Brian & Robert, August 1, 2008. 12:47 p.m.
From Brian: As our baby’s first day of life moves into his second, we want to thank the callers, e-mailers, and blog-posters for their happy thoughts.
After my lunch, Jen’s mother had hers. Then I went home to get more items for our hospital stay.
Throughout the day, Robert’s vitals have been good (though his body temperature should be slightly higher). He is charming the medical staff. He is learning how to eat.
Brian Holds Beanie 1, July 31, 2008, 8:49 a.m.
From Brian: This post was typed on August 2, 2008, at 9:27 p.m., but I retroactively filed it here to maintain chronological order. Here are a couple of photos from the night of Robert’s first day!
Beanie's Last Diaper Change of the Night 2, July 31, 2008, 10:16 p.m
From Brian: We are thankful for the outpouring of good wishes for the Beanie! Beanie can’t wait to read or hear them for himself!!!
We’ll probably be at Kaiser for another day or two. A good way to contact us is to post to Beanie’s Blog here. You can also try our cell phones. E-mail and the home phone might not be returned for a while.
From Brian: As my mother dropped off lunch, I wanted to keep an eye on both Jen and the Beanie. I was hungry enough to start eating lunch anyway, but I couldn’t eat quickly because I wanted to be watchful. However, we were glad that Jen’s mom visited. I finished lunch while Beanie’s grandma got to see him again.
Jen's mom and Beanie, July 31, 2008, 12:42 p.m
From Brian: More vital checks. Jen had a light breakfast brought to her to see if she would stomach it (and she did fine!). Around 11 a.m., Brian’s parents and grandmother visited. Grandma brought Beanie a laycee or lai see (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_envelope), some money for Baby Robert! Thank you! Later, mom brought back some food for Brian. Great, because I was hungry.
Beanie's father's parents and grandmother, July 31, 2008, 10 a.m.
After a bit of time, we were all moved out of labor and delivery into another room for the “night” (though it was 2:45 a.m.). We settled into Room 3108 a few minutes later. Finally, we settled around 3:30 a.m. There were regular visits by attending staff to check Beanie’s and Jen’s vitals. We did sleep, though Jen’s vital-checks woke her. Beanie slept beside Jen. (So sweet!)
Finally, we woked to Beanie’s cries around 7:30 a.m. We’re sleepy today, but we did manage some rest. By mid-morning, we were all quite happy.
Trying to Rest 1, July 31, 2008, 8:23 a.m.
Trying to Rest 2, July 31, 2008, 9:27 a.m.
From Brian: Robert was born on July 31 at 1:27 a.m. He weighed 6 pounds and 14 ounces.
I followed him to the ICN (intensive care for newborns) where they kept him warm, checked his vitals and made sure that he was fine. I chatted with him and kept him company for half an hour or more. I was joined by my mother for a short time (who returned with my father from out of town). My father had a slight cold and stayed outside, so I sent my digital camera with my mom so that my father could see Robert’s first photos (outside of utero). Then later by Jen’s mom joined me and returned my camera.
Then finally, we got the all-clear to bring Robert to the Labor and Delivery Room where Jen was waiting. The family was finally in the same room!
There was a long visits by an attending nurse to check Beanie’s and Jen’s vitals. The nurse measured Robert’s length at 19.5 inches, made footprints, and then we settled for a bit.
Beanie at 1 hour and 12 minutes old