DCR Expansion On the Horizon

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Over the last few months, many of you have asked how I might expand the DCR blog.  For example, with it becoming a full-time thing, a number of you wondered whether I’d expand into new product categories like bike components, recovery systems, or perhaps even consider offering branded DCR apparel.  While all very viable options, I’ve decided to take a slightly different tack for expansion.

In my case, I’ve enlisted The Girl for assistance (or, perhaps she enlisted me for assistance). Either way – in doing so, we’re brining onboard some new testing talent – beginning in July.

This individual will be responsible for testing devices that require small hands, small wrists, or just general cuteness.  Additionally, this individual is estimated to be able to provide vast amounts of sleep tracker data for capture and test.  Or, we hope so anyway.

Now given July is high time around our neck of the woods for the Tour de France spectacle, it’s hoped that this individual will be able to jump right into their newborn job responsibilities without too much fuss.  Either way, I’m sure there will be plenty of adventure right here in our little apartment – and the French broadcasters do an excellent job covering the race anyway.

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With that – we’re super-excited to get another little one roaming around these parts (even if Lucy doesn’t know what’s coming for her yet)!

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491 Comments

  1. Simon F

    Huge congratulations to you and The Girl!

  2. Mathieu D.

    Woah… Congrats!!

  3. Stuart Dunne

    Congrats

    Simple advice if you think you are already busy. Keep a diary of what you do every evening for next few months. Then at the end of August look back at it and see how much free time you really had.

    Mine daughter is now 17 months old and the jetlag is just about wearing off, but wouldn’t do a thing differently.

    • Adam

      Huge congrats Ray!
      I am too small person not to mention now that I have overseen this with a comment under Your ‘goodbye Microsoft’ post :-P
      and Stuart is 100% correct! It’s actually funny how You realize back how much time We waste on just doing nothing before babies come.
      and one last, multiply all this by 5 with a second baby :-P And what Stuart says, becomes real again: how much free time You had with just one baby hehehe

    • Maddy

      I wonder how 5 Random Things I Did This Weekend will look at the end of August ;-)

    • Neil Jones

      More to the point, is anyone going to check back over Ray’s “5 Random Things I Did This Weekend” posts for last November?

  4. Judit A

    Congratulations!

  5. Ian

    Great news. At least you are well accustomed to lack of sleep!

  6. Greg Simmons

    I expect full power meter testing by the little one. Also…you should use the baby’s wrist for comparison purposes!

    And now you can review baby bike trailers!

  7. Yanick

    Félicitation a vous

  8. Marc

    Congrats to you both!

  9. kermit262

    You and The Girl are very fortunate Ray. Wish you all the best. And your little one is going to be a beast of an athlete one day, with great genes and all the latest tech. :)

  10. Tommies

    Bravo to the girl. She does the hardest job

  11. Dave

    Congrats Ray! Your sleep trackers will be working overtime, but it’s worth it.

  12. Andrew W

    Massive congratulations!

  13. Steven

    Congrats all 3 of you; and I guess you’ll be posting on “Sleep”-accuracy of different activity trackers by end of August … :-)

  14. Michael

    Congrats! You are in for one heck of a lifestyle change but with amazing rewards! Won’t be that long until you are “running” 1km “turkey trot” races proudly holding your little ones’ hand. Just don’t use your sport watch as it really messes up your VO2Max calculations.

  15. Dieter

    Congrats to the whole family, life will never be the same after July :-) In a good way I mean.

  16. Jon Niehof

    I kinda figured from the opening picture. Congratulations!

  17. Victor

    Congratulations! Enjoy every moment.

    • Mikal

      Or feel free to not enjoy every moment. Lots of moments with little kids are right up there in the “can’t wait until I get the grandparent amnesia and forget how awful little kids are.” Congratulations and have fun!

  18. Charles Z.

    Congrats to both of you

  19. Chris Benten

    Congrats! Ensure the pint-sized product reviews are playtime. I do not know for sure but I presume France has child labor laws:-)

  20. BernardB50

    Congrats!

  21. Adam

    Congratulations!

  22. nick Duck

    Congratulations to you both.

  23. Ward

    Congrats!
    Who would be better fit to test this Smartbe Intelligent Stroller? :-)
    link to indiegogo.com

  24. Congratulations to you both. I hope Lucy will not be too jealous!

  25. likepend1

    Congratulations!! All the best!!

  26. Carter

    Congrats to you both! You are going to love the jogging stroller as a resistance trainer. Do all your long runs during nap time with the stroller and you won’t believe how light and fast you feel on race day. It’s probably the best piece of training equipment I own, and the best part is that it automatically increases resistance over time.

    Congrats Again!

  27. Rob

    Wait – huh? Oh, I get it! Was half way through the comments before it clicked…

    Congratulations!

  28. Congrats to you and The Girl, Ray!!!

    Now you’ll know what it is like to not having time for reviews… :-)

    But it will be great for you!

  29. Argiris Roussos

    Congrats!!!

  30. Henrik

    Big congrats to you and the Girl! Interesting times ahead! :-)
    /Henrik

  31. Martin Hunt

    Awesome congrats to you both :)

  32. Alex

    Congratulations! And I think you can forget about testing anything that involves sleeping for the next few years..

  33. Matthew B.

    Congrats guys! Fantastic news!!

  34. Bryce

    Congratulations. This is great news. This will be the best adventure of your lives.

  35. David Hunnisett

    Hi just popping on to recommend that you get link to amazon.co.uk its the only pregnancy / parent book thatI found that was any good.
    Good luck

  36. Paul S

    Congratulations to you both. Ray, in July remember what I realized 14 years ago. One of you should always be well rested, and only one of you is properly equipped to do those middle of the night feedings. Try not to let her wake you up.

  37. Mark

    Congratulations……It’ll bring you both nothing but joy. It’s the best thing that will ever happen to you. Make sure to spoil the girl snd take lots of photos of the ever changing belly as it flies in.

  38. Mateiu

    Congrats Ray!

  39. The REAL Tim

    Congrats!!

  40. Sean S

    Congratulations! And great way to let us know. All the best to you, the Girl and your new family!

  41. wim

    congrats and good luck !!!!!
    enjoy. kids grow up very fast . . .

  42. Brian T

    Congratulations to you both! So very happy for ya’ll.

