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B-Minus Seven Hours

January 30th, 2006

In seven hours, our alarm clock will ring. And despite the ungodly hour, we will get up and make our way downtown to the hospital. There, with the help of Western medicine, we will have our baby.

Tara and I have spent the past few days taking turns freaking out. It still doesn’t feel real. It just seems completely incomprehensible that people will extract a person from inside my wife, give her to us, and then send us on our merry way. It utterly blows my mind.

But I take comfort in knowing that people have been doing this for an awfully long time. And while the birth experience is sure to be a life-altering event for us, it is actually the most common things in the world. The event of birth has happened to every single one of us. In some ways, having a baby is the most pedestrian thing you can do.

Nevertheless, this will be our birth and our baby. Something (and someone) we’ve wanted in such a visceral way for years now. There’s no way to calculate what tomorrow will mean to us on a personal, emotional, and spiritual level. This will be the culmination of so many threads in our lives.

In a couple days, we’ll be coming home with a new person. I, for one, cannot wait to meet her!


  1. Alicé & Melanie
    January 31st, 2006 at 10:30 | #1

    Oh my God!!!! This is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo exciting….. This means that RIGHT NOW you are having this baby. Buena Suerte, Bonne Chance, love all of us

  2. Jennyc
    January 31st, 2006 at 11:23 | #2

    baby extraction!


  3. Jennyc
    January 31st, 2006 at 11:23 | #3

    I actually woke up this morning from a dream where Tara gave birth

  4. susan dratel
    February 1st, 2006 at 11:16 | #4

    Why aren’t you a writer?

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