Friday, June 12, 2009

I've Been Keeping Something From You

Meet Henry.
Here's Henry. He's quite small - less than 2lbs and 14 inches. Right now his interests are limited to sleeping, kicking, and punching. He looks pretty normal now, compared to some of the earlier 3D ultrasound images, and as far as we can tell, he is perfectly healthy. He is scheduled to join us in about 90 days and we are really excited about that. For the time being, he is mostly excited about my wife's consumption of salsa, cake, and italian ice.
My wife and I have been married for over 9 years, and yesterday was her 35th birthday. In that time, we have been through a lot, but it's true that if you don't let it tear you apart, it all makes you stronger. We have been trying to have a baby for a while, and like our marriage, I'm glad we stuck with it. The pregnancy has not been easy, but then again, I don't know why I expected it to be. We have all kinds of friends with all kinds of advice about how, exactly, we should parent, but we're not really concerned about that. We are just excited to have a little family - and I can't wait to teach Henry all about this life, and this world.
Obviously I "have no idea how much this will change things." How could I? One of my primary goals right now is to get my work life honed down to a dull roar - for the first time in my life, "work" seems to be less of a priority than helping my wife out at home, and just "being home" in general. Maybe this is what "settling down" is like.
My career, and our lives, are very much on the road, and will always be that way, and I'm not sure I would ever change that if I could. So trust me, there will still be plenty to write about once Henry joins us. Please wish us luck & send us a prayer if that's your thing.
And don't worry - more outdoors stuff coming soon, ha ha!


tugboatdude said...

you should just go ahead and give him the nickname j are!congrats again dude the nose lives on!

Carol said...

You have been blessed. I've no doubt you'll be wonderful parents. There really are such things.

Mike Shimniok said...

That's AWESOME! Congrats! He's a handsome little guy! We *just* had our little Violet only 2 wks ago so totally know where you're at with the wondering and waiting. Everyone always says "this will change everything" etc. I think you can kinda figure out what will change to some degree. Since my wife is mid 30's and I am nearly 40 we're not out partying every night and we're kind of homebodies, so for now we are kind of rolling into it pretty seamlessly. Anyway, Violet is fussing so... gotta go. :D

{nUtTyPrOfFeSsOr} said... Can't wait to buy him LEGOs!

schnitzerPHOTO said...

Huge congratulations. I look forward to hearing about the new adventure that parenting certainly will be.

Downeast Duck Hunter said...

Congratulations, a most exciting time. I don't think I'm going to press the reset button anytime soon, but will look forward to hearing about the Big Daddy River Mud Blog. Best of the best and worst of the worst all becoming the hardest job you love to have. Best wishes...


xxx said...

congrats!! :)

Kirk Mantay said...

Thanks for the notes everybody :) We have enjoyed some of the great things & great places in life (from world travel to summer in the Adirondacks to native bees in the back yard) and we are really excited to share it all with the little guy.

Tom Arbour said...


Congrats. Welcome to the club, you'll love it.


Kristine Shreve said...

Congratulations. How exciting for both of you. Can't wait to read Henry stories after he arrives.

Blessed said...

Congratulations! We just had our little guy yesterday - he's #2 for us and the last one we'll have - they are a load of fun, and a lot of work!

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