  43. Dan Lipsher

    Mazel, baby.

  44. Scott Kreitz

    Sincere congratulations to your and Mrs. DCRainmaker! Looking forward to seeing the site evolve with the addition of this droplet!

    • Ken

      First, congrats!
      Second, there’s an error in your post. You’re not bringing on a new tester, you’re bringing on a new BOSS!

      Scott nailed the name; if she’s still That Girl, then Droplet works well.

  45. Brett Cole

    congratulations

  46. Jeff Kohn

    Congrats Ray and Bobbie! So, what’s the next step on the cupcakery? Did you already do a post on this?

  47. MJL

    Best wishes to the DCR family!

  48. Tim Stevens

    Major congratulations to you and The Girl, Ray!

  49. Congratulations to you both! A good time to have stepped back from all that flying you were doing with Microsoft.

  50. Ian

    Congratulations! There’s no end of baby tech these days…

  51. Turn The Damn Cranks

    As my people say: Mazel Tov!

    (FWIW, based on 15 years of owning Bostons and almost 13 of having kids, Lucy may not know what’s coming, but she’s going to looooooooooooove it. You are about to become her third favorite person.)

  52. Michael H.

    Massive congrats, best wishes to you both, but more to “the girl” as she’ll be doing the heavy lifting for the short term!

  53. luyi_pr

    Congrats to you and the Girl. Best post ever… by far!

  54. Stephen G

    Congratulations!

  55. Jimmy Stevenson

    Congratulations!

  56. Todd Thorsgaard

    Congrats to you and The Girl and Lucy!!!

  57. Maddy

    Wow, congrats to you both! You are lucky to have 1. The Girl, 2. the best time management possible! :-) Waiting for reviews of baby strollers, extended studies of sleep trackers and guides how to get more hours in a day.

  58. sebas

    Whoop, Whoop!

  59. Yonah

    Congrats – maybe you can use it as an opportunity to measure sleep deprivation :)

  60. Robert T

    Congrats to you both! Hope everything comes out great!

  61. Richard C

    Congratulations! I look forward to lots or reviews on baby monitors, bottle warmers, jogging strollers (Bob Ironman).

    If you thought sports equipment blogging was time consuming, just wait! Also you have no idea how opinionated parents are. Welcome to a whole new ball game.

  62. ubrab

    Congrats to you both! Can’t wait to see him/her review tricycle power meters!

  63. Congratulations! May there be many cupcakes and much joy in your future!

  64. Iris van Breda

    wow, big news! congrats!!

  65. Harald

    congratulations!

  66. Patrick

    Congratulations!! I hope good health is in order for mom and baby!

  67. Congratulations! Great news!

  68. Mario Lira Junior

    Congrats Ray and Girl. I may only assume the sleep tracking parts is to see if they correctly identify 0 hours of continuous sleep for a long while, though…

  69. Eric

    Congratulations!!!

  70. Pierre

    BIG Congrats!!

  71. Nemo

    Fantastic news! Congrats to you both.

  72. John McGrath

    Congratulations!

  73. Matthew Patterson

    Congrats !! Having a few children myself the best advice I can give is that this will be the most awesome experience for ya’ll and at the exact same time it will be a very challenging experience. Enjoy it all because it will be a blink of an eye and he/she will be all grown up.

  74. JoeriB

    Great news! Congrats to you both! And as often said in the comment fields, your life will never be the same again after July. After a few years you slightly have again more time to get some training in, and oh yeah, be prepared to gain some weight Ray, it seems to happen to all of us – dads! Getting it off afterwards is far more difficult then ever before.

  75. Juergen Veith

    Do not get me wrong, but I think best post ever ;-) And the kids scale, priceless!

  76. Bartek

    Congrats!! !! !!

  77. George H

    Congratulations to both of you! Awesome news Ray!

  78. Raf Castillo

    Mazel tov!

  79. Bruce Belrose

    Congrats to all!

  80. Colm Costelloe

    Congratulations Ray! Best wishes for you and your wife and upcoming family member / employee :-)

  81. Bethany

    Congratulations!

  82. Bruce Burkhalter

    Great news!

    Baby wearables are the next big thing:

    link to sproutling.com

    Mattel acquires baby health wearable maker Sproutling
    link to mobihealthnews.com

  83. Darren Hinks

    Congratulations.

    Your lives are in for a remarkable transformation!

  84. Nathan G

    Many congratulations! It’s always nice to get a glimpse of your life beyond sports tech, and I’m sure this little one will be quite an adventure!

  85. Jonathan

    Massive Congratulations Ray!!

    My wife and I have our own “new employee” on the way in June, so I will keep an eye out for “training with the wee one” articles here :)

  86. Colin

    WOOT! That’s awesome news! Congrats!

    Should we expect reviews of various running strollers?

  87. Gonzalo

    Ray

    Congratulations! 16, 17 weeks?

  88. luis

    pure awesomeness!

  89. ALejandro Coy

    Amazing! Congratulations for both!

  90. Rob

    Congratulations to you both with this fantastic news – and delighted to managed to go skiing before the fun begins.

    As a fairly new dad, I can’t overstate the awesomeness of running with a baby stroller (in my case a Bob Ironman). Going to be great to hear your take on juggling parenthood with fitness in the months to come.

  91. Bart Bloomquist

    Congrats!

  92. Bsquared

    Congrats!

  93. Congrats. Things will be even more exciting from July.

  94. Jordan

    Congrats… and well crafted announcement!

  95. Steve C

    Congratulations! Time to invest in a Chariot or some similar baby trailer.

  96. Jay

    congrats mate.. we are also in june…. the gadget budget has increased!!

  97. SteveT

    So happy for you both.

    Parenting is the most important job in the world!

    ST

  98. Bert

    CONGRATS! I had to read between the lines at least three times just to make sure this was for real! DEFINITELY interested to see how you manage the blog, training, newborn responsibilities, etc.

  99. Michiel

    Ow great many congrats! Being dad of a beautiful son of 5 months old, I’m really looking forward into your lifehacking tips how to combine triathlon with being dad and having a fulltime job :)

  100. Hi Ray and The Girl, congratulations! what a great news…..

  101. Neil Glessner

    Congrats! We’re a few months ahead of you, expecting a girl in April!

  102. Brian

    Best news ever. Congrats, so excited for your family!

