Writer’s Block: Excited that I’m about to be a new father!

Staff Writer
I cover the cities of Andover, Blaine and Ramsey. I have worked at ABC Newspapers since August 2007.

It’s an exciting time for my wife Becky and me. There are a lot of changes coming for us.

Eric Hagen
Eric Hagen

We put our townhome on the market a couple of weeks ago and are looking to move to a single-family home with an extra bedroom and hopefully in a nice neighborhood close to parks and in a good school district.

The reason we are looking to move is because we have a baby girl on the way. The scheduled due date is Aug. 6 and we are hoping to sell our home and find a new one as soon as possible so we can start prepping the baby room and the home for our bundle of joy.

This is our first child. We’ve been anxious to become parents as we’ve seen our friends raise their children.

We’re reading as many books and talking to as many people as possible to get some tips on how to get through pregnancy and how to be the best parent possible. But every child is different, of course. What works for one set of parents may be irrelevant for someone else depending on the personality of the child.

I’m excited to hold my baby girl for the first time.

Some of the best times of my childhood were taking road trips across the country. I didn’t get on a plane until I was in college. I’ve gotten spoiled by the convenience of flying, but hopefully we’ll find some time to take long road trips. The extra time in the car was a great bonding experience for my family and we learned to pass the time by learning state capitols, jotting down the different state license plates or just visiting.

The holiday seasons are still nice, but they are so much better through the eyes of children. I’m looking forward to finding cute costumes for Halloween and seeing how she reacts to Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.

I need to start doing my homework on video cameras to get the highest quality at the most reasonable price. My father video taped much of the childhoods of my sister and me. The camera was always rolling for birthdays, holidays, choir and band concerts and other random happenings throughout the year. Those tapes are treasured memories for me and my family.

As a part of my job, I’ve taken many photos at family-friendly events in Anoka County cities. I’ve always been envious of those parents who were able to watch the joy on their children’s faces or hear a funny comment, whether they were working on an arts and crafts project, meeting Santa Claus or getting a look inside a fire truck. In a couple of years, Becky and I will be able to bring our own baby girl to these events.

Raising a child is a tough job. There will be sleepless nights, less time for ourselves and pressure we’ll put on ourselves to always make the right parenting decisions so our child will have the right morals and intellect to be a good person who can succeed in these competitive world that puts so many demands on young children.

And then there’s the expenses of child care, supplies, furniture and toys, and it’s never too early to start saving for college.

I feel blessed that this is finally happening for me. I’ve always wanted to be a father. While I have been very fortunate in my life, there was always something missing. I am a family man at heart and want to be a mentor every day for my little girl.

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