Guess who got put on Bedrest???

My wife is in our 38th week of pregnancy which means we have 2 weeks to go! We went to the doctor a few days ago and guess who got put on bedrest for the next 2 weeks? Talon is huge, he’s making my wife’s body painful, irritable, and uncomfortable. Her tests were elevated enough that our doctor said no more running around. This completely screws all of our plans for the next 2 weeks. My wife wanted to go out a few more times together before the baby comes. Now all I do is run down to different food shops to pick up my wife’s “cravings” and haul them all back home. I love my wife but she’s pissing me off Lol I can say that, right?

We do have everything ready for when it’s time to go to the hospital. We know our exact due date but that’s not how God wants my life to go. I know that at 2:20am after I’ve just gotten back into bed from feeding Peace my wife will wake me up and it will be time to go. We have actually practiced what to do when her water breaks, a few times. My wife thinks she can micromanage this baby coming. I just grin and STFU because I know right now, just let her do anything she wants. She no longer thinks my cooking is good enough. I am making too many healthy food choices and “Peanut” is craving fast food. I doubt that, because I know my baby boy is a vegan waiting to join the world Lol But okay. So at least 4 times I day I’m running down a few blocks to whatever she tells me to go get. She seems to forget I’m also trying to take care of the other 3 kids, her cat, my dog, and also still unpack all of my stuff that finally arrived from Chicago.

I’m venting because we just had a “discussion” about the laundry soap I’m using for Peanut’s clothes. Deep breath.

We had a WAR over his come home outfit. I don’t mean she bought an outfit, I bought an outfit and we compromised like to educated, sophisticated, adults. No. My outfit was thrown in the garbage disposal and turned on, only to be shredded into a tangle of mess Lol So in return, her outfit got glued onto a newspaper and hand delivered to her the next morning to enjoy her Life and Style section with an upgrade Lol

We still have not come up with a truce over that. Right now he’s just coming home in a diaper because F*** ME if I’m allowed to help pick out my son’s first outfit!!!!! RAAGGEEEEE!!! Deep breath!


So now my wife is in bedrest which means I get my name shouted out at least 29 times a day and not in the way I like. This sucks. I can’t wait for that baby to get out of here.

And now I know exactly how Ross felt when Rachel wanted to have sex to get the baby moving Lol

I would try that but I’m not allowed in our bed room right now. I’m only allowed to open the door and drop in the sack full of meat, fries, pizza, tacos, or whatever it is she has ordered.

I think she’s revenge eating, guys. Is that a thing?


It’s official, she moved to Paris

I took my wife and Sarah to Paris, France. This was the BIG MOVE. Let me tell you nothing was easy about it. Keep in mind my wife is now 29 weeks pregnant. Nothing she does is easy.

We got to NYC and had another weather delay. That gave me time to rest up before the whirlwind I was about to go through. We finally got going and my wife was not comfortable. No position right now is okay. We finally got her a blanket and rolled it up a certain way to make it work. It’s a long flight and her being able to sit without being in some sort of level of pain is important. We made it over and it was Luggage Ninja Warrior all over again. I decided to slowly move my clothes over a little at a time on each trip over. My wife said she will organize my closet for me so I wouldn’t have to deal with it. She loves to organize. I married an organizer. She likes thinks to match and she also thinks everything has its place in the home. Fine by me. I just want to have clean clothes and a lemony fresh, clean house. Sarah was really happy to be in Paris. She said she loves the city and now sees why I want to live there.

Let’s face reality. I’m not getting any younger. If I wanted to make this move, it’s now when my marriage is still new and young. I don’t think I could have convinced my wife if we had been married for 10 years. Even 20 years I don’t think she would have wanted to. We would have been to settled into Chicago. She was more excited about the move than I was.

We got to the house and Sarah was very happy to see it in person. The photos and videos really don’t do it justice. She said it looks perfect to raise the kids and I told her we made sure there is a spare room just for you. You can come see us any time. She has turned into a daughter to me in some ways. I told her she is welcome to stay, welcome to go. She can literally have anything she wants from me. She said the reason why she doesn’t want to live in Paris is because of her family. It’s too far from Texas and if something happened she would be to far away. I completely understand that. My parents have both passed away so knowing that her parents are still around I know how important family is to her. I still tried to show her all the cool things Lol She was sort of convinced but her FINAL decision is not to move to Paris with us in January. I told her I won’t mention it again. And I won’t.

