I guess I should just call them "More Cuteness Part ___" ?
I did want to give you the short version of the events on Thursday. Kelly's contractions started in ernest around 2:45 in the morning on, we were at the hospital by around 9am, epidural in by 10:30ish, and the baby was born at 4:23p. And all of it seemed to happen about that quick! [for me anyway!] Bing, bang, boom, baby was here!
A few shots of the brand new hospital and the triage area where they size you up before formally admitting you to the hospital. Do other dad's take photos of the hospital, or just ones who are architects?
Then we got sent upstairs to what can only be described as a palatial delivery suite. Place was huge! I love this photo of Kel, thumbs up and ready to get this done. She was so amazing the entire day. At one point in the triage area, before she got her epidural, and right after a really hard contraction, she leaned over to me and said, "Man, this is rough!". We both just laughed, but she was right, it was rough, and boy did she do a great job. I was so impressed!
The "Panda Warmer" station where she went a few minutes after delivery. They keep her nice and toasty while doing all her tests and cleaning her up a bit. She never had to leave the room, which is super nice.
I'll fast forward through all the nitty gritty stuff, but eventually, at 4:23pm Miss J entered our world and changed our little lives forever!
By far one of the coolest photos I've ever taken, or even seen for that matter. Baby J, touching her moms face for the very first time!
Notice the name section was blank. It took us a good 45 minutes to finally settle on one. At one point I said to Kel that we needed to decide before we made any more phone calls to our families!
After about 2hrs in the delivery room we moved up to the Mother/Baby floor and checked into room 333 where we'd spend two nights.
And we took her on her first stroll, just around the floor.
Come Saturday morning it was time to head home. After a little paperwork and a car-seat inspection we were given the green light.
Deb, Tommy, and Heather all came over on Friday night and did a little, sorry, a lot, of decorating, to welcome the 3 of us home! How awesome does the house look? It was so nice to come home to all of this!
And now it's just the 3 of us. No buzzer to ring for the nurse to come and lend a hand. I've been searching the internet for some sort of baby manual or operating guide but have yet to find anything, so it should be a fun adventure figuring this all out.
Just a few housekeeping items...all her information will be on the announcement that you get in the mail, so stand by for all the height and weight type things until then. Should have those out the door real soon too!
You'll also notice that from heretofore she'll be known as Baby J. or just J. No more using her full name on the world wide internet.
I'll post photos of all her visitors later this week!!!
Thanks so much for all of the emails, phone calls and text message. It is so great to hear from so many wonderful people in our lives! It took a lot of planning, time, effort, and money to get her here...but it is so worth it and we couldn't be happier!
Stop back for more photos throughout the week.
We've heard several stories of kids following their parents right down the basement stairs as the parents have their hands full or just forget to close the door behind them. A few suggested we get an automatic door closer to remedy the problem, or basically eliminate the possibility of it happening. I figured this would be a good idea for us, so I logged on to my favorite shopping site in all of the land, Amazon, and $13 bucks later...I was good to go. The package arrived today and since we're doing nothing but waiting, and waiting, and waiting some more for #BabyNowak to show up, I figured I'd get it installed now. About 10 minutes later and we were all set. Open the door to go downstairs and it closes automatically behind you. Simple as that!
You can see the closer at the top left hand side of the door...hardly noticeable, right?
Here's a closer look. It's pretty simple in design and doesn't look all that obtrusive either.
So hopefully this will prevent a tumble down the steps sometime in the future!
Wish I had some news to share, but I don't! Just more of the same...
Doctor said yesterday that things are still early so I guess we can erase any thoughts of a 10 day early arrival. Looks more and more like things will be on-time or perhaps even late? But nobody really knows...it's all just one big guess. Not sure why we even have to go to the doctor at this point, but I guess it's good for them to check things out.
The good news is that since they gave us the 10 day early news a few weeks ago we rushed around to get everything finalized that we needed to get finalized. So this weekend we really don't have anything planned at all...it'll be nice to relax AND it won't be 100 billion degrees so maybe we can even venture outside!
In the meantime...check out this rug that we made for her room.
Kelly found this idea on Etsy and thought we'd be able to easily recreate it and avoid having to spend upwards of $300 on it. Well perhaps we bit off more than we could chew...but it's finally done. The rug is nearly 4' in diameter and made entirely of t-shirt fabric. Kelly and I got it started and finished about 40% before her mom took over and knocked the remainder of it out while she was on vacation. It looks amazing and really makes the room pop. A big thanks to Deb for helping us out with this!!!
Just a few more finishing touches and the room will be complete. We have to wait until she's born to order one item so I hope to have some final photos of the room posted once that happens. Kelly wants to submit photos of the room to Chic & Cheap Nursery once we're done too. It's a great site where we got lots of ideas from regular old people who have recently decorated a babies room.
I mentioned this a while back...but I've really gotten hooked on Instagram. Makes me really want to take more and more photos. So download the app and check it out. Then follow me at kevinrnowak
I pass these two cars often on my morning runs and always say to myself, "self, you should take a picture of these", but I never have a camera [or camera-phone] with me to get a shot. Well this past week I started to take my phone with me just in case you-know-who goes into labor and needs me to get home right quick. So I finally got around to getting these photos. I present to you the Dracotracker and the Demon Hunter. Who puts these stickers on thier cars? Looks like the Draco guy even has a logo and everything.
The funny thing is that they're parked about a mile away from eachother...wonder if they've ever met. Makes since since it appears they have similar hobbies!
And while we're on the subject of cars, remind me to explain my theory on Chevy's at some point. I just need to snap a quick shot of their emblem first.