My First Father’s Day

I am delighted to share with you folks that my wife Erica and I are expecting our first child. Erica is coming up to 20 weeks and we will be due in November. We don’t know the gender of the baby, but we will find out in the next few weeks. Naturally we are both hugely excited; I can’t wait to be a dad.

With today being Father’s Day, I was thinking about my own father, and what kind of father I want to be.

Fortunately, this is pretty simple: I want to be the kind of father that my father was to me.

I feel hugely fortunate that I was raised with such supportive, encouraging, and fun parents. Both of my parents instilled in me a set of values from an early age that have followed me into adulthood; values of being fair, working and playing hard, treating people with respect, putting family first, and being strong as an individual and loyal in a team. While I am by no means perfect, I do feel confident in my values system, and I credit both my parents for this.

I have always had a special relationship with my dad. Throughout my childhood he always managed to find ways to motivate and inspire me. He taught me to play the drums when I was 9 years old (he used to play in a band when he was younger), when I was getting into computers at the age of 14 he let me come to his then workplace (a multimedia project) for work experience and get them connected to the Internet with an old US Robotics modem (this cemented much of my interest in technology), he helped me run my own tech support business when I was 16, and he motivated and inspired me to go to University not just for the education, but the life experience of meeting different people, cultures, and backgrounds.

As my career transitioned from journalism to community management and consultancy, my dad has always had wisdom to share and offer. Just when I think I am getting a handle on the world, my dad has this incredible ability to make me think about things differently. He is not just a father, but a mentor, and a friend.

As I face my impending fatherhood, if I can be 5% of the father that my dad has been to me, I will be a hugely proud father. I love you, dad.

  • https://launchpad.net/~rafaellaguna ????

    Congratulations! And glad to hear that your relation with your father will inspire yourself to bring love and ethic behaviour to your future child, that’s something not everybody think in.

  • https://launchpad.net/~rafaellaguna ????

    Congratulations! And glad to hear that your relation with your father will inspire yourself to bring love and ethic behaviour to your future child, that’s something not everybody think in.

  • Richard Marsh

    Great news! this also means you have fathers day gifts to look forward to! :P

  • http://www.bcworkshop.org/ bcWORKSHOP

    (posted from wrong account, apologies)

  • http://twitter.com/kevinpurdy Kevin Purdy

    Awesome news, awesome announcement method!

  • http://twitter.com/gregmcqueen Greg McQueen

    My daughter is now 5 and about to start school after the summer. It’s hard to fully describe the immense amount of pride that you feel watching them grow and learn to take on the world. The last 5 years has flown by.  You have it all to come. The pleasure and privilege of being someone’s dad.

    Congratulations. And, I am sure other father’s will understand it when I add, good luck!

  • http://twitter.com/gregmcqueen Greg McQueen

    My daughter is now 5 and about to start school after the summer. It’s hard to fully describe the immense amount of pride that you feel watching them grow and learn to take on the world. The last 5 years has flown by.  You have it all to come. The pleasure and privilege of being someone’s dad.

    Congratulations. And, I am sure other father’s will understand it when I add, good luck!

  • Scott Lavender

    That is super cool news, Jono!  Congratulations to you and Mrs. Bacon :)

  • http://twitter.com/bratschecody Cody Russell

    Congrats dude!

  • http://twitter.com/jspaleta Jef Spaleta

    I need a usable shipping address:

    http://www.glarkware.com/baby/dingo-snack

  • http://twitter.com/arasbm Aras Balali

    Congratulations on your new accomplishment Jono! :) I wish you and your family all the best.

  • http://twitter.com/TheHunInParis Janos Gyerik

    That’s really great news!

  • Martin Owens

    Welcome to the father’s community Jono. The 20 year mission to raise a child and seek out safety and pride in everything they do.

    Can I recommend cloth nappies? Seriously, the new tech for cloth inserts is super awesome and the environmental impact of disposables is very bad. Just got to have the prep.

    Don’t know if you’re going to have a lot of responsibility directly, but any time you want to compare notes. :-) you have my contact details.

  • http://twitter.com/alourie Alex Lourie

    I join this message and wish the best of luck :-)

  • Anonymous

    Wishing you the very best in the addition of this new blessing in your life.  :)

  • http://twitter.com/joaquimrocha Joaquim Rocha

    Hey Jono,

    I am very happy for you and Erica! Send my regards to her and congratulations!

  • https://launchpad.net/~olive Olivier Cortès

    IMHO, There’s a “before the first child” and a “after the first child” epoch in a man’s life. And that’s great. Beiing a dad is the best experience life gave to me.

    Congratulations and best wishes for your family life :-)

  • Gabriel Patiño

    Congrats Jono!

    You are about to live the most intense months of your life!  I remember the week before delivery, and I still don’t know how I survived it..Then it’s all about a new level of love. Nothing can compare to that.

    Be warned if you get a girl: you are totally lsot. She well do whatever she wants with you!

    Best wishes!

  • Rafa? Cie?lak

    Congratulations, Jono! :) Best wishes!

  • Federico Mena Quintero

    Woah!  Congratulations, Jono!

  • Anonymous

     Many thanks, Federico!