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A New Addition To Our Family! Welcome Finn!

Submitted by Joe Beckman

Note: Finn Joseph Beckman was born on April 25th, 2011 at 2:55pm and weighed 7lb 1oz. Joe reports everyone is healthy and happy. Below is what he wrote the night before the big event.

Easter Sunday.

Tomorrow my son will be born.

In less then 8 hours I will drive my wife to the hospital and in less then 24 I will be a father. I’ve done this before, but it’s been 4 years. And this time…it’s a boy.

My daughter Sophia is 4, and is nothing short of phenomenal. Seriously the funniest 4 year old I’ve ever met. (not that I meet a bunch of 4 year olds, but in my limited knowledge…pretty damn funny), And of course I would have been delighted if baby 2 was a girl as well…but’s he’s not…and if I can be completely honest, I’m really excited to have a son.

I struggled in ways I couldn’t understand when my daughter was born. Too many times I focused on the negative. The late nights, change in schedule, and just the general “flipping of life up on it’s head” sort of feeling.

With baby 2 I plan to change that. And it’s Glad Dads that is going to keep me accountable. Once a month (or more) I’ll be posting about what’s it’s like for life as a new papa for the second time. Whether it’s sharing the highs or the lows, it will be real and always mostly positive.

Please feel free to share thoughts, advice, personal experiences, jokes, beer (send it to my home address in MN please!) or anything else that strikes your fancy. I feel blessed to have a community of people that I can express my thoughts to. So in advance, thanks for reading. And as always, if you would like to share your experiences on being a dad, feel free to contribute. Glad Dads is about community, and by taking the time to read, contribute, comment, debate, etc… you are adding to that community.

Easter Sunday can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. For many it means “new life.” I can’t think of a more appropriate meaning right about now.



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