Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Saving you from tales of fireflies

Well, yikes.

I’ve written an awful lot of rubbish here.

Don’t get me wrong, it has its merits, it tells the story, keeps my brain ticking over, and is often fun to craft, and full of release, but essentially it’s the same handful of entries repeated.

Twenty eight times I’ve told the same thing over and over, with a few self-abuse tales or outings to the clinic thrown in for some variation.

The same thing happens every month, and I write the same thing every month.

With every cycle that passed, I wrote another kind of entry. Entries that never made it on-line, most of which never made to black and white at all. These were my imagined posts describing how that cycle would be a success, how we’d finally done it.

There were good ones among them too, some funny, some poignant. Some that rushed one way before suddenly hurtling back in the opposite direction, a roller coaster of reveal, breathtaking and stomach dropping, and leaving us all panting and drenched in the eventual wonderful news.

Some borrowed great words from others, bloggers, musicians, poets. Quotations that took sledge hammers to the glass cases housing the emotions I could only imagine I would feel but couldn’t come within a country mile of expressing accurately.

Each time I came up with one, it seemed perfect. Each time it was irrelevant.

My last one was my favourite, pretentious and failingly poetic, filled with daydream imagery and mention of fireflies and lots of other things I really should stay clear of, but it genuinely felt right and I was convinced I would use it.

Until now.

Now it doesn’t seem right. None of the twenty odd variations do. None of them come even close to pushing my stomach up into my chest, stealing half breaths from me, and making me stand taller, but shake just a little in disbelief and excitement like the following half dozen words do.

I’m going to be a dad.


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Anonymous said...

OMG I have chills! So happy for you and the wifey! Congrats! Congrats! Congrats! We want details!

iVegasFamily said...

It's been a long and hard journey. I'm so happy you get to embark on a new and even more exciting one.

Insch Stalker said...

fan-fecking-tastic news!

go on yersel! spencer did it!

Am unbelievably chuffed for you and et! wonderful news.

please, don't stop blogging though - we need the pregnancy diaries now!

Kathleen said...

fabulous news...congratulations

mammydiaries said...

Congratulations!!! May the next nine months be happy, healthy and hormonal in a great big baby at the end of it kind of way! All the best. x

Deb said...

YOU FUCK! My heart was sinking all the way to my toes. "Damnitalltohell!" I was thinking, sick to my stomach that another cycle had passed you by. How dare you manipulate me like that!

Crikey, I'm crying like a bloody baby over here, and I'm so relieved and happy for you. I'm also a little scared for you, because you have no freakin' clue how big your heart is going to become before it bursts out of your chest on the wings of happiness and sleep-deprivation, but I promise it's the most wonderful kind of scary imaginable.

Deb said...

Still crying.

James (SeattleDad) said...

WOW! That just made my Week.

Congratulations Xbox. You and ET will be amazing parents.

I knew your time would come. I just knew it.


suzannanana said...

Congratulations! So excited for you both, you have no idea the joy that is ahead of you!

iamstacey said...


Mrs. LIAYF said...

Sending hugs across the ocean to you and your sweet wifey! Give her tons of kisses and footrubs, and take time for a few dates (while you can)!

I'm so happy for both of you!

nh said...


Rachel said...

a million times over!!!!

I am so freakin' excited for y'all! I even got all teary eyed and stuff!


T with Honey said...

That's awesome. Congratulations!!!

K8spade said...

OMfuckingG I am SO excited!!! I am more excited than when my sister got preggers...and definately more excited than when I did, cuz that was a HUGE surprise. I'm so, so, so happy for you. Love every second of it!

Immoral Matriarch said...


I'm sitting here, my face streaming with tears. I had no idea how important your struggle was to me. Ooooohhhhhhhhhhh M. I'm so fucking happy for you both.

Gaby said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you guys! :D

justme said...

Oh X-box! I am also a lurker who has probably never commented, because the words just never felt like they were enough, and I was just hoping that one day I would read the exact words that I just read and be able to say

CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS, etc etc etc 10 million times over to you and ET!!!

I am shivering and crying and am just so beyond happy for you!!!

Sending you wishes for all the best from here on out! You guys are going to be great parents :0)

ladyshanae said...

The only thing I know how to say is:


I'm so happy that the stars aligned and you were able to have the procedure done this cycle. Your family will be in my thoughts/prayers/etc, especially during these first few months.


merinz said...

Oh those words are music!

Chuck said...

I am absolutely thrilled for the whole lot of you! And another journey begins ... so happy!

