From the Archive | Sleep Habits, Dirty Diapers and Piles of Laundry | With Brian Mattson and Drew Dilisio

This week, we bring you a podcast episode from the Good Dads archive. Originally recorded in 2019, our guests, Brian and Drew, discuss the challenges and rewards of new parenthood. New dads will relate to big changes in sleep habits, working collaboratively with the mother of your child and more than a few dirty diaper horror stories. 

Our Guest: Drew Dilisio, LPC 

Drew Dilisio is the former director of counseling services at Good Dads.  He is a graduate of Evangel University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, a husband and father. He is now a Behavioral Health Clinician at Jordan Valley Health Center in Springfield, MO.

Our Guest: Brian Mattson

Brian Mattson is the associate pastor at the Downtown Church in Springfield. A father of two now, Brian served on the Good Dads board until 2024. 

(4:05) we do a nighttime routine …  we really try to get in a peaceful mood. And my wife will put on some lavender soothing lotion on her while she’s singing to her, and we’ve just stuck to a schedule.

(5:06) every book seems like it’s different, with the recommendations and the best practices, so we would do one for a month with no results … (and we’d say) “let’s tweak this little thing,” and then we’d do that for three weeks. 

(8:08) For someone who’s only drinking milk, it’s incredible what comes out the other side (in her diaper). I’d say that’s pretty gross. 

(10:11) As you’re changing the dirty diaper, she smiles at you—in the eye, she locks eyes, smiles — and proceeds to have another … “elimination” as you’re hurriedly trying to put on a clean diaper.