In the most surreal moment of my life, my wife, Britni, and I learned back at the beginning of September that she was with child (I’ve always wanted to say it like that). I’m still in a constant state of disbelief; I can hardly take care of myself, much less another human being. Then, last Thursday, we learned that our baby would be a sweet, beautiful, precious little girl. At least I hope those adjectives describe her well. If she’s like her mom then she will be.
I thought our baby would be a boy. I had this feeling so much so that I joined in an office pool to guess the gender of my own baby. I was wrong, and I lost a dollar. I already feel like a crummy father who doesn’t even know his own daughter.
Anyway, aside from the loss of a significant portion of my paycheck, we couldn’t be more ecstatic, elated, excited, ebullient and expectant (she will appreciate alliteration), and now that we’re having a baby I cannot imagine life without her. It’s amazing how quickly a father can get attached!
Now we just have to somehow wait for her to arrive. She’s due in April, just days before my April 22 birthday. What a birthday gift! In the meantime, I have to figure out how to be a father. Your prayers are certainly appreciated in that regard.
Of course as soon as you tell someone you’re going to have a baby, they immediately want to know a name. We’d like to know that, too. Britni and I are considering a few, but we’re open to suggestions. I’d like all my Greer Citizen readers, all seven of you, to chime in with your names for Baby Maple. Let us hear what you like. Even let us hear names that you don’t like.
You can leave baby names for me at www.facebook.com/greercitizen. I’ll post a comment there with a link to this column so you can leave your name or names. You can also always email me at email@example.com. I’ll be sure to let you know some of our favorites and what we think we might choose.
Thanks for joining in this exciting time with us!