Monday, January 30, 2012

Why I am a Slack Blogger

Late last year I decided that I was going to join the blogging community and write about my life as a Dad and about my wonderful family.  At first it was a great outlet for my day-to-day stress and provided a little entertainment for my readers.  It also got me linked up with alot of other Daddy bloggers that really made me feel good and who I enjoyed reading.  As of late though, it's been hard to take the time and get back in the rhythm.  Like all things Christmas and New Years just got in the way and everything has been on hold since then.  But, like all good things, I will be back and better then ever. So, keep checking in and look forward to reading my new exploits as a Dad of three and waiting for my little boy to get to us.  Thanks. 

For a little inspiration of your own check out:
The Rookie Dad
Dads Who Change Diapers
Daddy Knows Less

Friday, January 13, 2012

It's a Boy!

These are some of the most remarkable words I have ever heard.  They rank right up there with "I'm pregnant" and "It's a healthy baby."  I can't say enough about how happy I am to finally be having a baby boy.  Not that I wouldn't have been happy to have a happy, healthy girl, but after three girls, it's time for a change. Thank you God. 

My wife and I had our third doctor's appointment on Wednesday and I am happy to announce that their will be a III finally in my family. Going forward he will be known as Trei.  He has had his name picked out for him for seven years, since my wife and I first got pregnant with Random Girl.  I am so blessed to have a wife that understands how much passing on my father's name means to me.  I am blessed to be able to pass that name along.  In May, I will be able to do so.

That being said, I just wanted to pass along some good news.  It's exciting getting ready to have another baby.  It's exciting to be having a boy.  It will be a whole new experience for us both.  For those of you that know, what do you think will be the biggest difference? 

Monday, January 9, 2012

Road Trip!!

This year I have made it a goal of mine to spend more time with my family and friends.  There are always excuses as to why this can't happen or won't happen, but this year is going to be different.  I have already taken the first step to secure this goal by purchasing a rather new mini van that everyone loves to ride in.  Road trip, here we come.

This past weekend, we took a trip to Charlotte, NC.  It was a great trip.  The kids traveled awesomely glued to the TV in the back playing Rio or Lion King.  We stopped when needed, we ate when hungry, and we visited with family along the way.  It was a good trip for all of us.  

We took this trip to see my sister.  She has lived in her new home for four years and I haven't been to see her yet.  There has always been some kind of obstacle in the way from work to gas prices.  This weekend, we took the time to go see her.  Let me just say, four years was way to long.  We had a wonderful time with her and her husband.  The girls had an absolute blast seeing their Aunt and Uncle, and it was a much needed mini vacation for everyone.  We got some good family bonding time.  We also went to IKEA, but I'll save that for another post.  It was just an overall great time.

I say this to put out there, what are you not doing and should be?  I'm not getting any younger and my family and friends are scattered throughout the Southeast.  Some of my largest regrets are the people that will not be in my children's life because I waited too long.  Time is the one thing that we can't make any more of.  So, what are you going to do differently in 2012 for you and your kids?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Baby Kicks

I felt my new baby's first kicks today! What an exhilarating feeling. It's amazing how something so small can excite you so much and bring back so many memories. Contrary to what I might think on some days, I love being a Dad. I love everything about it. It's those baby kicks that remind me how fragile a child's life can be and how much I have to look forward too bringing #4 to our clan.

I can remember when my wife was pregnant with Random Girl. We lived in a small apartment, right outside of the town where I went to college. I was still a part time student, with a part time job, and we had very meager beginnings. At the height of her pregnancy, we had both gained some significant weight and had gotten quite large. When I say large, you have to take into perspective that all we had was a full size bed. We became very "close." I used to go to bed with that little girl kicking away at my back. Most nights it felt like a massage. I would wake up throughout the night to the pitter patter of those little feet on my back. I loved it. It's something I would not have gotten to experience in such detail had we had a different beginning to our life together and one that set me up to enjoy the little pleasures of pregnancy with my wife.  

So, now with #4, it's an amazing feeling to feel those kicks again. It's still so amazing to go to the doctor's office and hear that little heartbeat. It's all still so amazing. I am so blessed. What brings back those memories for you? What are the little things that you enjoy about being pregnant? Leave me a comment, I would like to know.