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Life Between Naps

The narrative adventures of a full-time, unemployed, stay-at-home dad.

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Jim Noonan is a former shoe salesman, landscaper, park ranger, office clerk, unauthorized handyman, "actor," waiter and student.  At no time during his journeys did he ever imagine that he would take a full-time job with no salary, insurance or stock options, but that's exactly what happened.  Jim is currently working for a $20 a week allowance as a stay-at-home dad, a job his wife gave him (on the second interview) after a new teaching degree and a plethora of student loans failed to land him a job.

It didn't take long for Jim to find the humor and horror of being a stay-at-home-dad, and he now channels his experiences with Lucy, 3, and Ruby, 1, into "Life Between Naps."  Jim and the girls can currently be seen wandering around the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago.




Posted Jan 27, 2010 3:56 PM

We spend, on average $87.69 a month on milk. Milk? Yes, milk.
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The Cool & Joey Fatone

Posted Jan 17, 2010 10:37 AM

The idea of "cool" changed drastically after Lucy arrived. Everything I did was "cool." Driving, dressing, eating with a fork…for the first time in my entire life, I was 24-hours-a-day-cool.
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One Too Many

Posted Jan 7, 2010 10:08 AM

As a parent I'm hoping the visual of my shaky, sweaty and unusually flammable skin turns this into a public service announcement of sorts.
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The Worst Game Ever!

Posted Dec 28, 2009 10:49 AM

Seriously!? Ruby only has one diaper left? ARGHHHH! I hate going solo to the store with the girls; bad things always happen… very bad things.
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The Chore Board

Posted Dec 14, 2009 9:31 AM

"Jim, get up!!! I have to get ready, and I can't do that if Ruby continues to stick her arms in the toilet." Errrrrr… Me no wanna get up, so sleepy. I bury my head under the pillow and yell to the bathroom, "I want the day off."
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Why I Can't Fly

Posted Dec 8, 2009 12:10 AM

I think Lucy has super-powers. I know-I know, it’s crazy, but she does things… super-crazy, supernatural, super-powery things, that are quite frankly - - unexplainable.
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Curb Your Yeti

Posted Nov 22, 2009 9:36 PM

“Daddy, what is that?” I had no idea what it was, but I do know it wasn’t there when we left.
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A disturbing and terrifying event

Posted Nov 5, 2009 9:53 AM

I feel like I might have the urge to use the restroom. With one child this can be a chore, but with two? Well I'm walking a fine line, especially when only one can stand, and grocery carts full of food are not permitted into the restrooms.
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Raisin Ruby

Posted Nov 2, 2009 10:50 AM

I should be worried right? Yeah, I should definitely be worried. Oh boy, I can feel my pulse quicken, chest getting tighter…. must relax. Ohhh… what-to-do, what-to-do, what-to-do?
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The Bee Punch

Posted Oct 26, 2009 8:19 AM

Dad gets stung by bee, humiliated. Daughter gets lesson. Parenting success.
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