Thursday, March 13, 2014

What the Heck?!? The Arrival of Gunner

I intend to contribute to this blog weekly on Saturdays but the monumental occasion of Gunner’s birth and arrival into this world will get its own moment of distinction.

After 90 hours of false labor, 14 hours of active labor, and 2 hours of intense pushing, Gunner arrived at 2:07 pm, 6 lbs. 15 oz. and 21 inches long.

The way I would describe Labor and Delivery is not “the miracle of childbirth.” Miraculous is far from an appropriate adjective for the experience. It is a long, intense, and exhausting and all I did was stand there in a Banana Republic sweater and jeans and said “you’re doing great” over and over again, not much different from my routine day at work.

Monday March 10th was not like that. My poor wife went through something I can would describe as the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan meets the battle scene of Lone Survivor…it goes on goes on and you know how it ends but every now and then something makes you gasp and your heart rate is jacked up even more. And the “you’re doing great” mantra from myself and all the doctors and nurses in the room is really “oh my God! What the heck were you thinking?!? Why would you volunteer for this?!? Are you feeling all this and how the heck are you pulling this off?!?”

Gentlemen it’s simple. If you care about your lady, you will NEVER EVER ask her to have a vaginal delivery. There has to be better ways to have a child. It is tough to watch someone you love in that kind of distress….straight brutal.


Fortunately, everything went well for both mom and baby and we were blessed with our beautiful baby boy. I would say everything went well for dad also but during our 2 day hospital stay, they only delivered meals to mom the patient, completely ignoring dad who stays with wife and child during their time of need….kind of out dated, chauvinistic, and not cool.

Mom and baby on our first night. Thank you Touro.

1 comment:

  1. Haha. Good stuff, Al. Love the banana republic sweater mantra.

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