IMG_3020I was born and raised in the Chicago land area and moved into the city proper in 1996. He and his wife found their bungalow in 2008 and have called the near northwest side home for the past nine years.

He is a self-proclaimed renaissance man.  He holds a B.A. in Theology from Loyola University and is an avid reader.  At home he and his wife keep a small compost-fed organic garden, complete with rain barrels, espaliered fruit trees and plans to add chickens in the near future.  He also has an Associate’s degree from WyoTech, and yes, the degrees were earned in that order.  He is a metal fabricator and customer painter and has worked in the automotive collision repair industry doing body and paint work.  There is a restoration project and a mild custom project currently in progress.

William was managing the production floor of a “big-box” body shop when they became pregnant.  After doing some number crunching and deliberating, he decided to leave his job and stay home to raise his daughter (herein referred to as “Sweetie”).  After factoring the time invested each day and the cost-benefit, staying home became the right move at the right time.

I enjoy the various parenting blogs and I try to check in as often as possible (turns out there is not much “free time” when you are an at-home parent). What I noticed was that there are a bunch of “Mom” blogs and a few “Dad” blogs but not as many “stay-at-home-Dad” (SAHD) blogs. So I decided to share my experience as a stay-at-home Dad in Chicago. I want to tell some stories, talk about the “stuff” that helps me every day, reflect on this whole at-home thing and just laugh a little.

I want to open up the conversation about Dads being the primary caregivers and make a space for it to expand. I think being a Dad is the coolest thing that has happened to me, and staying at home with my daughters has been an amazing opportunity. I offer up my experience to help my fellow Dads, stay-at-home or otherwise. I offer up what I can here, ’cause I know I’m always looking for fresh ideas (particularly when it comes to breakfast).

I became a full-time stay-at-home Dad in August, 2012. This blog is my chance to share the experience and grow the conversation.