Brandi loves Paris. She said she has had such a great time looking around. She has met a few nice neighbors that have helped her find places. She said our pets have been great.

When I came in the door I said where’s my boy at and Sam jr hauled a** over to me Lol He wagged and jumped up on me then rolled on his back and ran around. I told him let’s go see your yard so I took him out back to pet all over him. He was almost knocking me into my wife so I needed to give him some running room. I sat out back and held him and talked to him for a while. He really missed me. I missed him too more than I knew. He’s my buddy, he goes with me everywhere. I was able to play with him a lot and throw his ball around. Then we took our walks like he’s used to. Brandi said she had been walking him around and he was getting to know each corner. She said he doesn’t understand not to walk in front of cars and she’s had to jerk on his leash a few times to wait. None of my homes are around a steady stream of traffic like our home in Paris so he’s going to have to learn.

We got everyone settled and got my wife and Sarah fed. I wasn’t that hungry yet. I hit the grocery store to get the things on a list my wife wanted. Apparently Peanut is now craving fruit like crazy. I’m happy to hear that. My wife has several smaller sized snacks throughout the day and she said eating healthy has become a huge priority. She keeps track of what she eats and is still mildly exercising. She said she wants to bounce back from this baby like Courtney Kardashian. Or is it Kourtney? I don’t know and I don’t care what that means.

She is finally there and very happy.

We did tour the hospital where Talon will be born. We had our first doctor appointment there. We brought copies of all of her medical files the past 3 years so they can start her history. Talon is doing great and our new doctor is very nice. She answered all of my questions. She asked if we were done flying my wife around and I said yes. I told her our whole family will come see her at Thanksgiving and Christmas so she didn’t have to go anywhere. She said good because she thinks it’s time to stop flying with her. I agree. It was already uncomfortable and I hated seeing her like that. She loves the house, loves the furniture. All of our stuff she wanted to move will be at the house in another week. It has to get moved, unpacked, and then sent to the house in this huge truck. I don’t know how they are going to do it but I hope it’s easy. Because I will be using all of the same companies to move the rest of the house over soon.

We did a lot of driving around and I took Sarah to the 2 places she wanted to see. We took tons of photos and made sure my wife had everything before we came back home.

I miss my wife. It is not the same in this house without her. Yes it’s easier to get back into the old routine with Sarah and the kids but I’m really trying to balance it all. I took yesterday off of work because I had been away from my kids for a few days. I was also exhausted and needed a day to just chill.

This morning I have a ton of meetings and a very “lively” video conference with Lindsay scheduled. I can’t wait to see what she’s up to now. She’s in Mexico and it looks like she has found something she wants to buy. We don’t do commercial real estate in Mexico we only do our Energy investments. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if she found an oil tanker to buy Lol She keeps talking about them like they are the new Porsche.

This weekend my buddy Drew is finally coming out. We had scheduled a boys weekend but things got switched around so he’s finally able to make it. His work keeps him really busy this time of year.

I think I hear Peace I need to get going.

I’m doing great, my wife loves Paris and my kids are all healthy and happy! Things couldn’t be better. The countdown begins for the big move for myself and my kids. I really hope things hold together until then. My wife is the glue in this family and her being gone, it makes me very anxious.

Have a great week everyone! Love ya’ll!

Our newborn son’s name will be…

After months of debating, list making and a whole lot of Veto’s my wife and I are happy to announce that our new baby son will be named:




She picked the first name and had to really convince me to name our son after a bird claw. It grew on me much like Peace did. Andrew as we all know is the name I picked out. I am giving my son my best friend Drew’s name as the middle name. Andrew, or Drew as I have always called him has been my best friend my entire life. I am a few months older than he is but we were raised together, went through schools together. We are brothers. I couldn’t think of a better name than Andrew and I think it goes great with the bird claw Lol

Talon is so loved and we are so excited to meet him in about 14 weeks. I pray every day that he stays in there and cooks longer and I also pray his birth is easy and not so painful for my wife. So far the pregnancy with him has gone great. A few mood swings here and there but she said even the morning sickness wasn’t that bad.

