Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Normal? What's Normal?

Well the world is a little more unbalanced now as the new ally has begun to settle in. Life is slowly beginning to establish itself with a new form of normalcy that we will have to adjust to. Jakob is now attempting to sleep for more of the night than previously achieved, which is working out better.

He developed a knack for keeping us awake in fear by waking to eat every 2 hours or so and then waiting until you figured it was safe, and laid him down, to vomit his food and gag on it. Makes for some long, hard nights. It was making me wonder what was up, since nobody in our bloodline has a problem eating, hence our svelte and sleek figures.

The brief details, for those who care:
    Rainy Jakob decided that mommy's womb was a cozy place to be and he wasn't coming out.
    Mommy decided, with the aid of doctors, that this just would not do.
    Thursday was spent back and forth to the hospital trying to induce, but he was having none of it
    Friday morning began early with an IV bag and a drip to coax him out, to no avail.
    Late in the afternoon they gave him a little nudge and by 6:46pm he was out and assessing the world.
    We made it home on Sunday afternoon and are now settling in.

And that, as they say, is that!

The hospital staff were excellent, except for our initial move to the post delivery floor, where we were greeted by Nurse Ratched. Luckily it was the end of her shift and we never saw her again (Yaaay!!!). The rest of the nurses were fantastic and the doctors and everyone involved were great too. After the birth they congratulated us both and told Mommy that she did a great job, which she did. She was fantastic through it all, and while she won't agree or admit it, she made it look as easy as squeezing an abundant amount of baby out of little hole can be made to look. If people were shown her labour on a video, they wouldn't be worried at all about it, she made it seem so easy. The part that did me a good laugh was that they also congratulated me (makes sense, for my brief part in the festivities) and then told me I did a good job too.

I've still never figured out why I get a pat on the back for my part in the birth. Unless most fathers out there are better souls than I am, there is never a time in their lives they feel more useless. You get to stand there while a platoon of very trained individuals cater to the needs of Mom and Baby while keeping a close eye on the health of both. All you can do is get ice chips and, when the party really gets started, tell your wife to breathe. You feel like some kind of deranged parrot who keeps getting in the way. The staff seemed to enjoy our company though, as the one nurse even left late for her football game (Thank god they finally won!!) to stick around for the end of it all.

So my thanks to the doctors and nurses who make it all as bearable as they can (especially the epidural man!!! I think the wife has him on our Christmas card list now.), and the cafeteria staff who make food seem unappealing and terrifying (I think they take the fear out of having a baby, and speed up the recovery, by horrifying you with the possibility of more heinous things, like having to eat that food for a while).

I also learned that you have to be careful what instructions you give to maintenance staff, as they were more than happy to follow the instructions on this planter to a devastating effect.

It may not have been an easy start with the little guy, but it was all still a once in a lifetime event. No matter how many times you see a child born, you will never see the same exact same child born again. It's like being a member of a special club, once whose membership includes an army of people who went to school for years and years so they can watch these events unfold time and again. Once this idea hit me I realized why they all came upstairs to visit us again. I also realized that they are probably one of the luckiest of all medical people. This is one of the only times in the medical profession that the system is concerned primarily with life instead of staving off death and preventing suffering.

So I'll ditch before getting too fluffy and philosophical for now. Not to say I'm done with that yet, the week is still young.


Blogger JODSTER said...

I always find you fluffy. And philosophical, if philosophical means more than fluffy...

8:58:00 AM  
Blogger Schotzy said...

Now is the time for being philosophical. Damn Pete you brought one beautiful little life into this world and now you are intrusted with the well being of the little guy. His health and happiness. Teaching him how to be a smartass (although I believe this might be a moot point with you as his dad). That picture of you and Jakob is almost angelic. S

9:42:00 AM  
Blogger Ms Mac said...

Awww, how did Rainy Jakob know which hairdo to bring out with him in order to match his Daddy's? That's what I want to know!

Beautiful picture and congrats and well done to all of you!

10:19:00 AM  
Blogger Carol (Smiles and Laughter) said...

Sniff! Sniff! It's like reliving my own again! Congratulations, proud dad!

Dad's do a lot during the birth. They have to keep their cool and help mom through. Good job, dad!

He is such a cutie. Now, could you please tell me how you stopped the 2 hours eating/vomiting schedule? I need some sleep, too.

10:24:00 AM  
Blogger Leesa said...

Wow, cool post. Congrats again, it sounds amazing :)

11:09:00 AM  
Blogger sands of time said...

He is just so adorable Rainy Pete.Congrats to you and your wife you must be so proud.

11:44:00 AM  
Blogger Elle said...

Oh, Rainy, he is amazing. That picture is priceless. Your wife is my hero. I don't think I nearly that graceful giving birth. I can't even tell the stories gracefully!! Welcome to the world Rainy Jakob!!You done good.

