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

  2. Kaveh

    Congratulations to you both!

  3. Miquel

    Congratulations!

  4. Kuba Wosik

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

  5. Dr matt

    Congrats both of you! Anticipating reviews of jogging strollers!

  6. Allison Thomas

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

  7. 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 🙂

  8. Mathieu Cagnard

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

  9. Sandy Milton

    Fantastic news, guys! All the very best wishes.

  10. Stipek

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

  11. Steve

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

  12. Dave

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

  13. Dominic Abram

    Congratulations!

  14. Simone Pillon

    Congratulations! Children bring Joy

  15. Bart

    Congratulations to you both!

  16. JOnathan Patterson

    congrats to you both…

  17. Ty

    Congrats Ray and Bobbie!!

  18. Ge

    Congratulations!

  19. Andy Jelagin

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

  20. Oscar

    Congratulations to you and The Girl!

  21. Fred Turatti

    Well done to both of you, you beautiful couple!

  22. Jimbo

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

  23. Declan Mc Glone

    Congrats to you both. Exciting times 🙂

  24. Jukka

    I knew it, I knew it!

    See, I knew it:
    link to dcrainmaker.com

  25. Maxbrescia

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

  26. Bob R

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

  27. Matt Leary

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

  28. Victor

    Big congrats on this and many many more Rainmakers.

  29. 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

  30. Andy

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

  31. 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).

  32. 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

  33. 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.

  34. carl

    WooHoo! Congrats

  35. Captain Chris

    Nice Work!!

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. félicitations !

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

  39. Dan

    Congratulations!

  40. 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!

  41. Best post ever :-). Congratulations

  42. Tomasz

    Congratulations! 🙂

  43. 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!

  44. Milkywaye

    Wow.congrats

  45. kevin mcmahon

    Terrific news, congratulations to you both.

  46. Edward Swakon

    Wonderful – Congrats!

  47. betscharts

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

  48. David

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

  49. leonn

    Congrats, Ray and The Girl!

  50. Jean-Christophe

    Congratulations ! We wish you all the best.

  51. Julien R

    Congratulations, so very happy for you and The Girl!

  52. Robert

    Congrats!!!

  53. Stash

    Way to go Ray and the Girl, congrats

  54. David Colman

    awesome news! Congrats!

  55. Walter

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

  56. maya9

    Terrific news! I wish you both all the best!

  57. Rob

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

  58. Fran

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

  59. Lieven

    Congrats!!!!

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

  60. Dimitris T

    Congratulations!

  61. Erik

    Congrats!

  62. Paul Robinson

    Congrats to the both of you!

  63. Piraz

    Huge huge huge congratulations Ray&Bobby

  64. Dave Kellermanns

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

  65. 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 …

  66. Andre

    Congratulations to you and The Mom!

  67. Ryan

    Congrats! Great times ahead Ray:)

  68. Amy

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

  69. Adam Styles

    Great news. Love every minute of it!

  70. Daniela S.

    Congrats to both.

  71. Roland

    Congrats!

  72. Lorne

    Congrats Ray and The Girl!! Welcome to parenthood!

  73. 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?

  74. Dr D

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

  75. neil

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

  76. 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!

  77. Diego

    Felicidades!!!!!

    The best for your family

  78. 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.

  79. MikeB

    Congrats Ray!!!

  80. Brian F

    Huge congratulations!

  81. mikeo

    Fantastic news, congratulations!

  82. Ben

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

  83. Eric Apple

    Mazel Tov!!!!!!!!

  84. Sam

    Congratulations both of you. That is fantastic news.

  85. Juro

    Great news, big congratulations!

  86. Jeff Tignor

    Congratulations Ray!

  87. alainquimarche

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

  88. Pat F

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

  89. Sizwe

    Totally Cool!

  90. Brian Darroch

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

  91. Kevin Conover

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

  92. Javier

    Contrats guys!!! 🙂

  93. Adam W

    Congratulations to you and the Girl.

    Sleep tracking – ha – good luck.

  94. AJ

    Congratulations 🙂

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

  95. Nicholas Eckermann

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

  96. 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.

  97. Iso

    Hi!

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

  98. Chris Koboldt

    Congrats!

  99. Maria

    Congrats to you guys!!

  100. Heather

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

  101. John Famiglietti

    Great news! Congrats!

  102. 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.

  103. Nicolas

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

    Congrats from Rio!

  104. 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 ?

  105. Brandan

    Awesome news. Congrats to the both of you!

  106. Ritchie

    Congrats to you both!

  107. Cesar

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

  108. 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.

  109. 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.

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

  111. Steve Martin

    Congrats to you both!

  112. Husain

    Congratulations!

  113. Bongo McBongo

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

  114. Azure

    Congratulations to you and Bertie!!!!!

  115. Felipe P

    Woo hoo! Congratulations!

  116. 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]

  117. 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!

  118. 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!

  119. Doron

    Great news

  120. Steve

    Well done!

  121. H

    Massive congrats!

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

  122. Scott E

    Congratulations to you both!

    Exciting news and exciting times.

  123. 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.

  124. James

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

  125. Sietse

    Congrats! Enjoy!

  126. 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

  127. 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.

  128. Iain

    Congrats to both of you!

  129. Congratulations, great news !!

  130. Aasen

    Congratulations!

  131. 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 🙂

  132. Torstein H.

    Congratulations!

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

  133. Mark

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

  134. Robert Black

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

  135. Gary B.

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

  136. Imre

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

  137. Marcello

    Congratulations!!

  138. 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

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

    Congrats!

  140. Duncan Tyler

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

  141. 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!)

  142. Martin Smith

    Congratulations, now the fun really begins 🙂

  143. Elliot

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

  144. 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? 🙂

  145. 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 😉

  146. Steve S.

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

  147. Erik Wolla

    Congratulations!

  148. Mathieu Clément

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

  149. 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!

  150. Mário Juliatto

    Congratulations to you both.

  151. ToniM

    Congratulations family!

  152. Chris D.

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

  153. Gal Sisso

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

  154. Roberto Paredes

    Wow! the best post ever. Congratulations!!!

  155. Rich Owings

    Congrats Ray!

  156. Thomas Z.

    Congrats to both of you

  157. Specialist

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

  158. Jacov

    Congrats!

  159. Lukas

    Congratulations Ray & The Girl!

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

  160. Congratulation to you both!

  161. Nick White

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

  162. Jose I

    Congratulations!!!

  163. Tom H.

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

  164. Frank Bauer

    Congratulations! All the best for you and the Girl!

  165. oren

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

  166. Graham R

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

  167. John Gormley

    congrats!!

  168. thierry sucameli

    félicitations a vous deux et au chien aussi (:

  169. Mazel tov! Congratulations!

  170. Gabriel

    Felicitaciones!

  171. Jamie

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

  172. Hannu

    Congrats 🙂 !

  173. Jürgen

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

  174. 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.

  175. 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.

  176. Emmanuel Millán

    Congratulations!

  177. 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.

  178. Alessandro

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

  179. 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!

  180. 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.

  181. Steven Bass

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

  182. Gouke

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

  183. Hector Gonzalez

    Congratulations to you both!! great news!

  184. Reinier

    Congrats!!!

  185. 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.

  186. 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.

  187. BL

    Congratulations!!!

  188. 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.

  189. JP Bezuidenhout

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

  190. Stephen

    Congratulations !!!!!!

  191. anybody

    Congratulations!

  192. John Bergquist

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

  193. Milonus

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

  194. Josh

    Congrats to you both! Best wishes.

  195. Adam

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