River

26
Feb
2010

With a huge event like the birth of our third child happening this week, of course I just had to blog about it.  So here I am.  My son, River, was born at 7:23AM Wednesday morning….and just started his training for the 2030 Tour de France.  You gotta start ‘em young these days.  Seriously though, it has been such a joy to welcome him to our family.  His name is River and he is Amazing, Beautiful, Peaceful, and resonating with Love.

This week, I was once again reminded just how incredible the human body actually is.  For something that I walk around with each and every day, I somehow forget just how intricate and perfect the body really is.  Watching him come out…his little toes and fingers, his healthy little body, the miracle of life….totally blew me away.  And it’s not only the fact that we can recreate such perfection, it’s also the amazement of how a mother’s body adapts to be everything a baby needs.

After the birth….after all the tension and emotion of the event had slowly slipped away…I had to just sit for a moment and let all this wonderment settle back down for a second.  When I stood back up, the only thought in my mind was of how our bodies truly are walking miracles.

Then today, with images of perfection still sprinkled across my mind, I sat there on the seat of my bike demanding more from myself.  We were made to be great.  Built to live.  Born to do more.  So as my joints all moved in unison; and my muscles, veins, lungs, and everything else provided me with all I needed to ride; I rode with all I had.  Loving the Bike.  Loving my Family.  Loving Life.

To My Boy

You’ve been in there so long, we couldn’t wait for you to come out.
Already grown so much….in more ways than just size.
Started your wonderful adventures.
Living as a Pirate in the Caribbean.
Traveling many miles across land and sea.
Changing the lives of those around you.


You are my Boy.
Already making me emotional.
Bringing happiness, panic, and wonderment.
Totally unsure of how any of this is going to be.
Hoping that you’ll help show me the way.
Already loved more than you’ll ever know.



Unknowingly, Unwillingly, Unsure…
…but nevertheless born a gypsy.
What else are you going to be?
What will your personality be like?
Will you like blondes or brunettes?
So many questions.  I’m only curious about the answers.


Some theorists say that you chose us as your Parents.
Selecting us because this path will teach your spirit what it needs to learn.
No matter why…we are happy that it is you we can call our Son.
Knowing you’ll teach us as much as we hope to teach you.
Wishing you worldly knowledge, not only that found in a classroom.
Always wanting the best for you….always.


Holding you in my arms for the very first time.
Making your mom cry with emotion
from my first kiss.
I Love You So Much.
You’ll always be my Boy.  You’ll always have my Love.

Enjoy Your Ride

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  • http://cyclinmissy.blogspot.com Cyclin’ Missy

    Congratulations on your new baby boy! I found your site today through a comment on Let’s Go Ride a Bike, and I like it. Nice to see another cyclophile out there!

  • http://lazyriderbicycleblog.blogspot.com Ian…

    Hey congratulations that’s great news!

    Hope the little fella will soon be enjoying the view from your tagalong trailer!

    • http://www.lovingthebike.com darrylislovingthebike

      You know it. Can’t wait to include him on the family rides.

  • http://djones.myncblogs.com Donald

    Nothing like those first few days… and everyday is like a revelation. Something small… something new you’ll notice as he grows. Enjoy and relish every moment. Congratulations to you and your family!

    • http://www.lovingthebike.com darrylislovingthebike

      Thanks Donald, what great comments. Yeah, it’s been another important week in our lives and I will definitely be relishing every moment.

  • http://oldguy2wheels.wordpress.com/ Tim

    Many big adventures ahead for you. Congrats!

    p.s. get ready, looks like he’ll be a lady killer :)

    • http://www.lovingthebike.com darrylislovingthebike

      Awww….thanks Tim. Yeah, we do think that he is a cutie….but then again all Parents feel that way. Really appreciate your comments.

  • http://www.outsidepgh.com Dave

    Congratulations on the birth of your son!
    “Healthy” I think was the most important word.

    How did you come up with “River”??

    • http://www.lovingthebike.com darrylislovingthebike

      We had two names in mind prior to him being born. One was Oakley and the other was River. We liked them both and after spending the first day with him, we decided he was more of a River. Not really sure where we got it from….it was one of the names on the list that we both agreed with.

  • http://bikingtolive.com Bryan

    Congratulations to you, your wife, and your family on the birth of a healthy boy.

    I think your thoughts on what our bodies are meant to be is spot on. It’s a shame that we (I) let them go so much.

    • http://www.lovingthebike.com darrylislovingthebike

      Thanks for your continued support and comments, Bryan. Hey man, we’re in this all together….and we all have our areas for improvement. One positive day at a time, Brother. It will be done.

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