First Two Days As A Parent

By Jeremy McDonald

jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com

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.

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Natalie after her first bath Friday night

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.

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Me with Natalie after running around Hillsboro and Monmouth, still trying to get the holding thing down 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.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. LaDonna Pollard says:

    She is beautiful.. So happy for you.

  2. LaDonna Pollard says:

    She is beautiful..

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