Living and writing from rural Connecticut, where if the wind is right you can smell cow manure from farms both near and far.
Here’s a little timeline to get you caught up:
2011: I became an at-home dad after our first son was born in April while we still lived in NYC. We moved to Connecticut shortly thereafter, roughly 90 minutes north but a world away.
2012-13: We tried out day care for Nolan as I worked in a high school for the school year with hopes it’d lead to a full-time position and more financial stability. No dice.
2014: Our second son was born in May. Job security, though I tried a year at a high school alternative education program with hopes it’d lead to a full-time position and more financial stability. No dice.
2016: We had our third son, Austin, in May and I’m back to being an at-home dad while serving as a part-time employee at NoRA Cupcake Co., a not-your-mother’s-cupcakes bakery in Middletown, CT.
2017: The two littles are home with me every day while Nolan is thriving in and loving kindergarten.
Here’s a brief description of each member of the crew:
Ryan – 34, husband, dad, sports, beard, tattoos, cook, curator.
Lindsay – wife, awesome mom, voice of reason, breadwinner, avid reader, saint.
Nolan – 5yo son, big brother, budding artist/author, boundless energy, brunette. Likes: HeidiSongs, coloring, creating paper iPhones.
Graham – 2yo son, hellion, middle child, blonde. Likes: Bob the Builder, Daniel Tiger.
Austin – 8mo son, crawler, overall chill dude, red hair/blue eyes. Likes: goofing around with his brothers, being held while I brush my teeth.
Nate – our 7yo dachshund, overweight, hates fetch, acts like a cat.