DVD players weren't always so common in vehicles, but I've learned that a DVD player in the car can be the perfect opportunity for me to get a little break from my kids.
Cody has been a practicing attorney for three years, a husband for 12, a dad for eight, and outnumbered by girls since birth.
Cody began writing for Babble Dad to challenge himself and share the often-unseen story of a full-time working father. Cody has no problem going out of his way to make sure his girls are taken care of and happy, even if that means getting his face stepped on a few times in the process. Cody has managed his wife Casey's depression since the beginning of their marriage. His perspective and personal experience with mental illness, paired with his calm and level demeanor, has given hope and comfort to many spouses dealing with their partners’ illnesses.
He is also a loyal University of Utah alumnus and a dedicated football fan. Cody hates spiders, loves maple syrup, sleeps with a one-eyed cat, is on the constant search for the perfect BBQ ribs, and dreams of one day connecting a waterslide to his bedside that goes straight into a pool.
There are two main routines that Vivi tries to copy from us, and one of those is putting kids to bed and she has started to practice that routine with her stuffies.
I'm not a cat person, but I've given up my hopes of having a dog so that Casey can enjoy her cats. Now, Casey wants to add a third cat to that mix and I'm not going to let it happen.
Vivi is used to Casey being gone a lot, but Casey's last round of trips left Vivi on the edge of what she could handle.
With Addie getting in trouble at school and me scrambling to fix the situation, I got a call from daycare to let me know that Vivi had come down with the latest sickness circling the daycare.
I've been waiting a long time to watch Old Yeller with Addie and I finally had my chance, but she ended up changing the ending of the classic movie.
I like that my wife cooks food so that we get to try new things and eat healthy food, but sometimes I just want a good old fashioned meal like a cheeseburger or a sloppy Joe.
Toddlers and kids spend the summer running from obstacle to obstacle only to appear a day later with unexplained bruises on their legs. Vivi showed up a few days ago with an unexplained bruise on her head.
After literally eating a portion of a pot and a raw chicken, Casey finally learned how to cook after declaring herself the future winner of the Utah State Fair.
Every parent needs a break every once in a while, and I've learned that the toy aisle of stores can be a great place to get a little parenting break from grumpy toddlers.