In just 2 short weeks, my sweet Brett has earned a holiday celebrating his dadhood. I am amazed at the way he has evolved. Just a month ago, he awkwardly attempted to burp our 6 month old niece, and now, he is a regular pro at swaddling, changing diapers, feeding/burping,etc. Not to mention, he is one pretty proud padre of little Jack.This last week has been a bit rough as Brett has been deathly sick with the worst cold I have ever seen. He was tested for the old SWINE FLU earlier in the week, and thank goodness didn't have it. It's been pretty hard for him as he has had to keep his distance from Jack, but as you can see from the picture above, he can't stay away completely. Brett, although I blog much to your dismay, if you're reading this- Jack and I wish you a Happy Father's Day. I know Jack adores you, he tells me all the time. (and I adore you too.)
Next, I'm going to throw it out there that I have the greatest father-in-law out there. (I'm also going to throw it out there that this picture was taken just after Brett's audition with the Harlem Globetrotters in '87). There are few people in this world who I respect more than this man. He is a wonderful father, grandfather, father-in-law, and an all around great guy. I know one of the main reasons Brett is already such a good dad is because of the example that he had in his own dad.
Jack is just waiting for him to take him out to JCW's!
And I could never forget these two men...my grandpas.
These two men have influenced my life just about as much as anyone. One day, when I grow up, I hope I'm just like them. When I look at these two I know without a doubt that they love me, and to me that is the definition of a grandpa. (and by the way... how cool is it that my grandpas are best buddies? )
Happy Father's Day to all of you.
I love you so much!
1:00 pm: Dilated to 3, Given Pitocin to Start Labor
3:30 pm: Given Epidural, SWEET! Sailed through contractions, kept company by sweet Brett and our families. (I'm looking into having an epidural everyday...)
3:45 pm: Water Broke- Dilated to 5
5:30 pm: Heavy Contractions Started (news to me!), Dilated to 9.5 Nurses Called for Dr. to Come (My doc was not on-call this day...or any of the days I was in the hospital. However, the on-call Dr. was AWESOME!)
7:15 pm: STARTED PUSHING
8:15 pm: Time they claim he should have been here... STILL PUSHING
8:45 pm: STILL PUSHING
9:00 pm: STILL PUSHING (I might have died for a few minutes here)
9:15 pm: STILL PUSHING & baby just moved under pelvic bone...HALLELUJAH!
9:30 pm: 900th promised time that he'd be here and wasn't... still pushing...
9:45 pm: Dr. uses forceps to help the little guy AND HIS MAMA
9:53 pm: JACK WILLIAM ARRIVES!!!
7 lbs. 10 oz. 19 inches
Yes, it may have been the longest 3 hours of pushing I could have ever imagined, but I did it! Brett was so amazing, the doctors/nurses were incredible, our family support was something to behold, and this little guy is absolutely PERFECT. He had some issues with his lungs right out of the shoot and spent some time on an IV in the Level 2 nursery getting better, but all is well now. We came home Tuesday morning and we absolutely cannot get enough of this little guy. He continues to make us laugh, cry, wonder, laugh, cry, wonder....
Bottom line, he followed his mommy's orders, came when he was due, is a healthy, adorable, and very loved little boy. Thank you so much to everyone who has been so supportive the past couple of days/10 months. Thank you to our amazing families and for so many hospital visits, phone calls, gifts, flowers, meals, etc. Jack is so lucky to come into his life with so much support already. It has been an amazing experience, and one I could have never prepared myself for. I'm sure the days that lie ahead will be filled with all sorts of blog-worthy adventures....I'm sure you're on the edge of your seat.....
Brand New (A little pale due to his low blood-oxygen levels...right before his IV)
Me and My Mommy
The New Dad
Feeling a bit better. I'll take credit for the cheeks.
Grandma and Jack
I'm in love.
My Little Monkey
These 2 are destined to be best friends. (Max was more interested in the Nerf Gun)
Future Babysitter Lucy
Future Talent Coach Isabel
Aunt Kate (All I can say is thank goodness for this little boy's amazing aunts. These ladies are just the support any new mom needs. Love you!)
A Visit From Our Good Friends Greg & Bianca
We love you so much Jack. Thank you for coming to us!