All good

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL/RECRUITING -

Bret Bielema is in his third week as a new fa­ther af­ter his wife, Jen, gave birth to daugh­ter Briella — the cou­ple’s first child — on July 8.

“Fa­ther­hood’s good,” Bielema said. “I can tell you it’s a dif­fer­ent sleep­ing ar­range­ment, a dif­fer­ent tim­ing pat­tern, but it’s all good.”

Bielema said he hasn’t made any big changes in his daily rou­tine.

“I vol­un­teered to sleep in the other room,” he said with a laugh. “But noth­ing that’s re­ally go­ing to af­fect the day-to-day rou­tine for me.”

Bielema said he talked to Jen via FaceTime on Mon­day morn­ing dur­ing Briella’s check-up.

“You have to get cre­ative on the things you want to be present for,” Bielema said. “I’ve never re­ally thought I’d be FaceTim­ing my way into a baby ap­point­ment on the way to a golf tour­na­ment, but it is what it is.

“My wife is un­be­liev­able, so that kind of helps me in that re­gard. … What peo­ple have sent us, the gifts, the thoughts, it’s just over­whelm­ing.

“It’s cool to wit­ness, but also my wife last night, she said, ‘You lay back down. You have a big job in front of you to­mor­row.’ I have an un­der­stand­ing fam­ily that makes it twice as easy.”

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