Monday, October 06, 2008

Thoughts on something huge - (literally and figuratively/earlier and later than expected)

This is not Nanette. This is Brent: the husband who's been (lovingly) harassed by Nanette with repeated requests to do a guest blog post on Nanette's blog. Common conversation at home over the last five months:

Nanette: When are you going to do a post for my blog?
Brent: What?
Nanette: ...about how excited you are to be a dad!
Brent: I am very excited. I will.
Nanette: Thank you. Your nonspecific commitment to perform the requested action had the desired effect of momentarily placating me and I will now return to watching an inane reality show about [babies/many babies/people who act like babies].

And I really was down with the idea of the guest post, but I also had a lot of time left before the birth. Shouldn't a reflection on pending fatherhood be written at the point of greatest anticipation and as the due date neared, wouldn't anticipation increase dramatically? I decided that waiting until the last possible moment would guarantee a monumental outpouring of truth and emotion. With an October 19th due date, I had plenty of time to whip myself into a father-to-be frenzy. The plan was sound - as of Sunday morning, I had nearly two weeks left to write something epic!

The plan was flawed.

Apparently due dates are just an "estimate."

Babies have no respect for other people's deadlines.

As of Sunday night, I am a dad!

Our stunning baby girl (aka Em Dash) was born at 11:14 pm on October 5th. Hailing from LA and tipping the tiny scale at 7 pounds, 15 ounces, she enjoys tiny hats and completely catching her parents off guard. Fortunately, her decision to get life started many days ahead of schedule has had no ill effect on mother nor daughter and both are healthy and happy.

Here's where my ridiculous procrastination pays off. Pre-dad hypothesis has nothing on the actual dad scenario. I could have said I was excited about her birth - gross understatement. It's the single most amazing thing I've ever seen. I might have guessed that my daughter would be beautiful. Wrong - she's completely stunning. Most importantly, I wouldn't have been able to explain the enormity of this event. I would have come up short. Even when my daugther is crying with ferocity and doing unspeakable things to a diaper, I'm overwhelmed by how much I already love her. There aren't proper words, so I'm glad I didn't try.

I'm also guessing that while I would have said how much I love Nanette, I wouldn't have given Nanette adequate props. I saw her give birth with my own eyes and my brain still can't quite process the event. Other than a case of pregnancy cankles that will live on in myth and legend, my wife was a pillar of pregnancy poise. That is up to and including the point yesterday when Nanette somewhat matter of factly announced that her water had likely broken and that immediate advancement toward a hospital was prudent and necessary. She'll be along later for a more detailed baby-having account that will probably include the words "bundt cake," "overhead lighting" "tarry," "exhausted" and "stupendous."

Hugs and kisses,
Brent

(PS - in this crazy Interweb-enabled age, I'm compelled to make the following request - we aren't sure when or if we'll publicly unveil our baby girl's name. Please refrain from mentioning her name here in comments on this blog or anywhere else online. Thanks!)

82 comments:

  1. Congratulations again! Much love to your whole family!

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  2. Many congrats to all of you! This made me cry. I'm a very hormonal and very pregnant woman.... and I loved reading Brent's post. I'm now off to suggest that Daniel do a guest post for me, Zoe and little Finnegan. Cheers!!!!

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  3. aw congrats congrats! what a great time to step in as guest blogger brent :)

    congrats!

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  4. She really is so beautiful, and I'm so thrilled for the two of you! I can't wait to meet little Em Dash!

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  5. Glad to see that mom and baby are doing well and that dad is doing his part on the blog. Congratulations.

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  6. Good grief, I am crying. Please tell me that Nanette remembers that I suggested the name :) Congrats to you both!

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  7. Excellent job Brent. Congrats on being a dad. Being a parent is the most amazing thing.

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  8. Woohoo and many congrats to you three! Brent, you made my eyes get misty (I couldn't cry, I just put my eye make up on for work). You sound like a very proud Papa.

    Many felicitations to you three!!

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  9. Big Congrats! Thanks for sharing your experience with us all in the blogosphere.

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  10. Congratulations! Glad everyone fared well, can not wait to see Em Dash pics!

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  11. Congrats to you two!!! And thanks for guest blogging and filling us in! :)

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  12. Congratulations! Isn't it amazing how the anticipation is nothing compared to actually living it!?!

    Thanks for posting and I am so happy for you guys!

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  13. congratulations!!! very happy for all three of you :)

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  14. Congratulations!

    I know exactly how you feel, Brent. Welcome to the wonderful world of parenting, guys!

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  15. Congratulations! Glad everything's perfect!

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  16. Amazing! I totally wasn't expecting this yet. Congratulations to you all!

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  17. You say you don't have words to describe all this, but I think you did Em Dash justice here - a beautiful story about the birth of a beautiful little girl. Congratulations to you both!

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  18. Wow! She was so excited to meet her parents, she decided to pop out early:)

    Congrats, can't wait to hear from Nanette!

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  19. Congratulations! Welcome to parenthood! You'll love it. Much love to your new member.

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  20. Congratulations! Awesome guest post. :)

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  21. CONGRATULATIONS!!! So happy for you THREE! Can't wait to hear more. It's such an amazing thing, isn't it? When I didn't see an update, I figured that something was going on. :) Your little girl must have been SO excited to meet her parents! :) Enjoy this time ... soak up every moment.

