Monday, March 22, 2010

Back to the Grind..

Today was my first day back to work after taking some time off for Scott's birth. I really enjoyed hanging at home with the family, but I'm also looking forward to getting back to work. I've got some big numbers to achieve this year, and in sales, business goes on hold when you are on vacation. Sure, the boss can put out a fire or two for you, but the big stuff requires me.

Last week was quite an adjustment, mostly in terms of sleeping. But even with all the changes, it's remarkable how quickly it all began to feel normal. Alison and I worked out a pretty good nighttime schedule. She would feed, and hand off to me for the post feeding diaper change and sleep re-initiation process (harder than it sounds). The first few nights were pretty rough with Scott sleeping for 2, or sometimes as little as 1 hour at a time. It felt like as soon as I would fall asleep, Alison would wake me up. It did get better... Now he's going at least two, sometimes three hours between feedings. He also falls back to sleep much quicker. My friend Dan gave me some encouragement today by telling me that his son is now sleeping through most of the night after 5 months. Awesome. Only 4.5 months more of this. It's not all bad though. The entertainment factor is pretty high. This kid is extremely explosive, and the noises involved have caused Alison and I some ridiculously intense 2AM laughing fits. I'm talking can't breathe, face turning blue type laughter. Maybe we were delirious...

Even though I was a bit sleep deprived, I did surprise myself by squeezing in some solid rides, including a 61 miler on Saturday. That's my longest distance to date, and with the exception of a sore butt, I felt great afterward. Looking forward to the ADA Tour de Cure Ride on May 2nd. It is a ride to support diabetes research, and has courses of several lengths. I've signed up for the 61 mile route, and am excited to ride over the terminal island bridges, which are closed to bikes the other 364 days of the year. I'll be riding for Barry, Maggie, Emily and all the other people out there that could really use some advancements in diabetes research! If you would like to join me on the ride, or donate a few bucks toward a great cause, check out my page!
I've also signed up for The 100 Miles of Nowhere on May 8th. This ride is organized by the Fat Cyclist and supports Livestrong. It's rather ridiculous in that you don't ride anywhere, but instead ride 100 miles on a stationary trainer, or in a very small area (like a cul-de-sac). Sounds like my kind of thing. I'll let you know how I do.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Scott's first few days

Well, it has been 3 days since Scotty joined us and I've loved every minute. Quite an experience to watch your baby join the world! Was all the anticipation worth it? You bet! From earlier posts, I'm sure you've gathered that I'm a pretty restless (my wife's phrase for that is extremely impatient) person. Can't sit still for very long at all, no sir. But somehow, when I hold Scott, I can sit there for hours. Seriously. I held him for his whole 3 hour nap yesterday. Okay, so I was watching Hunt for Red October at the same time, but still. I can't get enough of holding him and just watching him sleep (which he does a lot). I don't think I'll get tired of this either. At least not until he starts asking to borrow the car.

It's been a bit of a learning curve... the sleep deprivation will take some adjustment (I was quite a bit slower than usual on yesterday's ride - #tired). But for all the newness of it, there is something familiar about it. Instinct maybe? I have an idea of what it is I'm supposed to be doing, and though I may not figure out the best way to do it the first time, I usually get the job done. Like anything, skill refinement comes with time.

Skill #1: Swaddling
Watched Alison do this a few times, and had it licked. Easy.
Skill #2: Diaper Changes
Not all that hard, IF you can get him to stay still. Notice that's a big IF. Haven't been peed on yet, but I'm sure it's just a matter of time. Don't really mind the messiness of it, but the smell... yuck.
Skill #3: Feeding
Not much I can do for now... I get a pass on this one!
Skill #4: Getting the kid back to sleep after feeding in the middle of the night
How the hell does this work?? I seriously suck at this! I tried several things last night, some bordering lunacy, but nothing worked very well. Like I said earlier... refinement in time. Riiiiiight.

Well, gotta go, but I'll continue later and put up some more baby pics! Time to fire up the BBQ and have a glass of wine! Herman Story Syrah tonight!

Friday, March 12, 2010

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He's here!

Scott Edward Grillo has arrived! 8lbs 14oz. 20.5" long. Mom and baby are doing great! More to come later...
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Dilated to 9. They just called the doc... it's go time!

Dilated to 6 now. Things are moving! Looks like we might make my 1:00 guess!

Okay, so I'm revoking the pass I gave to the anesthesiologist. Bonehead forgot to hook up the epidural line to the catheter. After he left the room, I noticed that the line was hanging free and pumping the sweet feel good nectar onto the floor. I held up the end of it and said to the nurse "should this be connected to the catheter?" She said "um yeah". Alison said "hmmm. I wondered why I was beginning to feel the contractions again."

Epidural administered. Classic anesthesiologist; personality of a post, but he did get Alison to happyland, so I'll cut him some slack ;-) Things are moving pretty fast now... contractions every 1-2.

Getting stronger

Water broken... contractions getting stronger! Hard to see my girl in pain. Third in line for an epidural... The anesthesiologist is sure taking his sweet time!

Baby Scotty's Birth-day

Well, here we are. One week overdue, and now checked into the hospital for labor induction. Alison has been dilated to 2 for the last two weeks or so. On arrival this morning she was at 3, so it looks like things were beginning to progress on their own. So far so good... Started the petocin at 6:30 and contractions are coming every 5 minutes or so. The nurses think she'll go fast. I've staked my money on the 1:00 hour... how about you? Stay tuned!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Holding patterns

As a pilot, I've never been fond of holding patterns. Endless racetracks of boredom that you are forced into with little or no control of avoiding. It seems the last weeks of pregnancy could be called a holding pattern. Almost a week ago the doctor told Alison that she was dilated to 2, and ready. She told us not to go very far. She even went so far as to say that she wouldn't be suprised to get a call from us that night. Liar! Here we are a week later, anxious out of our freaking minds! The nettled looks I get from Alison when I ask if anything is happening yet are telling me I should probably stop asking. But I can't help it! This is maddening.