Jeanette said...

Wooohooo!! Congratulations! I'm so very very happy for you!

sarah said...

Oh my lord I am so excited for you both!! I know how long you have wanted this and reading this post just seriously made me cry. So so happy! CONGRANTS DAD!

Serendipity said...

I am absolutely thrilled for you, congratulations.

Nicola O'Byrne said...

congratulations ! you will be a great dad .

Chaos said...

so happy for you. congrats. YEA!!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations I'm thrilled for you! Best wishes for a healthy pregnancy, Boliath xx

expatswede said...

Best news in a very, very long time.


So happy for you. Here's to a smooth and healthy pregnancy!

steph said...


So happy for you both :-)

Annemarie said...

Yet another lurker finally making a comment. CONGRATULATIONS! I am so thrilled for you, and am looking forward to reading your pregnancy posts.

knit_tgz said...

YES!!! Congratulations! :)

Jasper Mockingbard said...

Russ told me this morning when we chatted on the phone, but I just now read your post.


ToddV said...

add my congrats to the chorus...will continue to send best wishes your way. enjoy these moments!

sinead said...

Brilliant! Just brilliant! and imagine all the posts you have written will be proof of how badly you both wanted this child if the kid ever needs it:)

ET must be over the moon! No more poking or prodding, at least for a while.

Vikki said...


Katie said...

I've been lurking and reading and crying and laughing with you for quite a while, and all that time what I was really doing was waiting to read those words: "I'm going to be a dad."


Tigger said...

OMG! I think that's really all I can say at this point, as I stare dazedly at the screen.

I can't WAIT to hear the next set of installments, as you detail this pregnancy journey for us in your own unique way. :) Congrats!!

PB and Jazz said...

Holy Crap! Long time reader first time commenter! Congrats! I have been hoping to read this for you! Yeah! Best of luck to you!

laughykate said...

Isn't this the best post ever? New life brings such joy. Congratulations. Today the world is good.

Chickadee said...

I've been following your blog religiously for over a year. I've never commented. But then again, I never thought that I could want something so much for people I have never met.

Congratulations. Although you don't know me, you completely made my day.

Anonymous said...

Just one word will do:


PatMan said...

Geeze!! I have never seen so many posts after one blog post before...

I hope that you guys do not mind my dropping in from time to time as I do this to check out any developments..

BUT by heck, what a development.... I know that this is not just the end of one adventure as it were.. But the very beginning of one of the greatest of all..

Love to you both from us here

Christina haskins said...

Ive had you guys in my feed reader for a long time now, and I got to the point where I was praying and hoping so hard for you! CONGRATS!

Nicole said...


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I don't even know you, but I got chills and my eyes teared up. Congrats!!

Jenn said...



You made me teary and goosebumpy.

Hilary (Maya Papaya) said...

I am just sobbing with joy for you. You have no idea. I have been waiting for this post for well over a year now.

I can't even begin to say how happy I am about this news. Sending you an email now.

With all my heart, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!

battynurse said...

Holy shit! Really?! That is totally freaking fantastic. So happy for you!!!!

DCUrbanDad said...

Came here from iVegas. So happy for you guys. Best of luck.

blissfully caffeinated said...

Oh wow. I have never ever commented here before, though I've lurked some, but I had to come out of hiding to offer congratulations. That is wonderful!

Shelli (wishes she was) Mrs. Burchett;) said...


NukeDad said...

Holy Crap, You did it! Way to Go Martin! Oh, and ET too, of course.

OK, Item 1 on your agenda is to secure a post office box that can hold the metric tons of baby clothes that will be arriving from the States. Seriously. You need to get a mailing address posted ASAP so that all of us can inundate you with all things baby. Use what you need and Ebay the rest. Don't buy anything until the deluge stops. Last time Europe saw this much air traffic was during the Berlin Airlift. Get ready. Oh, and congrats. And for God's sake, DON'T wipe that smile off of your face!

Anonymous said...


Veronica said...

253 comments? Truly? I knew the internet would implode. I came over to read them, but I'm not going to now.

I supoose I'm just adding to the insanity now.


Hilary (Maya Papaya) said...
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Krista said...

Woo hoo!!! Congratulations!!!
And get ready for a new kind of ride!

Malky B. said...

Congratulations! Let us know how the blood work and ultrasounds go. You must be in shock!

Deeleea said...

OMFG, not enough words to tell you how happy this makes me. But, guess you know how that feels right about now...

shelly said...

