Saturday, August 28, 2010

Hey world... check me out

Jacqueline Annabel Trynosky was born on August 24th at 9:39 AM... in the few days since she has already grown tired of Dad's jokes.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

almost time...

I'm sitting here in my kitchen once again reflecting on the last 24 hours. Incredibly, we had to make one of the most, if not the most difficult decision we've ever had to make in our lives, in a brief few minutes at the doctor's office yesterday. Because the baby is so big, and things are not really progressing, we had to make the choice between induction, and a c-section. After a pretty smooth and hassle free pregnancy, this was tough news. We new we'd have to make this call last week, after the ultrasound showed the baby was potentially giant, and getting bigger, we were hoping that over the weekend, some evidence of progress or labor might take place to allow us to try things the old fashioned way. Unfortunately this is not to be.

It was clear from the Dr's tone, body language, and choice of words that she was looking at C-section as the best option, but she (probably for legal reasons) could not come out and say it. We had a few moments to decide, and opted for what seems to be the scarier choice, the surgery. It's scheduled a few hours from now, and we'll be headed to the hospital shortly.

While this was the scarier option, because... really who likes surgery? It was I think the safer option. The Dr. indicated there was an increased risk for Shoulder dystocia, which if it were to happen during labor could be a complete disaster (these were the doc's words)... these are not words to take lightly, so while it was a tough call to make. We know that at the end of the day, we're likely to have a healthy baby joining the family, and a healthy mom to keep it all together.

As for my reflections on imminent fatherhood. I pray that I have the wisdom, patience, and strength to do half as good a job as my dad. I think if  I can muster up at least that much effort, things should turn out OK. We're blessed with two loving families to support us, and a pretty strong group of friends all joining the baby parade over the next few months.

It should be a wild ride, and I'm looking forward to meeting the baby. 

Monday, August 23, 2010

Crib Status

This is what the baby crib is supposed to look like when we are finished. We'll see!

Right now it's still a pile of boards in the basement, but we're just about ready to finish shaping all the pieces, which will lead to the assembly hopefully in the next few weeks. I put things on hold this weekend to get the rest of the items in the baby's room set up, and do some other last minute prep work. 

Looks like the baby is going to be here before we expected, we have a visit with the Doctor this afternoon, and will probably need to make a decision on how to proceed. In either case, induced or surgery, we expect to be at the hospital in the morning, and new parents hopefully before the end of the day.

I'm taking my three week "working vacation" starting this afternoon. I'm going to try to unplug completely for at least a week, and then work part time the until the middle of Sept. to stretch the vacation time I've accumulated, and to allow me to spend time at home with the baby and the wife.

I'll have to squeeze all the introspective soul searching on fatherhood and all my anxiety into the next 24 hours or so I guess.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

38 Week Ultrasound

Just got back from the 38 week ultrasound.

Baby is weighing in at an estimate 8 lbs 15 oz

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Post Numero Uno

Sitting here at home, enjoying a delicious Stone IPA, watching the Mets play Houston and starting this blog.

I'm hoping that I'll be able to keep up with this, and our family happenings as we get ready for the arrival of the next generation of the Trynosky family anytime over the next few weeks.

We have our 38 week ultra sound tomorrow, hopefully all will be well for a smooth delivery, and James is getting his various work tasks in order for his much anticipated "family leave" time. The latter item is probably impossible, but we'll do the best we can.... i've got specs, revisions to drawings, LEED templates, estimates, change orders for projects I have no direct knowledge of and all sorts of other things to take care of before the baby shows up...

I'd rather spend time thinking of baby names, which is still up in the air, but I have to pay the mortgage, so back to work we go....

Let's see how long I can keep this up!