A Father in the Future

As the story goes, each of my siblings and I when being potty trained would save our first “gift” in the potty all day long to show my father when he returned home from work. So proud of ourselves, and of course for his part, Dad would excitedly look in and tell each of us how proud he was.

And such is life for all of us working parents. Forever hearing about our child’s momentous events and firsts from spouses, babysitters, and teachers.

I work in the same hospital as the NICU where Liam was a patient. About a block away (and connected by an underground tunnel, no joke) is the Children’s Hospital where the PICU is. Because of this I was able to be present for many  of the “firsts” of Liam’s first 9 months. His first bath, the move from isolette to crib, The first moment without tubes in his nose or mouth or tape on his face, and yes, even his first seizure I was lucky enough to be present for.

But now that Liam is going to school, new things are happening nearly every day. How the hell can a parent possibly keep up? First it was sitting up straight at a desk, and then of course there was the slide which I was lucky enough to be there for. Well last week it was ball skills. Rolling a ball back and forth with his day nurse, of all people. I mean c’mon, rolling a ball back and forth? Sounds an awful lot like Liam’ s first game of catch to me.

And where was I? Oh . .  that’s right, I was working my ass off to support my family, like a sucker.

But Monday? On monday my big boy, rode a bike.

Since it’s 2012 and I have an awesome wife who keeps me in the loop instead of waiting until I got home from work that night, I was looking at photos of the ride on my cell phone before the ride was even over. As much as I would have loved to be there with him, there is no better way to brighten a day at work than to get a text message like that.

I gotta admit. It’s pretty cool living in the future.




  1. Hey bud, i am just wiping the tears from my face from the pure joy that I know that you must have felt when seeing these pictures yourself. What an amazing accomplishment, I am so proud to call you guys our friends and to have Liam in our lives!

    1. Thank you so much Mike. Believe me, the feeling is mutual. I am so glad that things went well for Ry this week. I think about you guys all the time. We definitely have to get together again. SOON.

  2. My husband works crazy hours. Insane hours. Always has and always, unfortunately will. For the last 25 years missed so many firsts. I have been blessed to be home with the kids all these years and although I can relay the firsts, it just isn’t the same. With Zoey, it has been all the harder, not only because of her fragility but also finally, after 6 kids, 4 girls … he finally has a ‘daddy’s girl’. Wow, we did that the hard way to get him one, didn’t we??

    I am so thankful that you have been able to be there with Liam during some of the milestones and this one … HUGE! and it made me think of this organization. I have been dragging my feet doing it for Zoey but you need to jump on it. It would be cooler than cool for you guy and for you:


    Let me know what you think and if you need help navigating it. I have a few friends that have done it for their children and it has been magical!

  3. What a clever boy and what a big boy he is now, I’m very impressed! That does look like a cool bike too, wonder if they do them in my size!??! Sending all our love to you, the man Liam and the lovely Karin. x

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