3 a.m. It’s always 3 a.m.
After a week of lounging, walking, watching movies and Netflix, there was a knock on the guest bedroom door at 3 a.m. “It’s time! We are going to the hospital!”
The Girl had packed a bag. i was in my night shirt, but quickly threw on clothes, tossed my phone charging cords/brick into a small bag along with my toothbrush, and met them at the door.
A week past her due date, with a known big baby trying to make an entrance, the labor didn’t progress enough before there were minor signs of fetal distress around 2:00 pm. We were all a bit astonished by the speed of the staff as they whisked The Girl off to an operating room.
Her husband and i waited – only about 15 minutes later, a nurse arrived with a tiny bundle of squawk! All the fingers, all the toes, and an expression that said “Screw this! It’s cold out here!” Weighing in at 4 kgs (9 lbs), she’s almost outgrown her newborn clothes!
It was just over a week ago (on the 14th), but it seems longer. When i delivered my two spawn via c-section, i was in the hospital for about four days. The Girl was released 28 hours after delivery – high quality health care here!
For the past week, Mom, Dad, and baby are all getting used to each other. That dazed feeling of “We made this?” and “It doesn’t seem real!” and “Holy shit! We are totally responsible for this tiny human and we have no idea what we’re doing!”.
When the last grandcritter arrived, i had a fairly well defined job. Entertain the 3 year old big brother, cook/clean and take care of household stuff. This time, i had more of a ‘front line’ involvement – The Girl couldn’t lift or bend, and needed some help getting around. Taking the 3 a.m. to morning shift with the baby, making sure the exhausted parents get some sleep.
A week into the adventure, The Girl and her husband are gaining confidence. i only lend a hand when asked – and am focused on cleaning, cooking, laundry – with the added challenge of having only a basic working knowledge of the local language – but i’m proficient enough to shop!
There are several stories to share about culture shock and adjustments, but right now i’m operating on about 4 hours sleep. It will have to wait…
As excited as i was to welcome the new member of the clan, i’m just as excited to watch The Girl and her husband become parents. Somewhere along the way, her dad and i didn’t completely screw up… She’s got this.
“Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you’ve got a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of babies – ‘God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.'” – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Many congratulations to the new parents, and the lovely grandma! Are you Grandma, Granny, Grannie, Nana, or something else?
Thank you! My daughter-in-law came up with the perfect moniker for me. I retired as a military technologist, and my real last name is ‘ray’, therefore – I am “GammaRay”!
Just hope the grand kids cooperate! They have a way of choosing the names on their own!
Many congratulations, Daisyfae. You did good.
That little pup is very loved. Not bad for only being here for a week!
Kurt sums it up way better than i ever could 😉 congrats to the new parents and to you too Ms. Daisy… and i loved the 3am to morning shift, mine was more 11pm to 6am but it was easily some of the best memories i have knocking around this brain.
As long as i’m getting enough rest in the evening, i’ve enjoyed working third shift. She’s showing signs of being a night owl – past two nights she’s been mostly awake and hungry as fuck from 0200-0500… but we’ve had some good talks, and i’ve been singing her lullabies (Thunder Road is currently her favorite).
Congrats! So happy for all of you! 🙂
It’s pretty cool… hard to even remember what it was like before she arrived!
GammaRay sounds an excellent monicker.
And hooray and congratulations to all.
I believe I was nearly eleven pounds at birth. Which (perhaps surprisingly) my mother never held against me.
Mostly, it will be ‘gamma’ – which is ok with me. i’m not a “nana”, or “beebee” or such.
My daughter was 11 pounds at birth – i went 2 weeks late. i have not held it against her either!
Rather envious of the kitty suit!
Very pleased all is proceeding smoothly.A tad early here for alcohol, but I raise my coffee cup to you all!
This li’l pup has some adorable outfits! Which is a good thing because she’s going through 2-3/day! No alcohol here, either – need to be ready to rumble should she need tending to, or mom/dad need assistance… There’ll be time for drinking when i’m home again!
Awesome! and Congrats!, Happy Holidays and Cheers!
Thank you, Carlae! Hope all is well with you!
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! xoxo I know she’s been on the planet for a few days, but I just saw this! How exciting and how wonderful for all y’all!! *cheers, sugar* xoxox
I really don’t think she (or The Girl) could have held off until the 31st to share your birthday! It’s exciting and exhausting and wonderful! Xoxoxo
Congrats on your family’s tiny bundle of squawk – great description. Wishing everyone well.
Thank you! i’ve never been one to fuss over babies, but there really is something amazing about these tiny humans!