So we are in the final weeks of #4 (Emma) My wife is an amazing person, a farm girl from Thief River Falls, MN (if you have seen the movie Miracle about the 80 US hockey team, TRF is where they hit the moose on the runway) She is due on Oct. 5th. As a dad, I wonder how she will change the dynamics of our family. Our oldest Brent was my first experience with babies – I had rarely been around them – so I didn’t even know how to hold a baby. We were living in North Dakota at the time and Andi, my wife, was a bank examiner for the state and traveled 36 weeks out of the year and was gone Monday – Thursday. My little man and I spent a ton of time together. He taught me how to be a dad. Every morning before work, we would head to a local coffee house, the Urban Stampede, and grab a coffee and muffin. Def. some of my most amazing memories of B and me. I also was coaching wrestling at the time and he would follow me around the mats at practice and tournaments. When Andi was pregnant with Aaron I wondered how my relationship with Brent would change. I had all this history with my little man and was afraid of the changes. The cool thing is Brent loved his little bro and they are inseprable. Aaron is my gentle little man. When we found out about #3 the same worries came back, I didn’t want my amazing relationships with my boys to change. When we told the boys about the new baby, they were so excited and they both wanted a little sister. That was tons of pressure and we were afraid that we were going to let them down. But to our surprise, God gave us E.
With time you build amazingly cool and unique relationships with your kids that are always changing. So, I’m excited about Emma and at the same time a bit scared about how my relationship with the boys and Erika will be affected, mostly Erika. She is my amazing, beautiful Boo, or E as I call her. The moments are fleeting, don’t forget to capture them. Hearts to B, A, E and E. Love Dad.