Thursday, August 21, 2008

9 Years ago today...

Nine years ago today, a baby girl was born that changed the world for me. In that moment she was born I went from being just a guy to a father.

It was somewhere around the month of January, 1999, I was back in college working towards my BS degree and interning at a small start-up. OhCountess and I had been married for a little over 2 years.

My internship was in a city about an hour away from our home. The drive didn't bother me much, I enjoyed the quality radio time I was getting.

My life had worked itself into a nice routine. School and work kept me busy during the week and most of my weekends were free to be young. That is until I received a small box that changed it all.

On this winter day, I got home from my day like I usually did. My first order of business was to find my beautiful wife and give her a kiss. Today she wore a big smile and handed me a small box with a ribbon on it. This is weird. There is no scheduled reason for this present.

I could never let a box like this last too long with opening it. I pulled the tail on the ribbon and let if fall away. Lifting the cover off the box revealed something I never expected. Inside that box was a tiny baby bib that said 'I love my Daddy!'

Seven months later, my lovely bride was walking a tightrope. She has a preexisting condition that when mixed with a growing fetus was causing her to battle for her life while nurturing our unborn baby. We even had a talk that no young husband ever wants to hear.

The team of doctors looking out for my wife were fighting a battle. Everyone was playing this sick game of chicken. Keeping the pregnancy going long enough for our baby while watching my wife's health deteriorate. I like to gamble, but this was sick.

With 5 weeks to go in the pregnancy, the doctors looking out for my wife pulled the plug and said it was time, either we induce now, or we risk the mother. The baby doctors agreed that the baby should be big enough to be out of the woods. I chimed and said "Just get it done. I want the jackpot...I want both of them!"

9 years ago today, I became a father. I held her in my arms and for the first time in my life, I was filled with a love like I had never known.

I love you OhPrincess - Happy Birthday!!!


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8 comments:

Heather said...

Wow. Becoming a father is stressful enough! Thank God it all worked out. Happy Birthday!

Mr Lady said...

Happiest birthday ever~!

BusyDad said...

Jackpot indeed!! That is a good story with a great ending! Happy birthday to your girl. Best gift ever.

Jeremy Neal said...

Dude, that's awesome. Congratulations and happy birthday. People take a lot of things for granted, too often their wife and kids. An experience like this must have been extremely difficult, and I'm so glad it turned out good in the end. You're a very fortunate man to have 2 wonderful ladies in your life - both happy and healthy I'm sure. Thanks for sharing this!

matt said...

Terrific story. I am very happy to hear that it all worked out well!

A very happy birthday to your special little girl. Goes by quick, doesn't it?

Charlie on the PA Turnpike said...

My hat is off to you and your ladies.

Weaselmomma said...

Happy Birthday Ohprincess. Glad you stopped by Weasels. Even gladder that you are considering a trade up. Any offers for trade need to be sent in an email to dadofdivas at gmail dot com. I would be so relieved from the fear of nobody make an offer. Wow would that be scorching. Let me know what your offer for my sorry self to. It would be great to get to meet you and the Mrs.

Nellie said...

she looks SO OLD! crap. are we getting that old?????

happy belated birthday to my other fav little girl!