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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Time

It is funny, really. I don't think I will ever look at a clock in exactly the same way ever again. Time flies by when your having fun they say. But what about when your counting down the hours till the next time the baby eats or when you can expect the next diaper change? How much did I spend before having a child wishing time would go by faster?

Have you noticed a pattern. Often we forget how much time truly holds our attention. We measure everything in time: the length of TIME of your work day, the amount of TIME you have till you have to go back to work, what TIME is dinner, do you have TIME to run to the post office, am I going to have enough TIME to sleep. Even when you talk about age, isn't it really just the amount of TIME you have been alive. Well this recent epiphany of mine on the worlds infatuation with time led me to realize that most wish it would move more quickly. I stand on my soap box this evening praying that time move a lot slower.

Why would I want time to move fast when I feel like I already don't have enough time. Time to hug and kiss him. Time watching him sleep. Time holding him and seeing him grow. I go back to work on the fourth and I already know once I start class I won't have time to notice each ounce or inch of growth. I will be lucky if I have time to hear him talk or take his first steps or read his first words. Will I be deployed when he goes to school for the first time. How about when he meets the first girl he plans on chasing around the playground, or even the first girl that really matters. Will I be with him when he sees his first movie or goes to his first baseball game. Will I watch him win his first wrestling match or see the pride on his face when he brings home his first A. Will I be able to tell him that church and God are the most important when I am not there when he goes to church or even when he goes to sleep at night. Will I have time to explain to him that daddy doesn't murder when that liberal kid at school tells Nathaniel that his daddy is a baby killer. (sounds stupid but you would be surprised at what liberal parents will say to their child when they don't want their kid playing with the son of a marine )

So now with all my heart, I pray to God for more time. Time at home and time with family. Time to explain some of these things and answer some of his questions. Time is a valuable asset and I think we should all hold onto it as best as we can, but if the Lord says time must move and it is time for me to go then may His will be done.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Nathaniel Scott

Nathaniel Scott
12.15.09 1704
7lbs 13oz
21.5 inches

12.16.09
1 day old

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Our Newest Addition

Yesterday was a long day. I don't think I can put it any better than that. My wife and I arrived at the hospital at an early 0700 so that Dr. Alexander could break her water. After a few preparatory vitals and such, her water was broken around 0735. We spent the next hour or so walking around the hospital in hopes that the walking would allow labor to progress on its own. When we got back to the birthing center room, Diana was hooked back up to the monitors so that the baby's heartrate and the level of contraction intensity could be followed. Well during a particularly tough contraction Diana began to rock her body to help keep her mind off the pain. During this rocking period the baby's heartrate dropped to the low 80's (good is 140-150). The nurses came running in to fix the problem and put Diana back into the bed and had her stay there until the Dr. could get here. Once the doc arrived he reccomended that she stay in bed until the actual delivery was over. While this was good for the baby, it hindered the progress of the labor and Diana was stuck at 5cm for quite some time. Finally Dr. Alexander decided to give the labor a little chemical push with pitocin. This happened around 1130. Diana began to progress a little better but the pitocin caused the contractions to come too frequently with no break in between. Diana took it like a champ though and made it all the way to full dialation without an epideral. Finally at around 1630 we were ready to push. After the six or seventh good push though the baby's heartrate dropped down to the 50's.....ICK!!!!! The doctor quickly decided to take Diana to the OR and preformed an emergency C-section. This ended up being the best possible decision because the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby's neck and was chocking him. However, Baby Nathaniel Scott St. Louis was pulled out of the womb and let out his first cries at 1704 on the 15 Dec 2009. Needless to say I am as proud as a new daddy can get. Baby Nathaniel measured 21 1/2inches and was 7lbs 13oz. Mommy and baby are doing fine as is attested by this beautiful picture below. The first one taken of baby and mommy together.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Progress!

Dean and I went in for my 38 weeks OB appointment yesterday and at 38 weeks and 3 days, I am now three centimeters dialated and 50% effaced (thinning of the cervix)! Our OB says this is a huge jump from zero during my 36th week but we missed last week due to Thanksgiving so I don't really know how accurate when the zero to three jump happened. Either way, he says there's a possibility that we could be holding our little one in less than a week! I can tell the soon-to-be Daddy is getting very, very excited since he is constantly asking me how I'm feeling almost every three hours.

When I asked our OB approximately how much our little baby weighs, he said he thinks he/she is about seven pounds, three quarters right now and should expect the baby to weigh about eight pounds when I deliver.

12.04.09
38 weeks, 4 days
You can really tell I've dropped with this picture!
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