My daughter is Isabella Gutierrez Marcelino. My last name is Gutierrez– but that’s actually my daughter’s middle name. We gave her my wife’s last name– Marcelino. To make it clear, it’s not that I’m ashamed of mine. I’m proud to be a Gutierrez, the last name is always a reminder of my dad, my hero,
Originally written: 10/17/17 It’s hard to believe that exactly a year ago at this moment, we were told by the gynecologist that Stef had already starting dilating and Isabella had a good chance of coming in early. Stef was 37 weeks pregnant so it came to us as a surprise and we went home that
I’m terrible at household chores. I’m also the worst person when it comes to building furniture or running errands. I always save it for later, instead choosing to get entertained by a new work project or temporarily feeling productive by doing other less-important tasks that need to be done— like watering the garden. I mean,
Back when Stef was 12-week’s pregnant, I was a nervous wreck. Given Stef was a high-risk pregnancy, every day gained was an accomplishment. During this time, I was flying out for my job every Monday and leaving Stef at home for a full day and night. It was terrifying for me, and I would always
Every now and then, I get someone asking me when we’re going to pierce Isabella’s ears. I don’t know if it’s because I’m destined to me a bitter old man or something, but it really bothers me when people ask that. I try hard to cool myself down because I know it’s such an innocent
Parenting is hard. There’s no doubt about it. It’s just one aspect of many people’s lives but for being the tiny specs we humans are in the grandeur of the universe, the responsibility of parenting makes us feel much larger. All of a sudden life has more meaning, importance, significance—we’re responsible for another human being.
There’s so many things a parent has to worry about. Once you finish the stresses that overwhelm you at one stage, there’s another stage coming that has more challenges. When Isabella turned 4 months, we started introducing her to solids. We were ecstatic! We started off with organic avocados because we obviously want her to
With all the inspiring women’s marches last weekend, it was important for me to identify myself as a feminist. Pretty controversial subject, right? The anti-feminist rhetoric revolves around the idea that feminism in itself is sexist against men. But it is important to understand that the core of this movement is not for women to
Okay, I don’t have any video proving it—but my wife and I are pretty sure Isabella said her first words. It’s not supposed to happen yet, but do I look like the guy that will let society tell him what is and what is not possible!? Since she turned 2 months, she discovered her voice.