The start of a lifelong family journey all began while I was Half asleep.
Just like any other day we made sure we said goodbye to each other before leaving for work, as I was sleeping she nudged me and whispered “I’m pregnant!” Well I work midnights; by the way, So my response was in my raspy voice “oh that’s so nice, have a good day at work.” As I close my eyes back to sleep I just remember feeling extremely blessed at that very moment. I began to reflect on many things.
What to expect? Well, that is a complex question that requires at least a little bit of complex thoughts. I don’t know what to expect. Life will change. But, isnt change what we want as human beings? To continuously grow and improve, right? Even if I make plans or try to prepare, I’m not going to be “ready”… really it’s like any new growth… you can’t really be ready cause the “growth” is going to be new and if something is new to your life you might anticipate or think you’re prepared but in the end something new in your life can never be 100 percent planned for. I am an open minded individual that will never agree with the “Status Quo” until I have experienced it myself. That way of thinking isn’t always the best, might I add.
So when more people heard about us expecting I got the same statement over and over which was “oh you will never have time to do anything”, “say goodbye to your workouts and say goodbye to any hobbies”.
Now, I have to admit, I do like spending quite a bit of time working out, playing basketball, and just basically being active. I know that will change, but I refuse to listen to those people that basically have a “negative vibe” on my new life altering change. I don’t mean to sound naïve because I don’t have any children but there are a lot of successful people in this world that balance work hobbies and have happy successful families. They didn’t fall into the “trap” of not being able to do what they did before they had a child. I have a drive to be successful and to be healthy mentally and physically. We will share what we know with our baby and instill those values.
“My Father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me”- J. Vilvano
The one thing I know I can bring to the table , with our baby being born is my relentless never give up attitude. I had that attitude when some friends and family said I could never play college football, since I didn’t play high school football. But, I did and I was successful. I had that attitude when I was told to stop pursuing a career in law enforcement. After six years of being persistent, I finally achieved the career that I work so hard for. So when I was told “you will never be able to do “that” again” I took that as a personal challenge to once again prove everyone wrong that I can have a newborn and still be able to balance the rest of my daily activities, with some modifications, of course.
I know that life will change and some challenges will arise. I mean think about it, I am responsible for another human life!
I couldn’t be more excited for the moment when I hold my child in my arms. “Hey Eric are you ready for the baby?” Well what an open ended question and this is my logic behind my answer to that question: no, I’m not ready and in reality whoever is ready? Even if I think I am ready, this is a new path that will bring the challenges, and that is exciting. I am ready to be the best father I can be. I personally believe that there is no course I can prepare me or anybody for fatherhood, but I plan on giving it my very best and at the end of the day I feel it in my heart that my very best will always be the most positive thing for my family. Everything I am and every experience story and challenge that I face will be passed down to my daughter. With every lesson, and every story I will be there for her on a daily basis.
What is the one thing I can pass down…..
When it comes to being a new father, what comes to mind? Should I be realistic? What if I said that being realistic is the most common Road traveled to mediocrity? My personal favorite movie is the 80s classic Back to The Future. If you know the movie doc brown tells Marty over and over “if you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything” I’ve experienced that first hand in my life and will pass that to my daughter. I keep thinking about The talks I will have with my baby girl as she grows up and I will definitely tell her that if she puts her mind to something she can accomplish anything. Now I am not just taking that line out of the movie and expecting greatness. That statement alone is very general and broad and I understand it, but I will tell my baby girl, that “if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything, but remember it might take you 10 times”. I will make sure she understands that it doesn’t matter what you do or how many times you try and fail at something if you keep your mind on track and really want something you will achieve it. At the end of the day the kid who mastered the bike in one try and a kid who mastered the bike on the 30th try are now both riding without help, they both overcame the challenge.
“At any moment you have to be able to sacrifice what you are, for what you Will become”
I believe that fitness is just like any other great relationship. People form that relationship throughout their lives. Fitness does not come over night. It takes hard work and dedication, you learn what things work and what things don’t, and throughout that whole process your continually educating yourself and growing not only physically to a healthier person but mentally as well. And it’s funny Innoway because you couldn’t really read that last sentence or two and apply that to any friend any husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, job, pet, or hobby because nothing happens overnight but knowing that you’re taking a small step forward is encouraging because at the end of the day if you’re not growing then you’re dying.
So wrapping up this post, there is a balanced point to take away and that’s this: its not only the joy of a new baby, but realizing that I need to rely on my core beliefs.
So, in conclusion no matter what challenge I face as a new father, I know that I will have each day to be thankful for because I know that my little girl is a little bigger and a little smarter than the day before and that her growth in life will be beautiful and triumphant. She will know her mom and dad Will be there with her and we will all grow together as a family which is the most important lesson in life.
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Well Said Eric and Congratulation’s to you and your wife. The adventure begins and never ends. My oldest child is Elizabeth Efren’s partner and wife . She was 33 yesterday and one of my closest and most trusted friends. I remember the day of her birth like it was yesterday.
Parenting is an evolution that occurs with love and devotion and determination. It strikes me that you and your wife possess those qualities and will use them everyday of your daughters life.
Don’t forget to ask the head nurse for the “””Parenting Handbook “”when you go to leave the hospital for the first time. I never got mine and had to WING it…………………
I got lucky everyone turned out ok regardless of my many failures.
Its all evolution.
Good Luck to you