's SnugGlider. The ladies love it.

Despite the offers of a complimentary swing (thanks, you know who you are) we wanted to make the purchase. We wanted something fairly inexpensive, mobile, took up little space and made the little guy a happy camper. In fact, old HS running colleague Kari suggested the SungGlider since we have the car seat which attached seamlessly.

The jury remains out as he’s only been in it a couple of times. It does make me yearn for a hammock for the back patio, however.

GO HAWKS: I have to think the Blackhawks are going all the way after sweeping San Jose earlier today. They are an impressive group of players, characters, front office ingenuity and brand purveyors. It is all coming together for the Wirtz franchise. Good luck playing for the Stanley Cup!

THE THINGS UNSAID PROJECT FEATURED ON WGN RADIO: The home of the Cubs and Blackhawks was home to The Things Unsaid Project this morning, as project co-creator Danny Smith was interviewed by Chicago journalist Rick Kogan on WGN Radio. The other co-creator? Me. Take a listen; it’s just a few minutes long.

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Weekend Warriors


SulliMom and I went back to the neighborhood that brought us together this weekend: Wicker Park.

Some people may not know that there is an actual Wicker Park. We strolled through Saturday.

It was Liam’s first trip to one of the best parts of the city. We walked around, visited a few shops, promoted The Things Unsaid Project and grabbed some lunch at the Blue Line before I traveled to Allstate Arena to announce the Rush lose a tough one.

It’s pretty cool to walk around with Liam and watch the eyes of passersby travel inside the stroller with that funny smile which expresses that Oh, what a cute little baby look. At least that’s how I see it. We brought a bottle and kept it fresh in the Skip Hop mobile bottle bag. It kind of looks like an oblong fanny pack, but I refrained from wearing it like one. Which reminds me of a card I saw featured in the best card store in the city, Paper Doll. The card had an image of a fanny pack with an inscription that read We Still Love You. It’s the perfect card for the loved one who still utilizes the fanny pack.

Yesterday, after snapping some surprisingly great shots of the early morning skyline with my iPhone at the Magellan Development Spring Half Marathon, Liam made his debut on the microphone helping his Dad announce the UIC baseball drubbing of Cleveland State.

Best city in the world.


Liam made his PA debut Sunday. It was a bit of a snoozer--the Flames won that game by 13 runs.

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Think About This


Here are a couple of great stories/links that will get you thinking.

Speaking of thinking, I think what I want to make sure I do as a Dad is to take time out to think once in a while. Constantly, I’m told I won’t have any extra time once SulliBaby arrives. I get that, but I want to make an effort to take a moment each day and simply think.

With that in mind, think about this stuff:

-White Sox Converted Shortstop Pitching Well
The Southsiders aren’t exactly tearing the cover off the ball in 2010, but one story that will make you feel good is that of Sergio Santos. Read this feature from the NY Times.

-Celebrate National Letter Writing Month With The Things Unsaid Project
We all have things we wish we would have said at some point. Here’s a remedy for that: The Things Unsaid Project. I can tell you I will be writing a letter. Why? Because whether it’s a regret, a missed opportunity or simply forgetting to say it, ‘it’ needs to be said. Plus, letter writing is a lost art. Make it a point to write a letter a month for the remainder of 2010. I bet you feel better and you’ll make someone’s day. I’m giving it a whirl.

-Mummy Blog Has Some Quick Tips For Me
I came across this WordPress blog by accident. I’m glad I did because it made a lot of sense to someone like me who, no matter what, will be a Dad by Friday night.

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