A look back on 2012. House renovations. New kid. Cross country travel. Races. Toddler turned independent freethinker. Family visits Sleepless nights. With a touch of fun, of course. It was interesting to put this video together and realize I started the year with one family and ended with another entirely. Here’s to 2013!
We’ve posted a bunch of a photos of Maxon over the last few days here: View Photos. He continues to be a happy and healthy little kid. Melanie’s mom is out to visit and was literally jumping for joy when she first saw him.
Below is a video of Maxon dealing with a case of the hiccups. You can view more videos that aren’t posted on the blog by going here: View All Videos.
It’s a pretty amazing experience to watch your wife go through pregnancy and birth. As the guy you end up largely as a spectator, but at least that gives you time to make videos of everything while everybody else does all the work. I love these two more than ever….
Melanie went into active labor about 8:00 a.m. on Friday after her water broke at 3:45 a.m. We got to the hospital at 10:00 a.m. and she started pushing the little rascal out at 1:30 p.m. At 2:21 p.m. he took his first breaths. We are grateful it all went so quick, but it was still a very painful experience (she declined drugs of any kind). Despite the pain she kept her eye on the prize and never complained. Amazing. It’s pretty crazy to start your day having no idea you are going into labor and then find yourself holding your son before the cafeteria closes for lunch. He weighed in at 6 lbs 12 oz and measured 19 3/4 inches long. He had a huge mess of brown hair.
All right, baby. You’ve made your point. You’ve made it really easy on me for the entire pregnancy and didn’t cause me any trouble with morning sickness, fatigue, swelling or high blood pressure and now you want to stay in there until you are good and ready. But let’s be clear. I’m sure you’re a cute patootie but big momma is still going to have the final say!
I went to my 40-week appointment this morning and got some good news. After putting off dilation/effacement checks for the last two weeks, I decided to go ahead and get more bang for my buck out of this appointment, so to speak. As it turns out, the doctor confirmed that the baby’s head is “very low” and that I am 3 centimeters dilated and 70% effaced. Before we get all excited and pick up the phone, it still doesn’t really mean anything is imminent. What it does mean is that the baby knows where the exit is and if I still have to be induced next Monday, they’re not going to have to do a bunch of crazy stuff to get my body ready for the induction. Very good news indeed! The process of getting induced already sounds like a chore but if my body still wasn’t quite ready for it, then it was going to be a much more unpleasant road. I thought I was feeling some very mild contractions at distant intervals last night and I was wondering if it was doing the trick so here’s hoping things keep progressing naturally!