I’m a bit new to the concept of frequent blogging, but as I’m venturing into these previously personally uncharted waters of pending parenthood, I’m finding there’s plenty to ponder and reflect on when it comes to this topic. (And while Amy continues to fall victim to nausea and an intense work schedule, it’s kind of up to me to carry the proverbial DiBiase baby torch)
On Wednesday, I went for my routine dental cleaning (something I’ve been doing regularly since having to undergo quite a bit of dental work a couple years ago after skipping the dentist for years at a time), and the topic of my pending parenthood came up. I never thought I’d find so much encouragement from a dental hygienist, but it was cool to find myself, spit-sucker-thingie danging from my mouth lying agape, conversing with her about my fears and concerns while she shared her own experiences with parenthood. It’s neat to hear the unanimous and overwhelming positivity that is always expressed by current parents about the subject matter of parenthood. It was cool to discuss even the “divine plan” – words that the hygienist herself actually used, knowing where I’m coming from – getting more than just a tooth scraping from this particular visit.
And tonight, I attended the latest TobyMac tour and had the opportunity to sit down with the singer/songwriter to discuss his latest project for a JFH interview. At the end of our talk, I hit him with one last question — “Do you have any advice for new parents?” At first, the question seemed to bounce off McKeehan’s forehead and drop straight to the floor. “Are you a new parent?” he asked. “I will be, come this October!” I replied. He immediately got excited and reached out his hand to connect with mine and congratulated me. As usual with people I share the news, I expressed how terrified I am, and he was quick to inform me that he has two significant regrets in life — taking six years of courting before finally tying the knot with his wife, and waiting five years to have children, discovering upon having his first son Truett that he wished they’d started a family sooner. These are the kind of positive thoughts and expressions I kind of want to “store up in my heart,” so to speak. And I genuinely look forward to telling everyone “You were right!” after the munchkin arrives.
Speaking of the interview, as a side note here, I hope to feature Toby’s full answer on here soon (and I’m debating on whether or not to make it a LJF exclusive as well 😉 ).
In the meantime, I’ll continue to work on these fears of mine… 😉 Enjoy one of my favorite pics I took from tonight’s show!