A note about my wife....
I want everyone to know that Carleen is doing very well. She is tired, sore, and healing. And she's madly in love with Nolan. These factors have caused the communications blackout from her. Now she is slowly starting to return calls and such, so be patient. She's not rude, she just had a baby. Also, I'm sure when she feels up to it she'll add to the blog and get some quality writing up here in the place of my drivel.
Another thing about my wife is that she is devastatingly wonderful and amazes me to the point of awe. She has handled the pregnancy so well. She has tolerated me so well. She went through labor like a champ, with the doula and midwives commenting on how they wish all births could be as successful and smooth as ours. A real compliment to Carleen and her poise, effort, and drive. (Yes, I was a little concerned that she would "fly off the handle" as depicted in many birthing books for dads, but I'm a sucker, I guess.) She is a fine, fine mother and exudes nothing but love and joy. Nolan really lucked out with her. And so did I.
A little photo essay of some of the events that led up to our current family unit.
DISCLAIMER: Now, I do not have a problem with content of these photos, but my wife might, so I may have to edit at some point. (Yeah, it would make sense to run it by her now, but she's sleeping. End of story.)
So the Monday arrived and I had to run off to CVS to acquire some castor oil, as mentioned here because we DID NOT want to be induced at a hospital the next day. We were not overly concerned or fearful or worried about the labor/birth, we just wanted to have it happen, specifically at home!
|Monday morning and Carleen ponders how she'd like to ingest her castor oil. (Notice how clean things look, that will ever happen again.)|
|This is the second dose of castor oil, mixed with a fine helping of Ben & Jerry's. The chaser is |
|Carleen, resting between contractions, was a force to be reckoned with. On the right is Hillary.|
|The two most beautiful things my eyes have ever beheld.|
|While weighing Nolan I couldn't stop thinking about weighing my catch at the KDTH Future Fisherman Contest as a kid. (Not to brag, but I won it one year with biggest fish and the next with the most fish, PA-POW!)|
|My little guy getting ink on his feet.|
Much of what followed is posted here, here, and here. We had Arnie stay at a puppy hotel while Nolan arrived and we finally got him home. We were a bit concerned about his "wild and playful" side and the baby. Our friend Kristina visited with her boy, Gus awhile back, and Arnie was overly "nosey" to the point of having to be put in a room, with the door shut, yeah, that bad. Well, Arnie was super-duper inquisitive and wanted to check out Nolan, jumping up and barking at the crying babe. But once we let him smell Nolan all was cured (mostly, he's still learning). Now he sits (or lies) at attention with a "Don't mess with my boy, Nolan" attitude. No, make that a "I dare you to mess with my boy Nolan. I DARE you." attitude. Just kidding, Arnie's not that much of a bad boy.
|This is my family, Carleen, Nolan, wunder-mutt watch dog, Arnie.|
*The Cubs winning the World Series wouldn't hurt.