Archive for May, 2007

Routine? Not quite.

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

As we approach the one week mark, I won’t go so far as to say we’ve settled into a routine, but at least we’re starting to get a feel for how Nate’s going to behave. The cycle goes something like: 6AM – 8PM eat and sleep, 8PM – 2 AM eat and cry, 2AM – 6AM sleep. From what I’ve heard, we have no right to complain. K is getting very tired with the constant feeding routine, but she’s hanging in there.
Yesterday afternoon when Nate was in an amiable mood (and when he was in deep sleep oblivious to the world), I took the opportunity to set up for some pictures. The results are up in the gallery now. The best candidate (so far) for my desk is below.
Our Little Peapod

Edit 10 June: I broke the link when I renamed the album. This has been fixed. Thanks Mike.
Edit 20 July: Apparently I hosed the thumbnail somewhere along the way also.

No superpowers… yet.

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

A random web search has revealed a coincidental namesake of our son in the Marvel comic book character Cable, aka Nathan Christopher Summers, son of Cyclops (Scott Summers) and Madelyne Pryor (clone of Jean Grey).

Anyhow, we’ll keep an eye out for any telekinesis.

Day two…

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

Kristin and Nathan came home from the hospital Saturday night. She could have stayed until this morning (Sunday) but it was so crowded that we decided to come home. The Drs were happy with both of their progress, and we have family support at home.
Grandparents Schierer came by the hospital on Saturday to visit, but arrived just in time for the Dr to take him for a while. They waited for us at our house and were able to snap some “Arriving Home” pictures.
Arriving Home

Grandparents Davis arrived almost immediately after the Schierers left for home and will be staying with us through the week (which is fantastic!).
Matt, Theresa and (1 year old) Henry (friends from church), came by after services today and brought with them the flowers from service. Thanks guys! One of the ladies at church makes up the arrangements for the front table every week, and by some decision process they are sent out to somebody after church. They’re absolutely beautiful. They also brought Nathan’s rose from the church. The church traditionally places a rose at the front for each newborn in the church family. Thanks to everybody at Caz 1st Pres for their prayers.
We all made it though last night after I learned to translate Nate’s frustrated expression a bit better. Today has gone pretty smoothly, and he’s eating well. The cats have been curious and a bit apprehensive about this new resident in their domain.
Uncle Jim came buy today after rock climbing at the Gunks. He brought Baxter (yellow lab) along with him, which has, of course, put the cats over the top. They’re hiding in the basement for the most part.
Thanks again to everyone for their continued thoughts and prayers. Nathan sends out a [gurgle-snork] to everybody, which I think means “Hello!”.

Some details and follow up

Friday, May 25th, 2007

First off, thanks to everyone for your wonderful comments! It’s great for us to know that so many friends and family out there are thinking of us. As I noted in the edit below, I’ve put the images up in the gallery now (where they belong), and moved the links accordingly. Also, I have already proven I’ll make a great Dad: I put completely naked pictures of my son on the Internet where they will undoubtedly come to haunt him in his teenage years. It’s probably too late, but that has been corrected.

From the 8 PM update last night, they let K rest for quite a while getting deep into her epidural. She even got a little bit of sleep as contractions marched on at the previous rate. The L&D floor was packed (as it has been pretty much every time we’ve been there) and there were two deliveries in progress, so it took a while to get the epidural in the first place, but even afterwards they were so busy that they didn’t rush her along. Eventually, about midnight or so, they got things kicked up to a pretty crazy tear. K was blissfully unaware of most of it, which allowed her to rest up for the pushing. After they turned the epidural off, she started pushing about 3 o’ clock or so. At that point she was at station +1. Within about an hour she had moved to +2 and the nurses were very impressed with her progress. By 5 o’clock, the baby was born. The nurses and residents were pretty impressed BEFORE they saw how big Nathan was, and then they were really gushing.

K required some pretty significant repair due to Nate’s passage and it took over an hour to get her patched up. I was able to do some male bonding during this time (and while she recovered from the painkillers they gave her), which was fantastic for me but obviously not so pleasant for K.

The pediatrician has already seen Nate and said everything looked great.

