Thursday, March 18, 2010

I'm An Uncle. ****UPDATED WITH PIC****

That's right, Briley Ann Sloat was born last night at around 6:30 PM, to my brother Brad and his wife Nicole. She was 7.3 pounds big, and that was being 4 weeks early. She is a ginger kid, and skin so clear you can see her insides like a glowfish, so it was fitting that she was born on St. Patty's Day.

I don't have any pictures yet I just got a picture, and you can confirm for yourself  that she is the most beautiful baby girl in the entire world.

Now the tough part.

I haven't said much, because I really don't like all the fuss that goes into announcing this kind of thing on your blog. But here's the deal. Briley was born with a tumor. They've known about it for a long time. Fortunately, this tumor is benign. It's also not on her back like they thought it was, so there has been no infusion with the spine. It's about the size of a softball though, and it's on her little leg.

However, they have to take this tumor off little Briley today, and it will require a surgery. This means that at one day old, my baby niece is going to go under the knife.

I know some of you believe in prayer. I know some of you don't. I know some of you believe in well wishing. I know others don't.

All I ask is that whatever you do to pass along some good to others, do it for my baby niece today. Prayers, thoughts, wishes, right down to a certain way you tie your shoes or a lucky pair of underwear that you put on. Send it all her way. If you want to call up your church folk and put her on a prayer list, that's fine. If you think that saying her name while looking at a rainbow coming out of horseshoe is the trick, then do it up. I'm not picky, and I respect how you do things.

Also, any comments that are left today will go in a card to the new family, so in a way, my blog family gets to say hi to my real family, if that's something you want to do.

The surgery starts at 11. That's where I am today, but I have my phone and I will get your comments and your well wishes, and for that, I thank you.

Thanks again to all those who heaped congrats on me yesterday via Twitter and Facebook! I love you all, and have a great day!