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    Thoughts From the Delivery Room

    So I'm wide awake, lying on the floor of the room in which my son will be brought into the world here in a few short hours. The floor is bitter cold, only 3 pillows and a blanket separate me from total discomfort, and despite badly losing a bout with the flu (Larry Holmes has nothing on that dude) I can't help but feel like the luckiest guy in the world.

    See, things like this don't happen to me. For twenty years I swore off the faintest hint of commitment, preferring to chase dead end streets on purpose. Nothing was good enough for whatever reason I saw fit.

    Until Ashlei. I met her in an aesthetician's office of all places, and I can honestly tell you everything about the first moment I saw her. I suffered silently with my feelings until a year of not being able to take it anymore culminated with me pulling a rose out of the inside pocket of my suit jacket (I tore a hole in the lining of the jacket to accomodate the long stem).

    Fast forward 18 months and I'm lying on a frigid hospital room, sick as a dog and unable to sleep because I can't stop listening to the beautiful sounds of Ashlei breathing and our son's heartbeat pounding away in the night.

    There are billions of people and places in the universe tonight and I can't think of anyone or anywhere I'd rather be than right here, right now.

    My uncle used to say "You're never lost as long as you have a mouth," and while he meant it in the directional sense, I can honestly tell you that I thank fate, the stars, God, the Academy, that I mustered the courage to tell Ash how I felt, because this once lost soul feels finally found tonight.
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    Wow Dom- you're sick on the floor of a hospital room, waiting for your baby and...your posting? I commend the commitment to Redszone, my friend.

    And good luck in the next 48 hours; I hope you feel better because every new dad deserves to enjoy the birth of their first kid 100%
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    Re: Thoughts From the Delivery Room

    Great post. Congrats and good luck!

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    Good luck..........holding your child for the first time is the greatest feeling in the world IMO.

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    Good for you, Dom!
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    Awesomeness, Dom.

    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
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    Re: Thoughts From the Delivery Room

    Congratulations, Dom! If your experience is like mine, you'll be able to draw a line in your life, and the separation will be crystal clear: your life before this child was born and your life after. You will actually experience your life's priorities changing the moment this little fellow appears.

    A couple of things that stick in my memory about that moment: 1) that this person is my son and I don't even know him, and 2) the realization that I was looking at a completely clean slate of a life.

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    Congrats and good luck!
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    Congratulations, Dom! Your son will change your life like nothing else can. Good Luck!
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    Sounds like you've got a great handle on the situation, Dom.

    Real life -- here's to it!
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    Re: Thoughts From the Delivery Room

    Congratulations Dom!

    Great post too.

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    Congrats

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    Congratulations Dom, it all changes from here on out, but in a good way.
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    Re: Thoughts From the Delivery Room

    my wife would have beat me senseless if she caught me on a computer in any of our deliveries.

    Grats though. Welcoming one's child into the world is definitely one of the most 'un-meh' moments one can experience.
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    Re: Thoughts From the Delivery Room

    Quote Originally Posted by ochre View Post
    my wife would have beat me senseless if she caught me on a computer in any of our deliveries.

    Grats though. Welcoming one's child into the world is definitely one of the most 'un-meh' moments one can experience.
    That's childbirth 2.0 for you.

    My wife would have beat me senseless had I been within arm's length to be honest. Childbirth renders the ladies, um...different from the wives we know and love. Happily, mine has little memory of the experience except for the part when it was over.
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