Erica and I are proud to announce that our daughter Farah joined us on Saturday August 28, 2010 at 9:52 pm pacific standard time. She weighed 7 lbs 9 oz. and was 20.25 inches long. The labor and delivery process made running a 100-mile ultra marathon look like a little jog through the park. I am extremely proud of how brave Erica was throughout the process, and much like running an ultra we encountered some unexpected circumstances. In fact there were many similarities that I saw between running a 100-miler and delivering a baby...however... I knew better than to mention that to Erica in the moment ;-) Although I did get her to choke down a Clif Blok Shot during the labor I got deservedly snapped at when I offered her a Gu in between contractions! Seeing Farah come out and hearing that first cry made my heart melt in a way I never could have imagined. What an amazing process!
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When we found out we were pregnant many months ago the doctor told us that our due date was August 28th which serendipitously happens to be my birthday as well. How cool! The odds of it actually happening weren't the greatest...but as we got closer to delivery every time Erica asked when this baby was going to come out I kept saying, "we're gonna have the same birthday!" I'm so happy to share my birthday with my beautiful daughter and we're both so proud to be parents to a healthy little girl. As you can imagine my life has changed already quite a bit. I missed a scheduled 32 miles of running this weekend (to commemorate my 32 years alive) due to labor, and have been getting intermittent sleep of every 2-3 hours. However, I snuck away for an 8-mile run today and I must say that I felt an extra spring in my step.
So the next chapter of our lives has begun and we couldn't be happier. Thanks so much for all the loving support, well wishes, and generosity.
More will be revealed....