May 28, 2004

Nessa, Nessa, Little Nessa

Our dog Sierra has been spending the last few weeks at my in-laws with Savannah - their Golden Retriever where she has 300 acres to run and play in. We're nervous about how she will handle it when she comes back as she can sometimes be high maintenence.

Anyway, with her gone - our cats have been INCREDIBLY curious - specifically our most skiddish one. The "miniature Maine Coon" we've nicknames Nessa because of her likeness of a lion, has been taking several peeks into the crib and sitting next to Kirky while she nurses.

She's up for a rude awakening once the dog gets back but for now it's quite cute.

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But What About Dad?

I've gotten a few comments and emails for pictures of me with my son. I haven't really felt them necessary since I wasn't the one who did the work to bring him into this world - I daresay what little I contributed was fun though those of you who have "tried to have kids" know that the part I'm talking about can often be anything but.

I changed my first diaper today solo- just a little bit wet so I was confident I could do it. When he's a real mess sometimes it takes one person comforting him, one holding his wiggle-wormy feet and legs and the other cleaning him to successfully change him. I've also been able to do some bottle feeding in addition to my usual task of burping. Makes me feel more involved.

Many of you who love babies are probably familiar with artist Anne Geddes. We've been taking the advice of our nurse practitioner to give Will some close-time in nothing but his diaper against our bare skin. There is NOTHING that beats a soft, smooth sleeping baby curled up on your chest. Nothing. I can't explain the supreme comfort and tranquility that comes from that.

Anyway, here's a few shots of me. Don't mind the hair -I've been in my jammies for 6 days now:

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May 25, 2004

More Pictures of Will

I promised Will's "Aunt Mellie" that I would post some pictures in exchange for her ability to finish some work today. Nothing like bribery.

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We're Home

Actually, we've been home for a little less than 24hrs. The first night went well and I even think I'm finally caught up on sleep. We had a feeding from 10pm - 11pm, another from 1am - 2am and another from 6am - 7am. He's doing relatively well for only being 3 days old but still is having some problems with feeding. We're working on that.

He doesn't cry much at all so far, (knock on wood), except during changing - he HATES to be cold - and when he's getting frustrated trying to get properly positioned during eating time. Other than that he's quiet and sleeps great - especially on a full tummy. When he's ready to wake up he starts chirping and puckering for about 30min before so we can all wake up gradually. Feeding is definitely a tag-team experience with all involved.

Kirky's mother has continued to be a life-saver by picking up around the house as we nap and bringing fully-ready meals up to her.

So far so good - I don't think I can sleep off and on every day until 1pm but hopefully he'll figure out feeding a little better two weeks out.

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May 22, 2004

Welcome: William Kirk DeLong

The short story: welcome William "Will" Kirk DeLong born 5/22/2004, 6:13am ET, 7lbs, 14.8oz.

The longer story: later....I'm tired. Seriously, we were incredibly surprised when Kirky woke me up at 3am saying it was time. Contractions had been building up and got very strong as of midnight. We got to the hospital and 2hrs and 15min later, Will was born- Kirky was told she would be pushing for 1-3 hrs. It was 15min. She was extremely far along by the time we got there.

Will is very healthy and Kirky is doing very well too. I'm very surprised and happy at how well and quickly things moved along.

(Random quote from Brother Nate at 4am - "Don't speed- use tactical driving techniques.....*ssnnnnoooore*)

Now for the goodies:

Send your welcomes here: will@wkdelong.org.

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IT IS TIME

Headed to the Hospital. It is time. That is all.,

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May 21, 2004

The FINAL Countdown

We THINK Will will be born this weekend.

Contractions or "cramps" as Kirky calls them, are becomming more intense. They're frequent during natural induction techniques - between 5-8min apart. Then after about 30min or so they drop off to 15-20min if not more.

But the rise in intensity is a good thing, though with Kirky's pain tolerance is very. very high. So we're relying on measurements and physiological signs. :)

We're going to try to do a schedule through the night and see what happens. We're hoping for Sunday!

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May 20, 2004

Disappointing day but looking up

Today's visit to the Dr. was a bit disappointing. All the while Kirky's doctor said that if the baby didn't arrive by today (the due date), she'd induce her tomorrow. Well, in 2 days Kirky was 1cm to 1.5cm so the doctor said she'd wait. Unfortunately, the doctor is not on until next SAT - a week and a day from tomorrow!

Kirky had always figured that we'd have the baby by this weekend regardless so she was crushed. We had been trying several natural means to induce her but nothing was working as fast. So we decided to do a bit more research and try something new.