De-lurking to congratulate you both in the biggest way possible. I will be waiting for the "Crazy ride of bringing up Baby" posts!

Nan said...

Duuude! This is a sure way to get your lurkers to de-lurk! Congratulations, I hope everything goes well!

Angel said...

260 comments. Normally I wouldn't even bother posting a comment with that many already here, but I'm so happy for you, I'm shaking! I'm always late to the party around here, but reading this today was perfect! I couldn't be happier if it was happening to me! *hugs*

Erika said...

HOLY SHIT!!! Reading this, I'm flooded with set-to-sappy-music future Kodak moments of you and your kid! Never has a child been so wanted. Here's to a healthy ET and baby! Break open the bubbly!

IrishNYC said...

OH OH OH! I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU! Many tears of joy flowing here from both me and the hubby!

LceeL said...

I have had all of these snide, nasty, comical and perverse remarks running around in my head - but all I can say is congratulations and well done.

For the moment, those are the most appropriate things to say.

I am truly happy for you - and your wife.

Chookie said...

Wandered over after MagnetoBoldToo's hint. Congratulations, and best wishes for an easy pregnancy an delivery.

sky girl said...

This made my day. :)

Kristen said...

Congratulations! Amazing journey ahead of you!

Blues said...

Ok, I already emailed you, but I wasn't gonna let this post be one of your only posts I didn't comment on.

Because this one is the best post.

I've been all happy today at work cause of you.

Jan @ Struck by Serendipity said...

That's wonderful! Congrats!

Lollipop Goldstein said...


Icy Mt. said...

Congratulations! Lady Penelope sent me over here. Stinky nappies full of baby poo off to you!

S said...

my congrats to you both!!


Craig D said...


I mean, like, D O O O O O O D!!!!!

Welp, there goes the xBox and here comes the nappy rash.


Kristin said...


Congratulations. Good luck on a healthy pregnancy.

annacyclopedia said...

Crying for the second time today, even though I've only read your blog a few times. Congratulations on this wonderful, fantastic news!

anneelicious said...

How brilliant is this!!!! Couldn't be more happy for you. Congratulations <3

AnnD said...

I like NukeDad's idea...I love the thought of sending you something from Indiana!

PJ said...

YAY!!! That's really fantastic! And WOW! What an amazing amount of comments!

Deb said...

So happy for you! I am more than sure it will be worth the wait.

AKA "Meesh" said...

I couldn't be happier for you!! So deserving, thank you for making me smile today!

Xbox4NappyRash said...

@angie - 2 years practice and that's the best you can do?

@mom2nji - Thank you, and cheer up!

@Tara R. - It is :-)

@OHmommy - I think so too!

@Ginny - Must be one hell of an email ;-)

@PlanningQueen - thank you.

@Karen MEG - Thanks very much.

@moosh in indy. - Classy!

@anymommy - Feel free!

@Mr Lady - come and get it...

@JustMiss - Thanks!

@tiff - Cheers Tiff.

@Redneck Mommy - Thank you, that means a lot.

@Burgh Baby - You said it well!

@Avitable - Thank you sir!

@Alison - Thank you

@Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo - And you are?

@lparsons15 - Thank you.

@Kate - Thanks for the name suggestions!

@michelle - I'm looking forward to it!

@Karen (miscellaneous mum) - Thank you

@S - Thanks very much

@seemownay - Yep! thanks,.

@Backpacking Dad - I need a goatee now, right?

@Lynn @ Walking With Scissors - Thank you.

@Lance - Murphys!

@RiotGrrlCynic - Thank you

@Trish - Thanks Trish

@Fe - Thank you very much.

@Kimber Sue - Sorry to keep you up, but thanks.

@Anonymous - Thank you

@Momma - Thanks you guys.

@the MomBabe - Cheers!

@GoaldeeBug - Thanks ;-)

@flutter - not bad, is it ?

@Myst_72 - Thank you

@Marita - :-)

@Anonymous - you're a lucky charm?

@Widdle Shamrock - thanks!

@Anja - 'dwarves'

@jodieodie - your tonsils are fine!

@VDog - Thanks!

@jodieodie - nope, not a bit!

@Mistress B - Thank you

@Sarah - hehe, yep!

@Veronica - :-)

@Jayne - 'Tis that!

@Anonymous - thank you!

@Jill - Thanks Jill

@melbell45 - That's the hope!

Xbox4NappyRash said...

@John Braine - Cheers!

@Making Babies - ah don't! thanks.

@Panni - :-)

@Mwa - Thank you!

