By Jeremy McDonald
The past day-and-a-half since Natalie’s birth, I’ve been approached by people asking me about her and wondering why I was away from my wife Amber and my newborn child.
Part of the reason was because I wanted to give them an opportunity to relax and heal up, Amber has bad anxiety when it comes to procedure and was stressing out since the C-Section was scheduled on Friday (yes the 13th, Natalie’s totally healthy and happy even though she’s super fussy haha). I supported her through it and just wanted to give her a chance to hangout and relax without people around her.
Another reason was this, when Natalie was five hours old and she was stable, I went over to the Withnell Dodger game to give Amber a chance to hangout and chill and here’s my second point: I care about the kids as well.
Someone pointed out to me during the Keizer Crusher-Post 20 Dirtbag game Saturday afternoon that I agree with, this community, the kids and families are like an extended part of my family. Here’s why, because I care about the people I’ve gotten to know the last three years and I feel like I’ve built a bond with everyone that I just wanted to come out and support them like everyone has for me through these past few years and hope to share this journey with you guys as open as I can be.
I know I’m unorthodox as a writer and that’s why certain other local journalist, I believe, don’t like how open I am. But hey, I rather spend space talk about myself as well as the kids I cover because I feel like that’s fair. I think journalism has to become that and not this ‘hitman’ approach of the same three questions and you’ll never see me again.
I went back to Salem Hospital, room 4502, to see Amber and Natalie after I got done at the Lineman Challenge and the American Legion Game. Natalie got a few shout-outs at the Withnell Dodger and Post 20 Dirtbags games, thanks to those who did it I don’t want to name bomb anyone without them being ok with it first haha.
I told Natalie about it while talk sports to Amber with me holding her in a chair. I hope she plays sports and I’ll tell her she doesn’t have to do an interview if she doesn’t absolutely want to as she enjoys her athletic career. She has blueish-green eyes and saw them real quick before I went home to try to help out clean up our house before Natalie comes home either Sunday or Monday (we’re hoping Monday). She’s settled down a little bit since Friday and we’re hoping it continues moving forward, especially after that first night haha. But we’ll wait and see.
I’ll continue to do what I am doing by supporting the community that I have slowly called my own since I moved up here in the summer of 2015 while sharing this journey with Natalie and showing her what’s going on. I just wanted to spend a post about this real quick two days-in and I hope to have Natalie out by the end of the Winter Season or Spring Season depending on how she’s looking, I don’t want to push her into it too soon haha.