Tonight is the first night I’ve ever had before the birth of one of my children. Well, obviously there were nights before the births of Madeline and Annabel… the thing is, I didn’t know they were the nights before. On the day of Madeline’s birth I only found out she was to be born via emergency c-section about an hour before it happened, and on Annabel’s birth day we’d only gone to the hospital to get Heather checked out because she was feeling tenderness in her stomach – not because we thought we’d be having a baby! So having a night to reflect and prepare is a new thing.
On a not-so-deep level, the great thing about this is that I will be able to get myself properly groomed for such a monumental occasion. On Maddie’s birth day I had to sprint to the hospital having not showered, and on both girls’ birth days I’d failed to shave. Things will be different tomorrow. I will shave, shower, and look almost civilized.
On a deeper level, though, the thing I appreciate the most is that I can prepare myself for what I will be experiencing. Both of the girls’ births were stressful and hurried, so my memories of them are not nearly as clear as I wish they were. Tomorrow I plan to take a lot of deep breaths, relax, and take it all in. I want to remember as much of the day as possible, especially since it will be the last time I ever see one of my children enter the world.
It hasn’t happened yet, but I’ve got a feeling tomorrow will be one of the best days of my life… right up there with these two:
November 11, 2007 – Madeline Alice
January 22, 2010 – Annabel Violet
I can’t wait to add a third photo for May 30th, 2013.
I am so glad you get to experience a “night before.” You and Heather are amazing parents, and I am so glad that you get to experience a non-emergency c-section, freshly shaved and showered, for this little guy.
It is very clear from the way Heather writes about you are an amazing father and loving and supportive partner. I am sending you the best of wishes for your son’s birthday.
Tomorrow will be my youngest child’s 25th birthday. As you welcome The Acrobat, we will be thinking of your family and only hope that he brings you the joy that our Dana Banana has brought us. Somehow, I know he will!! We can’t wait to hear that he is here, and well, and that his mommy is holding him, with relief, and a huge, healthy smile on her face…Mike standing by….so, so happy for his family’s good fortune. Hugs to Annabel, and the grandparents, too! Let the fun begin!!
Awww, I’m so happy and excited for you. Enjoy this moment! (I know you will)xx
I’ve only had one night before out of my 3 children too.
Enjoy it,it’s like every birthday and Christmas Eve fell on the same night.
Best wishes for tomorrow you guys
Have to say, you look great in those other 2 photos for being so “unprepared”…and I, too, cannot wait to see the 3rd set of pictures to be added to the ones above! And to finally learn your son’s name–unless you’ve just decided to go with “The Acrobat” (downside is a name like that seems as though it may limit his career options–hard to imagine that off-stage voice announcing “…our President of these United States, Mr. The Acrobat Spohr!…” The names you went with the first 2 times are far more presidential.)
Anyway–hope you and Heather and Annie (who must be thrilled!!!) get some good rest, in addition to time to reflect. This may be your last night of uninterrupted sleep for quite some time, so relish that too.
Will be obsessively checking for news of the wee one’s birth!!!
Thinking of you all way over here in New Zealand. How exciting, he is almost here! You guys are such amazing parents, this wee boy is very blessed. Can’t wait for the first photo…and name!
And we can’t wait to see you in that picture with the pride of holding your new born son. I can’t wait to hear his name!!! Such Excitement!!! Enjoy your day daddy!! Take it all in & feel all the love that is being sent to you & your family from all over the world & the Heavens above!!! xo
All the very, very best to you all!!!!
That night before is such a special time. Good luck tomorrow!
Andi C says:
Mike… I am so excited for you and Heather!!! I’d say for you to get one last good full night’s rest, but something tells me that you are probably wide awake. Can’t wait to read of The Acrobat’s safe and sound arrival – all the best to you from Vienna, Austria!
Goosebumps. I’m so glad you get to experience a bit of normalcy this time. I identify with this so completely. After having triplets born at 28 weeks, when our youngest was born, even though he was a bit early we knew the night before. There were no frantic searches for the video camera and the morning of his birth was as calm as prepping for a c-section can be.
Sending lots of love to all of you. I am thrilled for you to meet your baby boy!!!
Best of luck today!! I’m so excited for you all!!
Leslie K says:
Happy Baby Day!!! Praying for your family today. Will be so happy to hear all about your new son, and his introduction to his big sister!
Debbie A-H says:
So many good wishes and so much love being sent to CA today!
So exciting! A big CONGRATS in advance!!
Fingers crossed! I really hope he’s healthy and everything goes well when you get to meet him!
Jen Martin says:
Thinking about you today! Wishing you all the best. I can’t wait to read your post tomorrow.
Best wishes for a fabulous and wonderful day. Let the next adventure begin!
Rebecca Smith says:
Can’t wait to see the little guy. It’s my daddy’s birthday so I can say that it is a wonderful day for a birthday. Thinking about you and your family today!
Congratulations!! You are an amazing dad to your girls and will be the same for tthis little boy!! Enjoy the day!!
Thinking of you all today!!! Can’t wait to hear all about the new little guy!
Thinking of you all today!
Donna P says:
Best wishes, Mike! Thinking of you…waiting to hear news!
Weepy Chills! Best Wishes!
Madeline, 1st child, was born on the 11th.
Annabel, 2nd child, was born on the 22nd.
Baby boy, 3rd child, is born on the 30th.
You’ve got a 1,2,3 pattern going there.
Good luck and best wishes!
Lisa Ash says:
So envious of you – truly great days as a human. Anxious to see a shaved Mike holding his son!
Don’t forget, it’s clothes AND scrubs, not either/or.
So exciting! Welcome to the world baby boy Spohr!! Hope today is happy and healthy for everyone. xo
Congrats Mike on James Asher!!! Best to the Spohr Family!