Happy Dad

I’m happy to report that everyone here is quite happy and healthy, and that I’m 100% ridiculously in love with our little dude. It’s like a thunderbolt crashed through our room yesterday morning and completely rearranged our little corner of the universe. I’d gladly sever a couple of my limbs for the guy if he needed it, which is an offer that does not extend to anyone else. It’s weird and irrational and absolutely wonderful.

Some fun facts for the family and other similarly inclined folks:

* He smells good. Seriously. It’s kind of a funny, sweet smell. I can’t get enough of it. I feel like some sort of weird addict — a baby huffer of sorts.

* When he was born, he came out sideways, with a pretty awesome and lopsided cone head. I have pictures. They will be shared. He also has quite the bruise on his head from being positioned funny on the way out. The docs say things will round out and heal up just fine, though.

* He’s very alert, but quiet. He had his first good cry last night, but otherwise he enjoys looking around, snuffling, sighing, and smacking his lips.

* He’s eating well. Pretty enthusiastic about the whole process, so no problems there.

* All that advice about sleeping? Yeah, we get it now!

* We’ll be discharged on Thursday morning. Today we’re just resting and visiting with friends and family.

* Elliott posted a couple more thoughts on his blog. He seems to be into it.

Our deepest gratitude to everyone who’s visited, called, e-mailed, or commented here on the blog. It’s wonderful to have such a supportive community, virtual and otherwise!

Elliott Alexander Bakke

March 11, 2008

Elliott Alexander Bakke

Born March 11th, 2008 at 5:03 in the morning.

8 pounds, 13 ounces, 22 inches long, and 100% awesome.

We’re exhausted and happy.

Becoming a Dad

March 10, 2008

Resting

(4:00 AM, March 10) Hello everyone. Nova and I are at the hospital, and our little guy is due to arrive sometime soon. Every now and then I’m posting photos on Flickr, and small messages on Twitter (links in the sidebar). Things are good, and everyone is happy and healthy (and a little tired).

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Update (6:00 PM, March 10) – Things have slowed down a little. The boy is fine, according to the monitors. Nova has been able to sleep a little between contractions, but she’s been at it for about 40 hours now. She’s still in good spirits, though. I married her because she’s the most awesome person I know, and I this is just further evidence of the fact.

16 PM?  Popsicle Time.

Update (12:00 AM, March 11) – After 45 hours, Nova needs some downtime. She has an epidural, and she’s resting up for the big finale. On the other hand, I’ve consumed far too much bad coffee, and am haunted by the specter of old, cold pizza.

The woman down the hall from us just delivered a pair of twin girls. The maternity unit is an amazing place.

Fairly Warned

October 12, 2007

We had the ultrasound, and it’s a boy!  With arms and legs and everything!

This ultrasound was way more interesting than the last one (in which he vaguely resembled a dinosaur and/or an omelette).  It’s just about the most awesome thing in the universe to see the heart beating (valves flapping away), and watch tiny feet and hands pushing about.  The little dude even flipped us off after we measured his brain size.  Go figure.

Anyhow.  Gender has been clearly determined, and it’s kinda funny to watch the social transmission  of our friends and family grinding into BOY mode.  Nova’s family is a vast network of grandmothers, mothers, and girls … so I imagine there’s going to be some hand wringing and consternation while adjusting to having a little boy in the family.

Today’s The Day

October 12, 2007

… the Wife and I find out if we’re having a boy or a girl. Or maybe a dinosaur. Wouldn’t that be cool? My inner nine-year-old is stoked on an Ankylosaur.

That said, fair warning to family members who don’t want to know the gender before the stork arrives: stop reading my blog for the next few months.

Bakke += 1

July 24, 2007

I’m about as excited as I can get — the doc says we’ll have a new family member on February 29th, 2008.

We had our first ultrasound last week. It was really neat. I’m really impressed with how precise those machines are — our little blob was a little more than a centimeter long, but we could see and hear a beating heart.

It’s about the most amazing thing thing I’ve ever seen.