Just wanted to check in and formally introduce Lady Amy’s brother, Des. He was born January 14 at Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC. Much to everyone’s surprise but mine, he’s a big boy and weighed in at 8 pounds 3 ounces at birth, which is a lot to carry around for someone only 5’2”. I was huge in the final picture the nurse took of me before getting wheeled into surgery. That picture will NOT be made public, but here’s Amy’s impression of me the night before.
The Name Story:
Des’ full name is John Desmond Heppolette, Jr., after his dad. And anyone who knows or meets SJ would know why it was an easy decision (for me!) to name Des after him. Also, I knew that I wanted to follow family tradition and do what my favorite people in the world - my grandparents and my aunt and uncle - did: make their first son a junior.
As for the nickname Des, this is a common family name in SJ’s family. Des was SJ’s grandfather’s schoolmate in Kamloops, British Columbia in the early 1900’s and later became his brother-in-law. SJ’s mom’s reaction to hearing that we’re calling the baby Des, like her favorite uncle was, “you know Grandfather and Uncle Des were in the First World War together at 17 years old. Then when Des got older he was in charge of all of the western forces for all of Canada.” By that time he was a Colonel, like his father, who was a founder of the Rocky Mountain Rangers. There’s plenty more to the story and we have photos from the Canadian frontier days and the battlefields in Europe to go along with it.
Planning and Looking Ahead:
The initial recovery process from this surgery was much better than the first time around. I say that cautiously because I’m well aware that this could change. I believe this time around has been “easier” because Des’ arrival was planned. I knew the exact time and date of my surgery from over a month out, so I was able to prepare myself for the mental and physical stress that comes with a c-section. It took a lot of patience for me to sit on the couch and rest for the big day, but I did it! It also helped that I had good idea of what to expect with the 4 day hospital stay (made much more pleasant in the Beyonce wing of the hospital. See below) and we knew what to do with a newborn this time around.
Looking back at the events of the last week makes me see the value in preparing specifically for one event. And that’s what I plan on doing this triathlon season. From my experience, it’s possible to have a great result without specific preparation, but with a calculated plan, the results could even be better. This is something I’ve never nailed down — but I plan to this year. Sure, I’ll to jump into some races to test my fitness, but I’ll be focused on one or two events (maybe an Ironman!) later in the year when I’m back to full strength.
For now, and for the next few weeks, the focus is on recovery. This means more sitting around, letting things heal, and spending LOTS of time with Amy and Des. It’s not a bad assignment!
Check back in a few weeks for another update and in the meantime, follow me on Instagram (@athletefood) for more cute baby pics!