Sunday, March 02, 2008

The Greatest News in the History of Humankind!

Welcome to the world, beautiful baby!

The Adorable Progeny was born on Wednesday. He was 7 lbs. 9 oz., a little under 20 inches long, and a sporting inch-long strawberry blond hair. Geez-o-Pete, but is he good looking.

Skeezix was born by way of an emergency caesarean, which was pretty scary. His umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck and head, and when labor began in earnest his heart rate dropped precipitously. The room was immediately full of people asking questions and issuing orders. Some blue scrubs were thrown at me and the Lovely Wife was whisked away. The twenty minutes or so before I was allowed to join them were awful. The only thing that kept me in one piece was knowing that I needed to look composed when I saw the LW again.

Once in the operating room, things went very quickly. Skee was dark blue when the pulled him out, and the split second it took for my brain to resolve the shape I was seeing as being separate from my wife's anatomy, as actually being a head with a face and features that were familiar but which I'd never seen before, was the most intense experience of my life. I wish I could describe it more specifically than that, but I don't know what I was feeling so much as how much I was feeling.

His color immediately went from blue to pink, and he passed his Apgar's with flying colors. The LW was not in a position to see any of this, and was asking me lots of sensible questions, like "Is he okay? Is he breathing?" But I was such a blubbery mess, I wasn't much help to her. I was blinded by tears and my surgical mask was full of snot, and I couldn't hear a thing that was going on around me. All I was aware of was this incredible little being that was suddenly in the world.

And, well, that hasn't really changed in the past five days.

19 comments:

Kenneth Shofela Coker said...

Congratulations Joel! We were all, and still are, really, really delighted for you. We're looking foward to seeing you this friday so that we may heap the good wishes on you superfluosly.

John said...

Woo! Congratulations!

Joel Priddy said...

Thanks, guys!

Scott said...

That brought laughs and tears to these old eyes. Congrats, you're going to be a terrific dad!
Scott

maris said...

OMG!OMG!OMG!!1! Congratulations! (from me and Joe). I've been compulsively checking your blog, thinking "there should be a infantacular post any day now" and here it is! Best best to you and the Lovely Wife and the Adorable Progeny! And I haven't forgotten about that dinosaur toddler tee I owe you...as soon as I do another t-shirt run I'll send one down!

Nichol Brinkman said...

Congratulations Joel, I am so happy for you and your Lovely Wife. Sounds like a very intense delivery, I can't imagine what that must have felt like. Many props to the LW!

The little pillow monster is ready, I hope Mathes likes him!

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J Chris Campbell said...

Wowie! Congrats and I'm glad to hear everything went well. Make sure that you both get sleep! While you're juggling all the new responsibilities be sure you spend time with each other. Communication can take a back seat and that leads to it's own set of problems. Good luck!

Shobo C said...

Congratulations Joel, really very happy for you both. I believe you're going to make an amazing father.

So did you get to smoke a cigar yet?

stephen eidson said...

Good to hear it all went well in the end. Just think, you can hold all the unnecessary excitement over the little whip's head when he gets out of line in one of those patented parent speaches (ha ha). Congratulations and a speedy recovery to your wife.

Jim Duong said...

CONGRATULATIONS DADDY PRIDDY AND LOVING WIFE MOTHER PRIDDY (or did she keep her last name?)!

FYI: If you're not around babies much (ha, you are now), it takes a few months for them to look not blotchy and sickly. But you'll still manage to think of them as beautiful because you had a part of it and have no choice.

I lost the other baby bootie and and have no more of those yarns, so I'll see about making some more, smaller even!

Steph said...

Oh yay!! Congrats, and of course a lovely sketch :) Wow, i'm getting all verklempt now too! BTW, did you get my hat?

the lw said...

Steph, that hat is *amazing*! The Adorable Progeny wore it just yesterday and with it on registered off the Richter scale of cuteness magnitude. Next time he sports it, we'll take a picture and send it to you. Thanks so much for sending it!

Adam said...

WOW! Congratulations and welcome to the oh-so-exclusive club!

: )

Michael Cho said...

Hi Joel! We are so happy for you and your wife, we were on the edge of our seat reading your post about the birth! We're so glad everything ended up well. Congratulations!!! We wish your LW a speedy recovery (I hear it takes 2 weeks of bed rest). All our love to you and your NEW family! Our thoughts are with you, love Michael and Claudia

The Ichthyophile said...

Belated congrats to you, Joel and to your LW. The best creation you'll ever make has arrived. Now the real work begins!

Joel Priddy said...

Thanks, everybody! He's pretty danged great, and the Lovely Wife and I are doing our best to be the sorts of parents he clearly deserves. All this support is wonderful!

michelle said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!
I'm sure he'll grow to appreciate having the coolest parents ever.

knock on wood said...

CONGRATULATIONS to you both on your beautiful expanded family! sorry it's late but sincere :) we are behind on our news

Babies rock! we've been having lots of fun with the nephew when we come home

What awesome parents you guys are going to be!

Paige and Wes Hoovertastic

Joel Priddy said...

It's great to hear from you guys! And, of course, it's never too late to appreciate this wonderful new baby!