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Presenting (Alex M.)

Congradulations and Semper Fidelis

Joe Billow


  • The Wire Nut
    The Wire Nut Member Posts: 420
    our latest production...

    I had the greatest experience of my life watching the birth of my 2nd child on Monday.

    Isaac Marx, born at 11:26am on 10/15/07, weighing in at 8lbs 12ozs, 20" in length. Mother and baby are doing very well and are due home Friday.

    As this was a scheduled C-Section (as opposed to the unscheduled one on our first), I asked to be allowed to watch the actual birth. Although they don't like to have fathers fainting in the operating room, they allowed me unrestricted viewing. Most of which I had no real interest in, and keeping close to Layla was more important than the watching the actual procedure.

    My first, Elias, 2 1/2 years old, met his little brother for the first time today. Watching the expressions on his face was priceless. Never having a brother myself, I have to imagine he is in for a wonderful experience over the next 10 or 50 years or so as a big brother. So far there are no outward signs of jealousy and he's quite proud of being a big brother, even if he can't always remember the name...

    My joy is tempered by the death of my sister's father-in-law tonight, just 3 floors above my baby boy's room, in the same hospital. He was 84 and battling his second round of Leukemia. He beat the Leukemia both times but a secondary infection in his lungs by a "superbug" brought him down this time.

    He was a man I was proud to call "pop" and, later, "grand-pa" for the past 30 years. He was a tough old Marine who survived Iwo Jima and Okinawa but who was as gentle as a lamb and a truly doting grand-father. He was so tough, that, even when removed from life support, with the rest of his body shutdown, and given no more than an hour to live, he continued to breath strongly on his own for 2 days. The doctors said they had never seen anyone like that before.

    I am beating myself up for never having the courage to press and record him for the story of his life and his time in the service.

    Herbert Held will truly be missed...

    The cycle is complete. One in, one out.
    "Let me control you"

    Lost in SOHO NYC and Balmy Whites Valley PA
  • ScottMP
    ScottMP Member Posts: 5,884
    How very wonderfull

    for you Alex. Congratulations. I have two boys born just the same ways as yours. Just so you know, those little smiles will turn into punches and accusations soon. :).

    I truely is amazing what that generation did and how they quietly sacraficed.

    My best wishes to your family.


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  • Jeff Lawrence_25
    Jeff Lawrence_25 Member Posts: 746

    Your message is a tribute to both gents, one young and one old.

    As long as you remember that 'tough old Marine,' he'll be with you forever. Love your sons and they'll be tough when they have to be.

    All our best.


  • singh
    singh Member Posts: 866

    You have a beautiful family.

    Looks like no sleep for you, for a while .

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  • jackchips_2
    jackchips_2 Member Posts: 1,338
    The circle

    of life can have so much pain and so much joy.

    Thanks for sharing, Alex and all the best as the cycle starts anew.

  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,526
    Once again,

    I'm happy that he looks like his beautiful mother. Congratulations, pal.
    Retired and loving it.
  • Wayco Wayne_2
    Wayco Wayne_2 Member Posts: 2,479

    Thanks for sharing. A blessing and a sorrow so close together has to be a challenge. My family and I wish you all the best. WW

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  • Paul Rohrs_4
    Paul Rohrs_4 Member Posts: 466

    and condolences at the same time. Life is a gift.


  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 22,141
    Another \"wire nut\"!

    enjoy the years together.

    hot rod
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
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    Living the hydronic dream
  • Brad White
    Brad White Member Posts: 2,398
    Mazel Tov

    Beautiful, simply beautiful.

    Now Elias can get into the big brother business big-time.

    And to Isaac- welcome.

    Glad all are doing well- my best to both of you!
    "If you do not know the answer, say, "I do not know the answer", and you will be correct!"

    -Ernie White, my Dad
  • Larry (from OSHA)
    Larry (from OSHA) Member Posts: 717

    All the best to you and your family. Get some sleep now, as you will most likely not get as much after Friday!

    Congratulations and enjoy.

  • Jim Pompetti
    Jim Pompetti Member Posts: 552
    Good luck

    What a beauty . Nice job Mom
  • Alan R. Mercurio_3
    Alan R. Mercurio_3 Member Posts: 1,620

    Congratulations, Alex, in my opinion there’s nothing more precious then being blessed with our children. The pictures clearly show you have been blessed in a wonderful way with a wonderful family.

    May God Rest Herbert’s soul and may he, Herbert accept my thanks for his service to our country. I’m confident he’s looking over all of you with a great big smile.

    Bless you Alex.

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  • Ruthe Jubinville_2
    Ruthe Jubinville_2 Member Posts: 674

    Best wishes to you on the new arrival. Keep those memories close. Ruthe
  • The Wire Nut
    The Wire Nut Member Posts: 420

    Thank you all for your kind words of congratulations and sympathy.

    We buried Herb Held, in a gloriously warm summer day, even though it's October. Marred only by the continuous interruption by jets taking off from nearby LaGuardia Airport, he was interred surrounded by a large group of family and friends.

    In honor of Herb, we decided to give Isaac the middle name Henry. It is traditional to use the first letter of the first name of the deceased, and we felt Henry fit the bill admirably. I regret that Herb won't be able to teach my boys to fish, one of his beloved pastimes. My nephew Nic has offered to do that, thus preserving the tradition. In many ways, Herb lives on...

    His son Donald, filled me in on a few of the details of his time as a Marine in WWII, and I am even more upset that I never made the time to really interview and record him.

    I urge you to take the time and interview any of the "greatest generation" that you know. Google WWII Oral History for a list of sites that can help you with this...

    Thanks for listening...

    Alex "The Wire Nut" Marx
    "Let me control you"

    Lost in SOHO NYC and Balmy Whites Valley PA
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