I called Drew a little while ago and told him about the name. He started crying and laughing and saying well it is the best name there is Lol Of course. He said he is very honored to have my boy be named after him and he will look out for all of the kids for the rest of his life.

I called Lindsay and she hates both names and hung up on me. No wait, she told me That’s the dumbest names I have ever heard, they are going to throw feathers at him, I’m watching tv f*** off love you bye Lol That was the whole conversation.

We have just finished calling everyone to let them know the name. Mixed reactions but for the most part we don’t care. It’s our baby. My wife named him, I didn’t veto it. Talon it is.

We love you Talon. I can’t wait to meet you!

It looked better than it tasted?

My wife’s 2 day birthday bonanza is finally over. Happy Birthday my love! Well it was yesterday but still. She didn’t want a party. She wanted a small family birthday celebration. I also know my wife and the more attention you can give her, the happier she is. We did do the family dinner last night. But we also had a lot of really cool stuff the day before, the day off and right after the family dinner. I sort of got in trouble because I shot off fireworks last night at the lake house. I didn’t shoot off that many but she loves fireworks. I thought I could just sneak in a few. The neighbors called and told me to knock it off Lol I did. We did get off about 8 before they got mad. Hey it was her birthday. I will take getting in trouble just to see her smile that huge. We had the boys inside to watch because I didn’t want to scare them. Heather said they both said ooohhh once. That’s good. I also did it while Peace was still awake. I didn’t want to wake her up.

The dinner was really delicious. My wife’s favorite meal cooked by her mom. Her siblings all came over with gifts and also enjoyed dinner. Her custom made birthday cake matched the flowers I bought. I thought that was really cool. Getting my wife’s favorite flowers was a pain in the ass. I won’t even start on that bs. I did get them in time and I had to go to 2 different places. Everyone loved the look of the cake but I guess it didn’t taste so good. Oh well.

She really does have a huge family. I think my 3 kids and one on the way is a lot until her brothers and sisters bring their kids around. The funny thing is if you didn’t know any of them you wouldn’t be able to tell who is the dad and mom are of the kids. All of the siblings hug up on each other’s kids and also get onto them if they are acting weird. I would think my wife wouldn’t want one of her sisters to get onto my boys but she didn’t say anything and I didn’t either. I asked her why and she said because when you grow up in a big family you have to let each other police the others. If you don’t its constant yelling and fighting. She said let someone diffuse it quickly and it won’t ever matter who it is. That makes sense. I’m still learning.

Our baby boy is doing great. Growing, kicking my wife. I love holding her little belly. I talk to him often. I want him to know my voice. Heston and Alex also talk to him. We tell them say hi to your little brother and they go look for him Lol It really is funny. Peace is perfect as usual. Our daughter is doing so great. She has so much hair Lol It really is a lot. I love holding her and feeding her. I woke up this morning at 3 when she started crying and Heather was already in there with her. I had gotten home from my wife’s private surprise at 1am so I was really tired. She said go back to bed I have her so I did. I slept until 7. Isn’t that great! I normally get up around 5 or 5:30.

I have already made pancakes, sausage, eggs and toast for breakfast. Sarah just wanted the 2 leftover donuts we had from yesterday. The maid comes today so I’m not doing the dishes. I’m actually surprised how clean we do keep the house. I know 2 of my nannies are slobs but they are doing a better job of containing their slobasarus-ness in their own bedrooms. Those rooms are a pit. I don’t even like looking in there. I knock and see the door open and the horrendous mess and ask whatever it is I need then tell them at least take those dirty dishes downstairs please.

The count down is on. We have our Hawaiian vacation with all of my employees very, very soon! I can’t wait to go. I know my boys are going to love it. My nannies have been buying swimsuits online for the past 2 weeks. Sarah is so excited to go back there. Her family has been there many, many times but it’s been a little while since she’s gone. I want to show her all of the places we used to play when she was a kid. She still remembers a lot. I also want to show my wife the big tree where I carved our initials. She wants to take a photo with all of the kids by it. I think that is a great idea. She’s so smart. I love her.