Thanks again for your thoughts and prayers. Although things didn’t really go as we hoped, the ends justify the means and we’re . K&N are expected to come home Sunday morning from Crouse. If you’d like to speak with her, please call her mobile number. I will probably be home in the evening as the shared rooms at the hospital are not conducive to staying over with her.
Nathan Christopher


Friday, May 25th, 2007

Please give a warm welcome to the newest member of the Schierer family. Kristin gave birth to a 9#3oz behemoth.

Nathan Christopher was born at 5:13 this morning. Mom and Nate are doing fine. Dad’s ok too.

Monster Baby

K & Nate

Edit: Typo of 5 in place of 9. Nine pounds is the correct base weight.
1:25 PM Edit: Corrected tagging error. Images now link to gallery and a more modest edit of the scale picture.

8PM Update… (well 9 technically)

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Still going. K is just the Energizer bunny and I could not be more proud of her. By mid-morning, she was to 3 cm, but then the contractions sort-of faded out. By 2PM they decided to start oxytocin. At some point I will once again rant about the manufacturing process which is the labor & delivery floor (completely agreed to by the nurses), but now is not the time.

K has labored strongly with the oxytocin with intense lower back pain. She was up to 6 cm at last check, and the back pain was really getting to her. We decided that it was time to go forward with the epidural. For some reason I think K sees this as some kind of failure on her part, like she won’t be entitled to her “I’m a real mom” card or something. Sure we had hoped it wouldn’t be necessary, but it was always in our plan as an option. Last night she worked through 8 hours of hard rapid contractions with really no progress, which I think dug into her reserves. 8-10 hours of laboring on her own, and now 6 or so more with the oxytocin drip. She’s my hero and that’s all there is to it.

I’m getting a chance to write this post, because she’s relaxing now after the epidural insertion allowing the anesthesia to work into the nerves. After an hour or so, they expect to start ramping up the oxytocin… and then, it shouldn’t be long.

Oh… and now we have candidate names for a girl or a boy.

8AM Update

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

About 2AM last night the resident removed the prostaglandin because contractions were coming on quite rapid and strong (only 30 seconds apart at times, or continuing for several minutes). K was in a lot of discomfort and not much dilation was occurring. Since then, the contractions have settled into a more normal 1st-stage labor rhythm (pretty steady at 4-6 minutes) with a more moderate level. K was able to get out of bed and move around for a while this morning which was very welcome (trips to the bathroom don’t count). She’s been a bit light-headed and nauseous, but otherwise in good shape. She did very well working through the pain of the aggressive contractions last night, and is handling the current ones with relative ease.

Oh… and we’re still working on names between contractions.

8PM Update

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

I won’t make any predictions or anything, but I will say that K seems to be responding pretty effectively to the prostaglandin. Instead of the fake contractions of the last few weeks, she’s starting to get some real engagement. This is exciting, although it’s obviously not so comfortable for her.

Heave Ho!

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

As expected the Dr has recommended that K be induced at this point. After much discussion with the Dr WDYT, K agreed that this was the right time. So we are scheduled to go into the hospital at 2 PM to begin the induction process.
For those who care, this will probably begin with a 12-hour application of prostaglandin to finish ripening the cervix (she’s 70% effaced now). Since that puts us in the middle of the night, hopefully they’ll wait until morning to start any oxytocin to trigger contractions. Hopefully, the contractions will kick off on their own some time tonight and we can avoid any further intervention.

T minus zero.

Monday, May 21st, 2007

No blast-off yet. K’s due date has come, and in 15 minutes will pass.

K thinks the baby has dropped another notch, so we know it won’t be long. She’s feeling better as far as the headaches and swelling go, but I’m sure most of that is due to her almost constant lying down.

We did take a break to see Shrek the Third, because we figured we won’t have too many more chances to go out for a while. The movie had some great animation (of course) but some of the animal motion (including people) was a bit too stiff and plastic for my liking. As for story, there really wasn’t much of one, but there were a few silly/funny places with allusions to make you laugh out loud. Worth seeing if just for the gags, but I probably won’t buy the DVD.