[A year ago today, Noah Blanc was born.](http://shawnblanc.net/2012/02/noah-blanc/) Being a dad is the most wonderful, amazing, exhausting, disruptive, heart-melting thing in the world.
Two years ago — before we were even pregnant with Noah — is when I decided to quit my day job and take this website full time. One reason for the transition was my strong desire to be present and available as a dad. Anna and I were not yet pregnant, but we were ready to start a family, and I wanted a job that was more flexible than the one I was currently in.
But the second, and perhaps “real” reason I took this site full time, was that I didn’t want to be the sort of dad who set an example of playing it safe, avoiding risks, and not pursuing his dreams. I want my kids to grow up in a home where they feel empowered to take risks and try new things and safe to fail.
I knew that the example I wanted to set needed to start before Noah was even born. It was a good time for me if I was going to take the risk of taking this site indy, and so I went for it.
That was in 2011. A year later, Noah was born and I am so glad I’ve had the opportunity to work from home and set a schedule that allows me to take an active and involved role in his every day life.
I love my son, and he’s growing up faster than I thought he would. Over the weekend we had his [1st birthday party](http://www.flickr.com/photos/shawnblanc/sets/72157632845206559/). And now we’ve recently found out Noah is going to be a big brother…
Blanc Baby Number Two, due August 31.