Thursday, May 8, 2008

The newest Badger

This morning at 2:22 a.m., Jana gave birth to Charles Edward Tappa. Charlie was 20.5 inches long, 7 pounds, 8.4 ounces.

I understand that's a little bit tall for a newborn, and sure enough: when my mother-in-law went home to check the mail for us, there was a scholarship offer for Charlie from Indiana University! I'm holding out hope he'll play for Tony Bennett in Madison.

When Will was born in May 2004, I had to walk him around OB unit to keep him calmed down in the first day or so. One of the stories I told him was the story of the 1993 Wisconsin Badgers, who magically shook off decades of poor play to win the Rose Bowl. We went through the two-deep, position by position. Haven't had to do that yet -- Charlie has been a terrific sleeper thus far -- but at least I have some fresh material for him: the 2006 hockey national champions, All-American Alando Tucker, Joe Thomas, the 2008 Big Ten basketball champions, etc.

It's early, but it's hard for someone like me not to daydream about taking Will, Charlie and Jana to Camp Randall on fall Saturdays in the not-so-distant future. Those are some of my best memories of my dad and brother growing up, and hopefully my boys and I will make similar memories.
God willing, these two will follow their father, uncle, grandfather, and many other wonderful people to Madison for college. When I graduated from UW 10 years ago, most of the best moments in my life took place there. They're still great memories, but nothing beats holding your newborn child ... even if they end up going to Northern Michigan.

7 comments:

frank said...

Congratulations to you and Jana. And if tales of Lamark Shackleford and Jeff Messinger are good enough for Will, they should be good enough for the whole Tappa clan.

Toohey said...

Congrats Tappa. Glad to hear everyone is doing well.

Rob J said...
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Rob J said...

I think you should have shopped the baby pics around to US Weekly and People before you posted them on your blog, but congrats anyhow!!

haze said...

Congrats Scott and Jana!

Say no to Tan Cream.

Millie said...

Congrats Tappas! Welcome to the 2-kid club. Glad to hear everyone is well. Take care.

Millie

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