Friday, November 7, 2008

Becoming a Father

As of this Tuesday, November 4th, at 7:07PM, I became a father to a beautiful, happy, and healthy 7 lb baby girl named Kaitlyn Nicole Hewett. We arrived home from the hospital yesterday and have been adjusting to having a totally dependant addition to our family... which is completely overwhelming yet totally rewarding! Both mom and baby are doing great.

Because my wife had decided to have a natural birth (no epidural, induction, or other interventions), my role as her birth assistant became that much more essential. I feel so fortunate to have been able to be so involved in the process, and I have a much stronger bond to both my wife and daughter because of it. It was a very long labor, but a thankfully quick delivery. The entire experience was far more intense and unreal then I could have imagined! I could write forever describing every minute of the labor, birth, cutting the cord and meeting our new born baby, but let me just say it was the most profound day of my life, and obviously life-changing.

Looking back it almost feels as though becoming a father is a necessary step to truly becoming a man. Not only does this develop strength of character and discipline, but I believe being a good husband and father is one of the most 'manly' things a guy can hope for!

I look forward to watching her grow.

To see photos of her check out:

Josh H

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