I am hear to write that as of 9:10am on September 27th, my beautiful wife delivered us a baby boy! He came into our world healthy and strong, weighing in at 7lbs 2 ounces.
We have named him Ronan Warner Smith. My wife Anastasia is doing great! I am so truly proud of her, the strength and the determination she displayed during her labor was phenomenal. She is an extraordinary woman, I love her so much.
Not many parents can honestly say that they literally had a hand in the delivery of their own child. This experience was a very profound one indeed and one I would never trade for -- ever!
So, how does this effect my current chess play? Well, I won't be active until the beginning of the New Year! So, give me three months to adjust to this new found fatherhood business and I'll be back playing at the MCC in January and the onslaught of 2009 regional tournaments to blog about right here at Smitty's Chess Corner!
See ya soon!