Jun 5 2008

Grace Catherine Cerniglia

Gracie and Mommy minutes after birth

Grace Catherine Cerniglia was born at 8:19 PM on Wednesday, June 3rd. She weighed 6 pounds and 9 ounces and measured 19 inches in length. We are so excited to have this healthy baby girl join our family. A short summary of the days events follows.

We woke up early in the morning, as Angie was expected to arrive at Akron General around 8:00 AM. The first order of business was to fill out an enormous amount of paperwork. Induction via Pitocen began around 10:30 AM. Contractions started at 11:40 AM. The doctor broke Angie’s water around 1:00 PM, and the contractions began to get stronger. The anesthesiologist administered an epidural at around 5:00 PM as Angie was getting uncomfortable, and a little discouraged as labor wasn’t progressing as fast as she’d have liked. However, things began to pick up rather quickly, and around 7:15 PM Angie is 6 cm. In just 20 minutes, she moved to 9 cm and the doctor is paged to return to the hospital. After the doctor arrived at around 8:00 PM, we were transferred quickly into a special delivery room just in case our baby had any problems immediately following delivery. Grace Catherine was delivered and showed no signs of abnormalities. We were back in the room by 9:00 PM and Grace was feeding by 9:15 PM. The rest of my side of the family came the visit briefly before returning home, as did I around 10:00 PM.

Jude, Noah, and I visited mommy and Grace for several hours today. The boys have a hard time in that environment, as the like to press buttons, of which there are plenty to press. I checked out The Lion King for them to watch, which helped a little. Gracie really likes to be with mommy. She wakes easily and I can tell that there is going to be an adjustment period as the boys behavior naturally creates loud noises which disturb Grace and wake her.

Mommy and Gracie will come home tomorrow (today actually, as I’m writing this after midnight). Jude and Noah are handling this change with great understanding. I am very excited as I’ve always hoped that I would be blessed to experience fathering both a son and a daughter. Of course, Angie and I are now playing “zone defense” as we are outnumbered by our own children :-).

Images from the last two days can be viewed here.


andrew


Jun 3 2008

Max Hook Turns Five

Max takes a bite of cake

We spent Saturday at the Hook’s for Max’s fifth birthday party. It was a bigger event, with friends from school invited as well. Stephanie, Madelaine, Margaret, and Matthew came over as well. It was pretty hectic early on, as Josh had set up a water inflatable water slide and the kids were going crazy (coming down in pairs, not waiting for others to get off the slide before descending, jumping rather than sliding). It was all good fun, but monitoring was more of an active task.

Later on, after people had dinner, some people began to leave and the mood become more relaxed. We ended up staying ‘till nine or so. Steph and the kids left a little earlier, but we wanted to get the kids baths before the long trek home. The boys had a great time and were ready to go back as soon as we left the driveway. In any case, photos were taken and can be viewed here.


andrew


Jun 1 2008

Bike Rides and Rocket Ships

Charles shoots off a rocket for the boys

I’ve got two sets of images to upload in the next day or so. This first set is comprised of some images taken while Laura Jeanne was here and took the boys and their bikes up to the Training Center to ride. The second set is from the next day (I believe) when Angie and I went up to do the same. The remainder are a series of three I took as the boys ran down the hill in the back of the house, and a couple taken of Charles shooting off a rocket for them.

Check ‘em out


andrew