03 September 2010

birth [by the numbers]

Troy + Angie
Two home pregnancy tests
Many excited family members and friends
Too many oranges and carrots to count
9 months of scooping (and cleaning) the cats' litter box
24 hours (over 12 weeks) of Bradley classes (thanks Shanna!)
3 birthing movies/documentaries, including The Business of Being Born
One comprehensive reading through the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy (and numerous revisits here and there)
One comprehensive reading of Husband-Coached Childbirth: The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth
One reading through The Vaccine Book
Numerous hours doing "our" kegels, squats, butterflys and plevic rocking and practicing our relaxiation techniques
Numerous hours counting protein
12 OB appointments
2 ultrasounds
Transforming our office-space into a nursery
1 half-gallon of Hershey's Teaberry Ice Cream
A gazillion (or so it seemed) Hershey's ice pops
Countless hours (due to my OCD tendencies) researching cribs, crib mattresses, strollers, car seats and cloth diapers (just to name a few)
Many hours spent talking about, searching for and researching the meanings of different names
Competent and understanding advice from our OB physicians
About 12 hours of labor, including 2 1/2 hours of pushing
And one amazing design by our Creator God...

Culminates in the birth of our son, Tian Elliot

September 3, 2010 @ 9:24pm
8lbs 13.5oz, 19in
PinnacleHealth Hospital
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania


Rachel said...

Absolutely amazing... the wonder of new life never gets old. Congratulations!!

Diana said...

Nice post. :)

We love him and can't wait to meet him!!!

May our great God continue to bless your new family.

lonely pilgrim said...

that's awesome bro. So, excited for you guys, and can't wait to meet him.

Lauren said...

Congratulations to you both! When I looked across the sanctuary this past Sunday and didn't see you sitting in your usual spot, I thought, "I wonder..." Love the name.

Laurie said...

How special that his name reflects his origin - congratulations!

troy. said...

Thanks all! Can't wait for all of you to meet our little guy!

@ Lauren: Oh no! We're "usual spot" people?!?! Ha...I guess we are -- chalk that up to my aforementioned OCD tendencies! I guess what truly matters though is where your heart is every Sunday, and not your butt.

Tim said...

great news. welcome to the new world, little one!

Tanisha said...

He's beautiful, Troy. Yay, God!!