Ph.Dad Archive

  • Today I start my written preliminary exams to start the process of moving from a Ph.D student to a Ph.D candidate. What has that process looked like so far? 5: The number of semesters I’ve been enrolled as a Ph.D student. 26,065: The number assigned pages of reading I’ve completed. I didn’t keep track of any extra reading done for writing papers, etc. 11,529: The number of those pages I’ve read in the past 17 weeks. 51: The average number of pages I’ve read every day, including the weekends, during the semester. You can see samples of those pages below. […]

    A Ph.D in Progress: By the Numbers

    Today I start my written preliminary exams to start the process of moving from a Ph.D student to a Ph.D candidate. What has that process looked like so far? 5: The number of semesters I’ve been enrolled as a Ph.D student. 26,065: The number assigned pages of reading I’ve completed. I didn’t keep track of any extra reading done for writing papers, etc. 11,529: The number of those pages I’ve read in the past 17 weeks. 51: The average number of pages I’ve read every day, including the weekends, during the semester. You can see samples of those pages below. […]

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  • This week we get in our first shipment of cloth diapers from our local diaper service, and Lea attempts to figure out how exactly cloth diapering works.  

    Ph.Dad: Cloth Diapering

    This week we get in our first shipment of cloth diapers from our local diaper service, and Lea attempts to figure out how exactly cloth diapering works.  

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  • This weekend Lea and I had fun installing the car seat and mirror that we purchased for the baby. Car seats are apparently notoriously difficult, so much so that you’re supposed to go to the fire department so they can make sure you did it right! We’re almost fully prepped for the arrival of our little girl now!

    Ph.Dad Episode 8: Installing the Car Seat

    This weekend Lea and I had fun installing the car seat and mirror that we purchased for the baby. Car seats are apparently notoriously difficult, so much so that you’re supposed to go to the fire department so they can make sure you did it right! We’re almost fully prepped for the arrival of our little girl now!

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  • We’re making final preparations as we get closer to labor. This week we focus on packing the bags that we will bring with us to the hospital, including stuff for Lea, me, and the baby. We consult a lot of books and get pretty confused. Some stuff is obvious, like an outfit for the baby. But other stuff? Cheese sticks? What?

    Ph.Dad Episode 7: Packing the Hospital Bag

    We’re making final preparations as we get closer to labor. This week we focus on packing the bags that we will bring with us to the hospital, including stuff for Lea, me, and the baby. We consult a lot of books and get pretty confused. Some stuff is obvious, like an outfit for the baby. But other stuff? Cheese sticks? What?

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  • This week Lea and I attend our first ever craft fair as a vendor. We got a booth to sell our Essential Montessori (http://www.essentialmontessori.com) toys at Packapalooza! See how it went here.

    Ph.Dad Episode 6: Packapalooza Craft Table

    This week Lea and I attend our first ever craft fair as a vendor. We got a booth to sell our Essential Montessori (http://www.essentialmontessori.com) toys at Packapalooza! See how it went here.

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  • This week we brew an American-style barleywine that will serve two purposes! It will be the celebration beer for after our baby is born; however, we’ll also be wax sealing a few of them to save them so that hopefully they can be eventually be our kid’s first beer! We chose the barleywine style precisely because it should hold up for a relatively long time in the bottle. This led us to a discussion of the ethical question: When is an appropriate age for a child to try alcohol at home with their parents – if any? Do you wait […]

    Ph.Dad Episode 5: Baby Beer

    This week we brew an American-style barleywine that will serve two purposes! It will be the celebration beer for after our baby is born; however, we’ll also be wax sealing a few of them to save them so that hopefully they can be eventually be our kid’s first beer! We chose the barleywine style precisely because it should hold up for a relatively long time in the bottle. This led us to a discussion of the ethical question: When is an appropriate age for a child to try alcohol at home with their parents – if any? Do you wait […]

