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pbarny
Yep, my wife and I decided to come and do a little genetic experiment. This human (veal) custom is estimated to arrive around December 5, 2009. Just a single.

WIP pics (ultrasounds) to come. If you got big bucks, you can see the begining of the project. dry.gif j/k Actually, on her youtube account one can see the Eagles concert where maybe...
Sgt Humpty
Congratulations, Paul!
savrip
Congratulations, beer.gif
Delaton
Congrats. Another SW fan on the way!
pbarny
QUOTE (Delaton @ May 6 2009, 05:50 AM) *
Congrats. Another SW fan on the way!


Not so loud. My wife may hear that. hypocrite.gif

What's sad is that I have to pack up most of my collection and customizing supplies in about October. Apartment dwelling sucks.
GameSix
Major congratulations! thumbup.gif

Words can't accurately describe what you're about to experience and nothing can truly prepare you for it, but it'll be the greatest moment of your life!

Best of luck!!



meandnooneelse
You reproduced? We're in trouble...

Congratulations dude! There's nothing like the feeling you get when your child would rather spend time with you than anyone else in the world. thumbup.gif
Sgt Humpty
Yeah, just wait until the first time your kid asks, "Daddy, will you play Star Wars with me"?
IncomT65
This is always fun news. Hope you're wife is doing well and that she'll have a trouble free delivery. And hopefully by then YOU'll be doing fine as well! You know, people forget that so often. Us dads have it rough, you know. hypocrite.gif
meandnooneelse
Living with a pregnant woman is no picnic. What logic and rationale she had to start with goes out the window. My wife doesn't do the overly emotional, crying at the drop of a hat thing. She had a very short fuse while pregnant. Always pissed off. I hope yours doesn't do either one.
Sgt Humpty
QUOTE (meandnooneelse @ May 8 2009, 04:59 PM) *
I hope yours doesn't do either one.


Sure you do! He needs the full treatment!
pbarny
QUOTE (meandnooneelse @ May 8 2009, 04:59 PM) *
Living with a pregnant woman is no picnic. What logic and rationale she had to start with goes out the window. My wife doesn't do the overly emotional, crying at the drop of a hat thing. She had a very short fuse while pregnant. Always pissed off. I hope yours doesn't do either one.
hypocrite.gif = Gene


QUOTE (DnJcustoms @ May 8 2009, 07:23 PM) *
Sure you do! He needs the full treatment!

censored.gif rhymes with grass pole = Don.
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She just sleeps, eats, and forgets. She's put on maybe 2 lbs, but her whole body shape has changed. 10 weeks in. Heard the fetal heartbeat. A perfectly "normal" 136 beats per minute. We're going to start a picture of her profile every week from here on out. Just getting over the sticker shock of car seats, strollers, and cribs. blink.gif
Sgt Humpty
QUOTE (pbarny @ May 10 2009, 02:26 PM) *
censored.gif rhymes with grass pole = Don.



Who? Me?
GameSix
QUOTE (pbarny @ May 10 2009, 03:26 PM) *
Just getting over the sticker shock of car seats, strollers, and cribs. blink.gif



HA! I know what you mean. I nearly had a breakdown on our first "pricing/planning" trip to Babies R Us. I was a beaten husk of a man...

Here's a helpful tip: Put everything (whether you think you need it or not!) on your baby registry. And if you haven't registered anywhere yet, do so. Baby registry + grandparents will provide most of your big ticket items.
pbarny
QUOTE (GameSix @ May 18 2009, 01:51 PM) *
HA! I know what you mean. I nearly had a breakdown on our first "pricing/planning" trip to Babies R Us. I was a beaten husk of a man...

Here's a helpful tip: Put everything (whether you think you need it or not!) on your baby registry. And if you haven't registered anywhere yet, do so. Baby registry + grandparents will provide most of your big ticket items.


Her parents are in China (plus only child)...mine retired teachers. We do well enough, and we can do it all piecemeal and take whatever we get from say my brother who's the only one outside of us with a job. I plan to do it, my wife sees it as begging.

One weird tradition I learned about is that my father is actually the one responsible for naming the child. Yep, paternal grandfather's name their grandchildren.

