Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Reflections on Radha's first week

Yesterday marked one of Radha's first milestones, her first week birthday!  We didn't do too much to celebrate, just stayed at home continuing to get to know each other.  She was particularly fussy last night, and like most first time parents, we spent hours trying to figure out the cause, since it wasn't a dirty diaper or a need to eat.  We decided to take her to the pediatrician, who told us of course that she was doing just fine!

He also told us that she had gained 7oz since her last weigh-in on Sunday, which finally made us feel like we had transitioned to breast feeding successfully.  For me, it was another milestone, the end of what may have been the hardest and most rewarding week of my life, being there and helping where I could to bring my daughter into this world, get her established and healthy, and to make sure T is healing as well.  I can't wait for the next one!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Baby Prediction Game Results!

We have a winner in the Prediction Game that was played at the baby shower!  It was very interesting seeing the results.  Since R was so late, there was hardly anyone close on the date, and why did all of you think she was a boy?  Without further ado:

Radha's stats:

10:29 pm, April 22
20.5 inches
7lbs 13 oz

And the winner of the grand prize of $11 is Ro's Dad!  No nepotism, I swear!  His guess was 10pm, April 15, 20 inches, 7lbs 8oz, boy.  Not bad, Dad.

Honorable mentions go to Ron (April 9, 5:27am, 7lbs 11oz, 19.5 inches, boy); and Sarah's team, for being the only one to guess Girl.  Thanks for playing!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

"Mom" here...

I'm definitely still processing what's happened to me physically and emotionally the past few days.  Feeling exhausted in a way I've never experienced before, but yet finding bits of energy here and there to make it through the day.  Somehow the body learns to cope and get by in times like this.

I would love to have the mental energy to document some of my birth story, but I'm afraid that will take some time.   It's going to take me a bit longer to recover since I ended up delivering little Radha by c-section (more on that later), but I went into this experience knowing that you have to expect the unexpected.  It was necessary for her to get here healthy and definitely worth it.
In the meantime, everyone should know that we're doing alright and Radha has the best father in the world.   :) Oh yeah...and tonight we gave her a sponge bath for the first time.  Clean baby smell...yummmm.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Radha comes home

Well, we all made it out of hospital land and back home yesterday.  It's great to be in your own environment away from the constant interruptions and general drama of the hospital.  Though the house is a bit of a disaster at the moment, we're happy to be around a familiar environment.  We're pretty crazy busy at the moment, getting a feeding schedule going for Radha, which has to happen every two hours!  It doesn't leave too much time for anything else.  But every time the alarm goes off and I struggle to get out of bed, as soon as I see my daughter, it make it all worthwhile.

Thanks to everyone for the outpouring of well wishes.  T&I wish we could respond to all of you individually, but will get around to seeing everyone sometime in the near future!


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Radha Simone Wiley-Sood

It's a girl!  Our beautiful daughter came into this world yesterday 4/22 at 10:30 pm.  She's healthy as a horse, and has an awesome pair of lungs already to let us know when she's hungry!  I'm writing a quick update now at home, but will be back in the hospital with T for a few days longer.  Watch this space in the next few weeks for updates, pictures, stories, and all that good stuff!  Oh, and for the statisticians and wagerers out there, she was born at 7lbs13oz, 20.5 inches.

Monday, April 21, 2008

It's time ...

Today, we are heading to the hospital to start the induction process.  The Sproutling seems to be doing quite well, and has been content to hang out in Mom's belly.  Since it will be almost two weeks past our due 
date, we're feeling comfortable entrusting things to medical science at this point.  We're also feeling emotionally ready.  Though it won't have the crazy spontanaeity of a mad rush to the hospital once labor has started, whatever way TS decides to come into the world is fine by us.

We've had a nice few weeks of prep time, and have gotten in lots of walks, movies, and restaurants.  Some highlights for me were Screen Door (southern shrimp n' grits with a Sazerac to wash it down), Pok Pok, and Wong's King.


Monday, April 7, 2008

the the hardest part

Tomorrow is D-Day...due day!  Still no obvious signs of the Sproutling's arrival.

So we wait...

Family and friends keep trying to find out Sproutling's gender and name and keep trying to trick us into telling.  I think we're experts at this point though in the game!  Just a matter of days (hours?) before everyone will know.

And then the fun begins...