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I’ve been bursting to tell everyone for the last few months that in 2007 I will become a father!

Jacinta, my wife, is pregnant and she’s due in the middle of April! We’re very excited about it but also nervous. We don’t want to know or care if the baby is a boy or a girl. A healthy baby is all we want. Guys – look out for the book, “A bloke’s guide to pregnancy”. It’s a great read, very entertaining and will explain a bit about what to expect and what’s going in your partner’s body! Now you know why I was more than a little interested in who was pregnant on Today FM!

Don’t be surprised if my blogging slows down a little bit around April, but I will try and have about 2 months of photos ready to be posted for late April and on to May. Hopefully things may quieten down and get into a routine after that.

And now I can reveal the only event that marred what was a great year in 2006. The main reason I didn’t attend the Irish Blog Awards last year was because Jacinta was pregnant at the time and the pregnancy wasn’t going so well. Unfortunately, she had a miscarriage soon after.
I find that miscarriage is a taboo subject to talk about. Very few bloggers will talk about it even though 1 in 4 pregnancies will probably not go full-term. Maybe it’s superstition and considered tempting fate to even bring the subject up. Whatever the reason, it’s an awful tragedy for expectant parents to go through.

Happy new year!


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17 Comments

  1. Pete Reply

    Yay! Best wishes to you and Jacinta, Donncha. It’s a great experience – nothing quite like it! When they get a bit older, look for “Toddler Taming” – very useful :)

    http://www.peteconnolly.co.uk/blog

  2. elly parker Reply

    Congratulations to you and Jacinta, Donncha – best of luck and delight in all the memories that you will form from this point on!

    http://blog.ellybabes.com

  3. Kae Verens Reply

    Apparently, miscarraiges are /very/ common. My wife had a miscarriage about a year before my first kid, Jareth, was born. It was a very strange experience. Bronwyn obviously was distraught, but for me, it was harder to be attached to the child, as there had never been a chance for the poor thing to be anything other than a change in the size of clothes Bronwyn wore. The fact that I was not “properly upset made me upset through guilty feelings.

    Luckily, that unhappy event was corrected by two healthy kids in the following years.

    http://verens.com/

  4. GerryOS Reply

    Congratulations, Donncha and Jacinta! I became a Dad last August, and it is the most amazing, mind-blowing experience life gives you.

    http://www.unlaoised.gerryos.net

  5. Gareth Marlow Reply

    Hey, congratulations to you both! A captive subject for at least four years, in my experience – then you have to use bribery… :)

    http://www.marlow.org.uk/pblog/

  6. Conor O’Neill Reply

    Wonderful news Donncha! Congratulations to you both. Now you need to practice coding PHP with a bag of spuds on your shoulder in preparation for babba burping.

    We’ve been very lucky that all our kids are healthy but we had miscarriages between monster 1 and monster 2. It really knocked the wind out of us. We were in the midst of going through the Chinese adoption process when Oisín decided he was a keeper and now he is a loud obnoxious 5 year old.

    I hope Jacinta doesn’t suffer too much discomfort over the next few months and she has a worry-free birth.

    We’ll all demand photots.

    http://loudervoice.com

  7. Sinéad Reply

    Big congrats to you both – delighted to hear your news!

    http://www.sineadgleeson.com/blog

  8. ryan Reply

    Great news! Hope everything goes well for the two of ye in the months to come. Another WordPress baby eh…

    http://blog.rymus.net

  9. Donncha Reply

    Thank you all for the kind responses! We’ll have a busy few months yet but we’ll have plenty of support from family and friends which is great!

    http://inphotos.org/

  10. Lloyd Budd Reply

    Julia and my thoughts are with you and yours. Congratulations!

    http://foolswisdom.com

  11. James Farmer Reply

    Just got back off the Aussie hols and found this – great stuff, congrats to you both!

    Too right re: miscarriages – I’ve experienced 2 – as has my partner – and we’ve each got a stroppy six-year-old too.

    Aim for April 25th… all the best people are born on April 25th ;)

    http://incsub.org

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  15. Calendar Reply

    Wow, your baby must be 9 months old already. How time fly by so fast.

  16. Cindy Watrous Reply

    It’s mid-April now, so I can guess that your little bundle of joy is here, or will be making his or her debut into the world soon! Congrats. I was pleased to see a blogging Dad when I read this.

    Yes, miscarriage is a terrible thing to deal with; but we must accept that it happens for a reason, whatever it may be. Talking about it is something we should do to work through the pain it causes. That said, I do understand why it is the taboo subject you say it is.

    I wish your family the best!

    http://her-mom-blog.com

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