  103. Congrats you two! That is very exciting!
    So, I guess we will some jogging stroller reviews at some point then as well? :)

  104. Ola

    Congratulations!!

    Lots of sleep tracking…! Hah, tracking lots of interrupted sleep you mean. :-)

  105. James

    Congratulations, all the best!

  106. Helena

    Congratulations to you both!!
    All the best!

  107. Mark

    Congrats on the baby! From a father of 4, you’re in for a fun ride.

  108. Steven

    Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    hope nothing but the best for you and the gril

  109. YecoYoung

    Very happy for both of you and your puppy! I recommend a Bob stroller! I have over 3500mi on two of them. Have fun!

  110. Ale

    Congratulations Ray, to the Girl and to you!!!!!!!!

  111. Mikey

    Congrats. Best thing I heard is – the days are long but the years are short.

    Any chance you stick an activity tracker from birth? :p

  112. Fab

    super great news! congrats to both of you

  113. Zlokroshka

    Congratulations! :)

  114. Asaf

    Mazal Tov. Looking forward to reviews about kids technology.

  115. Mike S.

    I see what you did there.

    Congrats to you both!

  116. Adam Smith

    Haha, congratulations to both.

    (I hope you won’t be referring to it as “the Child”…)

  117. IzzyODT

    Congratulations to both of you! and start going to bed at 7 P.M., you won’t be able to do that in the next few years, BUT you will love it!! Wlcome to the club

  118. Doug

    Woot! congratulations to The Girl and yourself Ray :D

    So much fun and frustration in one small parcel, it’s a real paradox
    Really looking forward to the updates but as a dad I will also understand if you drop off the radar altogether :)

  119. Chris Cooper

    Congratulations and best wishes, with much hope that fatherhood brings you lots of joy and love.

  120. Kyle

    Congrats Ray, The Girl, and Big Sister Lucy!

  121. Garry Curley

    Congratulations all,

    Great to see the DCR family growing :)

  122. Patrick Myers

    Congratulations to you and The Girl, Ray! That’s fantastic!

  123. Rick

    Ray, I would say well done, but I will leave that for the Girl to decide. Anyway congrats!

  124. Peter Fine

    Congratulations and good luck!

  125. Tom Smulders

    Congrats!!!!

  126. Funmi

    Love this announcement and the news. Congrats to you both! Excitement awaits :)

  127. Michael

    Congratulations. :) Very happy for you and The Girl.

  128. Shawn

    Is this baby going to have the most data ever collected on a single human being :)?

    Congrats.

  129. Hugo Paredes

    Congratulations and best of luck.

  130. Maarten

    Wow, BIG news!!
    Lots of congrats and I wish the Girl a (relatively) smooth experience giving birth.

    We do also expect a torough review of your home-made product as well ofc ;)

  131. Scott Y

    Congrats! Looking forward to the .fit file comparisons!

  132. Congratulations! To you and The Girl!

  133. Jeff

    Brilliant news! Some children’s bike seat testing on the horizon!

  134. Paul Adams

    Congratulations! Your lives will never be the same.

  135. Luiz otavio

    Congrats to you!
    the Individual will be very welcome!

  136. Gregory

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you.

    I’ve heard that Garmin will release a brand new model in July too: the Fenix 3 B (B like Baby).

    This new device will include heart rate monitor, temparature sensor, real-time diapers’ content analyzer, cry decryption system (to determine whether the Fenix 3 B is crying for food, attention, sleep or diaper replacement). The Fenix 3B will be available in pink and blue and will be built with a bacteria / virus proof material. The Fenix 3B will include a fast-release mechanism in order to clip it to your pram.

  137. JB

    Congrats! Awesome news!

  138. Chipper Nicodemus

    Congrats Ray and “The Girl”

  139. Geoff hancox

    Excellent news! Congratulations. triathlon plus baby – just like me!
    Go for some long bike rides before the arrival – and a Holiday!

  140. Luke Hardman

    Congratulations to you both! These are exciting times!

  141. Stuart Brown

    Congratulations! As a proud father of a 17 month old, I can trot out all the cliches about it being an eye-opening, life-changing, life-affirming experience. But that is all true. Enjoy every moment!

  142. Dave Kirkpatrick

    Congratulations!

  143. Chris

    What you’re saying is you have this product review in the hopper?

    link to firstresponse.com

  144. Adam

    Congratulations! Just think of all the new data points you get to measure!

  145. Alice

    Wonderful news, congratulations and good luck!

  146. Luiz Figueiredo

    Fantastic news Ray!! Congrats for you and the girl, hope to see a new range of products tested in a few months!!

  147. Artur

    Congrats Ray!

  148. Both congratulations with this news of expectibg a junior tri-athlete ;)
    Now you can test stroller buggies for running too!

  149. Daniele

    Well, congratulations guys :)

  150. Florian

    Congratulations to you & The Girl!
    However from what I learned from my friends in similar circumstances is that you won’t need a sleep tracker ?
    All the best to you three!

  151. Daniel Viens

    Congrats! Super excited for the new contributor’s reviews as I am expecting my own his summer as well!

  152. Tony

    Congrats to you both and best wishes.

  153. Brett

    What fantastic news, Ray! Congratulations and many blessings to you and The Girl and your families.

  154. Sean M

    Congratulations!

  155. Many congratulations to you both :-)

  156. Roy de W

    Congratulations to both of you!
    A Nice alarmclock on it’s way unfortunately it will wake you at the most crazy times ;)

  157. Mark

    Great news. Congratulations. Wishing the best for you and your families.

  158. Steve J

    Congrats!

  159. Laurent

    Awesome news and a huge congratulations! I wish you guys the best.

  160. Ken

    Congratulations!!

  161. Strontal

    Congrats to you and TG!
    Now that I’m the father of 2 I sometimes wonder.. “What exactly did I use to do with all this time before they were born?? Must have been annoying”

  162. Congrats on the mini-rainmaker in the making!

  163. Carlton

    Congrats to you both! I found that I was able to continue doing everything I did pre-baby…but just not able to devote the as much time.

    Triple citizenship for the new babe?

  164. Ian S

    Wow, congratulations to you both! Great news! Give up on sleep, fortunately you didn’t need too much of that ;-)

  165. Gabe

    congrats ray – you may have the youngest person ever with an activity tracker

  166. Caferey

    Congrats! Fantastic news!

