HOMETOWN(S) Kokomo, IN / Gurabo, Puerto Rico
NUMBER OF CHILDREN Three daughters
DAY JOB Medically retired by SSA from Crohn’s Disease in 2006. I’m also a disabled veteran.
RELATIONSHIP STATUS Married for 18 years.
TWITTER NAME @shockeyk
ON THE WEB Currently writing about convergence of publishing & social networks at Mistribus.com
FAVORITE CHILD if applicable* (we’re joking*) I’ve thought about this, but there’s just no way to pick a favorite. They’re all so different, a gentle mix of both my wife’s and my personalities.
HOW DO YOU COMBINE WORK AND FAMILY?
While I spend a lot of time on the Internet, my family comes first. I try to the limits of my abilities to support them. I tell everyone I’m a full-time father first. Then I’m an author, founder, and artist.
WHAT IS WORST PARENTING MOMENT?
That would have to be when they admitted my youngest daughter into intensive care right after she was born. We had lost a baby four years earlier, so to have such a scare with our new baby was rough. Since she was born by Cesarean, the amniotic fluid was not expulsed from her lungs and she developed an infection.
I’m sure my wife would agree with me, it was probably even worse for her. She breastfed all three of our kids, so she had to try to express her colostrum, while recovering from her Cesarean, and with our baby in NICU. I had to force her to try with a picture I had taken of our new daughter being born. I felt bad about having to be so rough, but every feeding cycle that she didn’t produce, the hospital was giving our daughter formula; so time was critical.
BEST PARENTING MOMENT?
I know it’s a cliché, but if it’s true, does it make it any less powerful?
It would have to be after having just watched my wife’s Cesarean birth of our first daughter and I was able to give her the baby while she was still waiting to be transferred to a room. As soon as she had the baby, my daughter latched on immediately and began to suckle.
The bond we all formed at that moment was beyond description.