Archive for July, 2010


A Star is Born!

July 6, 2010

On June 28, 2010, at 4:10pm, Bryce Orion Sharp became the newest member of our family. He weighed 7 pounds 2 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. Both mom and baby are healthy and happy.

Our day started on Monday in the pre-dawn hours, when Bryce, after teasing us with false labor over the past several weeks, decided today was the day. We called our neighbor, who had offered to come over and watch Sophie, and then headed off to the hospital.

After they hooked Debbie up to a bunch of machines and poked and prodded her a few times, they decided we weren’t quite ready, but were too far along just to send home. So they told us to walk around the hospital for a couple of hours and then come back.

After we did a couple of laps around the hospital (with a stop every 5 minutes or so for Debbie to double over with pain), we headed back to the maternity wing, where we had made just enough progress to be admitted.

I’ll spare you all of the details (you can call Debbie if you really need to know), but let’s just say after about seven hours of labor our son was born at 4:10pm.

We didn’t know what the gender was beforehand, and I must admit it was exciting to look down and try to get a glimpse of whether it was a boy or girl when he came out.

Everything checked out ok (fingers, toes, etc.). He was very pink and health looking, although his hands and feet were a little purple. Nothing to worry about and they look great now.

After a few minutes with mom, it was time to go get processed. They put some goop in his eyes, took his footprints, gave him a shot, cleaned him up a little bit and put a hat on. Then he got to go back to Mamma for some dinner.

Later that night our friend Kim, who had been watching Sophie all day for us, brought her by the hospital to meet her new little brother. Sophie was very excited to meet him and climbed up into bed to hold him.

Of course Dadda got a chance to hold him too.

After our visitors left it was time for a real bath. The nurse brought Bryce into the nursery and gave him a good scrubbing, getting his hair nice and clean. Turns out to be straight and brownish red. We’re assuming it’s all going to fall out the way Sophie’s did and come back in blonde, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Finally, it was the end of a long day and it was time for everyone to go to sleep (at least for a few hours!)

More to come about day two in my next post.

Here’s a link to the full album.

2010-06-28 Bryce