1:48:00 PM  
Blogger Aims said...

Oi stop! You've almost made me feel broody!!!!!!
I love your new nickname, how come you got the best one???!! Come on admit it, you cheated right??!!

2:42:00 PM  
Blogger Martini said...

I heard there was a lawsuit filed over that planter by the donators of the original plants.

2:56:00 PM  
Blogger dan said...

glad things a re going okay with the new addition

4:26:00 PM  
Blogger mrhaney said...

well congratulations are in order. did you pass out any cigars rainypete or did you just pass out? that's a great picture you have there. have a good one.

8:24:00 PM  
Blogger Rhodent said...

He is a beautiful baby for sure... each birth of a child seems like the experience of a lifetime! Now all you have to do is make it through the next 18 to 21 years!

10:47:00 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Hi Jakob!

Biggest congrats - get lots of sleep and take lots more photos.

10:47:00 PM  
Blogger SquirrleyMojo said...

When will Jakob start blogging??


11:13:00 PM  
Blogger Michael Manning said...

CONGRATULATIONS! I liked you today!!

2:17:00 AM  
Blogger t~ said...

Awww! that's so wonderful! I'm so glad to hear all is well. Send much adoration to your wife on my behalf. That picture is so inspiring. Salud!

2:57:00 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Great photo! Give's me a real good mushy feeling.

Glad to hear the staff were excellent (besides that one nasty piece). Have to admit, they really are magnificent in maternity. I'd love doing their job too!

Congrats again.

4:40:00 AM  
Blogger Kassi said...

Congrats again Pete ... the familial resemblence is truly startling :)

5:30:00 AM  
Blogger Katya said...

congratulations, he looks just like you...



6:26:00 AM  
Blogger Denny Shane said...

Out of my 5 children I saw the last 2 being born... simply amazing...

7:06:00 AM  
Blogger Fizzy said...

COngratulations again. What a lovely post. Fluffy and philosophical will do fine. Have a good time - and hopefully some sleep.

7:16:00 AM  
Blogger Peggy said...

Congrats! Can tell from your post that your son will never be bored around you!

7:34:00 AM  
Blogger Pete B said...

Congratulations Pete!

I generally reckon that saying a very new baby looks like someone is somewhat silly, if not occasionally insulting - in this case there does already seem to be more than a passing similarity though ;-P

9:52:00 AM  
Blogger Running2Ks said...

You are so good at making me tear up and smile.

1:37:00 PM  
Blogger angela marie said...

Well, the way you tell it, it makes me want to have another baby. Wait. ;)

Those first hours after birth are the BEST feeling in the world. At least they were for us. We were fortunate. If only those little creatures learned how to sleep thru the night when they are two or three days old...that would make the whole thing even MORE perfect!


1:56:00 PM  
Blogger Lovely Lisa said...

Congrats rainy pete!!! Love the picture--how cute! you two must be so proud!!
all the best!

1:59:00 PM  
Blogger antonio said...

Same here Pete congratualtions to you and your wife..The baby is just beautiful!!


5:56:00 PM  
Anonymous ohgirl said...

Congratulations to both mommy and daddy. One day you will turn around and say "when did he grow up". Enjoy the heck out of him. I was sent over by "Smiles and Laughter". Nice to meet you and your family!! I will check in on you are all doing.

7:34:00 PM  
Blogger ms. creek said...

okay, i have to admit, i didn't read all the blog and all the comments, but i hope you are enjoying the new center of your universe. i had two at a time, you should give that a try next time....

9:11:00 PM  
Blogger That Girl said...

congratulations! that's beautiful picture.

9:52:00 PM  
Blogger Violet said...

Congratulations! We, too, are finding that our newborn is playing the "I'm hungry/ I'm pukey" game, though at least she's not doing it in the middle of the night.

11:27:00 PM  
Blogger jac said...

Congrats Rainy.

1:33:00 AM  
Blogger Walker said...

Great picture!!!!!
All nighters are tough but Jakob will give you a break soon enough.
Have a nice day.

7:30:00 AM  
Blogger Stacy The Peanut Queen said...

That little guy is gorgeous!!! ;)

10:24:00 AM  
Blogger Rowan said...

congratulations daddy, see what happens when I go quiet for a few days? damn!

3:58:00 PM  
Blogger L said...

wonderful photo :)

congratulations, and I really hope you guys are managing to get some sleep ...

please post more pics when you have the chance :)

10:56:00 PM  
Blogger glomgold said...

Yeah, I guess it does seem as though the guy's pat on the back should be a bit less than the lady's, but I'm sure you did your job, whatever it was, to the utmost!

10:12:00 PM  

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