Sunday, December 06, 2009

We're going to the hospital and we're not leaving until they give us a baby

Alright, about an hour until we head to the hospital for what ended up being a very planned birth. At 10:30 we will check in to Prentice Day Spa and Baby Center. Sometime tonight they'll start pushing the pitocin and then sometime in the next 24 hours a baby will pop out.




Or something like that.

For the last nine plus months, we've really been pretty much focused on getting the baby out of Leah's uterus happy and healthy. We haven't done a ton to deal with the baby when she comes out and becomes our responsibility. I mean, sure, we've bought all the stuff we need and prepared a very lovely room for her to sleep and poop in, but we haven't done a ton to ready ourselves for raising a real, live human.

How do we raise a young lady who's adventurous, clever, interesting, freethinking, active, fun, happy, healthy...basically, how do you not screw up a kid? I dunno. I guess we'll just have to do our best. For now, however, the bigger question is: how do we change a diaper. Or feed a baby. Or...any of that crap. You can bet we'll be leaning pretty heavily on the nurses over the next couple of days. I envision a lot of:

Nurse: I'm not sure if you noticed, but your baby's crying.

Me: I'm sorry, what now?

Nurse: You might want to change the diaper.

Me: Diaper?

Nurse: Diaper.

Me: Diaper?

Nurse: *sigh*

But luckily babies give you lots of practice with the feeding and diaper changing early on, so expertise is pretty much guaranteed after a few weeks (yay?). And the whole raising a decent human thing? I guess we'll just have to figure that out as we go along.


Cindy said...

Leah & Jason

You are both so ready to be parents. I believe your trepidation reveals your readiness.

Best wishes as you head to Prentice...joyous first looks & first touches.

The dance begins :)

lifestudent said...

The nurses at Prentice will wrap Lucy up in a blanket like a little burrito. It cures everything and makes a crying baby happy and sleepy. My husband had them show him how to do it about 100 times over the two days. There were plenty of eye-rolls.

When we got home, we still couldnt master the burrito! TAKE NOTES. Its a priceless tool.

Dawnie said...

Good luck! I hope everything goes smoothly and you get to meet Lucy sooner rather than later.

Also? You two will be awesome parents.

GoatRoper said...

Feed, pee, poop, puke, repeat. Beyond that, all you have to do is love her with all your might, (which you will find comes quite naturally), and before you know it you’ll have a wonderful, well adjusted human being. It's that easy…..OK it’s not easy, but damn it’s good. Best of everything to you three!

P.S. Don’t raise her to be a Cubs fan. It wouldn’t be fair to the poor child.

Running Jayhawk said...

In case I haven't told you guys in the past few hours...I'M SO EXCITED FOR YOU TWO!!!

Here's to an easy labor and delivery!!

Olga said...

i just woke up from a dream that you had a BABY BOY. what the!
i am so excited for you, and also for all of us!!!
love you guys - hang in there!

Bridgette said...


Bridgette said...

By the way, Chad says that is almost as big as he was at birth. Wowza!