  167. KSBiohazard

    Congratulations to you and the The Girl.

  168. InnG

    Congrats!!
    Excellent news! My best wishes for you and The Girl,

  169. TL@

    Congratulations!

    Enjoy it, they grow up really fast.

  170. Gilles Levesque

    Congrats to you and the Girl! Enjoy the expansion with all that brings with it.

  171. Ian P

    Congratulations to you both, that is fantastic news …

  172. Allyn Crowe

    Congrats you 3!

  173. Konstantin Petoukhov

    Great news Ray! Best wishes for you and The Girl!

  174. Andrey Nakov

    Congratulations!

  175. William mcanirlin

    Congrats! So what will be the expansions first Garmin? I assume that you need GPS tracking when they start to crawl, with an app for tracking (like roadid).

    Is there a strava/training peaks set up already?

  176. Nigel Pond

    Congrats to you both on your “different tack” (pet peeve)

  177. Steve H

    Congrats Ray! I’m sure the little one will have all the best chances in life!

  178. Matt Owen

    Wonderful News! Congratulations you three!

  179. Michael Gross

    Congrats!!!

  180. Jason M

    Congrats!!

  181. Congrats to you both! Sleep now while you can ;)

  182. David

    Congrats. Being a father is the best job I’ve ever had. Awesome news.

  183. Hey, big news! Congratulations to you both!

  184. Congratulations!!! Waiting for hands-on or “first impressions” post XD.

  185. Joshua McLaughlin

    Congratulations the the two of you! Exciting times are ahead I’m sure.

    I really like the way you announced this.

  186. Peter Wellsman

    Congrats to you and the girl! All the best on the next 18-25 years of product testing ?

  187. Myria

    Congrats to y’all!

  188. Volker

    Well done! Congratulations!

  189. Many Congrats.
    Bang goes your awesome FTP though…

  190. Congrats!! Strap a GoPro to the baby’s head so we can see what it’s like to be a baby!

  191. Kaveh

    Congratulations to you both!

  192. Miquel

    Congratulations!

  193. Kuba Wosik

    Congratulations to both of you! And… get enough sleep while you still can ;)

  194. Dr matt

    Congrats both of you! Anticipating reviews of jogging strollers!

  195. Allison Thomas

    So adorable- and I wouldn’t have expected anything other than a baby gadget to make the announcement!

  196. Remco Verdoold

    Congratulations. I had my doubts already on changing the job was only because of the travel.
    We wish you a good and healthy time.
    And after 9 to 10 months you can use a running stroller (mountain buggy terrain). Our son loves it, especially during 10K and 10EM races :)

  197. Mathieu Cagnard

    Congrats to both of you. Can’t wait to see the new products being tested!

  198. Sandy Milton

    Fantastic news, guys! All the very best wishes.

  199. Stipek

    Congrats!!! I’m feeling happy with you!

  200. Steve

    Congratulations. The end of the blog as we know it. Lol.

  201. Dave

    Congratulations! You’ve provided so much knowledge and entertainment to so many, I wish you every happiness.

  202. Dominic Abram

    Congratulations!

  203. Simone Pillon

    Congratulations! Children bring Joy

  204. Bart

    Congratulations to you both!

  205. JOnathan Patterson

    congrats to you both…

  206. Ty

    Congrats Ray and Bobbie!!

  207. Ge

    Congratulations!

  208. Andy Jelagin

    Many, many congratulations to you and The Girl! Get ready for the most important thing you’ve ever done!

  209. Oscar

    Congratulations to you and The Girl!

  210. Fred Turatti

    Well done to both of you, you beautiful couple!

  211. Jimbo

    Congrats!!
    And maybe we’ll be seeing less of the blog as you raise your new one.

  212. Declan Mc Glone

    Congrats to you both. Exciting times :-)

  213. Jukka

    I knew it, I knew it!

    See, I knew it:
    link to dcrainmaker.com

  214. Maxbrescia

    Ciao Ray,
    congratulations to you and the Girl…. Enjoy the trip…

  215. Bob R

    Congratulations! Oh, and you thought life was busy *before* you quit your job. :-)

  216. Matt Leary

    Congrats to you both. From personal experience you are lucky Ray that you have survived for years with very limited sleep.

  217. Victor

    Big congrats on this and many many more Rainmakers.

  218. Long Run Nick

    Congrats to both of you. A truly lucky baby to have healthy, fit parents. A wee bit of advice from the father of 3 girls- ages 51,48 and 42. They are your children your whole life, even though the IRS won’t let you claim them as deductions. I won’t even mention Grandchildren.:) Nick

  219. Andy

    That’s awesome news! Congrats to both of you. Let the roll coaster ride begin. :)

  220. Paul E

    Ray, Congratulations to you and The Girl! Living in Paris, it was bound to happen! Wishing nothing but the best for you, The Girl, and BabyRainMaker (THAT will take on a whole new meaning for ya! LOL).

  221. Congratulations Ray and the Girl

    That is amazing news I look forward to baby related device testing for when I have to give up the fitness toys for baby junk :(

    Robin

  222. Steve Fitz

    You did not say if it was planned. Either way congrats. Will it be Bluetooth compatible? I see a lot of tweets at 2 or 3am coming.

    5 Things I did this weekend:

    1. Change diapers.
    2. Tried to bike but….wait….had to change diapers.
    3. Tried to run but….wait…. had to change diapers.
    4. Tried using trainer but….wait….to loud….had to change diapers
    5. You get the point. Rinse and repeat.

    Good luck.

  223. carl

    WooHoo! Congrats

  224. Captain Chris

    Nice Work!!

  225. Tobi

    All the best to The Girl and you!
    It will change your lifes in a way you won’t expect. Everything will be different and that’s the funny thing … it will work completly different from what all good friends, strangers like us here and anybody else told you … but it will work and it will be ìn your very own way ? Enjoy the time before, the sleep at the moment and all the time when little DCR explores the world.

  226. Bryan Alsdorf

    Perfect timing! My wife and I are expecting twins at the end of July / Start of August so I will paying attention to baby gadgets closely.

  227. félicitations !

    (If you need medical advices or assistance lean toward me if you want/need/whatever)

  228. Dan

    Congratulations!

  229. Thomas

    I propose you follow up the project from time to time and write an in-depth review after 9 months. Think again before you send this one back and get a new one through normal retail channels.

