Last Monday, as we were getting ready for bed, Debbie told me she though the baby might be coming soon and to be ready. About 5am the next morning, she said she thought we ought to head for the hospital. 12 hours later, we welcomed our daughter into the world, Abigail Irene. She weighed 7 lbs 4 oz and was 20 inches long.
Almost two weeks into this fatherhood thing, it's not going too badly. Popular mythology says that your life will be turned upside down and inside out when you have kids, but that's a bit of an exaggeration, as mythology tends to be. Mind you, life does change significantly: you do things like e-mails and web surfing when you can, not necessarily when you want to.
Abbey's a good girl, though she doesn't like much to sleep alone. So far Debbie and I have been trading off sleeping with her on the couch for about half the night each. She is getting better, and we're hopeful that before long she'll sleep at least some time by herself. In the meantime, adjustments to life with kids are going fairly well for mom, dad, and dog. Let's hope that continues!