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A New Stogie Guy Is Born!

20 Feb 2013

I’d like to interrupt our regularly scheduled content to congratulate Patrick Ashby and his wife Melissa on the birth of their first child!


Grant Henry Ashby was born in Chicago at 1:43pm on Monday, February 18th. He is a healthy 8 pounds, 5 ounces, and 21 inches long. Patrick tells me both Melissa and Grant are doing very well and looking forward to heading home from the hospital today.

We’ll resume our coverage of the world of cigars in a couple days but, in the meantime, feel free to use the comments to congratulate the Ashby family and give a recommendation for a celebratory cigar.

Patrick S

photo credit: Patrick A

12 Responses to “A New Stogie Guy Is Born!”

  1. Manuel Arcaya Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    It is always wonderfull news that a new family is formed at this day and age.
    Let me share one thought that a family member shared with at a similar time in my life.
    " One does not fully understand the love and care of a father, but untill one has it´s own son"

  2. Lionel G Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    Congrats to you and your wife! And when you get the chance light up a fine cigar to celebrate.

  3. hayward_tenney Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    Congratulations! As a daddy to 3, nothing beats family. NOTHING. Wishing you and your family health and happiness on your journey.

  4. mphxaz Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    Congratulations Patrick & Melissa, Grant is a fine looking baby!! Re a cigar recommendation, have a JDN Celebration of course!!!

  5. @greenbacker Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    Huge congrats to the Ashby family!

  6. cigarfan Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    Congratulations, Patrick and Melissa! And welcome to the world, Grant. In about 20 years you'll get to find out what's in the humidor. Until then… listen to your father.

  7. Guy Buscema Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 8:15 am #

    Congratlulations to the both on the birth of your son,Grant Indeed it is great news .

  8. Joshua K Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    Many congrats and best wishes to the Ashby family. That is one fine-looking young man!

    Let me recommend a cigar Patrick A already loves: the Drew Estate Velvet Rat.

    Now cherish what little sleep you'll be getting…. 🙂

  9. Radosław Marciniak Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 5:07 pm #


  10. Ben J Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    Congrats! We had our baby the day after after 7:36am, didn't think we'd end up so close in time.

  11. Artyman1200 Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    Congrats on the baby boy! We just had a boy in January and went with Grant for the middle name, we also considered Henry as a first name. Maybe he'll assume some responsibilities one of these days!

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  1. Commentary: Random Thoughts from the Humidor (XVI) | The Stogie Guys - Monday, April 1, 2013

    […] My son is six weeks old today. He has truly been a blessing, and it’s amazing how I’ve only known him for 42 days yet I couldn’t imagine life without him. That said, before he was born I remember selfishly wondering how his arrival would change the amount of time I like to spend smoking, writing, and reading about cigars. So far so good. I certainly have less time for my cigar endeavors, and the opportunity cost of this time has definitely gone up. But I’ve been able to keep a reasonable pace—even if jaunting off to Nicaragua this year is out of the question. Still, I wonder how other cigar enthusiasts who are fathers handle these considerations. To what lengths do they go to keep their children from being around tobacco? How honest are they with their children about their cigar smoking? What have they learned that I may be able to benefit from? […]