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And Then There Were Two

And Then There Were Two

November 22, 2023

Over the weekend, my wife and I welcomed a daughter, Clare Marie Brennan, to our family. To coincide with the new addition to our family I am sharing some thoughts I’ve had on her and our new life together:

  • First, an admission—I know next to nothing about girls. I hope you can be patient with me as I learn.
  • You share a name with a county in Western Ireland known for its rolling hills, breathtaking coasts and beautiful music. I hope we can visit together someday.
  • The stock market was up on the day you were born, that must be a good sign.
  • Your mom and I were less stressed about your birth than we were your older brother’s. I guess that is the product of experience.
  • We were, however, stressed about a couple of other things before you arrived. Some day we will tell you the story and laugh about how we had 25 feet of our basement excavated to replace a water pipe just days before you arrived.
  • Your brother, John, is so excited to have you as his baby sister. I can’t wait to watch your relationship and friendship grow and develop over the years.
  • Your other furry brother, Bubba, won’t care much for you at first. But I promise he will warm up to you when you start dropping food and learn to stop pulling his hair.
  • Always listen to your mother. Except when she slanders the Grateful Dead or tells us to change the station.
  • You have four amazing grandparents that can’t wait to spoil you as much as humanly possible.
  • Know that you are free to root for the Broncos or any other team in the NFL, except for the Green Bay Packers
  • You can count on helping your mother and me troubleshoot technology issues 30 years from now. Don’t ask me how I know this.
  • We are so excited to introduce you to everything the world has to offer while allowing you to find your own path.
  • We might have to revisit that last one when you become a teenager.
  • You will experience so many incredible things in life. A great deal of them have yet to be invented.
  • You will undoubtedly experience setbacks and hard times, but I am confident that the world will be better every day that you live.
  • You have, without a doubt, the best mom. I hope you are just like her in every way.

Thank you for reading and I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!