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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Happy Birthday!

Steven’s birthday started off on a good note - contractions at 7am. Now coming every 6 mins or so. Was hard to tell at first as we have had some stomach flu this week. But now pretty certain. More later.

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Monday, June 13, 2005

St. John’s

Today was a wonderous — every hour brought immense change. After of lovely lunch in our back garden, Sal’s contractions became more intense. We placed a call to our Dr and they asked her to come in. We packed the car with everything we might need. Good thing beacause they quickly confirmed that Sal’s water had broken, and sent us to check into the hospital @ 3pm.

The St John’s hospital staff could not be nicer. They made us feel welcome, set Sal at ease, and helped her move along quite nicely. Within a few hours the contractions began to spike and Sal rode the waves like a champ.

Michelle came by with some dinner and provided some comic relief. How great it is to have her and Sue here during this special time.

About 9pm Sal’s contractions really kicked into gear. I must say it is not easy to my lovely wife in any pain — let alone intense contraction pain. After a few hours she was ready for an epidural — and it came just in the nick of time. Within minutes a smile was on her face. The nurses complimented Sal on her valiant effort — much longer than many women can stand. It’s quite something to watch the bravery of your wife in such moments of truth.

It’s now 11:30 pm and all the lights are down. Bruce Springsteen is paying softly on the iPod, our son’s heartbeat is “playing” softly on the monitor, and Sal’s breathing softly as she drifts off to sleep. I can’t imagine three better sounds to hear in the wee hours of the morning before I become a father.

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Monday, June 13, 2005

Action Stations

Was watching 21 Grams of all things on DVD last night when first contractions started. Felt more like strong menstrual cramps - every 10 minutes or so. I didn’t mention anything to Mom as figured at least someone should get a decent night’s sleep. I did wake Steven though - as also had “show” - I won’t go into details on that one for those of you who aren’t inititated into the wonders of these intimate details. Poor lovie - took him a moment to wake up and grasp the fact that no I wasn’t kidding and yes it really looked like things were moving. So we sat and read the books a bit debating on whether to call the Dr - as contractions were neither that strong or regular, decided to leave it.

Slept really deeply, despite the twinges all night. I think I was so tired after the swim in the afternoon it was perfect. Am so glad there was no 3am rus to St Johns - not that night anyway.

This morning we’re all bustling about. Mom is hemming curtains, I’m sweeping and mooching about the garden, and Steven is running final errands. Contractions about 7-8 minutes apart - varying in regularity and intensity. More show.

So apart from the physical manifestations - how do I feel? Excited, also nervous, but generally pretty relaxed. I can’t say the prospect of a day of increasing amounts of pain thrills me. It’s hard to imagine that we will have a son by the end of it all, and what feelings that will conjure up. Then we will be three, a family, a unit. Quite something.

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