Tips for overcoming the post-partum blues as a dad

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Tips for overcoming the post-partum blues as a dad

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The biggest challenge to overcome when I became a parent was defining who I was from that point on. It's different from even getting married because when you're married your life is sharing your life with someone and when you become a parent just hours of your day become about someone else. And I went through a period where I just...I was really down, really depressed, and trying to figure out the purpose in my life, and it was startling to me, but I think having my son in my life made me think, “If I brought him here, if I was a part of bringing him into this world and I don't know my purpose what can I tell him about his?” And it's taken until this year to realize that because he is here I have purpose, because of him I have meaning, and I think it's just, you know, all the things we've talked about, the sleep deprivation, the trying to get used to adapting to this new marriage you have, having this new human in your house, all these things that is...it's all about redefining who you are. I think for me giving myself some patience, some grace, in these past couple years has lead to a sense of purpose and ultimately joy. I'm more present now with my son than I've ever been.

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Sam Jaeger

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Sam Jaeger portrays Joel Graham on NBC's drama series "Parenthood." Joel is Julia's (Erika Christensen) loyal husband and a stay-at-home dad. Jaeger's inherent talent and carefully selected roles have him poised to arrive as a major leading man in Hollywood.

On the horizon for Jaeger is the highly anticipated Spike Jonze film, "Her," which audiences will see in November of 2013. Jaeger plays Dr. Johnson and stars alongside Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson. Also coming up is the his appearance in the independent dramatic thriller film "Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes,." He starrings alongside Jessica Biel and Alfred Molina in theand scheduled dramatic thriller to be released in the fall of 2013. In other previous film roles, Jaeger played Dennis opposite Jennifer Garner and Kevin Smith in the feature film "Catch and Release" also starring Jennifer Garner and Kevin Smithand Nick Fisher opposite Bruce Willis and Josh Hartnett in the indie hit "Lucky Number Slevin," which screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006. Additionally, Jaeger has such credits asappeared in the TV movie "The Riverman," opposite Carey Elwes and Bruce Greenwood., and the indie hit "Lucky Number Slevin," opposite Bruce Willis and Josh Hartnett. "Slevin" was also seen at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006.

Jaeger got his television start with a series of strong guest roles, and eventually landed as a series regular on the popular and enlightening ABC legal drama entitled "Eli Stone." Jaeger sStarringed opposite Victor Garber and Johnny Lee Miller in the enlightening series, playing Jaeger played Miller'san arrogant and combative co-worker to Miller. Success has also found Jaeger behind the camera with his critically acclaimed, award-winning feature film directorial debut "Take Me Home." Jaeger also wrote, directed, and starred in his featurethe movie film directorial debut along with Amber Jaeger, Victor Garber, and Bree Turner. The film was met with great critical acclaim.

While attending college in New York, Jaeger began his professional career in New York while attending collegeby, landing a guest-starring role on "Law & Order." He also spent several seasons doing theater in New York before making the move to Los Angeles, where. Once in Los Angeles he landed partswas cast in two the feature films, "Traffic" and "Behind Enemy Lines." After those standout rolesroles, he won a powerful role part opposite Bruce Willis and Colin Farrell in "Hart's War." In the years following, Jaeger built up an impressive television resume, including roles in such hits as "ER," "CSI," "The West Wing," "NYPD Blue," "Scrubs," "That's Life" and "Girls Club."

In addition to his film and small screen television credits, Jaeger has also co-written and co-produced two short films. The first of which, "Quiz Bowl," caught the eye of actress Kate Bosworth, who later agreed to star in his next short, "Advantage Hart." "Hart" had its premiere at the Hollywood Film Festival , and toured on the film festival circuit.

Jaeger enjoys engaging with his community and focuses much effort towards the conservation of the environment. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

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