12 Aug

To the Devil a Daughter

Posted by Bryan White | Sunday August 12, 2007 | Whimsy

DelilahAt 1:21 PM on August 11th, I became a father to a 21 and 1/4 inch, 7 pounds 8 ounces baby girl.

I’m shocked by my ability to articulate anything at all, let alone the events that have happened since I got home from the record store at 11:30 on Friday night. I found Denise pacing in the bedroom, on the phone with her mother. She wasn’t sure if she was having contractions or not. A tip for first-time mothers: Ask your doctor what contractions feel like. Women you know who are mothers are just going to tell you horror stories about labor. One call to the doctor confirmed contractions and after first being advised to get some sleep, a couple hours later, we were on the way to the hospital. 12 hours later, I’d be holding her.

Delilah is strong and aside from an upset stomach and some gas, she’s a model healthy baby. She’s aware of everything around her, has a strong grip and unlike the baby across the hall that howls all day and night, she is quiet. Not so quiet that we’re worried, of course. She coos and makes all sorts of little noises. Denise was convinced she could push this baby out naturally, but a mind altering trip to a world of agony convinced her otherwise. On the precipice of shock, she called for the epidural and it was easy street from there. There’s no shame in taking cover under the umbrella of anesthetics, though. Denise held out for a real long time, longer than most women would. She came out of this in perfect condition and is bouncing back at an alarming rate.

I’m still wound up and over the last 48 hours I’ve probably had 10 hours of sleep. I’m going to come down hard, eventually, but not as long as I have that shitty cot to sleep on in the hospital room.

4 Comments 

  1. August 12, 2007 3:51 pm

    retroman dc

    congrats and welcome to the tiring world of fatherhood. I have 3 kids (1,5,8 years old) prepare for a lot of kids shows. My kids and I enjoy peewee playhouse tv series.

  2. August 13, 2007 3:07 am

    Ewokmic

    Well done dude. Maybe you will find time to watch yourself another B-Movie in 18 years…. ;-D

  3. August 14, 2007 7:36 pm

    Andrew

    Niiiice…… Congrats man! Hey, there’s one…

    I am … GONGRATS MAN!!

    ;)

  4. August 21, 2007 9:12 am

    Andrew

    Congrats, Bryan! Now, prepare for infant doom. There is no possible way to reason with an infant at three in the morning. If they say it is time to get up, it is time to get up.


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