On August 31st, 2013, my wife and I took a home pregnancy test and found out that we were expecting. For the next couple of months, I had to wait to share this with the world. We wanted to let it settle in with us first and be sure that everything was healthy and going well before we announced it. As you can imagine, keeping this awesome news a secret for a little while made me feel like my head was going to explode. Just a few days ago I was able to let out the wonderful news that my wife and I are expecting our first child in the spring. We've had an overwhelming amount of well wishes, and love expressed by our family and friends. What a warm and nice feeling to know that people enjoy the truly magical moments in life. Even if the moment belongs to someone else. We all can and should share in each others happiness, it just make for a nicer world to live in. 

My excitement can hardly be contained when I think about the new bundle of joy that has already impacted our lives in such profound ways. Immediately, I felt an instant sense of major change and a primal instinct to be the provider and protector of my new family. I think part of the excitement I'm feeling is the fact that there's going to be change. For me, change is a good thing. It pushes me to excel and take myself to the next level. It gives me the reason to set goals and rise to the occasion or challenge, whichever it may be. Ultimately, change enables me to be better. 

I've been thinking a lot about the changes I'm going to be going through as I prepare myself for fatherhood and how those changes might affect my drumming and drumming career. More than ever, I will need to achieve the best of myself so that I can give the best to my family. I'm going to have to work harder on my skills, learn more so I can teach more, and figure out the delicate balance of being available to my family and career. No easy task, that's for sure. But nothing worth having comes easy does it?

I thought it might be a cool ideal to blog about my experiences of going from Drummer to Daddy. Not only so I can express myself, but also to document what I feel is sort of a "golden age" period in my life where everything is grooving like John Bonham on "When The Levee Breaks."

I can tell you right off the bat, that I'm already feeling more creative, invigorated, and interestingly, more complete. It's as if a final piece of the puzzle has just been placed. I have vision, clarity, hunger, and deeper drive. I no longer feel a desire to succeed, I now feel like it's my mission to achieve. If you think about that last sentence, they are 2 different attitudes. 

So the winds of change have come and swept me up to take my journey to the next level and I plan to make the most of it because "Little Baby A" is counting on Daddy Drummer.