Most of our updates so far have been limited to pictures but Kati and I will start putting up some full updates over the next couple of days. So much has happened over the past few days that I’m just going to share a few of my random thoughts and pictures that really captured the experience from my point of view.
I am very proud of Kati for going through a solid 12 hrs of labor, 7 of which were without an epidural, especially since they say that Pitocin-induced contractions are much worse than regular contractions. Even though it didn’t end exactly how we wanted, I think she was able to push herself to the limit and be very satisfied with where that limit exists, which is something very few people get to do. I think I can relate to this because its like running a marathon or triathlon in that regardless of what time you crossed the finish line you still learned something about yourself, what you can accomplish and what’s out of your control, what really matters to you and what doesn’t. And I think what really matters to both of us now is that little girl and our new family.
Once Dr. Z decided on a c-section, everything happened so fast my memories of it are already a blur (less than 45 min from when he said GO to when Marion came out hollering). While the nurses were getting Kati ready I only had time to make a quick call to her mom to let her know what was happening. Then we were off to the O/R. These two pictures really sum it up. (If you can’t tell, the second picture is of Josh sweat’n bullets before going into the O/R, not preparing to remove asbestos).
I never fully appreciated the phrase “long night”, as in “last night was a long night”, until the past couple of days. I got about 45 min of sleep Thursday night and about 2 hrs Friday night. Last night was a lot easier as I think Kati and I each got about 5 hrs. But I’m not going to jinx myself by saying that we are starting to get the hang of it.
Marion’s shoulders and back are hairier than mine and with her extra long toes, she really is very much like a little monkey.
Sticking with the monkey theme, she’s a lot like a little wild animal, particularly when she looks around with this overwhelmed, curious, half-terrified look in her big eyes. I hate to say this but I think Gracie Lou might actually be a little more domesticated than Marion. Domesticated or not, we wouldn’t trade her in for the world – although Gracie may be able to teach her a few things about staying on guard for kitties and eating her dinner quickly.