My name is Mick Hagen.
Founder of Zinch.
Laughing at Dweebist.
Drop-out at Princeton.
Top 100 Entrepreneur.
Millions of views on Youtube.
Meet my better half.
Meet my new son.
We live in San Francisco.
This is my life.
I can’t believe it’s already been a year. It goes by so fast. Everything I said in this post I still feel — only amplified. Parenthood is an amazing thing. My love for Sam grows stronger every day. We are so blessed and lucky to have him. Life is a miracle. I look forward to the many years ahead with him. And hopefully soon enough we’ll have more kiddos like him running around. I love Sam and his mother so much. What a great year it’s been with them. Life couldn’t possibly be better. Pure joy.
I didn’t put up a single post in February — things have been busy. I just put up a bunch of pics from my iPhone, taken during February. Mostly of Sam, of course.
For those who aren’t aware, i’ve also been blogging at Founder Diaries. I talk about startups and entrepreneurship. A lot of text, unlike this blog.
Sam is growing up so quickly. He’s looking more and more like a little boy. In this last month he’s become a lot stronger. He’s army crawling around (not quite a full crawl) like he’s in British Special Forces. He sits up quickly and easily. He can stand up if he’s leaning against something or holding on. And when he’s giving resistance (changing his diapers, etc), he puts up a fight.
He’s definitely gonna be full of mischief as he grows up. He’s smart. He’s curious. And his smile/eyes will make your heart melt. This kid will be a handful. No complaints. I’ll love chasing this kid around making sure he doesn’t eat too many grasshoppers or look under too many girls’ skirts. I love him so much.
Early this morning Rachel brought Sam in to the bedroom to hang out, as she often does. It took me a little longer to wake up this morning and get out of bed. It was a late night at the office last night.
We cuddled, wrestled around, tickled, played. He still can’t crawl but he somehow manages to roll and wiggle around to his desired spot. He was rockin’ some stylish jammies that his mother recently got him. He had wide smiles and lots of energy.
He’s starting to reach for me more. Sometimes it’s him reaching because he wants me to hold him or play. But when he’s real close, like this morning, it’s different. He’ll grab my nose (and stick his fingers up there). He’ll grab my lips, or my tongue if i’m sticking it out and teasing. He’ll grab my ears or hair. He’ll try to pull my eyeballs out. He’ll feel my prickly facial hair.
I love to feel his touch.
It’s new. It’s different. It’s not me reaching for him, as it’s always been. It’s him reaching for me.
I hope this is just the beginning of many years of him reaching out to me. I hope he always feels like he can come to me, approach me, talk to me, trust me, and know that I am there for him. I hope he always knows and feels that no matter what, I love him.
I walked to work today thinking that it was all down hill from there. I love work and I love my typical day. But few things can compete or match what I had just experienced.
The little guy is growing up. He’s becoming more and more like a little boy. It’s beautiful to see. It’s a miracle.
Here are a few pics from this last week. They were shared throughout the week on Twitter.
The night we got into Utah, it snowed a lot. I love snow during Christmas time. Feels right. Below we’re helping my grandpa shovel snow.
Early in the week Rachel showed me some of her interior design work that she’d done with some clients in SLC. Amazing work. So much more than just this.
I love my little guy. Spent a lot of time playing with him this week.
Sam at Barnes & Noble, helping me do a little Christmas shopping.
On Christmas Eve, we had a killer party with all my cousins/relatives. Lots of gifts. Talent Show (Rachel and I sang a duet, “Baby, it’s cold outside” — Glee version). We also had a Gingerbread House contest. Of course our family won.
Sam opening some Christmas presents. I still believe in Santa.
My bro-in-law is going on a Mormon mission to Korea. So we did a quick trip down to Arizona to hear his farewell address. We also did family pictures. Below is all grandkids on wife’s side of the fam. Sam is the one screaming his head off. Not happy.
Sam in the airplane on our way back to Utah. We’ll be here one more week.
I got a message on my facebook wall this week. It totally made my day. Or week. Or month. Or whatever. I went on a Mormon mission to Recife, Brazil over 5 years ago. I had the opportunity to help this man and his family learn about and join the Mormon church. I haven’t spoken to him in many years. I was so happy to receive this facebook message from him. I love spiritual sparks like this. Totally thrusts me forward. It’s so great to see he’s doing well. It’s true happiness, to see real fruits of your labor like this.
Here it is translated:
Hey Powerful Elder. haha. I’m happy to know that you are well. I’m 2nd counselor in the Cavaleiros Branch in Macae, RJ where I live now. I baptized Debora and we will get sealed in the temple in the next year. Davi is 4 years old and talks a lot. We miss you friend, you were a great help in getting my family and I into Christ’s church. Huge hugs. We’ll send photos of all of us soon. I know that this church is true.
The below pic is his family. His wife did not join the church when I was working with him. But now she is and they will be married in the temple soon. They will have an eternal family. Hearing from him lead me to reaching out to other people I had worked with on the mission. I received special messages from them as well. One was about our age when we were teaching him (early twenties). He ended up going on a mission and sharing the same message with thousands just as we had done with him. That’s cool. Anyway, it was great to hear from some of these folks. I love these spiritual sparks. Usually we have to seek the sparks. But sometimes, God is just so merciful that he’ll surprise you when you least expect it.