Wednesday, January 20, 2016

10 Things New dads Need to Know

Author: Jose G. Barr

A Precious Treasure
With the arrival of the newest member of the family comes a lot of excitement, but also lots of questions.  Being a new mom or dad is an amazing blessing, but it comes with lots of questions about everything and the one thing that a new baby does not come with is an instruction manual. A few days after my son was born I remember holding him in my arms and just being awestruck by how tiny he was. while in this hypnotic state it happened, he started to cry and I had no clue why. I checked his diaper and it was thankfully clean, made him a bottle of formula, but he only drank about half of it. Soon after that the crying got worse. See, being a new dad meant that I was clueless as to why my little boy was crying. The Answer? He was lactose intolerant. He was getting really bad cramps soon after having his milk.  In this case the solution was simple, switch his formula to a soy based one, Tada!! Problem solved. But getting to the answer wasn't so easy, or quick.  it took time, a lot of anxiety and a visit to the doctor to figure it out.

Below are some pearls of wisdom that I, and others, have learned from experience about being a new dad and how to survive the first few weeks. Give it a read and enjoy, my hope is that there is something that will help you adjust and enjoy the experience.

Monday, January 18, 2016

USS Midway - Mission Live It & Learn It!

Author: Jose G. Barr
USS Midway

 While the summer of 2017 is almost over its been a very memorable one for the scouts of Pack 8. At the end of July, my son Joseph and I had the opportunity to lead 26 scouts and their dads on an adventure aboard the USS Midway in San Diego, California. 

For those that don't know, the USS Midway was the longest-serving aircraft carrier in the 20th century. Named after the climatic Battle of Midway of June 1942, Midway was built in only 17 months, and was commissioned on September 10, 1945, 1 week after the end of world war II. Her decades of service took her to different ports and conflicts.  In 1975, when Saigon fell to the North, she received over 3000 refugees during Operation Frequent Wind.  She would later become the first American carrier to be home ported abroad in Yokosuka, Japan (CVN 46 the  USS Ronald Reagan is now there). In 1990 she deployed to the Arabian Gulf and served as the flag ship for naval forces during Operation Desert Storm.  She launched over 3000 combat missions with no losses.  Her final mission was the evacuation of civilian personnel from Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines after the 20th century’s largest eruption of nearby Mount Pinatubo.  On April 11, 1992 the Midway was decommissioned and sent to Bremerton, Washington to be stored. In 2003 she was donated to the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum where she was brought back to life and a floating museum. She opened her hatches to the public in June of 2004.