Today is all about getting some work stuff done and getting ready for Tuesday. I asked my wife again are you sure I can’t just go into work from 6 to noon on Monday? I really can get a lot done when no one is there. She said no. She is about to move away from me and we need every free day together. That is true. Work can wait. We are about to spend the next 2 and a half months apart. I will fly over at least once a month. I can’t be without my wife that long. I already miss her and she’s not even gone yet.

She is very concerned about all of the violence in Paris but I told her we live outside of Paris. We are close enough it won’t take long to get there but I told her just don’t go downtown for any reason. These things seem to center themselves in very crowded areas. I told her stay out in the ‘burbs, do your shopping there and you will be fine. I also have security with her and they will drive her around. I really don’t want anything to happen to her or our baby. I’ve lived through that once and I would never forgive myself if something happened. I am doing all I can to protect them both. The plan now is to let the nanny that wants to move with us go over at the same time. They can get the nursery fixed how my wife wants it. That seemed to be the plan at the last family meeting.

We have our final family meeting tomorrow because at the last one everyone said since we all live in one spot it’s not necessary. Just tell us what, when, and where and we will put it in our phone calendars. I said but I like having the family meeting so we all know we are on the same page. I was out voted 4 to 1 Lol I tried throwing my dog a vote but he just sat by my wife and wagged at me (Traitor). We also have a huge whiteboard on the kitchen with the nanny’s schedules. I know every minute of the day who is on duty to help me out. Sarah is loving this because she gets more free time with her friends now. They come up and stay with us. The other 2 usually go to the city to hang out with their friends. It really is like having 3 adult daughters that I constantly worry about. I am still working on Sarah to move with us. She doesn’t want to. Money isn’t doing the trick Lol I’ve tried an insane salary offer and she said it’s not about the money, it’s the location. She wants to get her nursing teaching degree. A master’s. She’s been working on it and I know she will finish it but geez. Teach nurses in Paris, how fun would that be!

Alright I can hear my boys I better go. Have a great weekend everyone! We are going to Gurnee Mills to hang out this morning. We need new clothes for the boys, baby stuff for Peace, and my wife needs more pajamas. The ones she wears aren’t fitting anymore. I love ya’ll! I just added the photos to our family facebook page of my wife’s 2 day birthday events. Love all of the comments and I will read them and reply later. Have a good day!

My wife’s birthday this week

My beautiful wife is having her birthday party this week. I’ve asked her over and over again what she wants, do you want a party? She said no. She feels “fat” and doesn’t want to. I will never understand pregnant women. Her logic has turned into this bizarro logic that flip flops constantly. So…

I’m having a family dinner, her mom will come over and cook and we will all enjoy a nice quiet birthday. That’s what she said she wants. I don’t know if that’s the right decision on my part but I’m making up for the lack of party with all kinds of gifts. I don’t know what else to do. Last year I was invited to her birthday party and things got wild. By the end of the night my wife was so hammered I had to carry her back to her hotel room and try to make her stop singing the theme song to “High School Musical” Lol She is younger.

Yesterday we had doctor’s appointments for all of the kids, followed up by dentist appointments for the boys. We just needed to make sure teeth were coming in like normal. I hadn’t done that yet and I needed to. Things look great. They both have the same amount of teeth. I wasn’t sure how that would turn out but it’s the same. They are always the same height, it’s the weight that’s always a pound or two off. Heston is the bigger one. Alex is right there though and they are all within the normal ranges. Peace was examined for the 2nd time. Because I feed her vegan baby formula our doctor wants to make sure her weight is coming along. It is. She’s doing great. Our peds doctor in the city will get that info soon to put in her chart. I’m very glad all kids are healthy and doing great. I had a few questions about Peace that they answered. I had a few questions about Alex but everything is fine.

I’m really enjoying my last few days at home. I go back to work on Monday. I don’t want to but I need to. I have so much to catch up on. Lindsay has really picked up the slack. She’s doing a great job. I just hope that the transition in January goes smooth. She is basically running everything now. She calls or emails me to keep me up to date but so far so good. Once it’s her companies, there’s really nothing I can or will do. She says she’s not moving the headquarters to Vegas. She will go back and forth. We shall see.

