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NASCAR Cup: Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks baby at Kansas Speedway

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

By AMANDA VINCENT

During Dale Earnhardt’s media availability at Kansas Motor Speedway near Kansas City on Friday, ahead of Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, one of the primary subjects of conversation was impending fatherhood.

“Yeah, we’ve known since September, and it’s just been so — or actually since August, I guess,” Earnhardt said.  “Oh man, it’s just been really hard to keep that in and not share, wanting to share, with family and, obviously,  this is our family — all the folks here in this room; a lot of you guys are very close to me and mean a lot to me. All the people in the garage, I mean, I just couldn’t wait to tell everybody.  Certainly, we have a lot of check-ups and we are very thankful and looking forward to the whole process of watching and being involved.  I’m just trying to be as supportive as I can to Amy.  Making sure she feels well and is comfortable.  I’m just trying to soak in all the experiences of going to the doctor and listening to the heartbeat and all those little things that you do.  They are incredible.

“I guess the thing that hits me is I’ve watched all my friends, a lot of them, have kids and my sister have kids.  I was happy for those milestones in their lives, but I had no idea what that really meant. And as we found out and were going through these little moments through the pregnancy, it’s just hitting home how impactful that child has been in all the lives of my friends and family. And I just really didn’t understand or appreciate, I guess, how incredible that moment must have been for them and how their lives completely changed.  I saw it from a completely different point of view when I wasn’t experiencing it myself.  I look at my friends completely different.  I look at my sister completely different knowing what I know now and what I’m learning as I go.  And I know there is more to be exposed to and more enlightening and more eye-opening experiences that will make me, not only appreciate what me and Amy, what we have, but what my friends and family and folks that I am very close to have and what they have experienced, because I thought I knew. Childbirth is exciting; it’s awesome to have children and everybody says it changes your life and everybody says it’s the greatest thing ever, but you just don’t know until you really go through it.

“One of my friends, Shawn Brawley — when he had his son a couple of years ago,  he posts pictures of the boy all the time in our little text message; we have a bunch of friends in there, and I look at it completely different.  I understand he is excited, but I can’t really understand that emotion having not gone through it and his pride in his son and the little things they do — the many firsts that they have,  and I get it now.  I mean, I understand where that pride comes from, where that excitement comes from, where that wanting to share those moments comes from.  I hate that I didn’t appreciate it as much, but you just don’t until you go through it.  That is something that is really eye-opening, but, I’m thrilled to be in this position in my life.  I know that Amy has changed my life a lot, and I imagine this baby is going to have the same impact and just can’t wait to meet her.  I’m just thrilled to meet her and it’s just taking forever.”

Earnhardt announced via Instagram (@DaleJr) on Oct. 16 that he and wife, Amy are expecting their first child a girl.

“Excited to share the wonderful news that @mrsamyearnhardt and I are expecting our first child. A little girl!!!! We are both thrilled and can’t wait to meet here,” read the post.

They’ve known of the pregnancy since Sept. 1, but Earnhardt didn’t reveal the due date.

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