Corey Grant, a 31-year-old wide receiver in the Canadian Football League, and wife Jennifer welcomed their first child together August 9, a daughter they’ve named Qiawna. The name — which has Hawaiian origins and means "God’s gracious gift," according to Corey — has special meaning for the couple.
My wife wanted to go to Hawaii but since I couldn’t take her, we decided to give our daughter a Hawaiian name.
Fatherhood is "the greatest feeling," Corey says — but it’s also a state of being that took some time to sink in. "The weirdest part was when my dad called me dad," Corey says, "that’s when I really thought that I was a dad now." Although he has since returned to his team after a bye week and three-day leave, Corey’s thoughts aren’t far from his wife and child.
It has been awesome. I was enjoying every minute, changing every diaper, hearing every single cry and enjoying being with her…To actually see my daughter born and what my wife had to go through to have her, made it harder to leave.