Tuesday, February 28, 2006

3 + 1 = 4

I have news, and thinking about how to say this.....well, I will just blurt it out - I AM PREGNANT! There, that was easy.

O'Leary Baby # 4 expected at end of year. Stay tuned for more details.

When I heard the news of the impending birth of each of my children (from my wife) it felt surreal. Also each time I wondered about the impact of the baby on the other children. It's funny, but I can not picture LIFE without Jaclyn, David or J.P. Interestingly enough, I get the sense they can not picture life without each other as well. I can not explain it all here how much they learn from each other and how much they love each other. That is what is exciting for me - they are building memories together. I just happen to be Dad - the captain of the ship. Of course having a baby is a sacrifice in many areas - $$, time, and sleep (to name a few). But life is so precious - I feel blessed to have the opportunity to be their Dad. I can not imagine having my life focused on other things outside of building a family.

Exchange between my wife and Jaclyn:
Rachel: "Jaclyn, mommy has a baby in her belly?"
Jaclyn: "Really, can I kiss it and bless it?"
Rachel: "Sure honey, - you know mommy is going to have a baby."
Jaclyn: "When, tomorrow?"

2 comments:

Melody said...

Congrats from a stranger... just happened across your blog and am always glad to see a daddy in love with his kids! :)

JJU @HLI said...

JOL,
Just catching up after a longish absence.
Great news about O'L #4 - Hope Rachel is feeling OK.
Family here is good.
BTW ALL our kids love us on their own terms - each shows it in their own unique ways. We were watching a show 'Blackbeard' the pirate with Greg & a character slapped her adopted father after learning that he tried to steal her ineritance. Greg said "I'd never do that to you dad"