Monday, June 12, 2017

9 month check-up

Keith holding Cecilia at a gig.

Cecilia is 9 months old. The last few weeks have been amazing. She is crawling now, and seems much more aware of what's going on around her. I think she's starting to understand some of what we're saying. Michelle says I have to stop swearing. Damn it!


I thought it'd be interesting to compile a list of the things I feel have been more difficult because of being blind. As always, important to stress that this is my own experience, not necessarily the experience of all blind parents.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017


Cecilia enjoying her first shoulder ride


Cecilia will be six months this Thursday. We're finding this to be a really fun age. Her hobbies include babbling, blowing spit bubbles, playing patty cake, chewing toys, and looking out windows or at the bathroom mirror. She loves hanging out in her baby saucer, or as my dad calls it, the ring of neglect. For the first few months Michelle and I would often eat in shifts. No more fights over who has to eat cold dinner. We throw her in the saucer and away we go.

What a shame it would have been if we'd missed out on all of this because of her recent near kidnapping.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

First walk

Keith and Cecilia at the Winspear center

I have committed to making 2 blog posts this month, or I owe Brennan Cameron and Jessica Heine a beer. I doubt they like drinking Lucky Lager, so best for all of us if I follow through. Somewhere along the way I've gone from not feeling like I had anything of substance to write about to not knowing where to begin. I think I'll start somewhere in the middle, and fill in the blanks. Should be easy, now that this is a biweekly blog.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Day 39

Cecilia 1 day

Six weeks ago was my second blog post. I somehow managed to stretch "I cooked supper" into a few hundred words, and felt it was worth posting. I had nothing to say, but all kinds of time to say it. This brings us to today.

On September 9, 2016 at half-past exhausted AM Cecilia Meghan Rempel was born. She weighed a few pounds less than she does now, and was about the size of a baby. Any time I've thought about writing another post I've either chose napping, or had so much to say that I didn't know where to begin. Now that things have calmed down a bit, and I've forgotten half of what I would have posted, I thought I'd give this another go. Here is some of what I've learned.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

A blind dad's guide to cooking almost anything

When I found out Michelle was pregnant I made a list of things I’d like to accomplish with my last nine months of freedom. the first and most important thing on the list was learn to cook. There are a lot of great blind cooks out there. One even made it on master chef, which is the ultimate goal of at least 99% of all cooks maybe. Let’s just say I had a ways to go.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Any day now.

Michelle and Keith

 Today is the day I have been looking forward to, with varying amounts of fear and excitement for the past 9 months. Michelle and I are expecting a baby girl.