PapiBlogger’s Newest Adventure for 2012? A Brand New Baby!

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When I was 11, my teenage cousin Tammy and I had a memorable conversation about the number of kids that we each planned to have.  Tammy and I didn’t have a clue about parenthood then so at the time it sounded cool for us to say that we would do a competition to see which one of us would be the first to have 50 kids in all 50 states.

Thirty years later my cousin and I have three kids apiece but now that’s about to change because I recently learned – on my birthday, no less – that PapiBlogger is about to be a dad for a fourth time!

When my wife told me the news I instantly remembered the crazy old bet I made with my cousin.  Here’s what else instantly streamed into my head:

YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME?!!!  In fact, my wife initially planned to play a joke on me that she was pregnant.  Then she saw the pregnancy test and the joke was on both of us, two 40-something year olds who didn’t think they would have more kids again.  (If we live long enough we’ll both be old grandparents).

- This means we’re headed back to the parenting joys of diapers, compotas and sleepless nights!

Maybe there’s a sponsorship opportunity in this pregnancy somehow.  Hey, if we’ve been able to get two consecutive, 40-plus day summer family road trips sponsored by major brands that love our blogging work, why not try to get one for our pregnancy and baby adventures?  I’ll be blogging, Facebook and tweeting about our pregnancy and the baby from this point forward.  (Yo, Pampers, can we talk?)

We won't be doing an epic summer family road trip this year like we did in 2011 with Disney and Buick but expect something fun and different from us in 2012!

It’s time to get a new PapiMobile! My wife has been lobbying me for a new family vehicle for four years so now she’ll get her wish.  I’m a miser when it comes to buying cars but we need a bigger one that will last us a long time.  The current front runner to be the official family car? The Buick Enclave.  We had a terrific experience with the Enclave during our 10,000 PapiBlogger family road trip to Alaska and it also has a lot of nostalgia points with the kids.  (We’ll keep you posted on this).

The 2012 Buick Enclave is the early front runner to be the official family vehicle of the growing PapiBlogger clan. Here's the Enclave we drove this summer on our road trip in front of Crater Lake, Oregon.

This is clearly a sign that one of my kids must be destined to be President of the United States.  God willing, all four of my children will be official Election Year Babies: 2000, 2004, 2008 and now 2012.  (In case you’re wondering, yes, for better and for worse, my presidential choice has won each of those elections).

God help me be a great dad to four kids.   Believe it or not, this is the number one thing that I think about the most.  I know it’s possible to be a good father to four kids but I sincerely don’t know how the great dads of old did it with 12-children family homes.  I am sincerely depending even more on God to help me be the dad that Baby No. 4 deserves.

There go our plans for this summer’s Hawaiian vacations!  This summer the PapiBlogger clan had scheduled a big family adventure for Hawaii but that’s now close to impossible because our baby is due right smack in the middle of the summer.  (We’ll try to do SOMETHING to make up for this but Hawaii seems totally out of the question).

- If bearing children is a patriotic duty, we’re excelling at this.  Our big Latino family is a major reason why Hispanic Americans like me are keeping our country growing strong.  We’re over indexing on the average Hispanic family by one or so kids but hey, call us super patriots!
- At least one of our kids is bound to take care of us when we get old.  Today it’s our turn to clean our children’s butts but one day it might be theirs.  With four kids we are now four times more likely to be there for us should we need them when we grow old.
- Wow, I’m truly blessed!  The Bible says it’s a blessing to have a lot of kids.  That’s not politically correct to say today but I embrace that and I look forward to the time when my wife and I can enjoy the success of our kids and our grandkids.  I cherish my children and embrace everything this top verse in the Bible says about having kids:
Psalm 127:4-5

4Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.

5How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;

 

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  • OneBrownGirl

    Congratulations to the entire Ruiz clan! Awesome news!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Natalia-Flores/1357121126 Natalia Flores

    way to welcome 2012! hopefully the baby takes after Angela jajajaja! Un abrazo!

  • http://twitter.com/DgitalRaindance TheDigitalRaindance

    Congratulations to you and Angela on the news of your new addition to the family. While challenging and exhausting (2 of 3 in college now), parenting is truly a blessing. Just think how lucky parents with young kids are today – all of your special moments in digital memories and no closets full of photo albums.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-Santos-Aronson/1048232640 Jennifer Santos Aronson

    I’m in total shock and so excited for all of you! Congratulations and Mazel Tov!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Manny-Ruiz/1558595961 Manny Ruiz

    thanks for your kind remarks guys! Nice point about the digital albums. I can’t imagine how old school families did it with boxes of photos :-)

  • http://twitter.com/DgitalRaindance TheDigitalRaindance

    Lol! Had to buy houses with plenty of storage room, since mom and dad never want to part with their kids childhood memories. Thanks to digital storage, have recouped valuable real estate.

  • Milcah

    Congratulations to your family! Children are a blessing :)

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