Monday, June 18, 2007

Thoughts of Fatherhood

This Wednesday, Alex will be three weeks old. It's also my third week of fatherhood. When the perinatologist said that Alex was coming sooner than expected, I have to admit that I was a bit nervous and excited at the same time. Excited that I was finally going to have a little one, but nervous for Sandra and Alex since he was coming early via c-section.

I'll tell you what though. When he screamed at the top of his lungs when he came out, that was music to my ears. When I was able to hold him and give him his first bath in the special care unit, it was a feeling that's hard to describe. Happiness, elation, love, etc. The realization that I am a father... amazing. Whether it's lack of sleep or multiple diaper changes, I wouldn't trade with anyone right now.

Today was my first day at work full time. It was kind of weird leaving in the morning, but I survived Alex withdrawl. It was hard not calling Sandra just to see how things were going, but I kept reminding myself to let them sleep and rest. Sandra is doing a WONDERFUL job being a mom. I can't say enough about motherhood is the hardest job out there, and I have a ringside seat watching Sandra and Alex.

Anyway, back to fatherhood. Alex just woke up.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

We bring you a special report.....

This past Wednesday afternoon was Sandra's weekly ultrasound appointment with the perinatologist (fetal medicine doctor). The ultrasound seemed routine when the sonographer performed it. When the doctor came in...

"Well, it looks like that you came just in time."


You see, Sandra has had to watch her blood pressure over the past few months. There is a condition called pregnancy induced hypertension, otherwise known as preeclampsia. If left untreated, it could be catastrophic for both mother and baby. Some of her blood values were mildly elevated, and since the baby was considered term on Wednesday, and he is breech to boot, the doctor said it was time for him to come out via c-section.

Needless to say, we were a little shocked. We scheduled a c-section for June 11.

To make a long story short, Alexander Aurelio Almazan was born this past Wednesday evening.

We are overcome with great joy and excitement. Needless to say, the grandparents were just as happy and excited.

I'll let Sandra blog about the whole thing. However, coming from a new father, it dosen't get any better than this.