Here’s a pictorial expose of Max’s birthday, first we rock up right on time (10 minutes late!), check in, then get shuffled into the admission room to go through the paperwork.
The nurse was really cool once she took Zett’s readings… she could tell we were more keen than anxious seeing Zett was running at cool calm 60 BPM. That’s Zett playing Tetris on the DS to pass the time with the baby heart rate monitor on.
After Admission we headed back to our room for some more waiting, someone had to have an emergency caesar so we all got pushed back an hour… more Tetris for Zett and I had a nap. Below is me testing the camera settings… Zett is obviously ready for the match ahead!
They prepped Zett then wheeled her up the hall to the labor ward, then changed me into some “doctor” cloths.
This is me trying to comfort Zett whilst hiding behind the “shield”.. somehow I imagined it would be a little bigger, I’m sure it worked fine for Zett but for me sitting on a stool I had a front row seat to all the “action”!
I made a strategic decision to cower behind said shield until “the moment”, which is an experience not really possible to put into words, you know what is going to happen but to see it and in the context of you and your partner is something else.
I skipped the gory shots, there are some great ones but I’ll wait to share those in person if anyone is interested.
This is after the pediatrician got him started properly with a bit of oxygen, he let out a few yelps to let us know he was here.
Then he was back to Zett for a quick meet and greet, then I got him for a bit at they finished off fixing up Zett.
After that I got changed back into my civi’s and we all headed back to the room, where Max was promptly given to Mum for a feed and some bonding.
After that he went back to the Baby Room into a humidi-crib to get some heat before his first bath, it took quite some time due to the backlog of baby’s, there must have been a dozen or so there that day.
The first bath was my first job, admittedly I didn’t really do anything but run back and forth from the room to fetch stuff we forgot and an outfit that would actually fit… we packed all the smallest stuff we had and the nurse poo pooed the 0000 I had initially set aside.
Finally after the bath we got a good look at him and decided on Max as his name, then we all chilled out for a bit and I got a little bonding time as he slept on me for a couple of hours.
Oma and Opa both visited that afternoon for some kind words and a hold. It’s a bit hard to sum up and day like that… one of the most memorable that’s for sure.