Monday, November 2, 2009

Little Arrived

This is Jerry’s writing. Well, you will find that out pretty soon, when you realize the writing is not as quality as Courtney’s.

Anyway, Little arrived Nov 2, 2009 at 6:28am—8 pounds 4 oz body and 21 inches. For security purpose we do not plan to post his real name on the blog and simply name him Little as his “blog name”; however, if you haven’t already heard of his name and want to know, feel free to email us and ask.

Started on Halloween night, right before we were soooo ready to go to bed, (after a full day of activities), those intensive birthing waves (contraction) came. Active labour started at around 11:00pm. They came quite often to start with, around 10 minutes apart. At around 1:30am, we called our doula, Kathy (who by the way is the best doula); and she arrived at our home at around 3:00am, driving from Connecticut.

If any ask me an advice about birthing time (labor), I would say Patience. The whole birthing time was 31 hours, including the last 3 hours of intense pushing. Keep in mind that we hadn’t slept since the morning of Oct 31. So, from 4:00am of Oct 31 to 6:28am of Nov 2—totally 50 hours, Courtney was mostly awake. It was really hard for me to watch my sweet Courtney doing all that pushing with her extreme exhausted body, without any painkiller of any kind. (Courtney will blog about hypnobaby’s experience later).

So, where is Courtney. She is sleeping peacefully by my side while I am typing this in the birthing center. But, where is our Little?

Little was born with “perfect skin color.” You know many babies are born purple, dark blue, etc. Little’s skin has that perfect Asian tan, like a one-week old baby. Later we discovered that Little’s blood didn’t have enough water-content and oxygen (sorry I don’t remember the official medical terms for them). They are guessing that he has some kind of infection, possibly pneumonia; we will know the result in a day or two. So, Little is transferred to another main hospital in town, since our birthing center only handles basic baby needs.

Good thing the doctor said that Little is going to be fine and completely normal after a week. But, your prayers on our Little are a little service that you can do for us.

Another cute thing about Little—since I had about three mins alone with Little in the nursery room, and I had consecrated oil with me; well, what would a loving new father do? Little received his first priesthood blessing on his first day. Well speaking or spiritual things, you know what I’ve just realized? We MISSED our family scripture study on the birthing day…!!! Courtney and I had never let a day pass without reading the scriptures together ever since when we were dating. With such heavy motherhood responsibility, I think the Lord would understand, but we wish we had remembered.

Courtney will post another blog with her perspective and lots of more new pictures later.

Thank you for all of your love and support!


Right after Little was born (after being cleaned-up), Little was placed on mommy skin-to-skin.



Isn’t he a cutie.


Don’t let all those cables scared you. Most of them are only for monitoring purpose. Except the IV, since Little cannot be nursed by mommy temporarily.



Daddy mommy saying good-bye to Little when he was transferred.

22 comments:

Holly Smith said...

CONGRATS!!!! :) So excited for this new addition to your family! My prayers and thoughts are so with you and I can't wait for more news!!!

Darlene said...

YAY!!!! 50 hours!? Congratulations. I tried to go natural without pain-killers, but I only made it halfway. I'm so impressed that you didn't give in. Yay for Little Tam!

David-Gisela said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful news with us! We are so happy for you both. Courtney you are a trooper! We will definitely keep "Little" in our prayers. Please email us back so we can know his name. I just thought of this scripture: "By small (little) and simple things, are great things brought to pass."

Jocelyn said...

he is adorable. Thanks for calling and letting us know the details. If you need anything let us know. Also Enjoy !
Love the Milewski's

Allison said...

Congrats! He is beautiful! And I will keep him in my prayers.

NessaAnn said...

Oh my! What joy! Sounds like a long, challenging labor but what a reward! You have such a big, beautiful boy. Here's to hoping momma and baby are reunited soon. Please give Courtney a big hug and a high five for me. Way to go, girl! I love you guys and will keep you and Little in my prayers!
Vanessa

Sarah & Joe Walker said...

YAY!! CONGRATS!! HE IS A CUTIE!! WAY TO GO COURTNEY!! I AM SOOOOOOOOOOO IMPRESSED! I Cannot even imagine being in Labor for 31 hours!! That is amazing and your little boy is adorable!!

Trina said...

Oh wow! Thanks for posting so early and our prayers are with you. Tell Courtney Congratulations and good job pushing!

Megan said...

Are prayers are with you and of course the lil' one.
-Calvin and megan

Morgan said...

Congratulations on the arrival of Little! I hope you guys can join him at the main hospital soon and that all goes well! Our prayers are with you. Courtney, I hope you are able to get LOTS of rest after your long labor--you've earned it! Little is ADORABLE! I love his little chubby cheeks! Looking forward to lots more pictures of the happy Tam Fam of three!

Jennifer said...

SO cute....hope all is well...let us know if you need anything.

Nieca and Roger said...

Congratulations!!! I had a feeling when we didn't see you in church ;)

Brianne said...

Congratulations on your new Little guy. He's adorable! Hopefully he will be able to come home soon. I'll keep him in my prayers.

The McDonald's said...

Congratulations! We can't wait to meet the little one. I want to know his name so I'll ask Dean and Val. That sucks about the pneumonia possibility. Jordan had pneumonia when he was born and had to stay in the hospital for a week. It's hard but hang in there he'll be just fine and you'll have him home before you know it.

The Fox's said...

CONGRATS!!!!! he is so so cute!

Biotonico said...

Oh my goodness, congrats!!! I can't wait to hear about how the labor went without pain killers. I really hope it went well for you and in your exhausted state too...oh my goodness. I had such a tough time pushing-worst physical experience of my life...nobody knows what that is like until they actually do it (and not those who get an epidural and push once and the baby is out). But you are going to just love him and he will be your little buddy and go wherever you go...I'm just so excited for you! What a healthy weight and length!

Jenn said...

What a precious little boy! Congrats! I'm so happy for your little family. Some of favorite memories are when my family was just Bill and I with our first little baby. It's a wonderful time, but a trying time too. You'll both be great parents! Congrats again! I can't wait to see Little! Saying prayers for him to recover quickly and go home.

Valerie said...

Congratulations, Little, on being born! We love you --Grandma and Grandpa Steele

Cami said...

Congratulations! I emailed you already but let me know his name when you get a chance--I'm dying to know what his real name is. I thought I had a long labor at 24 hours, so you get a prize for making it through 31! Take care!

Keith and Jess said...

Congratulations! We are so happy for you and know you will be awesome parents for Little :) Enjoy all the precious memories you're making each day!

SUSIE E. STOUT said...

so excited for you.. courtney did our babies end up as twinners? (you should know to what I refer) I hope so he's stinkin cute. Sad you had to be separated but good that he's doing well. Sounds like you had a hard long labor but hopefully your hypno helped. Wow, on the news to Ohio guess it's a tad closer to home though do you know what part of Ohio? Hope you recover great. THINKING of all of you.

Becca said...

WOOHOO! Congrats! We will keep Little in our prayers!