I'm happy to say that, for the moment, Kirky's cramps (read: predromal contractions), are about 8min apart. My mother, (an OBGYN herself), says that we don't have to worry until they get about 5min apart and "a little more intense". Well, Kirky has an INCREDIBLE pain tolerance so we're going with time measurements. Once they're 5min apart, it could last like this for another 12 - 18hrs. So the key is about 2-3min apart and pretty intense, labor has started.

So we could have another whole day of this at least and things could slow down. We'll keep you all posted.

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May 18, 2004

Almost Time: Hiccuping and Squirming

It's almost time.

Last night I got to feel my son hiccuping for several minutes. This means he's drinking the amniotic fluid and its filling up his tummy, which hits his diaphragm and causes hiccups. Very cute - it feels like Kirky has a very strong heartbeat in her tummy.

This morning we packed up the car. All of our bags and snacks and pillows are now ready in case it should be time. I took a picture of the carseat which I will post later, as well as Kirky in her maternity shirt looking lovely.

We found out that Kirky is 1cm dialated - this is pre-pre-labor. She also had a non-stress test which she passed with flying colors. She basically is monitored for the baby's movements. I'll spare you the details but basically it means that her body is in the beginning stages of labor which could last until the contractions start getting noticable tonight, tommorow to Thursday - the due date. I will post regular updates but suffice it to say we're well on our way and with any luck, we'll have a bright, beautful, brand-new baby boy by sometime Thursday!

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May 16, 2004

The Baby's Room

Kirky and her mother have been doing a wonderful job setting up the room for Will's arrival. Truth be told, he will be sleeping in our room in the bassinet until we feel comfortable putting him in his cute, new crib.

I've taken some pictures of their design results:

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May 15, 2004

Money, Money, Money

So we're nesting today. Kirky's mother is up and she is truly a gift to us. She has an incredible amount of energy and runs circles around us. I dont know what we'd do without her help around our house - it's cleaner than it's ever been.

Earlier Kirky was "folding" plastic bags that we use for the dogs and we just finished sorting our cups and containers of loose change - $127.50 in silver and a heck of a lot of pennies which we didn't roll. We're going to use them to open up Will's first bank account once we get his SSN. The container we have it in must weigh 50lbs.

No changes at the moment. The baby has dropped a little more but Kirky is still bending over, cleaning, bustling around and busy. We're off to get some ice cream on this hot, hot 80 degree day with some of the money we just found.

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May 13, 2004

39 Weeks

As the wife likes to say - it's not 9 months - it's 40 weeks!

So we had our last ultrasound today and were told that fluid levels are good and the estimated weight is 6.8lbs - quite nice. Not overly small and not too big. We've been worried about how my wife's artificial hip would handle the stress of a pregnancy so a weight under 8lbs is good. We both really hope for a natural delivery as a C-Section can be pretty invasive.

I'll let Kirky tell her story but she's had a wonderful pregnancy. Minor nausea for one or two days in the beginning and other than a bout of gestational diabetes, (which we determined was wholly skewed by the sugar test), she's only started getting tired these past few days. Really wonderful.

Last week's minor cramps were isolated and only lasted for about 30min. Nothing since.

So below is the ultrasound. If you look closely, you can make out an eye, nose and mouth with some handage showing up. Clicking on different regions of the image should popup labeled close-ups.

39-week old William Kirk DeLong in utero

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May 11, 2004

A Bit o Cramping

Wife just got back from a meeting and informed me that she's feeling a little bit of cramping. Too soon to say whether it's pre-labor or not but her abdomen is feeling much more solid than normal and the baby looks like he's dropped down significantly.

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May 10, 2004

Prenatal Pics

I decided to move Will's ultrasound pictures from my personal site to here, as where they should be. So here is where you'll find:

We have another ultrasound coming up so stay tuned!

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Will Kirk DeLong: To Be Born

I've created this Web site to celebrate the forthcoming birth of my first child - son, William "Will" Kirk DeLong. He is due to be born on May 20th, 2004 and we're very much looking forward to his arrival. My wife has had a wonderful pregancy with very little to no discomfort.

I'm a bit nervous about over-anthropomorphizing him as he is still in utero for fear of "jinxing" something. However this will be the place to find his birth anouncement and forthcoming milestones as well as a place for close friends and family to see all the pictures of him. For the most part, these pictures will be password-protected but for the sake of the community-at-large we will let some of the good ones trickle out from time to time.

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