@Sharon - not bad to write either ;-)

@nutsinmay - Thanks May, I know the mixed bag going on at the moment, thats very kind.

@Purely Narcotic - Not bad eh?

@Al_Pal - cheers

@Anonymous - thanks!

@Petite G. - Thank tou PG, very much.

@Penelope - easy now! thanks

@Jeff and Mandee - welcome! and thanks very much

@Sheila - the grin, is permanent I reckon.

@Natalie - Thank you

@womb for improvement - they all missed the giveaway!

@Edith - en het zelfde ;-)

@Paint it Black - thank you

@Ali - cheers

@Mick - aside from your own like!

@lynseyj - Welcome, and thank you.

@Jane G - ;-) Cheers

@Amanda - me too!

@Lilacspecs - Thanks!

@frogpondsrock - easy now...

@Grannymar - It's infinitely better indeed, thanks.

@frogpondsrock - Breathe woman

@Dan - 'Yes'

@hairyfarmerfamily - lotto numbers handy?

@Anonymous - hehe

@Minze - Thank you

@naughty - Now go back to bed!

@River - Thank you.

@ellybabes - well hey, thanks.

@AnnB - Thank you Ann

@Tatty Franey - Thanks a million

@Feebee - Cheers!

@Cindy (and Brian) - Thank you very much

@Suzanne - Thank you!

@tinman18 - will give it a shot anyway!

@Misssy M - Not a soul!

@Nic - thanks

@Sniffle - it really doesn't

@Murgdan - Thanks

@Rachael - Thank you!

@meabh - yes, it is.

@Tracey - will you?

@Hazel - thanks!

@DutchBitch - hehe poor woman, thanks.

@jothemama - ;-)

Xbox4NappyRash said...

@Putz - Thanks putz, you've been great fun to see here over the last year.

@Maxi Cane - yer ma.

@Marissa - Thanks ;-)

@Chhandita - Beer?

@Maura - Thank you

@Middle Aged Woman - Cheers

@Alyssa - Thanks

@Marylin - Thank you!

@M+B - hehe thanks.

@Sarah - a big squeeze even!

@Laurie - hahaha!

@Light - Thank you

@first timer - sure does!

@morninglight mama - Thank you

@Leslee - Thanks!

@nollyposh - cheers!

@Lisa & Jason - woo hoo indeed!

@ryanandjoesmom - pretending to work in your pyjamas? I wont ask what you do....

@Sarah - :-)

@AnnD - Thanks Ann, Can you drop me a quick email please?

@Gemisht - Thank you

@Ms. Moon - it sure is!

@darcie - thanks!

@Khyle - Cheers!

@RobMonroe - Thank you, I will.

@Jenni - Thank you

@Kori - well done? It's not a boy scout badge.
although, it SHOULD be.

@J from Ireland - thanks ;-)

@Qutecowgirl - cheers!

@WiseGuy - Thank you

@Gypsy - heh, it has a heart ;-)

@Claire - thanks!

@Kim - thanks kim

@jnifferjuniper - thank you

@Twenty Major - Cheers fella.

@Toffeemama - welcome, and thanks.

@Nola - it was my gut too all along. thanks.

@Deno -Thank you!

@jen - hehehe

@Robin Bree - we'll do our best!

@WhatAboutNovember - yes, yes & yes.

@Robin - thanks!

@Ashlie- Mommycosm - cheers!

@Hockeyman - Me? be crafty? never!

@Allison - I hope so, thanks.

@Anonymous - good to hear!

@Karen - thank you ;-)

@Ren - Cheers!

@A Decade of BFNs - Thank you, take care.

Xbox4NappyRash said...

@Grandad - Thanks sir.

@Kristie - Thank you

@Jenny - Thanks

@Sue - hehe, thanks

@Heather - old habits die hard!

@Kim - Thank you

@Anonymous - Thanks ;-)

@Emma - very kind, Thanks

@Julie - :-)

@Lyssa Ireland Thomas - Thanks Lyssa

@serenity - cheers

@Alyson - Thank you

@Rebekah - Thank you ;-)

@Calli's Mama - an old face! thanks.

@Lorna - Thank you very much

@Shanny - cheers!

@CherryBlossom24 - thanks

@Christa - very kind of you, thanks.

@Sadia - ok, but should I get something for her too?

@Bonnie B. - because you are? ;-)

@Anonymous - guess again ;-P

@Ruth - thanks

@BusyDad - well, I'm thinking of running for public office!

@Chelsea Lietz - thank you

@Sue - thank you very much

@Doodaddy - Piece of cake ;-)

@Connie - Thanks !

