Sunday, April 17, 2005

A loved baby boy

Yes, I have a new grandson. He's beautiful!

You'll have to take my word for it because the only picture I have was taken on a cell phone camera and doesn't begin to do him justice. Don't worry; pictures will come.

His C-Section delivery had plusses and minuses. On the plus side, he and his mom were able to avoid the stresses of his being squeezed down the birth canal. For him, that means he's not misshapen as can sometimes happen. For Christina it meant freedom from the trauma of labor.

On the minus side, his lungs retained some of the fluid normally squeezed out by that trip down the canal, so he had to be given supplemental oxygen for the first few days. For Mom it meant abdominal surgery and the ensuing pain, limited motion, drug side effects, and the fact that she couldn't hold him or feed him for the first few days while he was on oxygen.

Derspite all that, mother and son are both doing fine now. Mom is home, and son Trevor will be going home tomorrow after one final check to make sure everything is as perfect as it seems to be.

I could get all mushy and emotional about the miracle of birth and new life, but I won't. Those emotions are best understood if they are experienced. To hear about them from someone else's experience just doesn't have the same effect .

We're getting frequent telephone updates about each development as it happens: the first feeding, the first crying, the first night the new parents were able to keep their baby with them in their room all night long. One thing for sure, Trevor will grow up knowing love.

That's comforting to know, but it makes me ache for all the babies that grow up NOT knowing it. But I can't solve that problem, so I'll focus on my own family and enjoy the love that's there.


Tisha from Texas said...

Yea for you!! I had an emergency c-section with my second child and it wasn't fun. Make sure she takes the whole "lay low" idea to heart for the first two to three weeks. I recommend only holding the baby and nothing heavier. AND breastfeed. AND drink a lot of water. Oh, what I could keep saying but you should just relish this moment and what is to come!!!

Candace said...

That's wonderful, John! We're so glad for you and the whole "fam-damly." Looking forward to pics when you get a chance!

VikiBabbles said...

Congrats to everyone! I loved what you said at the end of your post. Solving the world's problems start at home-showing your family, especially its newest member will have lingering and widespread effects. Maybe Trevor WILL solve that problem, because he's had so much love from his family!

Karyn Lyndon said...

Hey, John. Lantz is my agent, too, and asked me to check out his clients' websites. Yours was at the top of the list.

First of all, congratulations Grandpa! I can sense your emotions all the way in Dallas. I don't have grand children yet (which is a good thing since neither of my kids are married) but I'm looking forward to it. I consider it an excellent excuse to shop.

I hear ya about being concerned the wrong synopsis, manuscript, or whatever has been sent. I guess it's an insecurity stemming from all the time when we were acting as our own agents. It's really hard to let go of that control and trust someone with our fragile careers, especially considering how finicky the publishing world is.

My husband finally started reading my blog (having had a hard time understanding what exactly a blog was) so I feel your joy when your wife connected with's kind of like when Helen Keller finally said "water".

Anyway, nice blog, good luck with your book and as Lantz says, keep writing.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. I smoked a cigar for you. I am looking forward to seeing the pics.