Most useful baby items

I may not know many things about raising a child, but in my short three and a half months as a new mom, I have learned what some of the most useful baby items are. I want to share these items with you in order to make your life easier as a new parent.

For Out and About

Stroller frameFirst and foremost, I must say that this is the best and most used item that we have received: a stroller frame. This is a lightweight stroller that a car seat can click into. In order for it to be used and must have the car seat, unlike the traditional stroller that comes as part of a travel system. Many of these stroller frames have a basket beneath the car seat to carry your belongings, and some even have cup holders to carry a drink (obviously, specifications vary depending on the brand). These frames are very lightweight and easy to stowaway in your trunk without killing yourself. The frame that I use, is about 10 pounds. The stroller that came with my travel system, weighs about 20 pounds. And that is a big difference, especially if you are in and out of the car multiple times with the baby. For someone who has trouble carrying the car seat, this is a huge help. Aside from being lightweight the frame also folds up smaller than the travel system stroller. If you have a small trunk like me, this is very important. Continue reading

Micah: 3 months


Length: About 24.5 inches

Weight: About 12 pounds


Bug loves to talk! He’s babbling quite a bit lately, carrying on an entire conversation with Mommy or Daddy in those babbles. It’s really quite adorable. Micah loves smiling and giggling. Mommy plays the “I’m gonna get ya” game with him and he goes crazy for it. He loves to stand up while holding onto your fingers, although still won’t do it without Mommy or Daddy to pull up on. He doesn’t quite have the balance to stay upright, but that has significantly improved over the last month. Something that has not changed it how much of a snuggler he is. He loves to curl up with Mama and go to sleep. Micah has become much more interested in books during the last month. During the first 2 months, any books that were read to him were simply for the benefit of Mommy or Daddy – however, he has really become interested in the pretty pictures on the books (his favorites so far are The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Dr. Seuss’ ABC book). And he loves music being played or listening to Mommy’s singing. He has also discovered the TV. The colorful moving pictures are the most intriguing part of it, not the sound. Continue reading

2013 In Review

It has been a crazy year for the Dobles in 2013. If you’re looking for a list of major life stressors, we probably had you covered. A new job for Suzanne, buying a house, bringing in another dog, starting graduate school, and having a baby topped the list for the year. At the end of last year, I was working at Value Printing, Suzanne had just lost her job with Duke University, we had one dog, and lived in an apartment. If you ask Marble, life was just about perfect.

Suzanne found another – better – part time job with Wake Tech as a skills instructor in their EMS department. It wasn’t much regular work, but it is something she loves and has plenty of experience doing. It really is about the perfect job for her. She did take some time off this fall because of Micah, but she has plans to return.

I’m still working at Value Printing. However, I am now the Print & Design Services Manager, whatever that really means. For the most part it means that my job is to keep the office running smoothly, get the customers taken care of, and make sure jobs are getting out in a timely manner. Some days are easier than others, but I do love my job and what I do, even if there are a particular set of associated stresses that make it wish some days I didn’t work there. But I think everyone has those days at work. Continue reading

Micah: 2 months

2 months!Length: 23.5 inches (69%)

Weight: 11 pounds, 5.5 ounces (38%)


Micah loves snuggling still (and Mommy is okay with that). He loves looking around and seeing what this world is all about. He’s very inquisitive and intrigued by many things. Right now, his fascination is with mirrors. Micah loves standing and pulling himself up by holding on to your fingers. He doesn’t have much balance yet, but he is strong enough to support his own weight without much difficulty. Micah is also quite the “talker” and loves carrying on a conversation in babbles.


He’s still not a fan of tummy time, but he puts up with it from time to time. Micah dislikes being alone. If you’re nearby, and he can hear you and see you (that last one is key), he’s usually a happy camper. Continue reading

What are you thankful for?

Today is Thanksgiving Day. The day of the year that people get together and eat a big meal, watch some football, and nap. I mean, who wouldn’t want to celebrate such a day?

But the concept behind Thanksgiving is that we remember what we’re thankful for. There’s been a push for the “month of thanks,” where people on social networks are taking a moment each day and posting about something they’re thankful for. Good for them, but I don’t have the time to sit and come up with a list of 30 things.

Thinking about what I’m thankful for reminded me of a conversation I had a couple weeks ago with my mom. I realized during that conversation that I have everything I’ve ever really wanted. You see, as long as I could really plan what I wanted to be, I really wanted to be a husband and a father. Being rich (though I wasn’t going to turn it down if given the option) or having an important job wasn’t really my goal. I just wanted to have a job that gave me enough money to let me take care of that family and be there when they needed me.

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Franchitti ending his racing career

Dario+Franchitti+Shell+Pennzoil+Grand+Prix+eWW4_kwMYxKlYesterday IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti announced that he was retiring from racing on the advice of his doctors. For those who don’t follow racing, Franchitti was in a devastating accident in this season’s penultimate race in Houston (link to video). As a result of the injuries he sustained, doctors advised that the risk for further injury was too great if he returned to racing.

Since the announcement was made, I’ve seen many friends and racing fans express disappointment that Franchitti is retiring and walking away from the sport. I’m sorry, but I can’t express that disappointment, because I don’t have any. The way I look at it, Franchitti is lucky that he *gets* to retire from racing. And he should know this all too well.

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Micah: 1 month

Mom, this is ridiculous. Everyone will think I'm cute.

Mom, this is ridiculous. Everyone will think I’m cute.

Length: 21.75 inches (as of our 2-week check up)

Weight: 8 pounds, 8 ounces (as of our 2-week check up, though I think we’re close to 10 pounds now)


Micah loves snuggle time with Mommy and Daddy. He loves taking his afternoon nap laying on Mommy’s chest. He loves to just be held. He prefers bouncing rather than swaying, though both at the same time works well.


Tummy time. He is not a fan of tummy time in the least. He also pitches a fit when you go to change him…until he has a clean diaper on and then he’s pretty happy (it’s fun to see that sudden realization that he’s all fresh and clean…and he can then proceed to do his business in the clean diaper…little booger). He started out not being a fan of the dogs (wet noses, whining/crying, licking) and they (really Marble) wasn’t a fan of him. The pups have learned that Micah is not a chew toy and is not able to be returned so they had better learn to like him. Marble is becoming more protective of him and is starting to like him, I think. And Micah is starting to like them more (he doesn’t burst into tears every time his toes are licked). Continue reading

Birth stories are like butts…

…everyone has one.

MicahIt has been a crazy past 10 days in our house. In case you haven’t heard, Micah. Jonathan was born on Sunday, October 13 at 7:58 pm. He was 8 pounds, 9 ounces and 21.5 inches long. He has a full head of hair and is ridiculously adorable (we’re not biased…).

So, how did we get to that time of 7:58 pm?

Things really started the Wednesday before. Micah (or as you’re used to him being called, Peanut) decided he wanted to be uncooperative. He has been very active throughout the pregnancy. Even in the final weeks, he was as active as ever…throwing punches left and right, kicking everything he felt was in his way. The strength and level of his activity never decreased – until Wednesday. Instead of moving once every hour or so, he only moved twice in the entire day. Thursday, his due date, we had a repeat performance. I had a regular OB appointment on Friday so I decided to wait until then and see what the doctor had to say.

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