Things are going great at home. My paternity leave has been smooth. My boys love their baby sister and want to do everything with her. It’s been great. Life couldn’t get any better. We are all just taking extra good care of my wife. Our baby is almost 19 weeks along. Everything with that is going great. We have our next doctor’s appointment in a few more weeks. My wife is healthy and doing fine and our baby son is doing fine. He’s kicking a lot. She said he kicks her and makes her want to go pee a lot. That’s what they do I guess. I love feeling him in there. I put my big hand on her belly and talk to him every night. My wife says it makes her love me more. I just want to meet him. I can’t wait!

Hope everyone is having a great work week. Keep praying for Texas and Louisiana please. Donate money or whatever you can! They all still need us. I hope everyone is safe. God loves you and I love ya’ll too!

It’s a balancing thing

Trying to find the time to do some work emails and return some work calls has been a little difficult. Yesterday my wife called 4 times during the day to see how Peace was doing. She doesn’t want to miss out on anything. I feel bad for her she’s struggling. I did float the idea of when she moves to Paris she takes the kids and just as soon as the words came out of my mouth I said I can’t do that, I need them everyday Lol She got mad. She told me don’t say something like that and get her hopes only to take it back within a few seconds. I was trying to figure out if she took them would I be okay. I wouldn’t at all. I don’t like it when I’m away from them. I have never been away from Peace yet and I don’t want to be.

As soon as my wife got home she took a shower to clean up from her day and said give me my baby Lol It was very endearing. She held her for about an hour before it was time to put her back down for sleep. That gave me time to start cooking supper and let my boys help me cook. They don’t actually get to cook. I pick one up and say drop that in there and then pick up the other one and say okay “Chop” that. All they do is touch the spoon and hit whatever vegetable I’m chopping. They love it though and they want to help.

Heston has been a big helper with his little sister. When I need a fresh diaper he is learning where to get them from. Alex will get the diaper out and then walk off with it. He’s trying. He’s still not used to his big brother duties but the good thing is they both accept her and want to hang out with her.

I think when they are all 5 and 4 things will be more fun for them. They can all play together and be able to communicate with full understanding.

I almost choked just now thinking of my boys being in kindergarten. This is going by way too fast I don’t want them to leave me Lol I love being home with the kids all day. I can’t wait to retire at the end of this year so I can spend all of my time with them. I will start a new business or do something but I still don’t know yet.

I talked to Drew and Lindz about it to get some advice. Lindsay said go start a Pot dispensary in Paris and we can send the plants back and forth. I said no way. Drew told me I should start a tourist company so that snotty Americans can have actual help when they travel to Paris. He said the last time he took his family they hired a private guide and learned nothing and spent hardly any time at all seeing things. It was mostly driving around and getting lost because the guy was trying to save time in traffic but never did. I’m not doing that either but that was actually a good suggestion. Unlike Miss Drug Diva who is raking in more money than she can count. She hit that pot investment at the right time. She is talking about doing even more since it’s now legal. I hope she knows what she is doing but she said it’s all government mandated. They have to jump through a lot of hoop and they get inspected a lot. It’s not all smoking, rolling, and snacking. I think it’s hilarious she doesn’t even smoke it or use it. She said she just sees the plants as little dollar signs now.

Maybe I will become a writer. Just kidding, that will never happen. I have one more book in me but I’ve been working on it for years and I haven’t had time to write more on it. I might get more time but I doubt it.

We are going to Bears practice soon. Josh and I are taking the boys. I asked the ladies and none of them are that interested. That’s okay Josh can help me. We are also going to a Cubs game soon too. I miss watching them. I always have a great time at the games. Even parking we have figured out.

It’s time to get my wife up. She has to get up at 6 now because of the longer commute. I love waking her up. I get up between 5 and 5:30. No wonder by 10pm I’m yawning my face off. Peace is doing so well on overnights. She wakes up, eats, I hold her and then do a diaper change and put her back down. It’s easy. I’m thankful I had twins first to show me how hard it can be. Now with just her, I can handle it like a pro. I think I’m Parent Level 3 by now. I am managing my time well, staying patient, and teaching them as I go. I’m a really good dad. I know I am. I am be a total f*** up everywhere else, but this dad stuff, too easy.

