October 25: The Birth of My Sons

This was originally posted on my blog about our pregnancy, Dazed Dad.

I’m not really sure how to blog about something as tragic as Sarah and I have experienced in the past few days – yet, I feel the need to begin to share our experience. Perhaps it’s part of my grieving process. Perhaps it’s so that I can hear from others who may have gone through something similar. I don’t know – but below is one of the hardest things I have ever experienced.

On Sunday, October 24, at around 1:15pm, Sarah’s bag of water broke, although we didn’t know it at the time. We weren’t really sure what had happened, so we went to Labor & Delivery in Walnut Creek. After a few different tests, the doctor pulled a stool over and sat down next to the bed. It was at that moment, that I knew that we were in for some bad news. There was something about the way the doctor sat down on the stool, and began to share with us the news…

We really didn’t have any options – we had to end the pregnancy. We were at 19 weeks and 3 days.

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Crowdsourcing a Tattoo

On July 14, 2005, I got a tattoo of a coptic cross in West Jerusalem. I’ve never regretted it, and have, from time to time, thought about getting another tattoo. Last month when my friend Adam Copeland started up a meme called “My Faith, My Tattoo” – I participated and it got me thinking about tattoos again. It’s been over 5 years since my first one, and I’d really like to get another, but am having a hard time coming up with the design.

So, here is where you come in. This isn’t a design contest or anything – but I’d love to try an experiment in crowdsourcing a tattoo design for my next tattoo. I have an idea about the direction I’d like to go with the tattoo but would love to see what we could collectively come up with as a group for a design.
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