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May 26, 2007

songs for my son

safe and sound and in once piece...well, three pieces, to be exact. after a night in the hospital, we were finally discharged and headed home about 24 hours after the birth. the birthday started out with smsmh and i heading to corona regional medical facility to meet the birth mother for a short bit before they sent her in for her cesarean procedure. birthmom was sent in and we waited in the room for the nurse to come and get us when tc was finally delivered.

our wait wasn't long, and about 30 minutes later we were following the nurse into the nursery, where the adventure began. to start, as they unwrapped tc from his swaddle, the unwrapping exposed a massive amount of meconium from his chest all the way down to his toes...black, sticky and copious. once the nurses got him all cleaned up, they weighed him, 8lbs 1oz and set him on the warming table where we were able to participate in the measuring (20" long) and the footprinting. tc was completely quiet and just made rooting motions, indicating that he was hungry.

for some reason, "hey jude" came into my head and i started singing it quietly to him as the nurses busied themselves with other paperwork.

Hey Jude don't make it bad Take a sad song and make it better Remember to let her into your heart Then you can start to make it better

before too much longer, a private room was readied for us and we were escorted over and briefed on some of the basics; feeding, changing, burping, swaddlling, etc. it was about 3:30, so we gave him his first feeding and began the marveling process. tc was healthy, beautiful and big. all the nurses continued to comment on the size of his feet and hands and any time the vitals were taken, the doctors would say, "perfect". exactly.

smsmh and i began switching off feedings in 3 hour intervals, but i wasn't able to sleep much in the convertible chair and i ended up holding tc during some of his sleeping. smsmh was able to get a couple hours of sleep. tc was mellow and didn't really fuss at all. the only time he seemed to get loud was when we'd strip him down to change a diaper.

the next morning, smsmh went down to the cafeteria and grabbed us some breakfast. later in the morning, the birthmother requested a visit so she could see tc. she stopped by and we chatted for a bit. she seemed really happy that we were connecting so quickly with tc. i took the opportunity to show off my vocal skills and sang about poop:

"everything comes down to poop, from the top of your head to the soul of your shoes, we can figure out what's wrong with you by lookin' at your poo. do you have a hemeroid or is it rectal cancer, when you flush that dookie down you flush away the anwser"

and one of the old songs passed down from my grandfather:

the poor old slave has gone to rest beneath the willow tree, tree, tree his bones now rest beneath the sky way down in tennessee

the p-poor old s-slave has g-gone to r-rest beneath the w-willow tree, tree, tree
his b-bones now r-rest beneath the s-sky way d-down in t-tennessee

the pickity poor old slickity slave has gickity gone to rickity rest beneath the wickity willow tree, tree, tree
his bickity bones now ricktiy rest beneath the sickity sky way dickity down in tickity tennessee

the discharge came quickly afterward and we were headed home from the hospital by 2pm and home by about 3pm. now that we're home, we're able to figure out how to get a schedule set up, where to put what to make it most efficient and all the other fun logistical things. i don't know what else to say at this point except that he's beautiful. he's amazing. and he's home.

thanks to everyone for your well wishes. i'll keep you posted and get some more pictures up soon.

Posted by jeff at May 26, 2007 7:46 PM

He's absolutely perfect, Jeff. You're in for quite an amazing ride there, Mr. Hip. Enjoy!

Posted by: Mark at May 26, 2007 9:54 PM

Interesting songs, Jeff. tc is in for a fun life with you and smsmh. Congrats again. I am happy to read that all is perfect.

Posted by: Juls at May 26, 2007 10:03 PM

that's wonderful, jeff. you sound so happy!

Posted by: Thomas at May 27, 2007 3:01 AM

Congratulations, Jeff and smsmh (what the heck does that stand for anyway?)!

Posted by: Jon (was) in Michigan at May 27, 2007 4:43 AM

Congrats Jeff!

