update – 7:15pm.

well…

after an uneventful weekend.

we had a rather eventful monday.

as the previous photo indicated…

madeline decided to make her first appearance today.

here are some photos and a nice story…

the catalyst...

baby’s heart rate dropped around 3:30am.

everyone was concerned.

dr. stopped by in the morning.

and said that it may be best to have madeline come out and play.

dr. nelson came a bit later and agreed.

so we were given 2 hours notice.

(9:30am).

getting ready...

we waited.

and made a lot of phone calls.

and sent a few e-mails.

anya came immediately.

grandparents booked flights (again).

around 11:30am liz took a little ride.

to the delivery room.

anya and i followed behind.

liz went with the doctors.

anya went to the waiting room.

i got dressed in my “daddy suit.”

holy shit...this is really happening.

(said to myself…”holy shit. this is really happening.”)

i waited in the hallway.

waiting...

…and waited…

waiting...

liz also waited.

waiting...

i came in to the delivery room.

then the doctors started working…

working...

and a little while later…

introduction...

madeline met mom.

mom met madeline.

i cried a little.

cleaned up my act.

cut the cord.

and took a nice close-up of baby.

first close-up.

madeline took a little trip to the nicu.

mom took a nap.

i paced.

done...

anya did some liz babysitting.

i found my way in to the nicu.

and hung out with our baby.

tight grip.

i left after about 30 mins.

gave momma a report.

went to lunch with anya.

relaxed for a few minutes.

and went in for another visit with madeline.

sleeping...

doctors say everthing is good.

madeline is sucking in a little extra oxygen for a few days.

she may stay in the hospital for a little while.

just so we have enough time…

to get her room ready.

oh yeah…the important stuff.

madeline was born

at 11:56 am (march 24, 2008).

at a bruising 3 pounds, 13.5 ounces.

17.25 inches long.

(almost as tall as her mom at age 30).

kidding of course,

but liz is really short.

and baby is really long.

we’ve been joking over the past few days…

if madeline gets daddy’s height and mommy’s looks,

everything will be okay.

if it goes the other way

she’s in trouble.

thankfully she’s long…

and beautiful.

thanks to everyone.

the visitors.

the callers.

the writers.

the silent web page readers.

we appreciate the support more than you know.

the proud parents will continue to update everyone on our beautiful baby.

look forward to even more good news.

(i know we will).

she is here...

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