    Congratulations!

  230. Best post ever :-). Congratulations

  231. Tomasz

    Congratulations! :)

  232. Wow, big news! I wish you and the girl all the best for the big adventure. And allow me to give you an advice as a father of two: Sleep as long you can!

  233. Milkywaye

    Wow.congrats

  234. kevin mcmahon

    Terrific news, congratulations to you both.

  235. Edward Swakon

    Wonderful – Congrats!

  236. betscharts

    Félicitations! Bonne grossesse pour The Girl.
    Alles Gute. Liebe Grüsse
    Simon

  237. David

    Congrats. I guess a new blog will be up … Called. “The baby”

  238. leonn

    Congrats, Ray and The Girl!

  239. Jean-Christophe

    Congratulations ! We wish you all the best.

  240. Julien R

    Congratulations, so very happy for you and The Girl!

  241. Robert

    Congrats!!!

  242. Stash

    Way to go Ray and the Girl, congrats

  243. David Colman

    awesome news! Congrats!

  244. Walter

    Congratulations — that’s great news!! Very clever way to let your fans know, too!

  245. maya9

    Terrific news! I wish you both all the best!

  246. Rob

    Congratulations to both of you!!!! It was about time =)

  247. Fran

    Wooohooo!! Happy times ahead for you and the Girl! Huge congrats to all the family!

  248. Lieven

    Congrats!!!!

    If it’d be a boy, I suggest Tom(tom) or Paul(ar) as names.

  249. Dimitris T

    Congratulations!

  250. Paul Robinson

    Congrats to the both of you!

  251. Piraz

    Huge huge huge congratulations Ray&Bobby

  252. Dave Kellermanns

    Long time lurker – but my first comment here – congratulations from Boulder, CO

  253. Ingo

    Thats great new! All the best to you all and Congratulations ! Unfortunately our kids don’t fit in this category anymore as otherwise we could have avoided a lot of experiments on tools and gadgets by just reading your baby blog and your recommendations …

  254. Andre

    Congratulations to you and The Mom!

  255. Ryan

    Congrats! Great times ahead Ray:)

  256. Awww! Congrats you guys! Big news. Lovely announcement!

  257. Adam Styles

    Great news. Love every minute of it!

  258. Daniela S.

    Congrats to both.

  259. Lorne

    Congrats Ray and The Girl!! Welcome to parenthood!

  260. morey

    Looking forward to the new **Baby Tech** section of your web site.

    Have fun with “The Baby” or “The Boy”. (as, “the girl” name is already taken)

    or… Le bébé?

  261. Dr D

    Congrats to You & The Girl – Life will never be the same again, it will only get better!

  262. neil

    You need to Google Sproutling for the first gadget…! Congratulations!

  263. Rolf

    Without a doubt, best post at dcrainmaker.com ever! Congratulations to you both. You will never be so tired, but also you will never be so happy!

  264. Diego

    Felicidades!!!!!

    The best for your family

  265. Mike Richie

    A big congratulations, I figured with all the advanced testing going on something was afoot. In this case hopefully two feet and two hands as well.

  266. MikeB

    Congrats Ray!!!

  267. Brian F

    Huge congratulations!

  268. mikeo

    Fantastic news, congratulations!

  269. Ben

    Cool, congratulations Ray! Perhaps when he/she turns 21, you can do an in-depth review. ;-)

  270. Eric Apple

    Mazel Tov!!!!!!!!

  271. Sam

    Congratulations both of you. That is fantastic news.

  272. Juro

    Great news, big congratulations!

  273. Jeff Tignor

    Congratulations Ray!

  274. alainquimarche

    Toutes mes félicitations !! Bienvenue au futur bébé .
    Greatest post i read on your Blog.

  275. Pat F

    Congratulations. Is it a just a coincidence that Garmin comes out with their baby cam now?

  276. Sizwe

    Totally Cool!

  277. Brian Darroch

    Congratulations, does this mean The Girl is going to be renamed The Mum :)

  278. Kevin Conover

    Fantastic news, congrats! My oldest is 19 today, and away at college. Buckle up, you’re jumping on a wild roller coaster! ;-)

  279. Javier

    Contrats guys!!! :-)

  280. Adam W

    Congratulations to you and the Girl.

    Sleep tracking – ha – good luck.

  281. AJ

    Congratulations :-)

    We are 14 months in, and it does change your training! A very different life, but you grow as they grow!

  282. Nicholas Eckermann

    I can’t wait for the in-depth review on this one.

  283. Oscar P

    Big Congrats to both of you!
    Ray, all those years of training (and I mean jet lag, 2 jobs and the like) will come very very handy!

    Can’t wait to meet The Kid.

  284. Iso

    Hi!

    Congratulations to you and The Girl. I wish you both the best of luck and happiness!

  285. Chris Koboldt

    Congrats!

  286. Maria

    Congrats to you guys!!

  287. Heather

    You have been given a precious inheritance. – Psalms 127:3
    Much happiness to you both!

  288. John Famiglietti

    Great news! Congrats!

  289. Eduardo

    Congratulations to you and the Girl!!! Welcome to the exiting, terrifying, enjoyable, worrisome, tiring, invigorating, ever changing, ever rewarding world of parenthood. The best race I’ve ever been a part of.

  290. Nicolas

    Good. Finally we will get some pro advices for father training sleep deprived!

    Congrats from Rio!

  291. Tom

    And now we know what you were alluding to, when you said ‘And maybe we’ll make some more big changes…you’ll just have to wait and see.’

    Good luck with your new career, that as a dad. You’ll be awesome, just let things happen, we don’t need reviews ?

  292. Brandan

    Awesome news. Congrats to the both of you!

  293. Ritchie

    Congrats to you both!

  294. Cesar

    Congrats! Here @ Miami, FL with my own girl we are also on expansion mode ! Loved this post.

  295. Treadmore

    So… When do the baby monitor reviews start rolling in? My 2nd is on the way, and I need a DCR product comparison chart to make some decisions.

  296. giorgitd

    Awesome, congrats. As a Dad of two boys, 13 and almost 11 y/o – well, parenthood is about the most rewarding thing you can imagine. Every age is different. And great. Wishing you and the Girl all the best.

  297. Congratulations! You’ll hear how much “time” the little ones take, and they do. But you won’t mind. They’re worth every moment!

