It was 1:30 in the morning on Sunday, October 30th, 2016. Nicki told me that she was having contractions and they were close together. She went out into the living room and started to time them. At about 2 in the morning she came back in the bedroom and woke me up so that we could go to the hospital. We left the house around 4 am, got to the hospital and we had a baby by noon. Annie joined our family that Sunday afternoon and our life is now forever changed.
That first night was horrible, we had no sleep and we were scared. Being a new parent is terrifying! Am I doing this correctly? Is she eating enough? Is she happy? Will I ever sleep again? All these questions on top of the pure exhaustion made a few difficult nights in the hospital and our first night home ended with both of us crying. We have since got our routines down and Annie is growing and changing. She is smiling every once in a while and sleeping more. This last month has been some of the most amazing moments in my life and some of the most challenging. I will never forget when my baby girl was born and seeing her for the firs time. Becoming a dad is life changing and I can't wait see this little girl grow each and every day.