I'm just going to share some of the chinese names/characters I have learned as possible names. Longni (low-nigh) = Dragon's Milk. Unique use of the most common character in boy's names, Long. Lili (lilly) = lilly/beautiful flower/swift flower/agile beauty depending on the specific character. The English names we're pretty close to settled on already (but not sharing).
meandnooneelse
All of my boys have names ending with the "N" sound. Nevan, Gavin, Aiden, and Corran. I thought that was a pretty neat little idea. The only thing I'm not happy about is finding out that Gavin and Aiden are very popular names for children their ages (4 and almost 3) Nevan, however is quite unique. It's pronounced like Evan, but where I live people who have never heard his name tend to say it like nuh-vaughn.

Paul, I suggest investing in a good baby swing. Put the child in the swing with moderate volume music playing when you're not holding him/her. This will allow you to be "hands free" more often (which you will find makes getting bottles or living life in general much easier) and the music gets the child used to sleeping through noise. That way you don't have to feel like you're walking on egg shells when he/she is sleeping and if you make a little noise the music drowns it out anyway.
pbarny
Just had the ultrasound today. I think my facebook status says it all: Definitely my kid. Bounching around, pulling on the umbilical, and it's developing hand is trying to give the finger." thumbup.gif
pbarny
Just had the second trimester ultrasound. The next little boy to dream of blasting out of Tatooine and blowing up the Death Star...

Yeah, I said little boy.
savrip
Cool, I guess your working on names by now. Ani... little Ani.
pbarny
So everything's been assembled and out for a few weeks now. Even have had the car seat inspected (not a law, but hospital/insurance policy requires it). No unusual symptoms in my wife. Just a bit of swelling now towards the end. Soon...Soon...

Patience, for the Jedi it will be time to be born as well.

In preperation bought a matress for my mother in law when she arrives in Feburary or so. Also decorated already for Christmas since who knows. Now if only I could get work to stop adding things for me to do.
Delaton
Kewl, good luck. We just found out that we're being induced around week 39, which is on 12/10. Looks like I'll still be waiting to put up the Xmas stuff after Thanksgiving.
pbarny
Mikael Haoyang-Lu Barnard decided to come into the world at 11:09 AM Friday December 4, 2009. He weighed in at 8 lbs 8.5 oz, and 20 3/4 inches long.

I wish I could say it was routine, but starting Wednesday night Xin started feeling a lot of discomfort and some contractions. Thursday morning, her water broke fairly early in the AM, but the contractions had stopped. That afternoon, was admitted to UIHC. By that time she had a fever and they were inducing labor and saying that a c-section was more than likely sometime between midnight and 6 am. At admission she was 2cm dilated and ~90% effaced. They started adminstering petocin around 4 PM Thursday. That seemed to make a pattern of 3 rahter mild to weak contractions within 5 minutes, than a 5 minute break. Xin was given oxygen and IV antibiotics. That seemed to put everything back into the "normal" mode except for the contraction pattern.

Around 2 AM, the residents decided that the initial membrane breakage wasn't in the ideal location, so they decided to rerupture the membrane "ideally". This kicked up the contraction strength and changed the pattern to single contractions in 2-3 minute intervals. At this time, she was 4cm dilated and fully effaced. The residents decided that cesearan was probably no longer neceary because by 3 AM she was taken off oxygen. Tylenol and antibiotics managed the fever. And Xin (and me) were allowed to sleep until about 6 AM when she was determined to be fully dilated. They wanted to try to change Mikael's position since it was determined he was facing down, but turned the wrong way. This was tried two times, the first agitated Mikael. The second was aborted becase the pressure to push became real.

Pushing started shortly after 9AM. The actual attending physician and OB Xin had been seeing the entire pregnancy walks in around this time saying she had a scheduled C-section at 11, so let's try and push this guy out around 10AM. Just as she was about to leave, out comes his head, suddenly. Well took a few minutes more and out he was.

Xin was stitched up internally and externally. I was told to go with Mikael to infant recovery where he was started on an IV antibiotics. He was making soft wheezing sounds, so he was eventually taken up to NICU and placed on oxygen. He otherwise is fine, moves, opens his eyes, hiccups, and has had 3 diapers already. Mom was sore, and is still on antibiotics. She does get up to NICU to either pump or breast feed. Mikael is unusual in that his dad fed him the first time once a sufficient amount was collected from pumping. Mikael tries to rip off his nasal canula and sensors in his bed. Overall he's very happy, and improving.

