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Lil Loves of Our Lives: Peter Hartlaub of The Poop


If you're looking for "the poop" on fatherhood, the hilariously witty Peter Hartlaub, founder of The Poop is your go to guy.

The dad who doubles as the pop culture critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, writes candidly about how his parenting style resembles Principal Richard Vernon, his son's distaste for tracksuits, and the not so friendly things his child says.

  • Who is the lil love of your life?
    Theo Hartlaub, who will be 3 in March. Another boy is coming in April.
  • Which came first, the baby or the blog?
    The baby, by a little more than a year.
  • What was the most shocking part of becoming a parent?
    The birth was nothing like I expected from watching TV and movies (unless you want to count "Alien"). I was also blown away that I could care about something more than I care about myself – which was actually quite liberating, and kind of scary.
  • To see how Peter and his expectant wife are celebrating Valentine's day, read more.

  • If you could have one aspect of your pre-baby days back, but keep the kids, what would you choose?
    I miss the lounging. I still do all the fun things that I used to do – play basketball, see movies, work out, go to concerts and record stores and comic book stores once in a while – but it seems like I’m rushing around most of the rest of the time. I’d like to have the lazy unscheduled weekends back. The ones where you come back to work, someone asks you "What did you do last weekend?" and you can’t even remember because it was all so trivial.
  • At what moment did you fall in love with your child?
    I had been sort of in denial about the first baby until late in the second trimester. My sister and I were shopping in a mall, and on a whim I ducked into a baby clothing store and bought him a fisherman’s hat and a sweatshirt with a glow-in-the-dark pirate flag on the front. Seeing the tiny clothes he was going to wear was a dose of reality, and I couldn’t wait to get home and feel my wife’s stomach for a fetal kick.
  • Do you have Valentine's Day plans?
    My parents are taking our son overnight, but I doubt we’ll be playing any Barry White albums. We’re both pretty tired these days and she’s in the third trimester, so we’ll probably see a movie and go to bed early.
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