Last week I decided to take advantage of a beautiful morning here in Southeast Pennsylvania. I sat down on my deck, lit up a Long Live the King by Caldwell Cigar Company, and listened to the birds chirp as I sipped my coffee.
I wrote a quick review on the cigar and mentioned that my wife and I were expecting a baby. Since that posting my wife has given birth to a beautiful baby girl. You’re probably wondering which cigar I smoked to celebrate the occasion?
Before I get into that, I would first like to share a comment that I received from Luke. Luke’s comment came in on the Long Live The King Review and I thought that it deserved a blog post of it’s own rather than a reply.
Obviously congrats are premature, but a new baby is always so exciting, so… Congratulations! Do you have a cigar picked for the arrival? Time allowing, of course! And did you have one for your first? I have no children, but if I did, I think there would be no better time to pull out that long hidden gem and finally light it up, but with all the chaos of a new baby, can you truly enjoy it!?
As I type this, my daughter is only a few days old and the chaos is far from over. We are still getting settled to the big change in our lives and, to be honest, there hasn’t been a whole lot of quiet time for a cigar. I’ve smoked a couple of cigars since our daughter was born but all of them have fallen short of my expectations.
The first cigar that I smoked to celebrate my daughter’s birth happened the day she was born. My wife wanted me to stay overnight with her in the hospital to help with the baby. We made arrangements for my in-laws to take care of our oldest daughter but I still needed to run home, feed and let out the dog, and grab a change of clothes.
I took the opportunity to light up one of the few cigars I had in my travel humidor (which I hadn’t packed for the occasion). The cigar was a D’Crossier Selection 512 Corona Gorda. The Selection 512 is a cigar that I enjoy, however, my mind was racing and I just couldn’t fully enjoy it.
The following day I had to run back home to take care of our dog. Much like the day before, I lit up a cigar for the ride – this time smoking something a little more special in a Balmoral Anejo XO. The cigar was very impressive but my mind still wasn’t clear. I didn’t feel like I was celebrating as much as I was filling the time with a cigar.
When Father’s Day rolled around, my wife told me to take some time to myself, head on over to the cigar shop, and get something nice to celebrate with. Honestly, I thought it might be a trap – I can’t remember the last time she told me to go to the cigar shop and buy myself something nice…
I took her up on her offer and made a quick trip over to Sir Stogies. My plan was to purchase a Liga Privada T52 and celebrate the birth of my daughter. I don’t smoke very many of the Liga offerings due to cost but this was a special occasion.
As luck would have it, Sir Stogies was sold out of Liga Privada. I paced around the humidor, looking for something else to spark my interest, before I settled on an old favorite – Padron 1926. I grabbed a seat with the guys, talked about the birth of my daughter, and enjoyed myself for about an hour and a half.
In the back of my mind I wanted to get home. Despite the chaos of bringing home a new baby, I wanted to be in the middle of it. In the grand scheme of things I probably would have been better off waiting a couple of more days before smoking a celebratory cigar but I can’t complain – I had a good time amongst friends.