@B - yes yes yes! thanks man.

@Nishkanu - ah, het was niets interessant! maar dank je!

@D - thank you

@Talanna - Cheers

@Gav Reilly - I love rooting out lurkers ;-)

@Shonna - Thanks!

@Aunt Becky - yes!

@Lea - Thank you

@Shannon - Thanks!

@RuthWells - cheers!

@areyoukiddingme - hehe thanks

@Que? - will do!

@Heather - Thanks

@jothemama - I'll take em any way!

@Katy - Thank you

@Yo is Me - Thanks!

@Elaine at Matters of the Heart) - :-)

@Horse Chick - Thank you

@Mo and Will - thank you, take care

@RRP - :-)

@MFA Mama - thank you very much

@Dora - it is!

@Foster Mama - thanks!

Xbox4NappyRash said...

@Anonymous - thanks!

@iVegasFamily - and you've read the lot! thanks.

@Insch Stalker - hehehe, we'll see!

@Kathleen - thank you

@mammydiaries - thank you, & congrats you.

@Deb - Bring it on ;-)

@James (SeattleDad) - Thanks James

@suzannanana - I have an idea ;-)

@iamstacey - Cheers!

@Mrs. LIAYF - thank you very much!

@nh - thanks!

@Rachel - hahah thanks.

@T with Honey - It is!

@K8spade - your poor sister!

@Immoral Matriarch - Thank Maria

@Gaby - Cheers, thank you.

@justme - Yes you have ;-) thanks

@ladyshanae - Good enough for me!

@merinz - aren't they just!

@Chuck - Thanks Chuck.

@Jeanette - thank you!

@sarah - :-)

@Serendipity - Cheers!

@Nicola O'Byrne -Lovely thing to say. thank you.

@Chaos - Thanks!

@Boliath - Thank you

@expatswede - Cheers!

@steph - thank you!

@Annemarie - welcome! and thanks.

@knit_tgz - :-)

@Jasper Mockingbard - thanks sir!

@ToddV - Thanks Todd.

@sinead - exactly! thank you.

@Vikki - yay indeed!

@Katie - Thanks Katie

@Tigger - Cheers

@PB and Jazz - Welcome, thank you

@laughykate - yes it is!

@Chickadee - Welcome! thank you very much

@Anonymous - good enough for me

@PatMan - a bit mad alright! thanks, appreciated.

@Christina haskins - thank you

@Nicole - Cheers!

@Lisa from Lisa's Yarns - hahaha

@Jenn - :-)

@Hilary (Maya Papaya) - Thank you again.

@battynurse - Really!

@DCUrbanDad - Cheers!

@blissfully caffeinated - welcome, & thanks.

@Shelli (wishes she was) Mrs. Burchett;) - Thanks!

@NukeDad - Sure.did. heh!

@Anonymous - yep!

@Krista - hehe, thanks.

@Malky B. - All good so far thankfully, thanks

@Deeleea - I have a fair idea ;-)

@shelly - Thank you!

@Nan - all part of the plan

@Angel - ;-))

@Erika - not bad eh?

@IrishNYC - Thank you.

@LceeL - Thank you, I appreciate that.

@Chookie - that witch? thanks.

@sky girl - mine too, funnily enough!

@Kristen - Hope so!

@Blues - try these shoes! ;-)

@Jan @ Struck by Serendipity - Thank you

@Lollipop Goldstein - Cheers thanks.

@Icy Mt. - easy now! thanks.

@S - Thank you

@Craig D - Dude! yes.

@Kristin - thanks, cheers!

@annacyclopedia - hehe, thank you!

@anneelicious - BRILLIANT. Thank you.

@AnnD - Hold your horses! and drop me an email!

@PJ - thanks, it is!

@Deb - thank you, it will be.

@AKA "Meesh" - you're welcome! and thanks

Windy Days said...

YEA! I came from Ms. Moon. She thinks an awful lot of you and I think an awful lot of her so I'm here to say, "Hi - here's yet another stranger sending you good vibes and great hope and much love." Congratulations!

adrienne said...

tears and yaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!!!!!

hereinfranklin said...

Yea!!!! Fantastic!!

moredayslikethisplease said...

Congrats to the both of you!! My hubby (Tysdaddy)has kept me updated through all of your attempts and immediately im'd me the link when he came across this in his reader this morning! Looking forward now to pregnancy stories?

capricorn1966 said...


callmemama said...