  298. Steve Martin

    Congrats to you both!

  299. Husain

    Congratulations!

  300. Bongo McBongo

    No baby name suggestions yet? Is Garmin a boy or girls name?

  301. Azure

    Congratulations to you and Bertie!!!!!

  302. Felipe P

    Woo hoo! Congratulations!

  303. Jed

    Huge congrats to you both!
    Welcome to the best possible excuse for a sleep deprivation torture experiment :)
    [insert well meaning and completely unsolicited advice here]

  304. SS76

    Ray, congrats. As a father of two, who are now 6 & 5, I know the joys, and now they come with stresses, but its the best!

  305. Griffin

    Congratulations to you and your wife. Do you currently feel like there’s so many projects that you’d like to do for the blog but simply don’t have enough time to do them all? As father to a two and a half year old son, I can promise you that your “back burner” will get exponentially further away from you.

    It’s absolutely all worth it though, enjoy!

  306. H

    Massive congrats!

    We’ve got a little one on the way too due for arrival in May! Scary!

  307. Scott E

    Congratulations to you both!

    Exciting news and exciting times.

  308. Hussam

    Congratulations on your upcoming alarm clock. It won’t be like anything you’ve reviewed in the past and they don’t come with instructions manual. Really happy for you both.

  309. James

    Congrats! I wouldn’t trade being a dad for anything.

  310. Sietse

    Congrats! Enjoy!

  311. hans

    congrats,

    now you will finally find out some much asked questions :)
    * do sleep trackers (you put under your bed) handle nightly interruptions well or not
    * do they handle a third person in the bed
    * do they handle high heart rates correctly

    in any case enjoy every moment, they evolve at such a pace every day is different.

    h

  312. Edwin

    Will the new one be referred to as The Little Girl or The Guy or something like The No. 1 Baby ? Either way i could see he/she is probably going to experience the world quite a lot, be the fastest runner at school, and find good uses for leftover cupcakes at the bakery. Are you guys ready to watch cartoons in French?

    Congratulations! Babies are the coolest smart gadgets ever.

  313. Iain

    Congrats to both of you!

  314. Congratulations, great news !!

  315. Aasen

    Congratulations!

  316. Hubert

    Best post ever!!
    I just started triathlon with 2 kids and it is quite a challenge to find to sleep AND to train.

    Looking forward to hear from you on how a new life changes your sporting life :-)

  317. Torstein H.

    Congratulations!

    Life as you know it is over – in a good way :)

  318. Mark

    Interesting way to dodge the no more scales rule. :)
    Congratulations to you both.

  319. Robert Black

    Congrats both, this’ll keep you both busier than ms and the cup cakery did :D

  320. Gary B.

    Congratulations Ray! I was smiling ear to ear when I saw the picture on the blog.

  321. Imre

    Awesome news, congrats!
    A new life is ahead. There’s nothing like it… :)

  322. Marcello

    Congratulations!!

  323. rene

    Awesome news. Ever wondered when this will happen. Congrats. My little is now 6 month old. I can tell you you have some nice things ahead of you

  324. So, when can we expect a in-depth review of this new rainmaker unit? How does is stack up to similar devices?

    Congrats!

  325. Duncan Tyler

    Congratulations, parenthood is the most rewarding gig in town. Big smiles all round.

  326. Anna

    Congratulations! I was wondering if this was on the cards.

    If possible, could you get The Girl to do guest posts on sports during pregnancy?

    • Ivana

      Yes! I just came back to this post to suggest the exact same! Would love to see some posts on sports during pregnancy! (And, also, congratulations, yay for you guys!)

  327. Martin Smith

    Congratulations, now the fun really begins :-)

  328. Elliot

    Good work Ray and The Girl! You better get in some races before the arrival!

  329. Congratulations! As I am on the same train at the moment, I can tell you that the Withings Home camera could use a review. They claim to be a baby tracker but they only let you link it to one withings account / ios device, haven’t they though that sometimes there are two parents interested in what’s going on in the bedroom? :)

  330. Lisa Zadonsky

    Congrats! Sleep trackers won’t have much to track, and you may find it easier if you don’t have hard data on how much you aren’t sleeping!
    On the other hand… I actually got significantly faster after my third (!) child. Probably all the weight and resistance training I had to do 24/7, and the sprints when I actually could go for a run for 20 minutes ;)

  331. Steve S.

    Congratulations to you both and all best wishes as you embark on the most challenging and rewarding of marathons!

  332. Erik Wolla

    Congratulations!

  333. Mathieu Clément

    Bravo!
    And nice text/pictures to announce it.
    Wishing you all the best.

  334. Marcel

    Bit late to this party, but: CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

    I am sure he/she will be perfect for the job! Maybe there is even a possibility for diaper-testing, for those hardcore ultrarunners who just don’t know when to stop? Perhaps the Girl can do a special on running off-balance? And come July, we really expect some tests on the best run-buggy!
    Best of luck to the three of you!

  335. Mário Juliatto

    Congratulations to you both.

  336. ToniM

    Congratulations family!

  337. Chris D.

    Congrats. Looking forward to reading your reviews of baby monitors and child tracking devices.

  338. Gal Sisso

    Congratulation your are going to start the best time of your life!!

  339. Roberto Paredes

    Wow! the best post ever. Congratulations!!!

  340. Rich Owings

    Congrats Ray!

  341. Thomas Z.

    Congrats to both of you

  342. Specialist

    Congratulations. Wondered if this might be coming with the news of moving to full time on the blog.

  343. Lukas

    Congratulations Ray & The Girl!

    That’s amazing news, I bet you can’t wait for summer now!

  344. Nick White

    Huge congrats Ray. Advice: sleep now. Listen to the quietness of your house, and relish it. Sleep in while you still can!

  345. Jose I

    Congratulations!!!

  346. Tom H.

    This is great news. Now all that has to happen is the development of a line of ANT+ baby toys and gadgets.

  347. Frank Bauer

    Congratulations! All the best for you and the Girl!

  348. oren

    congratulations Ray! By far the best “gadget” you could dream of. Although you should get ready for it testing you this time ;)

  349. Graham R

    Big congrats! Our first turns one tomorrow, 2nd on the way in June. Its a life change for sure!

  350. John Gormley

    congrats!!