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  • I’ve long loved the aesthetics of wood. I created and ran the website for Unfinished Furniture Showcase and have a lot of real wood furniture in my house thanks to that position. As I learned about the educational philosophy, I was excited to see the emphasis on wood toys and the importance of a child growing up in a beautiful environment. We are trying hard to make conscious decisions to get toys that also have an educational purpose, and also keep the total number of toys small, since the past year has been one of downsizing and working to live […]

    Ph.Dad Episode 4 – Making Wood Finish for Kids’ Toys

    I’ve long loved the aesthetics of wood. I created and ran the website for Unfinished Furniture Showcase and have a lot of real wood furniture in my house thanks to that position. As I learned about the educational philosophy, I was excited to see the emphasis on wood toys and the importance of a child growing up in a beautiful environment. We are trying hard to make conscious decisions to get toys that also have an educational purpose, and also keep the total number of toys small, since the past year has been one of downsizing and working to live […]

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  • As a couple working to simplify our lives and reduce the amount of things that we have, a trip to the Kids Exchange in Raleigh this weekend was a bit overwhelming! We’re working on getting everything we think we’re going to need for the baby, slowly buying the major components. We were hoping that the Kid’s Exchange would be a last major push for the few things that we need. We got a few good things, and some nice outfits, but overall, there was a LOT of plastic junk there. We were shopping late in the process, so we likely […]

    Ph.Dad Episode 3: Kids Exchange Shopping Experience

    As a couple working to simplify our lives and reduce the amount of things that we have, a trip to the Kids Exchange in Raleigh this weekend was a bit overwhelming! We’re working on getting everything we think we’re going to need for the baby, slowly buying the major components. We were hoping that the Kid’s Exchange would be a last major push for the few things that we need. We got a few good things, and some nice outfits, but overall, there was a LOT of plastic junk there. We were shopping late in the process, so we likely […]

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  • In this week’s video, I reference this article about how expensive birth has become in the U.S., ranging between $9,000 – $15,000. We really have been exceptionally lucky, between Lea’s having good health insurance coverage and finding a midwife group that packaged everything up in nice, neat, small payments. On one hand, it emphasizes the problem with the America’s healthcare system. But on the other side, it also points toward how much sense the midwife process makes. And of course, the more I’ve learned about parenting and parenting related education and advertising, the more I’ve realized how much fathers are […]

    Ph.Dad Ep. 2 – Centering with Midwives

    In this week’s video, I reference this article about how expensive birth has become in the U.S., ranging between $9,000 – $15,000. We really have been exceptionally lucky, between Lea’s having good health insurance coverage and finding a midwife group that packaged everything up in nice, neat, small payments. On one hand, it emphasizes the problem with the America’s healthcare system. But on the other side, it also points toward how much sense the midwife process makes. And of course, the more I’ve learned about parenting and parenting related education and advertising, the more I’ve realized how much fathers are […]

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  • Today, I’m happy to introduce a new YouTube series affiliated with Philosophy Matters: Ph.Dad. This year, I’m turning 30, starting a Ph.D. program, and having my first kid, so I’ve decided to document the process and all that follows from it as I try to live the good life that we discuss here at Philosophy Matters. A little follow-up to what’s in the video: I’ve been following the diet in Bob Harper’s  book. I may come across as angry about the diet, but it’s really been quite good! In the first 14 days, I lost 11 pounds, and that was […]

    Ph.Dad: Sympathy Weight Gain

    Today, I’m happy to introduce a new YouTube series affiliated with Philosophy Matters: Ph.Dad. This year, I’m turning 30, starting a Ph.D. program, and having my first kid, so I’ve decided to document the process and all that follows from it as I try to live the good life that we discuss here at Philosophy Matters. A little follow-up to what’s in the video: I’ve been following the diet in Bob Harper’s  book. I may come across as angry about the diet, but it’s really been quite good! In the first 14 days, I lost 11 pounds, and that was […]

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