Hi. I just clicked over from LFCA. I don't know you at all, but your words brought tears to my eyes. Congratulations on the great news :)

DiaperPin Up Girl said...

Sweet Jesus I just squeeled then the tears started.


Alexicographer said...

I've only commented here once before but this (again) drew me out of the woodwork.

Many, many, many congratulations!!! I'm so excited for you!

(Also, this is a beautiful post and one I think your child will be thrilled to read when he or she is old enough ... assuming you want to share it).

birdsandsquirrels said...

What wonderful news! Congratulations! I am so so soooooooooooo happy for you!

Anonymous said...

Another lurker come out from the closet!!

Many congratulations to you both

fantastic news :)

Breigh said...

Wow... just wow! I'm 95% amazingly happy for you and 5% green with jealousy.

Looking forward to continuing to read your pregnancy stories!

Congratulations!!! :D or should I say... GEFILICITEERD!!

Hilary said...


ORKMommy said...


That is all!

Oh yea, CONGRATS!!!!

Karen said...

Congratulations, and welcome to the world of parenting, where nothing you do will seem to be quite right, and every flipping person on the planet will try to tell you what you are doing wrong.

Susanica said...

Well, I tried to send you a comment from my blackberry as I'm traveling now but I see it did not go through. It said something like "Oh, were you guys trying to get pregnant?" We are both thrilled for you. -Monica and Susanne

Ree said...

Oh, dude! Congratulations!!!!!!!

eLLa said...

Logged in on hols to check how you guys were doing and so glad I did.

Congrats. The best is yet to come

Lora said...


suzannanana said...

You are always so good about responding to comments, but I was shocked to step over here and see you did, all 300+, great to see in a world that could give a rats behind about life, there are so many thrilled it has happened for you and ET.

Brianna said...

I have to admit, I stopped really reading your blog a while ago, because, as you said, it was the same thing with slight (although entertaining/poignant/sad/whatever the case may be) variations.

I have been merely scanning your blog for the last few months just to check and see if I would ever see this very post...

CONGRATULATIONS from a complete stranger. My best wishes to all three of you :)

Holemaster said...


Sue said...

Just checking in to get more info. Any more info?

SO excited for you two!

Lisa@verybusymomwith4 said...

I have lurked on your blog but I have to come out of lurking to say YAY YAY YAY!!!!!!!

Wishing you a very fun, non-stressful 9 months :)

Péitseoga said...


Daily Daydreamer said...

OH MY GOD!! I actually squealed when I read this!!

Soooo so happy for you both...CONGRATULATIONS!!

DebK said...

I've been lurking for a year and have been hesitant to comment, but it's time to come forward.

Congratulations! I'm so happy for the two of you, I'm crying tears of joy.

Meadow said...

I've just arrived from Holemaster's blog. And want to add my congratulations and good wishes!

Beautiful news.

DD said...

You know I kind of guessed it since your darling wife had to get poked (by a needle).

Congratulations!! (and when will you be sending me that XBox?)

Louise said...

I was afraid to read your post today. I opened it and as I got no clue from the heading, read down it slowly.... every word til the end.

Congratulations.! I now look forward to the regular progress reports and wonderful descriptions of being sick, nauseous, feeling bloated, exhausted, waddling and all that comes with the wonderful 9 months of being pregnant!!!

The Social Frog said...

WOW!!!!!! Woot for the both of you! I really am so happy for you. I had to do a double take reading those last words. Congrats! Enjoy every second of it.

A Free Man said...

Congratulations, man. I knew y'all would get there.

geeksinrome said...

Holy Shit!! how did THAT happen???

see what happens when I don't read you for a few weeks?? maybe that was jinx snarling your moves?

I am so thrilled. let the fun begin!!(you will never never regret what you have gone through for this baby! you will be 100% beter for it, I guarantee.)

Susan said...

Congratulations! Heard the news through Karen's post and wanted to just stop by! Best of luck.

Lady Lemon said...

Good work, man! Congrats!!!

The Anovulatory Avenger said...

Congratulations!!! I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU GUYS!!!

Lottie said...

Congratulations to both of ye.
You have us crying here with happiness for you both.

You know, I don't think I've ever been ao happy for two total strngers before.

Captain Dumbass said...


Anonymous said...

Congratulations! So happy for you! You need to write a follow up in the Times now, so many people were moved by your story!

eLLa said...

just checked this while on hols and so glad I did.

Congrats. Hope it only gets better from here on in

SciFi Dad said...

Congratulations, sir.

ZenMom said...

