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you know, this morning I was blindly panicking about finances, as a parent of an increasingly hungry toddler is wont to do, and I thought “maybe if I just canceled all my newsletter subscriptions it’d be a good start.” then this one landed and reminded me it’s gonna be okay, it’s gonna work out.

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Apr 13, 2022Liked by Scott Hines

I remember looking at my daughter, as it was just the two of us (since mom was getting sewn back up, C-section) and the reality of everything hitting me. All I could say to the quiet little slug below me was “please...just don’t hate me?”

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Apr 13, 2022Liked by Scott Hines

We found out number 2 was coming the same day that they told everyone to “work from home for two weeks.” Talk about an inner dialogue

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WOOF.

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Apr 13, 2022·edited Apr 13, 2022Liked by Scott Hines

As someone who has a new 9-day old baby at home, this is simultaneously EXACTLY what I needed to read, and at the same time DECIDEDLY NOT what I needed to read.

Do you know know many people in the brewery I had to explain to that I am crying in a good way?

(Four, it was four people.)

Superb reading, as always, AC.

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Oh, god- I remember weeping uncontrollably when my baby was that old because Mary Poppins was on. (My grandfather passed away a year prior, and he had extreme Dick Van Dyke energy. Still, hard to explain why you’re inconsolable to Chim Chim Eree). Emotions at that point are a hell of a drug.

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Apr 13, 2022Liked by Scott Hines

A newsletter demonstrating positive emotional terrorism?

I’m still at that stage of ringing the buzzer and hoping a sane-ish lady opens the door. Not sure I’d survive children.

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Apr 13, 2022·edited Apr 13, 2022Liked by Scott Hines

Made the mistake of reading this at work, now I'm here choked up in public smh

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Apr 13, 2022Liked by Scott Hines

My kid was sitting on the kitchen counter, eating a tortilla, and singing "skip skip skip to my loo, skip skip skip to my loo, they not understand me!" last night and I definitely can confirm they'll make you laugh.

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Apr 13, 2022Liked by Scott Hines

I never knew my capacity for anxiety before fatherhood. Felt this one deeply

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Apr 13, 2022Liked by Scott Hines

Stanford White, eh? What I'm taking away from this is if we get to season six of "The Gilded Age," the finale is gonna be lit.

Oh, and the rest of today's essay was spot-on poignant. Our equivalent moment occurred during a dinner with friends in Boston's Chinatown in . . . 1994 (whoa).

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I did the Leo-pointing meme in real life when Stanford White first showed up this season, then immediately asked "wait what year is this??"

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Apr 13, 2022Liked by Scott Hines

That show is almost unbearably fluffy, but the interweaving of historical characters has been fun.

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Yeah, I haven't found the central characters terribly interesting, but I love the weaving in of historical figures.

Also, the other day I tried to do a "Wright Thompson speaking seriously about The Masters" voice and my wife told me I sounded like Nathan Lane's Ward McAllister.

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Apr 13, 2022Liked by Scott Hines

LOL. It's well-acted nonsense. They definitely benefited from being the only big-budget production in New York during covid, so the who's who of Broadway actors all were available and eager to work on a Julian Fellows show.

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I remember my wife waking me up at 5:30am by shoving the pregnancy test in my face in the dark bedroom and saying "what do you see." To which I answered, "my lids, let me go back to sleep." Needless to say the test got shoved closer to my face and when I looked at its indication of pregnant, I believe my response was, "honey, that's nice" as I started to roll back over. My wife said it was the most anticlimactic experience because she expected me to instantly wake up and jump up and down and all that stuff. Nope 5:30am is sleeping time. 5:45am was when it finally hit that I was going to be a dad.

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5:30 is too early for any information short of "the house is on fire", IMO.

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Apr 13, 2022Liked by Scott Hines

I have a long standing agreement with my wife that it’s only okay to wake me up then if 1) surprise! We’re going to a football game! 2) the reason is sexy.

Obviously, the baby has added 3) IT IS YOUR TURN OR SOMEONE IS GOING TO DIE

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BUT SQUIRREL IZ IN YARD AND NEEDS TO BE CHASED

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I realize I’m a day late with this but the one thing that every new parent needs to know is my wife’s observation that babies bounce for a reason, inasmuch as at some point you’re going to drop one.

Does she still have crippling guilt from dropping each daughter one (1) time? Of course.

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