Saturday, March 26, 2011

Slovenia and Fatherhood

The dark cold season of winter is finally retreating in Eastern Europe, which is to say the least, is very exciting.  I have not looked forward to Spring this much since 2001.  Hungary has the lovely winter combination of Minnesota cold and Washington clouds.  The weather recently has been pretty nice, lower 60s and sunny.

Emily and I went on our first European road trip (if you don't count the failed Croatia trip last July (see earlier post)) this month to Slovenia.  To be perfectly honest, I did not know the difference between Slovenia and Slovakia before arriving in Budapest.  Slovenia is the Slov country that was formally part of Yugoslavia.  The country ROCKS!  Seriously, it reminds me of Colorado with all the cool mountain towns but with European charm (did I just write charm.... better than "cute").  The people are very friendly and welcome foreigners.  We visited two mountain lakes, the first is Lake Bled which is a famous vacation site and the second is Lake Bohinj which felt pretty wild with no roads around most of the lake.

We hope to go back to Slovenia before we leave Hungary.  Our next trip will probably be next month with our friends Kam and Lauren when they come visit!  We are loving being able to travel around Europe.

FATHERHOOD..... its becoming more real every day now that Emily is showing more.  We have started deciding what "baby items" we "need" to buy.  Emily bought me the book for expectant fathers titled "My Boys Can Swim" which is a pretty funny book.  One of the chapters is about the baby stuff and says "beware of the baby peddlers".  I have to admit, some of the stuff is pretty cool.  "Pack'n Play" sounds deceptively lame, but who can't see the usefulness of having a portable crib/playpen.  

Emily and I have tentatively worked out our plans for the summer.  We are coming back to DC to have the baby and will be there from August 1st - Sometime in October.  I'll be doing a month of training in August and then will be waiting for the little millsling to make an appearance.  Anyone reading this wants to come visit, let us know!  

Any fathers out there have any advice on what baby items we actually need or any other advice, let me know!


  1. Pack'n Play's are amazing. I put Sydney in there with a toy hanging down and she will play forever. Then when she gets tired she's already in a bed and falls asleep. Fatherhood is fun and it brings surprises. I've become addicted to buying clothes which is something I did not expect. As for things that you might need. We use Bum Genius cloth diapers and love them. It's up to you if you want to use cloth or disposable. Bum Genius you wash yourself and don't need a diaper service. Sydney loves her bouncy chairs as well as her bumbo. Also I'm not sure what it's called but the little pad with arches that have toys hanging down is amazing. It's in a lot of the pictures on my blog. Brightly colored toys work wonders too. Sydney loves rings. You don't have to be extravagant. However I hear that cribs are overrated. Good Luck! I hope you two are doing well.