"Congratulations" seems so lacking somehow, for this momentous end/beginning of your journey, so I think I'll add "Bon Voyage"! Wishing you all so much happiness!

~Mountain Lover~ said...

This is absolutely amazing news! Congratulations!!! I'm so glad you finally got to write this post.

And I hope there are more details to follow- and that your blog is filled with posts about mood swings and morning sickness and finally, holding your healthy, little one for the first time.

Kenny said...

Good Job, you've went ahead and done it now! You have made a grown man cry!!!!!

No seriously, congratulations, and best of luck. I hope to feel the way you do right now someday. Your story gives the rest of us hope. And god knows, we could all use a little bit of hope sometimes.

Gwen said...

Fuck yeah! I'm so happy for you. Truly, deeply.

Colleen - Mommy Always Wins said...


formerly fun said...

So happy for you guys. That it took a while just means that you will appreciate every moment of it, the sleeplessness, the crying--none of us know how meaningful it is until it looks like it might not happen. I know I echo what has already been said but it's exciting to see two people become parents who really want to be. I can only imagine how thrilled your dear wife is. Wishing you mom and bebe only good things and a healthy, uneventful pregnancy.

Xbox4NappyRash said...

@Windy Days - thank you

@adrienne - :-)

@hereinfranklin - it sure is!

@moredayslikethisplease - Hi! welcome, and thanks

@capricorn1966 - thanks

@callmemama - thank you, welcome.

@DiaperPin Up Girl - heheh

@Alexicographer - at PG13 maybe ;-)

@birdsandsquirrels - thanks

@Anonymous - thank you!

@Breigh - I understand the 5%, thank you.

@Hilary - Cheers

@ORKMommy - thanks!

@Karen - bring it on ;-)

@Susanica - thank you!

@Ree - yeah!!!!

@eLLa - thanks!

@Lora - thank you

@suzannanana - its OCD ;-) thanks

@Brianna - Sorry to have bored you ;-) thanks very much

@Holemaster - ;-)

@Sue - No updates yet, head buzzing too much to write anything!

@Lisa@verybusymomwith4 - thanks!

@Péitseoga - thank you!

@Daily Daydreamer - like a pig ;-) thanks!

@DebK - welcome! and thank you

@Meadow - it sure is!

@DD - know it all!

@Louise - me too ;-)

@The Social Frog - I did writing them!

@A Free Man - Cheers sir.

@geeksinrome - :-)

@Susan - thanks

@Lady Lemon - it was ALL me....;-)

@The Anovulatory Avenger - thank you

@Lottie - who's us? ;-)

@Captain Dumbass - thanks!

@Anonymous - hehe that's up to them I think.

@SciFi Dad - thank you!

@ZenMom - cheers thanks ;-)

@~Mountain Lover~ - plenty to come I hope.

@Kenny - I hope you do too, I often thought I wouldn't, when it comes, it will be worth it. Trust me.

@Gwen - ;-)

@Colleen - Mommy Always Wins - Cheers!

@formerly fun - thanks ;-)

Lottie said...

@Xbox - Me and the other lad - Darren. He says hi & congrats.

Anonymous said...

My wife and I went through a really similar rollercoaster, and I still remember very clearly that moment we learned it'd all worked out. Very exciting (and a little bit scary!) stuff indeed. Well done for staying relatively sane!

Miss Awesome said...


Miss Awesome said...


musingwoman said...

Just heard the awesome news. Congratulations!

maggie, dammit said...



I am weeping here.


Zoeyjane said...

I'm SO happy for you two! Like, I just got HAPPY TEARS. Way to knock her up, son.

Anita said...

Ohhhhhhhhh! You friggin' beauty (I am an Aussie, please let me express my happiness whichever way I can...lol).

I am oh so happy for you both...such a joyous time. Lap it up!!

Tanya said...

OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh there isn't a word I can think of right now that means more than congratulations, because this is more than just a simple congratulations, this is fantastic and amazing all in one!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tanya said...


Oh god now I'm crying.

Now I don't feel so guilty about talking about my baby girl...you wait, you just wait til your baby is here, words cant describe how perfect and beautiful they are!

ooooohhhh sorry I am just so excited!

Mongoliangirl said...

Awesome! Congrats to you and your wife!
Are you going to have a little fetus avatar like AFM & Ryan? I like those little buggers.

Badness Jones said...


Arjan said...

I only got one word for this: AWESOME!

CNFC said...

Great news Xbox - heard you on the radio a few months back and have been lurking since - with my fingers crossed. Enjoy the next part of your lives !

