I'm fully expecting my son, Marcelo, to be born tomorrow, April 25, 2013. However, I will not be surprised if it takes longer than that. His due date was on Monday, but it looks like he's content enough to stay inside mama's belly. I can already tell this is going to be a stubborn kid.
We were actually expecting Marcelo to be born in early April. The whole pregnancy, they kept telling us that he was measuring big. We figured that meant he would be born before his due date. After all, Hope is only 5'1", so we didn't think he would go full term. But low and behold, he is a full term baby. We're guessing he could be as big as 9 lbs when his is born! And while we want him to be born as naturally as possible, the chances of a C-section are on the rise. We'll just have to see what happens tomorrow when they start inducing Hope.
While I have known these last 40 weeks that I was going to be a dad, I know I have not come to that full realization yet. Everyone keeps telling me that will happen when I see him for the first time. But right now, I'm not sure how I feel. I know I need to be calm for Hope when she's going to labor, but I may be freaking out myself! Then there's all the questions about how I'm going to do as a dad and how I'm going to go about raising Marcelo. Hope and I have discussed what we want him to be and how we're going to do things. We can talk all we want, but once he comes into this world, I know all of that will go out the window... at least on my part. Hope has had experience raising babies, so she's gonna be teaching me a lot of things. I just hope I can live up to how great my parents were raising my brother and I.
So now it's the final stretch and before I know it, I'll be holding Marcelo in my arms. I just hope he gets a good combination of our physical features. Hope says he's gonna look like Ben Stiller. So maybe he can score a role in one of his movies. No matter what he looks like, I know I'll love him.
Bonus fact: If everything goes as planned and Marcelo is born tomorrow, he will share his birthday with none other than the Big Fundamental himself, Tim Duncan. What more could a die hard Spurs fan ask for? I'm hoping Marcelo will be the key to their Championship run this post season.