Archive for October, 2006

The Boob Tube

October 24, 2006

Breastfeeding.

Who knew it was a skill? I always figured you’d take the kid, hold him in front of your breast and he’d know what to do. I mean, he’s hungry right? Go for it, son!

We got it working, but at first it’s not unlike feeding a sleepy kitten whole bananas. Ok I made that up and it doesn’t quite make sense, but the point is it’s hard. We think it’s easy because the women with the confidence to do it in public are clearly trained professionals. They’ve got it all worked out and the rest of us are home trying to keep the kitten awake.

Just like most of our generation we took a childbirth class, where you pay to learn all the stuff your parents could tell you if only you’d listen to them. They gave us some great reasons why we should breastfeed, such as a better immune system and fewer allergies for the keiki, and it sounded great and all but really I stopped listening when they said it’s mom that has to wake up around the clock to feed the little one.

Yes!

We are a couple of devoted breastfeeders, honey! You know, we’ll do it for the kid, just like they said in class. Good for you.

Then I found out I was on diaper duty.

Ok wow. You have no idea. Kids these days are trained killers! The moment they feel fresh air down there they pee on you. Of course like any newbie parent you try the old cover-cover-wait-for-it-waiiiiit-ok-GO! routine, but you have no chance. Their algorithm is too simple. Too perfect.

1. Wait until you can pee on dad.

2. Pee on him.

I don’t have a chance.

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Bris

October 19, 2006

Yesterday brought a dab of wine, a little bit of the snip snip and lots of joy. Welcome to the nation, kid!

His name is Reuben.

Go Keiki!

October 6, 2006

Wow, it’s been AWHILE since we’ve updated this site. Time to get back on it, yeah? Now that we have some news…

If you’ve called or emailed and we haven’t replied, apologies. We’re a tad overwhelmed right now…

…with our brand new boy!

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The due date was the 2nd, but the little rugrat didn’t show up. An ultrasound to check him out measured him as “gosh, he’s pretty big” and only getting bigger, so Evgenya was induced early on Saturday morning and gave birth Sunday night at 6:50 PM.

Evidently most of labour is spent waiting in pain until you’re actually allowed to push. Who knew? When that time came, the midwife suggested we could wait another few hours and wait for more progress, to which Evgenya replied “nah, I’ll push him out now.” And then she did. In under an hour. I saw him come out!

All 9.1 lbs of ankle biter. Dude had a serious cone head!

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The little guy had fluid in his lungs, so they moved him to the intermediate care unit where he could be poked, proded and hooked up to machines that go beep. They gave him extra oxygen and he’s doing better, breathing on his own now.

Unfortunately the follow-up x-ray what looks like pneumonia in his lungs, and when that happens they don’t mess around, they pull out the big guns. So now he’s there until Sunday, a little bundle of happiness in starched whites.

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He’s doing fine, but it’s hard not to be home with him. You can’t connect with your baby the same way if he’s hooked up to tubes and monitors. You can’t just hold him without some cord popping out and a machine beeping at you reproachfully until you silence it. We just keep reminding ourselves that it’s temporary, he’s be fine and we’ll be home soon enough. All four grandparents are here, and that makes a world of difference.

Evgenya is such a trooper, I can’t believe it. You see your wife in a whole different light after she goes through something like this. I am positively in AWE of moms now. Oh my goodness, you guys rock! :)

More details as things get more “normal” (yeah. right.)

– Aaron, Evgenya & Keiki (he’ll get a name at the bris, until then he’s Keiki (”kid” in Hawaiian)