Molly had her first (sponge) bath today. Courtney did the sponging, her mom, Sharon, held and soothed, and I was gopher and official photographer. The blurry picture below sums the whole procedure up... flying limbs, sponge, water, diapers, towel... and Grammy Sharon steady at her post.
I get a little weary of the constant figuring out of whose eyes, ears, nose, forehead, etc. every new baby has... which near or distant relative he or she looks like. Nevertheless, I submit the following for consideration:
Molly had her first checkup today... and she's doing well. All of our (mostly mine) little worries were answered.
But our first visit to a pediatrician's office (since I was the patient, anyway) was not confidence inspiring. Ruddy-faced, snotty little disease carriers flailing around, sweating, coughing, sneezing, wiping their noses, playing with the same toys... In Molly's future, no doubt... but hopefully not her immediate future.
I only bothered to take one picture... but it's enough.
Things have calmed down some. We're home, we've rested a bit (thanks to lots of help from Courtney's parents), and are getting used to the idea of a baby. I'm sure all the parents out there are laughing at the naivete of that last bit... but naifs is what we are.
Here are a few pictures of Molly lounging on our bed.
With our old bears, Corduroy and Joshua.
Tabitha checking Molly out...
...and, sweet kitty that she is, taking it all in stride.
My Mom wanted a picture showing her eyes. Success.
Then I tried to remove the pacifier to show her mouth and
Molly Kathryn Shaddock was born at 9:58am on Wednesday, November 24. She weighed 7lbs 1.5oz and was 20 inches long. This photo was taken a few minutes after she was born.
Here's the rundown:
About 12:30am on Wednesday Courtney started feeling a little strange and crampy (she approved this word), and by about 1:30, she was having full-fledged contractions. I swung into modern husband mode and started soothing and timing (although the rule was quickly established that during contractions I was neither allowed to touch nor speak). By 5:00 her contractions were about 9-10 minutes apart. We called the midwife at 6:00 and she told us to wait. At 7:00 they were 5-6 minutes apart and we called again and were told to wait again. 8:00, 4-5 minutes apart... still told to wait. 30 minutes later and it was 2-3 minutes apart and Courtney was in serious pain. With all due respect to our midwife, Beverly, I called and told her no more waiting, we're going to the hospital. And when we arrived at 9:00... victory was ours! Courtney was fully dilated and ready to push. Less than an hour later, and after some painful, gory stuff, Molly was born. She's adorable and she kept us up all night.
Crying on the way home...
...and Mom makes it better.
This is the only picture I have been able to get since we've been home.
She's been in her swing in low light... not the best conditions for photography.
I stopped the swing, turned on the light, snapped this... and she erupted
(you can see her little hand starting to shake in protest). It was dark and
she was rocking again a few seconds later.
And so after being exposed to the near-narcotic combination of two sleepless
nights and Thanksgiving dinner... we're off to bed. We send our love and
gratitude to all our friends and family who've sent so many kind words and