Friday, January 20, 2012

Introducing Nolan

After a relaxing and uneventful due date, the day after held lots of excitement.

Just after 5 am yesterday, January 19, my membranes ruptured and we collected ourselves to head back to the hospital.  M was woken up and told, and got herself off to school on her own a couple of hours later.  I hadn't noticed contractions while I was sleeping, but on the way to the hospital they were about 3 or 4 minutes apart, and felt like the real deal.  In assessment they found we were still only 3 cm, but sent us off to L&D anyway, expecting it to progress because of the strength of the contractions.  Progress they did, and at 9:29, Nolan Victor made his appearance and confirmed our ultrasound gender report of 'boy'!  I won't go into labour details; I'll just say that the epidural I had hoped for (Hello, numb? Yes please!) did not happen due to an emergency c-section requiring the attention of the anesthesiologist at the necessary time, so I went with just nitrous oxide.  Laughing gas.  Ha ha ha.

So 4 1/2 hours from when we woke up to when he arrived - it wasn't too fast; I was glad it didn't last any longer.  He is wonderful and amazing and has a nocturnal bent - sleeping lots in the day and being up lots at night - that hopefully will right itself in the next little while.  We were sent home from the hospital this afternoon, and everyone is taking it easy.  My parents are here for a few days (thanks for cooking supper and running M to youth tonight, Mom!), so we get to catch up on a little sleep.  The big adventure coming up tonight is the little guy's first bath.

All four grandparents have got to meet him, as well as a few close friends.  Madeline was pulled from school an hour after he was born and got to spend the day up at the hospital with us.  I'll leave you with a few photos, and you can expect the boy to take up permanent residency in my updates here.  Thanks all for your kind wishes and prayers; we are delighted with him and are all doing very well.


Amanda said...


deb ash said...

congrats! so glad he is here and healthy! Love to you all.

Nicole said...

YAHOOOOO!!!!! That is soooo awesome. I have been checking your blog a few times a day since your last post(and praying for you) I was right about the blue too!!haha Dave was just about to shut the computer down and I was like WAIT I have to check something!!! We are sooo excited for you guys. I love the pic of M&N TOO SWEET!! Enjoy!!! Lots more soccer to coach!!!

Robin said...

Congratulations Carolyn!! I like the name Nolan. It is impressive you found time to post a journal entry.

I am going to introduce Alexander on facebook today, he was born January 20th at 5:30 am. My daughter Tamara is delighted as are we all.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations from all of us! He is absolutely beautiful and we can't wait to meet him!

Love, Tammy, Hunter & Maddie

Heather Vanderstelt said...

So excited for you and your whole family!

PastorD said...

Congrats to the whole lot of you!
I got just one question, who has more hair Sean or Nolan? ;)

PastorD said...

Oh an Sean, Starting the little guy real early with the nitrous don't you think?