  351. thierry sucameli

    félicitations a vous deux et au chien aussi (:

  352. Gabriel

    Felicitaciones!

  353. Jamie

    Congratulations to team Ray. Now go get some sleep while you still can.

  354. Hannu

    Congrats :-) !

  355. Jürgen

    Congratulations! Now comes the challenge part. Find time for other things then the baby ?

  356. Rachel

    Congrats!! Babies are awesome. However, that scale is NOT awesome, and the iOS app (and the scale) is buggy as heck. Prepare to be frustrated. Oh and the batteries are loose and fall out/lose contact, forcing you to set it up over and over again. I suggest wedging them in with paper between the batteries and battery cover. That “button” you use to turn it on or whatever is rage inducing as well, talk about unresponsive! Ugh within gas made such a terrible product, put such a sour taste in my mouth for that company.

  357. Jason

    Congratulations!!!! Nothing else in life can compare to Fatherhood!!! Enjoy! But for now stay up late, sleep in as much as you can and get some alone time with you and the Girl.

  358. Emmanuel Millán

    Congratulations!

  359. A Smith

    Congratulations, this is very exciting!

    We are expecting our first on a similar timeline, so I eagerly anticipate your detailed analysis of jogging strollers. I am sure you are already aware of babygearlab.com, which does decent comparisons, but nothing like the detail that you are famous for.

    Man, if you thought GPSs and trainers were expensive, just wait till you start shopping for cribs and strollers.

  360. Alessandro

    I was expecting this type of news!
    Congrats!
    A smaller wrist than The Girl’s one was needed!

  361. Tosin

    So happy for you! Congratulations. I’m expecting in June, right as tri season kicks off. I’ve paid for a bunch of races already, but also prepared to not do any of them as per my wife if it comes to that. The biggest advice I can give the two of you is sleep as much as you can, and tag team as much as you can do one person doesn’t feel bogged down by all the responsibility.

    Sleep!

    Also, only let people that are willing to do your laundry or house chores come over. The girl doesn’t need to be doing anything when guests are over, they should be working for her.

    Sleep!

  362. Clint

    Congrats to you and the girl… Exciting times ahead. Enjoy every last moment as they grow so fast. My little one is 4 and I’ve entered the no public kisses stage when dropping off to school.

  363. Steven Bass

    Congrast! Looking forward to learning about all the baby tech!!

  364. Gouke

    Congratulations to you and The Girl. I am looking forward to hearing all about your new adventures.

  365. Hector Gonzalez

    Congratulations to you both!! great news!

  366. Reinier

    Congrats!!!

  367. Maurice Sannen

    wish the 3 (4 if Lucy is an important member of the family which seems to be the case) of you all the best.

  368. Congrats you two! Wait, three! Wait..four including Lucy and the new one! Super exciting news. The kid will practically grow up as a cyborg with all the attachments, wrist bands, bluetooth toys, etc.

  369. Congratulations!!!

  370. Dan Ryan

    Absolutely huge news! Congratulations!

    As a new father myself, I really look forward to reading how you are handling aspects fatherhood through technology.

  371. JP Bezuidenhout

    Hi Ray, congrats to you and the Girl. Great news indeed

  372. Stephen

    Congratulations !!!!!!

  373. anybody

    Congratulations!

  374. John Bergquist

    Congrats to you and The Girl!!! You’re gonna be GREAT parents! :)

  375. Milonus

    Many congrats to you and the girl!
    Greetings from Holland.

  376. Josh

    Congrats to you both! Best wishes.

  377. Adam

    Congratulations to you both! I let out a little gasp of excitement when I saw the picture of the baby scale :)

  378. Mark M

    Congratulations to you and the girl Ray, looking forward to reading new gear reviews and “triparenting” lifestyle tips (having a 7 and 5 yo myself)!

  379. Ciaran C

    Congrats Dude!!!!

  380. Carl

    Congratulations, Ray!

    I’ve been following your blog for about 2 years now and this is the first time writing in for anything other than one of the two giveaways I’ve tried to win. I just wanted to wish you and yours the best and congratulations.

    My wife and I have a 2.5 month old. It’s crazy, but we’re loving every minute of it. Looking forward to some product reviews for newborn, infant, toddler tech gear.

    Does Garmin have a baby monitor you can recommend…

  381. Craig Vespa

    Congratulations to you both, Ray! Enjoy the adventure!

  382. Ravi

    Wonderful News Ray !! Congratulations to both !! Was wondering when this would be coming. Wishing many many Wonderful, joyous moments ahead !!

  383. jay d

    Congratulations Ray!

  384. Luke

    Congratulations!!

  385. Alex

    Congratulations Ray :)

  386. juanman

    Felicidades

  387. George

    Congrats to you and The Girl!

  388. Juan

    Congrats! Enjoy the little fellow!

  389. RAFrisk2

    Absolutely fantastic. Congrats, there’s nothing more fulfilling than having a child bless your home.

  390. Tony Tang

    Congratulation!

  391. Eyal Ovadia

    Congratulations Ray!
    And a great post announcing it!

  392. Lorenzo Pasquale

    “….we’re brining onboard some new testing talent ”

    Oh no, I hope you won’t be ‘brining’ your new testing talent just upon his/her arrival! ;)

    Typos apart, I wish you and The Girl all the best from the bottom of my heart!!!

  393. flaca

    Huh? I er, I was just going out for a ride. No no, I mean just a quick one……… Erm, well yes of course I was joking and no of course I wouldn’t dream of leaving you here on your own with the baby and the nappies and the washing up and the bottles and the mess. Er, yeah sure, I’ll grab the uh, right, bottle brush, erm thanks… (aaaaand repeat).

  394. dieter neirinck

    Wonderful news Ray. I can see some potential in the new talent for testing the limits on that decibel meter you got for turbo trainer sound comparisons. The Lemond Revolution might finally get some competition.

  395. Stephane

    Congrat Ray!
    There’s few month that will keep you out of your usual thing…. But they will came back later… :-)

    Steph

  396. m9inger

    Superfantastic! Congratulations the the two of you!

  397. Akshat Gupta

    Many many congratulations to The Girl and You !!

  398. Paco

    Congratulations enjoy it.

  399. Sam A

    Congratz, welcome to the most challenging and most rewarding part of life, being a parent.

