Holy Crap! I’m Gonna Be A Dad!

Baby Waldow - foot on head: Dec 7 09 24 wksI was sitting on the chairlift at Park City Mountain Resort on Christmas Day and it hit me.

(Holy Crap!) I’m gonna be a dad!

Of course I had my iPhone 3GS with me which enabled me to record my thoughts as I was formulating them. This wasn’t the first time I’ve done some videoing from a chairlift (Read/Watch Email Insider Summit: Skiing, Email, Smart People). The only difference was that a few weeks ago I got paid for it. Ha ha.

So, without further commentary, check out my 90 seconds of realization.

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Still can’t get enough? If you are on Twitter, you can follow @babywaldow for updates. I know. It’s a bit weird/creepy/odd, but…

DJ Waldow
@djwaldow

42 comments
WebMechanix
WebMechanix

This is awesome on so many levels..
You're on a chairlift (@ park city!), using iPhone to document your thoughts (how did you hold it so steady?), and you're going to be a dad!! Congrats man!

Joanna Lawson-Matthew
Joanna Lawson-Matthew

Um, this is adorable. You have to keep it and show it to your daughter when she's 25-ish (when she'll finally appreciate you!). :)

Uncle Joe
Uncle Joe

Happy New Year DJ! 2010 is going to be an exciting year! I can't be I'm going to be a great uncle for the 5th time! That always sounds wierd :-) You and K-Dawg are going to be fantastic parents....I cant wait to see you both in action and meet baby Waldow! Awesome realization video as well...glad I got to see the first 'Holy Crap' moment!

MSchechter
MSchechter

I remember that exact same moment, I think that Holy Crap moment is always a couple of months off for us guys. My daughter is 2 already and it just gets more and more insanely amazing every single day. Best of luck in the coming months and I look forward to several more awed video messages. Hope you are prepared for the unpreparable! Congrats and from one father of a daughter to another, good luck!

Jim "Genuine" Turner
Jim "Genuine" Turner

All very common and don;t feel like the lone ranger. I still to this day after having four, the oldest of which is 10, "Holy crap, I am a responsible adult."

David Spinks
David Spinks

Congrats DadJ! I'm still a ways away from that feeling (I think/hope) but it sounds like something you'll cherish for a lonnnng time. Wishing you and your family all the best and a very happy new year (=

David

bethharte
bethharte

Holy crap is right!! Literally (well, at least until she's, what 2ish?!) & figuratively! ;-)

Congrats to you and K-Dawg, you're truly grown-ups now! (And, thus why I don't have kids...Heh.) You'll be an AWESOME dad DJ and I can't wait to see the first photos of Baby Waldow and read/hear about your experiences.

Happy New Year!
Beth Harte
Community Manager, MarketingProfs

Teresa Basich
Teresa Basich

HOLY CRAP, YOU'RE GONNA BE A DAD!

Just hit me, too. I vote getting that kid on a pair o' skis stat.

You and K are going to be fantastic parents. And yes, more responsibility, but I think this is just gonna add a whole new layer of fun and frolic to your life. You'll be tired but so stoked to have a munchkin around. I think that's a decent trade-off, no? :)

Kimberly Snyder
Kimberly Snyder

DJ -

I love the fact you have shared this "aha" moment with us all. As a Mother to the dearest 5 year old little "wild man" you ever did meet - I truly appreciate your excitement, wonder and delight.

The ride ahead is out of your control in many ways, it will twist and turn often but it will never disappoint or bore you in any way.

As you know, I am about to go through the same journey yet again in May and can't wait.

DJ the adventure will blow your mind and expand your heart in ways you didn't know were possible.

Cheers,
Kimberly

Jennifer Altobelli
Jennifer Altobelli

djer - glad it finally hit you! Just kidding. I think it hit me a few times at different points throughout my pregnancy but I think the biggest moment was the moment Tristan was born. In one moment Joe and I were 2. In the next moment we were 3! Somehow you know it is a baby when it is inside of you (or your spouse), but when it comes out and joins this world of ours it is so strange to see a whole baby - It doesn't seem possible that that little person is the same thing that had been inside you for 9 months. I don't know what kind of parents you will be but I too know you will be amazing parents. Please let me know if you figure out a good way to be parents AND keep up with the weekend ski trips. 4 kids in, I am still working on going to the bathroom alone....
Your Sis

Anna Barcelos
Anna Barcelos

Holy Crap is right! Ha. It's absolutely amazing and you will love it. Main thing is it's not about Y-O-U anymore. But keep in mind you can still go skiing, vacationing and everything you did before, it's just more creative and challenging.

DAD[GRANDPA]
DAD[GRANDPA]

Holy Crap I'm going to be a grandfather....ok, I am a grandfather, but with each new grandchild I get that same feeling.... Holy Crap I'm a grandfather!.....and DJ, my advice to you two....enjoy every moment....and talk about unreal....I couldn't possibly be old enough to be a grandfather!

Suzanne Vara
Suzanne Vara

DJ

Congrats. It is truly amazing when it hits and it is all you can think about. My moment was the ultrasound seeing him so small just kinda hanging out.

Yes this happens to people everyday but now it is happening to you and that is all that matters. Be proud and happy and enjoy every night of sleep you are getting right now. All worth it. Mine will be 5 in Feb (aren't you feb too? I am as well) and it goes by so fast. We just learned now to ride bike without training wheels.

congrats on the moment and here's to a very healthy baby girl!

Krista Parry
Krista Parry

I love that the realization that you're going to be a dad hit you on the chairlift at Park City Mountain Resort! Very cool.

I can't wait to meet Baby Waldow. With parents like you and K-Dawg she is sure to be quite the rascal!

