She’s Having a Baby

The word on the street is true.  And we couldn’t be any happier about it!

Three weeks ago my Mexican grandma (who has always been very religious-superstitious) called my sister, saying, “Do you have something to tell me?”

“No…”

“Are you sure?  You don’t have anything to tell me?”

“Nnnnno…”  (more hesitantly than the first time)

“I had a dream.  I had a dream where I saw your grandfather in Heaven and he was so happy.  He was pushing a baby stroller.”

In other words, my grandma assumed the wrong grandchild.  She also told my sister about another dream she had where she saw “the most beautiful little girl in a rocking chair”.  We’ll know in about eight more weeks whether or not that second dream is true.

Something I never realized about finding out you’re going to be a first time parent is that it has to stay a secret for a while.  Long enough to make sure it’s not a false alarm.  Long enough to confirm with a doctor.  Long enough to get a sonogram.

We’ve known for over a month now.  It’s a huge secret to keep from the entire world for that long.  What a relief!  Hey, we’re having a baby!

Expected arrival is on my dad’s 54th birthday:  November 11th.

Obviously I’ve got a lot more to say about it all and I will continue to encounter plenty more as time goes on.  Therefore, this is the first of many in my new series I call “dad from day one”.  While it seems pretty easy to find material out there for expectant moms, not so much for expectant dads.

Expectant dads don’t encounter physical changes, but they do experience psychological ones.  In this new series I will be journaling the whole process, from the time we found out we’re having a baby, until… well I can’t say until the baby is born because that’s only the beginning.  And speaking of the beginning, when is day one?

Was it the day of conception?  The day we found out?  Today, the day I’m publicly telling everyone I haven’t already told in person or on the phone?  I don’t know.  Day One is the beginning of this new person I am becoming.

In the likeness of a TV show I’ve never seen but heard good things about, How I Met Your Mother, another goal of “dad from day one” is to create an archive for this kid to come.  To show him or her what was going through my head during all this.

Eighteen years ago, I was given a blank journal by a classmate from school as a Christmas present.  Inspired by my favorite cartoon show at the time, Doug, I remember my first entry:

“Dear Journal, I will be writing everyday so that in the future when I have kids of my own one day…”
Then I stopped.  I embarrassed myself with the phrase “kids of my own one day” because it wasn’t the way I actually talked.  It just seemed too weird.  I threw the journal in the garbage.

Here I am 18 years later, seven months away from the big day.  About to have a “kid of my own”.  Let’s do this thing.

All pictures with the “JHP” logo were taken by Joe Hendricks Photography:

Blog- www.photojoeblog.com

Website- www.joehendricks.com

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  1. by Rhonda Hendricks

    On April 13, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    awesome! look forward to reading more.

  2. by Phyllis Metallo

    On April 13, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Nick,
    I am so happy for you. Your mom explained how you guys broke the news to her. What an excellent birthday present for her! I hope to meet you and your wife and little child soon. I finally met Dana. Now YOU are a marked man!

  3. by Karen

    On April 13, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Yay! Congrats, officially now that it’s on social media! :)

  4. by Driftwood

    On April 13, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Yes Nick, it starts on the day of conception and you should tell us more about that day.

    Kidding, of course. Can’t wait to meet the little booger or boogerette!

  5. by Diana

    On April 13, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    so happy for you guys! love that you’re writing about it! btw baby shell looks like a (super cute) ducky in the u/s pic!

  6. by shiny mess

    On April 14, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Congratulations!! EEEKKK!!!

  7. by Anonymous

    On April 17, 2010 at 2:19 am

    I am so excited about baby shell !

  8. by Anonymous

    On April 17, 2010 at 2:21 am

    My son is going to be a Daddy !

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