Now after our baby is born and we have 4 kids, I may reduce my level back down to 1 Lol 4 little monsters vs me and my wife. Thankfully  I have 3 nannies in Paris already waiting. They will be coming over next month to stay a week. They need to meet my kids so I can access if they will work out or not. It’s important to me to make sure these 3 new ladies know how we do things. I’ve been begging Sarah to come with us. I told her I don’t want to raise these kids without her, she has no idea how much I need her. She said she agreed to help me out until I didn’t need her. She thinks I’m good enough now I don’t use her enough. That’s not true. So many times per day I refer to her for answers. She knows my boys so well. She can tell me what’s about to happen right before it happens. She watches them, studies them. She knows Heston won’t eat green beans before he eats his bread. I didn’t pick up on that but she did. She knows Alex rubs his eyes when he’s getting really mad at Heston and he’s about to hit him. I didn’t pick up on that one either. I can do this without her, but I just don’t want to. I want her with us. She said no and she means no. Maybe she will change her mind? I told her if she did I would fire the head nanny over there immediately Lol That’s cut throat I know but I can find her another job elsewhere.

It’s 6 time to wake up Sleeping Beauty.

Have a great work day everybody!  I will update more tomorrow.




Lindsay is already in Chicago

Sarah just called. She said Lindsay is already at the house and already bossing everyone around. She said she threw out a few of the things the girls put into Peace’s nursery and rearranged all of the furniture. She also put a bassinet up in our bedroom for when we want her to sleep in there with us. I didn’t do that with the boys. I had them in their cribs from day one. I would let them nap near us in the living room or if I needed a nap they could nap in my room but we had decided early on they need to get used to their cribs. I’m getting all of these flashbacks from when we brought the boys home.

I’m so happy Lindsay is there. I knew she would be Lol She is going to Costco and stocking us up again. She does that every time she’s in town. Our baby closet is going to be so full she will have to find another room to put stuff in. She always buys about 3 months of everything. Diapers, wipes, formula, and now she has all of these baby girl outfits to buy. Sarah said she brought in a gigantic teddy bear. It’s about 4 feet tall. I said how did you get that on the plane. She said she made Dave stop at a store on the way to the house Lol How funny. I can see her sitting it up in their rental car and buckling it in the backseat. She said her god-daughter deserves the best. Yes she does!

Lindsay will help the girls get things figured out. It’s going to be a great weekend. I asked if she would go get groceries too and she said she was half way done with the list. She said she’s also hired a party planner to do our baby party for all of our family and friends. She scheduled it for 3 weeks from Saturday. So that puts it, let me look, August 19th. She said by then her immune system can handle that many people and by then we will all be in a routine with her. Then she told me we are not moving to Paris now and she’s going to go cancel that trip Lol I told her don’t do that and she said I’m a selfish a**hole for taking her nephews and niece away from her. I said move to Paris and she said there’s an issue she’s not allowed anymore Lol I don’t think Paris has banned Lindz but you never know with her. I’m sure she’s banned from a specific airline she doesn’t travel well with chatty seat mates.

Auntie Lindz is waiting at home to meet us. I can’t wait to see her hold Peace. And when Drew and his family comes it will be that same feeling all over again, a complete feeling of safety for my kids. With my 2 best friends I know 100% they would both give up their lives for any of my kids. Knowing that makes me feel more at ease when I get both of them in town at the same time. I just know everything is going to be okay because these 2 awesome people will always look out for me. Always.

I pray Peace has a great nap. She was up a little while ago with a bad diaper. I changed her and my wife said thankfully we both have enough practice with that. It does make it easier. My boys have made me a pro by now. I still don’t like dealing with the blowouts Lol But so far Peace hasn’t had one yet. It may be a while.

I have so much free time with her sleeping that’s why I’m blogging more. I want to share this whole experience with everyone. I just put up 4 more videos on Facebook, guys. Go check them out. Isn’t she cute!