Posted by: Karin at May 27, 2007 5:30 AM

yes, fascinating song choices! i'm glad you are home. now the real adventure begins.

Posted by: jeanne at May 27, 2007 5:38 AM

Congratulations!! He is absolutely beautiful.

Posted by: Lori (Mark's wife) at May 27, 2007 6:06 AM

It sounds like things couldn't have gone any smoother! Marvelous!!

P.S. He's beautiful.

Posted by: Lara at May 27, 2007 6:08 AM

thought about you all day and now crying as i read this... congrats - i don't know anyone who deserves this more than you two.

Posted by: HTPPNH at May 27, 2007 6:24 AM

Glad to hear that tc is well and you guys, too. i'll be anxious to read more about the little guy!

Posted by: Denise at May 27, 2007 6:50 AM

How wonderful and exciting!!

Posted by: Jessica at May 27, 2007 6:55 AM


Posted by: angie's pink fuzzy at May 27, 2007 7:20 AM

Did you say 'efficient' and 'schedule'?? Oh bwahahahaha... that's so cute.

Nice song choices. Ahem - yeah - nice.

Posted by: 21stCenturyMom at May 27, 2007 9:53 AM

I'm anxious to see more pictures! He's a cutie.

Posted by: Susan at May 27, 2007 11:47 AM

Looking forward to more pictures. Congratulations to the three of you. TC couldn't have asked for better parents.

Posted by: Anne at May 27, 2007 3:17 PM

Congrats. I went throught the this a year a go but your entry makes it seem like yestarday.

Posted by: air-run at May 27, 2007 4:42 PM

My wife and I disagreed, but I found the whole meconium thing one of the most fascinating parts of the newborns...what all that means and how the digestive tract kicks into gear at birth. Amazing.

You are starting on quite the adventure, jeff. Love that little guy for all you can...you can't cuddle him too much. Enjoy the short-shift sleeping. You'll find a rhythm, eventually...it's a lot like starting out a run.

Posted by: Joe at May 27, 2007 5:36 PM

Congratulations Jeff! You're at the beginning of a long, wonder-filled ride!

Posted by: DREW at May 28, 2007 9:14 AM

What wonderful news. I thought about you all a lot this morning at Saddleback. How wonderful to see that TC has arrived safe and healthy. Enjoy every minute of it. Trust me it goes by quickly.

Posted by: darrell at May 28, 2007 12:00 PM

Just couldn't help myself...I needed to congratulate you! Saltywar told me about TC's arrival and I had to come see for myself.

Maybe someday we will all(TC too) run a marathon together...I'm thinking roadtrip! Cheers and enjoy!

Posted by: salty's sis at May 28, 2007 3:55 PM

tc is one lucky guy.

Posted by: david at May 28, 2007 5:04 PM

la la la lala la haha...all very good and marvelous! Life is amazing...don't forget. Celebrate. Thank God.

Posted by: Robb at May 28, 2007 5:45 PM

I should have also mentioned that you hold him as much as you can...little kids love that.

Posted by: Robb at May 28, 2007 5:48 PM

Congratulations, enjoy parenthood, he'll bring you much happiness.

Posted by: Bruce at May 29, 2007 1:55 AM

what a lovely baby! Congratulations. keep us posted, even the times when you forget to pick him up from daycare.

Posted by: deene at May 29, 2007 7:31 AM

Hey Jeff,

We'll take the paucity of postings as positive news over the next few weeks. Congrats again!

Posted by: SD at May 29, 2007 6:35 PM

Wow! Congratulations Mom and Dad, and welcome TC*! What a touching series of blog entries! Thank you for allowing your readers to be a part of your experience.


Posted by: Meghan at May 29, 2007 9:50 PM

Funny how God brings people to mind just in the nick of time to celebrate a miracle with them. Jeff, he's beautiful. I'm so happy for you, Papa! Kelly

Posted by: Kelly (Rosso) Hartsock at June 18, 2007 12:04 PM
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