The Dude.

"I was on the ultimate dude trip when I found out that I was going to be a father. We had just landed on a dirt runway in the Arctic Ocean off the north slope of Alaska. I picked up the satellite phone to call my wife and let her know we had survived the most aggressive part of the trip. She told me that she thought she should take “the test.” I begged her to wait until I returned, but we both already knew in the core of our beings that she was pregnant. Six days later, we sat in our bedroom waiting for the test to share the results and I found myself mindlessly repeating “holy crap, holy crap, holy crap” as it came up positive.

Dude to Dad started as a genuine cry for help. I woke up the day after Thanksgiving (2008) and realized that in just 100 days I would be a dad. While I had known for months that I was going to be a father, and though Mrs. Dude had seen many visible signs of motherhood, I was still firmly rooted in my dudehood. With nowhere else to turn, I posted a video on the internet. Within 48 hours, I had received helpful advice from all over the country. Most importantly, it was clear that I wasn’t the only freaked out father-to-be and I wasn’t in this alone. Dude to Dad is my way of sharing this transition with other Dudes and Dads.

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To catch you up, a bit of our back story...

First Came Love...

Amy and I met during an ice storm in November of 2005. In February of 2006, we had our first date...which lasted 7 days.

Then Marriage...

Because we were ready and the date was free, we were married that September 2nd in a chapel on the lake Amy grew up on.

Then...

Two years later, we decided to start thinking about having a baby. Apparently, there was more doing than thinking.