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First time NOLA daddies celebrate Father’s Day: Seth Hamstead of Cleaver and Co.

Written by  IntheNOLA.com
Father’s Day is quickly approaching (that’s right, this Sunday, June 15!). And to celebrate such a special day, we’re featuring a different first time NOLA daddy each day this week!
 
Seth and Talbot "Tallie" Hamstead, 5.5 months
 
Seth Hamstead of Cleaver and Co., a locally sourced, full service butcher shop, welcomed baby girl, Talbot “Tallie” five and a half months ago! 
“There haven’t been any truly scary parts yet,” Seth said. “I am anticipating with dread that first cut or bruise that makes Tallie inconsolable. I guess that is the worst part, when you try everything you know to console your child and nothing works. That being said, after all of that, there are those moments when she looks at me, and you can tell she that she recognizes me, and she smiles. Those are the exciting moments.”
 
Even though Tallie’s only five months old, she’s already experienced some good New Orleans living. “We took Tallie to a few parades during Mardi Gras, but she fell asleep during most of them,” laughed Seth. “I’m looking forward to when she’s old enough to really enjoy the Zoo, Aquarium, and Insectarium, but it’s really the everyday things that make New Orleans special that I look forward to. I want her to hear Mr. Okra cruising around the neighborhood. I want her to count the turtles sunning themselves in the lagoon at Audubon Park. I want her to get the same sort of comfort I feel when you hear the compressors on the St. Charles streetcar and the clang of the bell (assuming that the tracks are done before she can drive).”
 
He added, “I want her to sit by the river and watch the boats go by, some of them the same boats I grew up with in West Virginia that would make their way down to New Orleans with barges loaded with coal. I want her to embrace the unknown little events this city provides, like being stopped by a random parade or movie shoot or being caught in a downpour while the sun is still shining on the next block.”
 
For those future fathers, Seth says to “read as much as you can, prepare yourself for everything, and know that you are still going to feel completely unprepared. You will need to learn how to deal with things as they come along and know that as soon as you feel you have things under control, things will completely change. Stay as flexible as possible and roll with the punches. Oh, and get to know ZukaBaby on Magazine! They have a wealth of knowledge to share.”
 
Check out our other first time daddies:
Jeff Gonzales of IntheNOLA.com
Jason Burns Sr. of QCS Logistics
Quintin Good of Purple Monkey Design
Artist Varion Laurent
Bivian "Sonny" Lee III of Son of a Saint

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