Jen said...

OMG!!! I have chills! And tears! I don't even know you and I have tears!

Congratulations!! You're in for a wonderful ride! And a ride that you will cherish everyday, especially since it took so long to get there (I speak from experience).
Big hugs!

Badass Geek said...

This is great news, man. Congratulations, and I hope everything continues to go well.

You deserve it.

Xbox4NappyRash said...

@Lottie - Pulling your leg, thanks!

@Anonymous - relatively hehehe thanks

@Miss Awesome - yay indeed!

@musingwoman - thanks!

@maggie, dammit - :-)

@Zoeyjane - I have every intention! thanks

@Tanya - No guilt, you are entitled to. Thank you.

@Mongoliangirl - Only if I can get a really creepy looking one. Like the pope's kid.

@Badness Jones - Thanks!

@Arjan - jazeker !

@CNFC - aw thanks, and welcome.

@Jen - we certainly will, thank you.

@Badass Geek - Cheers ;-)

Captain Steve said...

OH MYGOD! Congratulations! Dude, buy baby neutrals (even though I hope you get a girl because it always entertains me because daughters own daddies.).

Don Mills Diva said...

I could NOT be happier for you.

You are going to be a wonderful father and I can't wait to read all about it.

Jared (DadThing.com) said...

DUDE! I'm having a beer for you tonight! Time to celebrate... Congratulations!

Jennifer said...

OMG! Congratulations!!

Julie said...

Holy freakin shit!! I've only read a few of your posts, and all I know is you've been struggling with infertility forever, but I see you all over the blogosphere commenting on my favorite blogs, so I kinda know you. (Ha!)

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!! I will keep you all in my prayers and happy thoughts. May the pregnancy be uneventful and the baby healthy.

So so so so so THRILLED for you!!

Xbox4NappyRash said...

@Captain Steve - you want to see me owned?

@Don Mills Diva - Thank you.

@Jared (DadThing.com) - LIKEWISE!

@Jennifer - Thanks!

@Julie - Cheers ;-)

Pia said...


I am so happy for both of you. Here's to a long, happy, comfortable pregnancy.

Sending you much love.

hotmamamia said...

Been in New Orelans and not on Blogs and I can't begin to tell you how I held my breath to get to that last line....

CONGRATS to you and ET...tears........you are such champions...watch for an email.

GirlGriot said...

So, so, so, so, so happy for you!!!

K8 the Gr8 said...

That's feckin' savage! I knew those voodoo dolls I made last week would work :) High-fives to your lemon-sized minimi!

Green Of Eye, Sharp Of Claw said...

Delurking to say congrats! I got a little shiver up my spine reading this :)

Xbox4NappyRash said...

@Pia - Thank you bery much ;-)

@hotmamamia - gah, excuses!

@GirlGriot - :-)

@K8 the Gr8 - lemon? a bit ahead of yerself there, I think we are talking apple seed.

@Green Of Eye, Sharp Of Claw - Thanks a million, and welcome!

jenlynnfrog said...

Delurking to say: HOW AWESOME!!! Congrats. I got tears reading it.

Fear and Parenting in Las Vegas said...

Jumping up and down for you. I hope the pregnancy goes well. Congrats to you both!

LiteralDan said...

I know I'm joining a chorus already in progress, but I'll say Congratulations anyway. I wish you both all the best in this odyssey!

Monty said...

Amazing. What else is there to say?

Absolutely thrilled for you guys.

Xbox4NappyRash said...

@jenlynnfrog - Thanks! & welcome

@Fear and Parenting in Las Vegas - Thanks a million!

@LiteralDan - heh, always welcome!

@Monty - Thank you sir ;-)

Rikki said...

I cannot believe I am reading this SO late (goddamn internet was down in the Caymans).

The little ones I watch on a daily basis keep coming up to me and asking "why are you crying Miss. Rikki?". Blubbering like a baby, snot and all. I could not be happier for you.

I was here till the end, and I am now going to have to change my tag line. Glad to do it.

Hugs to both you and ET.

citizen of the world said...

Here via Craig to say Yay! for you!!! It's the best thing in the world.

Eve Grey said...

I checked this on a whim tonight after reading sporadically the past year. Those last words made me cry.

Xbox4NappyRash said...

@Rikki - "why are you crying Miss. Rikki?". AAAAAHAHAHAHAHA....

@citizen of the world - Thanks!

@Eve Grey - (me too) ;-)

Ginny said...

Fine. It wasn't an email. Turned into a post. So there.

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