Friday, May 28, 2010

Going to be a dad!

Never have I experienced something so small having such a profound impact on my life.



My wife is due on Dec 13! The above was taken at approximately 11 weeks where we got to hear the heart beat and actually got to see the little guy/gal move. (And me being the already dorky dad, I got the whole thing on video)

I hesitate to mention the spirituality of pregnancy, but I can’t help but feel some sort of primeval force telling me to reproduce. ”Me Adam….me make children….me get children mow lawn and take out trash…” Some people don’t have that urge, and I get that. But I certainly do.


Social media has made life very interesting when announcing major life changes like this. Everything needs to be very well choreographed – lest Aunt Betty finds out via the town hobo who saw the baby news on Facebook. I’ve found that the prayer chain of notification goes something like this:
  • Weeks preg – 9: Tell parents face to face (where possible) during a very elaborate mother’s day celebration
  • Weeks preg – 11: Tell grandparents, aunts, uncles, and town hobo
  • Weeks preg – 11.5: Post on Facebook
  • Weeks preg – 12: Post on blog
  • Weeks preg - ??: Start viral media blitz involving Twitter, YouTube, and those guys who write words with plane exhaust

So, fetal twitter accounts aside, I'll probably create a baby specific blog that my wife can post on too. If you have some baby fascination (and who doesn't?) you will be able to hop over there and catch the posts about our new little lime sized addition. That said, I may pop in with an update or two when I am too lazy to run when I feel that it is warranted. So, you can look forward to the regular ho-hum updates of me cranking out the miles and trying not to poop myself. The latter skill I can only assume will come in very handy 7 months from now.

52 comments:

Chris said...

Congratulations! As one who has five children, I can tell you that you are embarking on an adventure that will change your life forever, and you will love it!

Karen said...

Wow- congratulations!

James said...

Congratulations. You're in for the run of your life. Best of luck to you and your wife!

GeorgiaSnail said...

Awesome!!!! Congrats, Adam!

Kelly said...

Congratulations!!!

Running Through Phoenix said...

kinda boring news...

Claire said...

Congratulations!! What wonderful news!!

Needlerunning said...

Congrats! Best of luck.

Jamie said...

Yay! That's awesome! Congratulations!!!

EZEthan said...

Awesome man... Congrats... I hear that pushing a running stroller up a hill is like speedwork in disguise!

Psyche said...

Congratulations!!! Wonderful news! We'll have to start prepping you early- as in, "You do understand that lime green compression socks are child abuse, riiiight?"

Dr. TriRunner said...

You better not make this one boring. :P

Kidding of course. Congratulations!! Looking forward to updates!

Michele said...

How exciting! Congratulations!!

Nitmos said...

Congrats! Yes, those little momochrome videos are always very exciting...about the only time monochrome is met with such enthusiasm.

Hope you enjoyed having extra cash laying around!

Rad Runner said...

Hooray for yoU! A mini runner in the works I see?

Steel Springs said...

Congratulations! That's so exciting!

Teamarcia said...

Congrats! It's a wild and crazy ride...enjoy every minute!

Neil Z said...

When wife was preg, the docs said stupid things like "your child is now the sizes of a kumquat. Or your child is now the size of a perssimon. I was like WHAT TH F? I had to go to the grocery store after each ultrasound visit

gene said...

Congrats! 13DEC is my birthday, too, so it will be cool to 'share' it. of course, i know that it isn't an exact science, but...
ANYWAY, the very best to you and your wife. i can't wait to read all about it!!!

Colin Hayes said...

Congratulations! Instead of the usual canned "your life is going to change forever", etc, I'll give you some solid advice you can use: pretend you're asleep, even when you're not. You'll know what I'm talking about when the time comes.
And ladies, don't hate me. I'm just kidding.

[not]

wendy_kresha@charter.net said...

OMG!!! Congratulations to you and your wife! How awesome is that! How sweet that you told your mom on Mother's Day, I am guessing she cried.

Now you will know someone else who was born in Phoenix...

So happy for you : )

Johanna B said...

Congrats to you and your wife. I don't have any idea what it's like to be a dad but the night I found out I was pregnant I sat there staring at my abdomen thinking Wow, there's a little life in there. For me definitely a profoundly spiritual moment. Your life has changed forever.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Congrats to you and your wife, that's amazing news!!

Vincent said...

Awesome news! Congrats

Whitney said...

Oh YAY!!!! Congratulations! Hope everything goes great during her pregnancy!
P.S. I think that my doctor is anti-ultrasound pictures before the 20 week appointment. I still haven't seen my baby!!!

Brenna said...

Congratulations! He/she will surely be a wonderful holiday addition :)

Pam said...

I KNEW IT! When you commented on my blog that you were scratching Vegas from your schedule "for reasons that will make more sense in the coming months" I KNEW that's what it was!

Do I win a rize?

Congrats!

kilax said...

Congrats Adam! You will make a great dad!

Guess I need to be your friend on FB?

EricaH said...

Very exciting news :)
Congratulations to your wife and you.. next year you can add complete 1st race with jogging stroller to your goals. :)

RunningLaur said...

Congrats again!
I bet you'll have all sorts of new things for Funny Fridays on the way with the new bundle of amusement.

MCM Mama said...

Congratulations! It's a heck of a ride. ;o)

destinationathlete said...

Oh, congrats!!

As others have already posted - parenthood is fantastically wonderful and fantastically difficult, all at the same time. You're gonna love it!

destinationathlete said...

Oh, congrats!!

As others have already posted - parenthood is fantastically wonderful and fantastically difficult, all at the same time. You're gonna love it!

Michelle said...

YESSSS!!!!


CONGRATS!!!!!!

Angie Bishop said...

Amazing!!! You are so going to love this whole ride! Its the best :)
Congrats to you!!

inspiREDtorun13 said...

Congrats Mr. Ricklefs!

Ted said...

Whooooa Nelly !!! A big congratulation is in order. Time to order plenty of cigars.

Her Name is Rio said...

Woot! Woot!
Congrats to you and your wife!

Tara Shelton said...

YAY! YAY! YAY! Tell Tiffany congrats too! So excited for you! I have been waiting for a post like this!

Julie said...

Oh Adam,
This is fantastic news! I am so over the top happy for you and your wife:) Your little one is going to be one good looking kid...taking after his/her parents! Congrats to you:)

Happy Weekend!

Glenn Jones said...

Congratulations Adam! I have three of them - and they are worth every penny and minute spent.

Johann said...

Fantastic! Congratulations! The most wonderful part of your life.

X-Country2 said...

AWWWWW! Congrats! I fell in love with my husband all over again thoughtout this pregnancy. Boys and babies melt my heart. :o)

Erin said...

Congrats, that's very exciting! I imagine the baby blog will be another entertaining read!!

Chris Korn said...

I trust that you are already thinking of boring names. Seriously, congrats.

Tricia said...

so very excited for you. Time to pick out a jogging stroller :) (my hubby almost exclusively pushes ours on runs. :)

Congrats!

Bob Hazen said...

Congrats! It's it amazing?

Jill said...

Congratulations to you and your wife!! Sooo very exciting!!!!

aron said...

ohhhhh this is SO EXCITING!!!! congrats :) so happy for you!

Ulyana said...

ADAM! CONGRATULATIONS to you and your wife! I get that urge too, haha :)

RunnerDude said...

Congrat! Congrats! Congrats! Now the real fun begins!

Ace said...

Congratulations! Awesome news. Oh and don't forget, "Me make new tax deduction!"