Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Grant Forrest Luke



Wow, where to begin. First of all, this is David posting since mommy is getting some MUCH deserved sleep right now. She was a major trooper today all the way to the end. The day started at around 6:30 this morning and continued until 6:24pm when little Grant finally decided he was ok with coming out. Actually, it wasn't so much him deciding as it was him getting yanked out. The labor was going pretty smooth for most of the day, but hit some speedbumps towards the end. When the little guy was born he was having a hard time transitioning - his breathing was a little labored and it took him a while to get the hang of it. They took him away right away and we didn't get to see him for nearly an hour - longer for Jodee as she couldn't get out of bed. He came out transverse "sideways" so Jodee needed a little extra help. He went to the NICU, and when I had made sure that mommy was going to be ok I got to go see him. He got the hang of his breathing and is doing great now. Grant weighs 7 lbs even, and is 19 3/4 inches long...a little longer and heavier than we thought he would be.

First impressions - wow, easier than I thought it would be, harder than I thought it would be, easily the most exciting moment of my life. I am soooo proud of little Jodee and how strong she was. I honestly didn't know how well she would do - I didn't think she'd be too much of a wuss - but she blew me away. There was another lady down the hall that was screaming at every little thing - but Jodee never did - she just breathed her way through everything and did fantastic. I have a newfound respect for all mothers now. Holding your own newborn baby for the first time is indescribable - as I'm sure those of you that have had this experience can attest. So completely overwhelming - but so completely amazing. It still doesn't seem real yet, but as I look across the hospital room right now there's a little bundle inside a blanket that's moving his feet up and down - so it must be real.

First thoughts at who he looks like? Overall - right away I thought he looked more like me - definitely my nose - but beyond that the jury is still out. I think he has Jodee's chin and ears which I love. He has a little bit of light brown hair - not the copper color I was born with - probably closer to what Jodee was born with. I think he's adorable and cute as can be, but I am and will always be extremely biased.

There's plenty more to write but I wanted to get this out there before the day was over. Thanks to all of you for any help and support you've provided.

24 comments:

Clay and Katy said...

oh yeah!!! glad little grant is finally here!!!! sounds like a long day but we are glad that things went as well as could be! cant wait for more great pictures of the little guy!!! how does a baby come out sideways?? jodee you are tough! and loved daves post :)

Layla said...

He is adorable! Way to go Jodee for being all hardcore!

Emily said...

Congratulations! He is adorable! It sounds like Jodee was so tough!!!! Can't wait to see more photos! :)

Trista said...

He is so handsome!! I think he looks like Jordan haha..I loved reading the story from the dads point of view! We are all so excited and cant wait until we get to see him. :D Love you guys. What an amazing job Jodee did today!

BBC said...

congrats to both of you! grant looks adorable!!!!

Brandon and Amber said...

So happy for you guys! What a cutie.

Laurie said...

Congratulations! Great job Jodee! He's adorable!

Ashli said...

We are so happy for you guys. He's adorable!

Ann-Marie said...

Dave, what a sweet post. I'm totally crying! Congratulations Mom and Dad! He looks fabulous! Make sure to take lots more pictures!!! Jodee, we're so glad you did so well. He IS worth it. Just give yourself another week, and you'll be even that much more in love with your tiny (and not so tiny-when you birthed him) package!!!

Give him a kiss from the Woods!

The Three Ts said...

Congrats to all of you! David, your post was sweet and it made me cry too! Glad there were no major complications! Jodee, GREAT job and welcome to motherhood! Love you guys!

whitandjoel said...

Happy Tears... I guess I'm extra emotional becuase I've been through it all and know how amazing it is!

Paul said...

Nothing better than being a proud papa. So excited for you guys. Enjoy the time in the hospital - we love the low-key time with the newborn. Great name too.

Jared said...

Wow. David I never knew you could write.I'm not surprised I guess, just impressed. Congrats guys!

Ma2_3boys said...

Congrats!
Your long lost cousin,
Bobbi

Jenni said...

Yipeee! Congratulations you guys! We couldn't be happier for you! I'm glad everything went well.

Blair's said...

I am so excited for you guys. Its one of those things you cant describe till you have been there and its the most amazing thing. Good luck with everything. They grow so fast so take lots of pictures.

myrna ence said...

What a day to be here in
Milwaukee!!! Welcome to our family little one. We love you and are glad to have been here to share in this special day

Kat and Steve said...

Way to go guys! This is so exciting and we are so happy for you. Glad things are going well. He is just adorable. Thanks for the updates Dave.

Miriam said...

you guys, I am so excited for you! I'm sure you were so amazing jodee!! You two will be the greatest parents. That little Grant is going to be one loved little man. I just love you two and wish we were there to share in this fun time with you.

Karen said...

Way to step up and be a fab guest blogger, D-Lux!

He is too cute for words. Can't wait to hold him!

Way to go Jodee, you're a superstar!

Congrats!!! We are so thrilled for you and your little family!!

Jessica said...

Dave-what an awesome detailed post. I'm feel so privleged to get to read the new daddys tender thoughts.

Jodee, awesome job, you look awesome in the later post pic. Can't wait to see this little guy. What a handsome baby.

Lindsey said...

congratulations! He is so cute.

mksolomon said...

Hi David, Jodee, and adorable little Grant Forrest! He is a beautiful baby -- you are so lucky to get the cool bilirubin blanket; Patrick was jaundiced, and we just had to sit out on the grass in the sunlight for hours at a time! Oh, those low tech days!
Grant Forrest looks so alert and expressive -- as do you, Jodee, for someone who just completed labor! Pretty, too -- (you're supposed to look exhausted.)

Mark and Tawni said...

He is a beautiful little boy! Congrats!