Because of the infection Xin will probably go home on monday. Mikael is a bit trickier. He is in no danger, but they would like to keep him on oxygen and antibiotics at least through monday and than he needs to stay off the oxygen for a couple of days before finally being discharged and taken home.

That is/was written a day or two after he was born. Monday came and went and he was taken off the oxygen. He however has had the tendancy to stop breathing while eating briefly. He than regains his oxygen levels within seconds of having the bottle (Xin is still a too bit sick to attempt breast feeding). So if he does learn to swallow more efficiently he could be home any day now provided the blizzard lets us get there.
Ben Skywalker
Congrats Paul! Hopefully everything goes well and he'll be home soon.
CorranHorn
Paul,

Congratulations to both you and your wife on the birth of your son. Nothing but the best of wishes to you and your family at this time and you'll no doubt be enjoying a happy holiday with the entire family soon enough.

Cheers!
Jason
Findswoman
Hi Paul,

Congratulations to you and Xin on the birth of your son! And congratulations to her for making it through all that -- what an accomplishment. I hope all of you are home sweet home real soon.

I must say it was very interesting to read your blow-by-blow account of the birth, given my own situation.... it seems there is a nice little baby boom happening here on the FFURG! smile.gif

Cheers to you all,
the Findswoman
savrip
Congratulations Paul. I know about a long hospital stay with newborns. When Max was born with a cleft lip they wanted to keep him on to see if it effected his eating. Then of course the C-section had Loretta in there for almost a week. Luckily Madelyn went a lot smoother. Unzip, pull the baby out, zip back up.
meandnooneelse
Wow, I don't know how I missed this. Congratulations Paul. Having a baby is always an anxious event. I've been through it 4 times now, and it's never loses it's nerve-wracking-ness. I hope all is well and that your wife an child are up to 100% soon. Take good care of them (I know you will!)

Petosin is some evil poo.gif! It makes contractions 10X more painful!
pbarny
Best news...you're all smart enough...no sleep for me any time soon.
pbarny
QUOTE (pbarny @ May 5 2009, 08:42 PM) *
If you got big bucks, you can see the begining of the project. dry.gif j/k Actually, on her youtube account one can see the Eagles concert where maybe...

Apparently Don Henley sued my wife and as settlement, she lost her youtube account, so now you just have to message me with $$$$ for the videos where maybe this might have happened.

QUOTE (pbarny @ May 6 2009, 10:09 AM) *
What's sad is that I have to pack up most of my collection and customizing supplies in about October. Apartment dwelling sucks.


Well I might get to unpack my custom supplies and some of the collection this summer. We decided thanks to the generous tax credit to purchase a house (also means that we probably decided to never leave Iowa City). So the end of the story is baby good, customizing to resume this year hopefully.
meandnooneelse
QUOTE (pbarny @ Apr 23 2010, 02:16 PM) *
Well I might get to unpack my custom supplies and some of the collection this summer. We decided thanks to the generous tax credit to purchase a house (also means that we probably decided to never leave Iowa City). So the end of the story is baby good, customizing to resume this year hopefully.
Cool. I know you've got to be itching to do some customizing.
pbarny
QUOTE (meandnooneelse @ Apr 23 2010, 01:07 PM) *
Cool. I know you've got to be itching to do some customizing.


Well I have done the simple head swaps since moving into the new house. And since it is almost a year, I actually picked up a paint brush today. Worked on my Roadpig from a Juggernaut/Hulk parts.
Sgt Humpty
Wow - good news, indeed!
TND
" Worked on my Roadpig from a Juggernaut/Hulk parts."

sounds like a foreign language to me, but glad to hear you're jumping back in. hands shaky or what?
pbarny
QUOTE (TND @ Nov 28 2010, 05:05 PM) *
" Worked on my Roadpig from a Juggernaut/Hulk parts."

sounds like a foreign language to me, but glad to hear you're jumping back in. hands shaky or what?


No, also checking to see if my paint/brushes are still viable. A base coat is down, but it's going to take a lot of paint to make all that flesh tone from brown and green bases.

And I did get presents wrapped first and had an hour to myself while some one was off on a play date.
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