Jun
25
2006
1

Just don’t call me late for dinner

Nicknames that Miss Zoë has accumulated thus far in her time on this Earth (in reverse alphabetical order) :

Zuzu, Zo, Zozo, Sunshine, Sweet girl, Stinker, Princess, Monkey girl, Monchichi, Little one, Cutie pie, Bobo, Baby girl

At this rate I don’t know that she’ll ever be sure what her real name is!

(edited to add those I forgot!)

Written by in: A mom's story |
Jun
23
2006
1

An Eating Machine

We took Zoë into the doctor’s today to be weighed, and she’s HUGE! She was born weighing 7 lbs 9 ounces, and today, a week later, she’s at 7 lbs 12 ounces. It can take up to two weeks for babies to get back to their birth weight, and she’s managed it in a week. We’ve decided this is because she was a week late, so she’s rushing to catch up. The nurses say she’s doing fantastic, and are really pleased with her eating. And so am I, because they’ve given us the go ahead to let her wake us up at night when she wants to eat, instead of us waking her up every three hours. And that is a beautiful, beautiful thing. I was really kind of worried that the breastfeeding would be difficult or a problem, but we’ve been really blessed that she’s caught on so quickly. Go go Zoë, eating machine!

Jun
18
2006
0

Best…Father’s…Day…EVER!

Zoë kiddo,
I have to admit that it will be tough to top this Father’s Day. We brought you home from the hospital just last night and we all spent our first sleepless night together. Bright and early, the Newborn Club at Kaiser called to have us come in to check and make sure you weren’t all jaundiced. Turns out you weren’t, but they had a really great nurse there that made us feel like we weren’t doing everything wrong, so it certainly was worth getting up.

But that wasn’t the reason why Father’s day was so great. During the afternoon, it seemed like a good time for a nap and your sweet mother brought you in to the room and put you on my chest for a nap. The next couple of hours laying there really brought it into focus that you were finally here and would be part of our lives forever. We’re glad you’re here, kiddo.

Written by in: poppa posts |
Jun
17
2006
0

Zoë loves deadlines…

Well Zoë, your arrival seemed to be one of forced deadlines. Your official due date was June 7th with an induction scheduled for June 16th. The 7th came and went as your mommy and daddy waited around for you to arrive. Up to the point we went to sleep the night of the 15th, we really didn’t have much indication from your side that you were making any moves to leave your comfy place in your momma’s stomach. Well, we woke up on the 16th and sure enough contractions were starting. So we loaded up into the car and headed on to the hospital.

We got in around 8:30 and about 9:30 they started your mom on Pitocine to help the contractions come along. After about 2 hours, things were progressing pretty steadily and the Doctor came in to break the water. Once this happened, things kinda went into full speed ahead and they soon moved your mommy over to the delivery room. If I remember correctly, this was about 12:30 or so. Things were getting a little hectic for your mom, so the anesthesiologist came in and hooked up the epidural, which helped a lot because she was in a lot of pain at that point. It took just a few moments for it to take effect, but once it did, things were in good shape. It was at this point that I went down to get something to eat real quick since it seemed to suddenly be 2 in the afternoon.

Around 3:00, things started getting hectic and your momma knew it was time for you to come out, so she started pushing. This went on for about 2 hours. We think it would have been a little quicker, but the nurse that came in to relieve our wonderful original nurse Natashia was, well, terrible. I’m sure your mommy has more to say on that subject, I’ll just say that I was very close to kicking the new nurse out of the room.

At about 5:00, 4 little doctors poured into the delivery room to help get you out. One of the doctors was there and ready to use the vacuum pump to help pull you out. We think it was the threat of having a pump stuck to your head that gave you the desire to leave on your own accord. The 4 little doctors all cheered your mommy and on and with one last push you came shooting out, hand clutched around your imbelical cord like you were Tarzan. Right away you were screaming loudly, which was a huge relief for us all. As much as your momma and I thought it was kinda gross how in all the birthing movies they immediately put the baby up on the mother’s chest, it was certainly a wonderfull way to see you for the first time.

Written by in: Zoë's Arrival |
Jun
17
2006
4

The big day!

After a valiant effort by the mommy, Zoë Calamity Snell was born Friday, June 16th at 5:11 PM. She weighed in about 7lbs 8.9oz and was a very nice 21 inches in length. There are pictures available in the gallery. They are somewhat grainy, but we didn’t want to disturb little Zoë with a flash. I’ve also put up some footage of the day, available on the video page here.

We’ll post more information about the day here later.

Written by in: Zoë's Arrival |
Jun
15
2006
0

Allright young lady…

…that’s it, we’re coming in after you.

Today we had a visit with the OBGYN(LMNOP) and she sized your mother’s belly up like it was a potential blue ribbon winning pumpkin at the county fair. She then stepped back, scratched her chin and said, “I’d say about 7 pounds” and then promptly spit her tobbacy into the spittoon in the corner.

Well, ok, maybe there wasn’t spitting involved, but she did say that tomorrow looks like a great day for the inducing. So tomorrow morning at 7:30, we call the hospital to see what time to go in and get the ball rolling. We’re hoping for a quick labor, but given Zoë’s hesitancy to show up, it may take longer than we think.

But we’re really hoping it doesn’t. You hear that Miss Zoë?

Written by in: The Countdown |
Jun
13
2006
0

Ok Zoë, come on out with your hands up!

That’s it kiddo, you have 48 hours to come out peacefully or we’re resorting to chemical warfare!

Written by in: The Countdown |
Jun
10
2006
0

Juked!

Last night, towards the end of dinner, Maryanne got a look on her face as if something “was happening”.  We thought that this might be the precursor to Zoë finally gracing us with her presence.  Well, turns out the little one just decided to fake us out.  Were were most definitly juked by our sweet daughter.

Written by in: The Countdown |
Jun
08
2006
0

Deadline

Well, Zoë’s official due date, June 7, has come and gone, and she is still firmly ensconced in her more than 9 month home from which she will soon be evicted. Hopefully this reluctance to emerge signifies a tendency to want to finish things completely rather than any thing else it could signify. I’d think it means she just likes to sleep, like her momma, but her momma was born 6 weeks early, and there’s plenty of sleep to be done out here! So it’s time! Ring the bells and the alarm clocks, it’s time to wake up!

One of the strangest things about pregnancy is not knowing when things will happen, but we do know one thing- now she’s got a deadline. I am not in fact an elephant, and she can’t stay cooped up forever. The doctor will induce if she’s not born by June 16, and since the induction is scheduled for the evening, her birthday will be June 16 or 17. So, will she make an appearance before then? I sure hope so! Toward that end, please send all wake up call thoughts firmly in her direction. And please make them loud. Loud, loud thoughts.

Written by in: The Countdown |
Jun
04
2006
0

By the way, isn’t the banner at the top of the page pretty amazing? It’s a creation of Zoë’s very talented daddy. I know I’m impressed!

Written by in: The 'rents |

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