Amazing people amaze me

Throughout this process, and it’s been a process, I have constantly been amazed by people. I have made new friends, learned a lot from my family and have made an amazing connection to my wife. I’ve put a lot of emotions on this site over the last few months and I want to put one more — gratitude.

This is a post of thanks. Thank you for your support, advice and compassion as Kelci and I have gone through this. We’re getting close to Kylah’s arrival and before I shift gears and turn my attention to a new love of my life, I wanted to make sure some people got a brief thank you.

My family

Baby bumps unite!

My cousin and aunt have answered out questions and even took time to organize a wonderful shower that brought our family together to celebrate our pending arrival. Oh, did I mention my cousin could go into labor any time? She’s even more pregnant than Kelci, if that’s possible. Well, scratch that. My cousins welcomed a little boy named Tysen into the world today, Aug. 3. Well done guys! Can’t wait to meet him.

Grandma represented with Kylah's first Seahawks teeshirt.

Kelci’s mom has been an absolute godsend. Her words of encouragement have been priceless and her motherly touch has been exactly what Kelci has needed at times.

Our friends

I don’t know the etiquette of pregnancy, who is supposed to do what, etc… But one thing I knew is that I need a good base of friends to get through this. Luckily I have found this. People like:

That blindfold smelled abnormally good.

Kristy and Karianne. Let’s face it. The concept of the baby shower can be boring, stale and outdated. If you want to have a rad baby shower, let these two rad ladies plan it. They have both been a sounding board for me, offering guidance and helping me make this pregnancy easier on Kelci. Follow Kristy and Karianne on Twitter and tell them thank you for us.

Other friends you should know about: Veronica, Liana, Kevin and Greg.

Good friends

He's the one on the left, I promise.

My best friend Nathan is just that. I’m thankful that I have such a good guy to call a friend. I hope you’re ready to maybe have your birthday annexed. It’s for a good cause though.

Update: The thing about these kinds of posts is you always forget people. People like Darren, who was the first to comment below. He has been an amazing source of information, tips and advice. He has been a voice of reason and calm reassurance. He’s been a role model for caring and compassion as well. Also, Jennifer Leggio gets a special thank you. She sent Kelci and Kylah an amazing bag that will keep them both glamorous. Thank you both for what you’ve done for us.

There’s been a lot more, but it’s late and I have to go take care of Kelci. They say it takes a village to raise a child. Kelci and I have an amazing village around us and we’re very thankful to have everybody in our lives that we do. I have learned a lot about myself, about the people that I have around us and I have learned to be thankful for all of that.

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  • http://twitter.com/heydtrain Darren Kochansky

    You're going to be a hell of a dad kid. Glad to know you and to call you my friend :)

  • http://thegeekgiant.com geekgiant

    Darren, Thank you. You've done a lot more than you know.

  • http://twitter.com/kristy Kristy Bolsinger

    I feel honored to have been able to be a part of this with you and Kelci. You guys are two of my favorite people and I was more than pleased to be able to throw you a shower. I certainly could not have done it without Karianne and Maya. They definitely made it happen! We had a blast on Saturday and I cannot wait to meet your baby girl. You both will make amazing parents of that I am sure!!

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  • http://shaunacausey.posterous.com Shauna Causey

    Congrats you guys! XO!

  • http://www.changeitmarketing.com kevinurie

    Eric, it has been great to see you go through this process. I can tell you that you guys are way more prepared then Heather and I ever were.

    The love and passion you show for your friends and family is something I strive to emulate, and Kylah is blessed to have you as a role model as she grows up.

    Enjoy the time, it goes fast. Also if you figure out how to deal with daughters please let me know, because I am completely clueless.

  • colleencarrington

    Glad you have lots of friends to share your exciting journey!

  • Bishop Nathan

    Guess it's about time I posted…

    Thank you for popping my baby shower cherry gently… The tobacco and alcohol helped make “cute” seem like less of a four letter word.

    And, Kylah is probably the only person who I'd allow to annex my birthday. But only if you don't tell her what I thought her ultrasound picture looked like..

    Wait a moment… I can't post under my google account?! Brew Munkey demands android friendly posting (yes I realize it's a little late in the game, but you'll just have to get used to this sort of thing though since your daughter will be a Leo…)