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  22. Thanks for the guest post and big congrats to your family! Hope you enjoy every moment with lots of humor and love!

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  23. Congrats! Can't wait for pictures!

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  24. Yay! Congrats!

    I am very happy for you both!
    Plus great guest post new daddy!

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  25. I'm so glad that everything went well that that mom and baby are doing fine. Congrats on your little one. Can't wait for baby updates!

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  26. Congratulations!

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  27. AMAZING!!!! HOW AWESOME!!! Congrats!!

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  28. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I can't wait to meet her! She IS stunning. :)

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  29. OH MY GOD! Congratulations you guys! :) :) :) :) :)

    Where are the pictures?????????????

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  30. Congratulations again!! So happy for you all!

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  31. Congratulations to you both! I have to say, she is quite cute. Even with WeeMo's patented eye-blocking :)

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  32. Congratulations to you! I have to agree with Sarah, she's gorgeous... Can't wait to see another photo!

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  33. Congratulations again! We are so happy for you all!

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  34. Congratulations!

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  35. Congrats, congrats, congrats! I'll just add you don't have to be hormonal and pregnant to cry at that wonderful post... :)

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  36. Awwwww ... Brent, that was wonderful. Congrats again and I hope to see those cheeks in person real soon!

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  37. Congrats again, and she really is stunning!

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  38. man! almost born on my birthday! congrats!!!!!

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  39. Ever since Nannette said her water broke on Twitter I have waiting to hear that all was ok. Thanks for this post! I'm so excited for all of you.

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  40. Congrats to the new family!!

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  41. Congratulations! I wonder if the baby is an answer to this blog name, Say it, don't spray it. The baby'll do both.

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  42. nice job, daddy! congratulations again to all of you. welcome to the club!

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  43. Congrats, congrats, congrats!!! So happy for you guys!

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  44. Brent, you're guest blog is fantastic. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to call my dad. :) Congratulations to you both again and I hope Em Dash realized how lucky she is some day.

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  45. Congratulations!!! I can't wait to see pictures of the new little one. And now you are three.

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  46. CONGRATULATIONS to you both! I saw a sneak peek of her already and she is gorgeous. So happy for you guys!

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  47. Huge congrats, you two! With parents like you, I know she's absolutely gorgeous!

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  48. AHHH I am crying! So excited for you two!! Congrats:)

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  49. Congrats to you three! :)

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  50. Congratulations!! Exciting times ahead!

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  51. congratulations!!! that is so so so exciting. What a wonderful post to start off her life!! YAY!

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  52. Congrats! I'm putting a present in the mail for you guys!

    Hope you're feeling okay N!

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  53. Congratulations to the whole family. Glad happy and healthy are the theme of the day or likely the month! I've been repeatedly checking your Twitter and blog since your Sunday tweet waiting for your good news. Excellent debut guest post Brent.

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  54. Hooray! Congratulations to Nanette and Brent, and welcome to Em Dash (who doesn't even know yet that an entire Internet calls her 'Em Dash.')

    We're very excited for you and can't wait to hear more.

    WriterJax & ArcherVision

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  55. Congratulations Brent & Nanette! I'm so excited for you. It seems like just yesterday you were planning your wedding, and now there's a beautiful baby girl! Wishing many wonderful blessings (even more than you've already enjoyed) on all three of you. XOXOX!

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  56. congratulations to you both!! how exciting!! i kinda figured Em Dash was here because of the title. and i'm sorry, i kinda jumped over straight to the part that mentioned that brent is now a dad!! i'm happy for you both. welcome to the world, little em dash!

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  57. Oh I'm so happy for your two...well you three now. YEAH!! What - her real name won't be Em Dash - damn - I lost that pool :)

    Congratulations and big hugs for all!!

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  58. Congrats to you and Nanette!!!!! This is so exciting :)

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  59. Congrats Nanette and Brent! Welcome to the world Em Dash!

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  60. Congrats! Welcome to the world, Em Dash!

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  61. Congratulations! The two of you will be wonderful parents!

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  62. aw, that was beautifully written! and congrats to you and Nanners - your little one is already such a cutie!

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  63. I am sooooo excited for you guys! I can't wait to see photos.

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  64. Umm, holy crap!! I get a little behind on Google Reader and look what I missed!! EEK! Biggest congrats to you both!!

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  65. Congratulations and welcome to parenthood!

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  66. CONGRATS!!!!! Completely amazing. Hope all is well. Can't wait to see pics.

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  67. congratulations nanette and brent and welcome to the world em dash!

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  68. Congratulations!! What a wonderful post!! :o)

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  69. CONGRATS on the new addition :)

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  70. Congratulations on your wee one's arrival!! How very exciting! Can't wait to hear all about her big debut. :)

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  71. Congratulations! Your lives will never be the same again. If she's anything like our little newborn, she makes you the happiest you've ever been along with the most tired you've ever been. :)

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  72. wow...i'll make it 79 comments. u have lots of fans

    congrats hun!! she is beautiful =)
    make sure you get lots of rest.

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  73. 80! HUGE congratulations on Em!

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  74. Welcome to the world, baby Em Dash! ! ! !

    Great post by the new Daddy. I'm teary eyed here. Congratulations to the three of you! ! ! !


    Soooooooo happy for you!

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  75. As you know, I'm late to the reply, but this post had me in tears :) Nice job, Brent!!! 82 comments? Em is an Internet superstar :)

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