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

Congratulations, man, and my sincerest wishes to you and your good lady for when the little one arrives - I can tell that it's going to be an awesome experience for you :)

Royce
Royce

Wow, congrats, that is pretty cool

Vince Pickett
Vince Pickett

Twenty nine years later and that defining moment is still crystal clear. Mine was driving alone on the night John Lennon was killed.

Keith Burtis
Keith Burtis

Huge congrats DJ! There is so much that you never foresee. That's the magic.
Wishing you both the best!

mckra1g
mckra1g

My moment was when I first felt the baby move. From a place I couldn't identify, I felt a wellspring of a fierce and irrational protective instinct. Savage in its intensity, I'd never experienced anything like it.

Anything I could say will sound cliché, but sometimes clichés exist because there isn't a more essential or base way of communicating the sentiment behind them.

You will measure your life in eras: before and after becoming a parent. You will be asked to put up or shut up in the most elemental of ways, because a kid will force you to live your values like nothing else in this world.

It's the most exhilarating, maddening and bone-wearying job in the world. ..and you'll do great.

Best wishes to you and your wife!

M.

scottcohen13
scottcohen13

DJ - Know the feeling all too well. Wasn't too long that I was in the same spot. Here I am 8 and half weeks in with my daughter, and it still sometimes doesn't feel real.

In any event, welcome to the fraternity. I'll teach you the secret handshake over beers.

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

@WebMechanix: Thanks so much for you comment! That's the beauty of technology, right? I was able to actually capture that moment. I have a steady hand...

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DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Ha ha. Thanks Joanna. My daughter better appreciate me well before she
is 25!

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Thumbed with care from my iPhone...

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Uncle Joe! Thanks for reading (and adding your thoughts). Yeah - the youngest great uncle (x5) ever, right? Looking forward to skiing with you either this season or next...

Get your ass back from China already, okay?

dj

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Michael -

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. "Prepared for the unpreparable." I like that one. I'm as prepared as can be (ha ha).

See you soon, right? Social Fresh - Nashville or Tampa?

(Have you and Jay Baer met face to face yet?)

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DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Jim -

Yeah. The "responsible adult" feeling has stuck with me since I graduated college in 1998. Then marriage, mortgage, car payments, ... and now a child! Yikes...

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DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Thanks David. "Dadj" - I like that. Have a great new year. 2010. I hope it's ready for us.

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DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Beth -

Yeah. It hit me hard. Time to grow up fast. Heck. I am going to be 34 in Feb, so...

Hoping to be an awesome dad. That's the goal! Don't worry about photos and vids and all that fun stuff from Baby Waldow. You know I'll be all over that. Need to figure out how to tone it down a bit. Ha ha.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

dj

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

T -

Don't you worry, @babywaldow will have a pair of skis very soon. I'm not sure she has a clue what's in store for her with me and the K-Dawg as parents. She should already be a bit worried (and fired up).

Thanks for your comments! Responsibility? Ughh.

dj

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Me? Sharing? Ha ha. Yeah. Right. I hate that stuff. As far as the ride ahead being "out of control" I have to admit that the thought of losing control freaks me out a bit, but...

Excited for your soon-to-be new addition in May!

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

dj

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Jenn -

You can't call me "djer" here! Nobody knows me as that. Ha ha. Just kidding. I agree that the moment she - Baby Waldow - is born, it will really hit home. Hard to turn back then, right?

I'll let you know if I figure out any tricks. Thanks for all of the "foundation work" you've done w/ mom and dad. Much appreciated. Then again, you've also set the bar VERY high w/ 4 of the cutest children in the world.

djer

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Anna -

Wait. Did you just say it's not about me anymore? Ha ha. Double crap. As far as skiing and vacationing...my wife and are all all in for the creative stuff. Wait. That didn't come out right. You know what I meant, right?

Thanks for stopping by.

dj

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Dad/Grandpa: You are the youngest grandfather I know.

Your brother,
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DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Suzanne - Thanks for the comment! Yeah. That first ultrasound was pretty wild for us too. My wife (the K-Dawg) is an Ob/Gyn so we had a bit of the "inside track." I recorded most of the event on my iPhone and even created a (private) video on YouTube that I shared w/ my family. It included my live/raw reaction when we learned it was going to be a girl.

Just crazy stuff, huh? I love how you say he was "just kinda hanging out." That's how it is. Just chilling.

5 in Feb! Nice. Yeah. I'm Feb 23, but I'm nearly 3 decades older then your son.

I really appreciated you stopping by and commenting. You've added to an already great day, killer good mood.

dj

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Krista - Ha ha. Figured you'd appreciate that on a few levels. @pcski chairlift video series? Hmm - you never know, right? When you get over the Christmas flu, are you going to set up your gravatar? http://en.gravatar.com/

dj

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Thanks so much, Danny! I owe you a few items, don't I? Blog post, 12for12k, etc.

Working on both soon!

dj

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Royce - Thanks. We're both pretty excited. Cool...uh - yeah!

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DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Vince: Wow. That's wild. That's wild about John Lennon. I just got the chills...

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DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Thanks so much, Keith. K-Dawg and I are really excited. Congrats to you too, right?

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DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Molly - Thanks so much for stopping by and adding your thoughts. I agree w/ you that clichés exist for a reason! Thanks also for the vote of confidence. I realize that people become parents all of the time, but it's - holy crap - exciting!

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DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Scott - Can't wait for the secret handshake. Always best to learn that stuff over beers, right?

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MSchechter
MSchechter

Going to be stuck in the office and at industry trade shows early this year,
but I hope to get out into the world soon! Hope to see you out there!
Havent met Jay Baer yet, but he did grow a beard to help diversify the two
of us :)

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

Ha. no worries fella - sounds like you have some other business to look after ;-)

Whenever you're free, bud, please don't feel "obligated" on anything, sincerely appreciate you having a look :)