I’m a brand new papa – again.

Published 9:56 am Thursday, September 17, 2009

As of 4 p.m. Saturday, August 22 my second son – Camden Mitchell White – made his entrance into this world. It was a wonderful afternoon filled with love and laughter and a day I will certainly never forget.

Unlike when my oldest son – Alex – was born, I was in the delivery room when Camden came calling. I saw what Lyndal went through as she gave birth. She was a true champion and, I think, tried to make it look easier than it was so I wouldn’t worry.

Dr. Robert Cooke may be the best OB/GYN there is in this country. He was as supportive as is humanly possible and always kept us well-informed. It was obvious he cared about Lyndal and that she was not just a patient. I cannot say enough good things about him and the rest of the folks at Women’s Care of Ahoskie.

The staff at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital couldn’t have been better either. From the time we walked in the door Saturday morning until we left Monday afternoon, Lyndal and Camden were well taken care of. We absolutely made the correct decision to have him born there.

I appreciate so much how everyone has supported us.

Camden’s grandparents and his Uncle Scott, Aunt Tisha and cousins were all there from the beginning. I’m so glad they were part of it. Most of Lyndal’s grandparents were able to make it as well, which was a blessing, especially since my grandparents are all deceased.

Also, Samantha Cook, Chelsea Davis and Thomas Jernigan were there from the beginning and their friendship, support and love are so important to us.

We have truly one of the best church families in American at Askewville Assembly of God. They have been supportive, caring and understanding through Lyndal’s pregnancy and Camden’s birth. I have to particularly say how much I have appreciated the support of my pastor, the Rev. R.O. Denton Jr., and Association Pastor, the Rev. Webb Hoggard.

Camden, as children will do, has changed our lives. Sleep is a thing of the distant past, especially for Lyndal. She insists on being the one that gets up in the middle of the night to feed him and honestly he probably wouldn’t have it any other way. He is already a true mama’s boy.

Two truly special moments for me that I want to share with you came in the last three weeks.

The first was at the hospital. Lyndal and I had agreed the first person not in the delivery room to see the baby would be Alex. He was also the first one who would get to hold him.

Alex has taken his duties as a big brother seriously and I am so happy he was the first one to get to hold his brother other than Lyndal and me.

Another important thing happened last week when we got a gift from Bud and Vicky Byrum. I appreciated the gift, as I have everything that has been given to Camden. It was very special, however, coming from the friends of one of my childhood friends – Tracy Byrum – who died tragically a few years ago. The fact they still took that time for my son is something I will always treasure.

There are so many other things I’d love to share with you about my son’s birth and the last few weeks and in all likelihood I will later. But that’s about my space limit for this week.

I do want to close by saying my wife has been a wonderful mother already. She loves being a mother and she is gonna be just incredible at it.

Thadd White is Staff Writer and Sports Editor of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald and is the proud father of two amazing sons and the husband of a wonderful wife. He can be reached via email at thadd.white@r-cnews.com or by telephone at 332-7211.