  400. Babies + fitness tech + endurance training… I know this life well! Congrats! It’s tons of work and it’s intense — but ultimately my babies crack me up almost non-stop (we have a 15-month old boy and a 3-year old girl). Enjoy it!

    Cheers,
    Sam from Team SportTracks

  401. Filipe Lopes

    Congrats to you both! Wish you all the best!

  402. Euan Henry

    Looking forward to your review of the balance bike power meter 3 to 4 years for now.

    Congratulations

  403. Benjamin

    Whilst I’m not at that stage in life just yet, when I get there, you’ll have a decent cache of reviews for me to read. Excellent!
    Congratulations!

  404. Mike

    Congrats To Both of you!

    Exciting news!!

  405. Amedeo

    an huge coongratulation to you and the Girl.

    Now you have to increase your training to be ready to this new adventure.

  406. Bruce Turner

    Congratulations to you both. Can’t wait to see the reviews on stroller aerodynamics

  407. Michael L.

    Congratulations to you and the Girl. I hope its a great long run with lots of beautiful sights along the way. My wife says now we’ll info on how waterproof each item is. Prayers for your family as you move forward.

  408. Congrats to you both.

  409. Lee

    Congratulations to you and the Girl!

  410. Jeremy

    Gratz Ray.

    Welcome to the next chapter of your life.

  411. Stephen

    Great news! All the best to you both.

    STP

  412. Hamish

    Congrats!
    A new blog testing out baby products could be your next big thing.
    There is a lot of loose opinion out there, the rigorous approach you could bring to the area would be valuable.

  413. Julian Chua

    Congrats! I guess you will be expanding your reviews to include baby tech like nappy sensors or wearables or jogging prams (with power meter perhaps?).. Anyway all the best with the pregnancy!

  414. Gildas

    Congratulations !

  415. ricky

    Ray, it’s a BIG project! Congratulations to you and the Girl!!

  416. szyMarek

    Nice! GOOD FOR YOU! I have two and I can’t imagine my daily activity without Chariot CX (now it is Thule CX). You should try it.

  417. Mike

    Huge congratulations to your entire family!
    Looking forward to expanding your blog in this direction!

  418. 8

    Awesome !
    congrats to all of you !
    that’s gonna be fun !

  419. Tonny Madsen

    Congratulations!

  420. Martin Hauske

    Congratulations! Wonderful news!!

  421. Tom S

    Congrats! When you have The Kid will The Girl now become The Mom on your blog?
    Best of luck.

  422. Damien

    Congratulations…!!!!!

  423. Keith Brown

    Congratulations to you and The Girl. My wife and I would like to give our unsolicited support of co-sleeping, co-bathing, cloth diapers and not knowing the sex of the baby before birth. Nah, Just do everything the way you want to.

    Peace

  424. Martin Uher

    Certainly suprising way to expand ;) Congratulations to upcoming parents!

  425. mama

    To both you and the Girl: It could feel weird congratulating two people you’ve never me on something so personal. Yet, I can genuinely say that you two give off some goods vibes, and I’m sincerely happy for you. Toutes mes felications!

  426. jan

    Enjoy, don’t make it a race. You get more out of it the more time you spend. So be prepared to enjoy that time .. I really recommend that.
    That’s time you can never get back!

    My big girl had her first triathlon for kids and really enjoyed that – man I was proud. The small one is more into flowers and princesses.. I am still proud.

    Congrats!

  427. Jake

    Congrats Ray! I’ve been a reader for over a year now and I’ve recently started listening to the podcast. I was wondering about using your link to Amazon. I am always buying stuff on there and would love for you to get credit. I buy through the app on my phone though. Is there some type of code I can type in at checkout so you get credit? Or is there a way to know that the link you post is working? I’ve used it but don’t see anything at checkout to say you’re getting your cut. Thanks and good luck with the little one.

  428. Will

    Congratulations to both of you!

  429. AECSUSN

    Congratulations to you and your wife!

  430. Jonathan

    I just read an email that informed me that my marathon I was ready to run tomorrow morning has been postponed due to the -20 forecast. I won’t be able to run it on the new date. Bummer. Then I click on over to DC Rainmaker and read this awesome news!!! Suddenly a canceled marathon seems less important. Congrats!!!

  431. Tatiana

    Congratulations! waiting for the new column :-)

  432. Ade C

    Congratulations to you and The Girl. Things will never be the same again. Enjoy the journey!

  433. Frans

    Congrats to both of you! Enjoy

  434. Bora Barcin

    Better late than ever. Congrats Ray to both of you!

  435. Franko

    Congrats!!!

  436. MattS

    Congratulations.

    With a 19 month old I can recommend getting a jogging stroller that the car seat snaps into. While they will be too big for the car seat for runs pretty quickly it made the transition really easy.

  437. Alexander

    Belated but heartfelt congratulations!

  438. Patrick

    Congratulations! your lives will sooooo change! things will never be the same from now on.

  439. Stu

    We are expecting beginning July too!
    Trying to convince my wife that I will stay at home and watch the tour, I mean look after our baby during July ;-)

  440. David

    Congratulations! I like your take on cross-training

  441. KeithW

    Congratulations to you both!

  442. Joe Meehan

    Fantastic! Congrats, another Rainmaker on the way!

  443. Giulio

    A lot of congrats to both of you!!!

  444. FJ

    Congratulations to you both! I hope everything goes great and you both deliver a perfect healthy little one

  445. david coles

    about time. congrats. will make you an even better human being

  446. Kraig

    Congratulations! A tremendous change but so very worth it.

  447. Hi All!

    Just wanted to say a huge thanks for all the well-wishes! The Girl and I are blown away by the response!

    I can promise you that however a product review may shape up on the little unit, there will not be an unboxing section. ;)

    Thanks again!
    The Girl & Me (and Lucy)

  448. ted b.

    Congrats!!! May I recommend b.o.b. strollers…they’re awesome!

  449. Mitch W

    Mazel Tov!!!

  450. Ivan

    Congratulations ! :-):-):-)

    I was wondering which camera you have in mind to take pictures and videos from the baby.

    Will it be the GoPro?

    My wife and I are also expecting our first in June.
    Looking forward to you experiences and recommendations, especially ask sportive active parents.

  451. Kenneth

    Congrats! You in for at world of wonderfull moments…

  452. Jaap

    Well done! Congratulations!!