Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Sam's first few days

During Sam's first few days of life Natasha's parents were here to help out while we got used to being a family of three, and while Natasha healed from giving birth. We were so glad that they were willing to come and take care of us by cooking all the meals, doing all the dishes, and even crossing some of the items of Natasha's to-do list for her second week of maternity leave! (The night before Sam was born Natasha had made a list of things to do to keep her busy while waiting for Sam's arrival. Little did she know...!) Below is a sample of the week, in pictures of course!

Second family picture

Folded hands - Day 2

With Opa on day 2

On the couch on day 3

Sam isn't much bigger than our drinking glasses!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Introducing Samuel Robert Krahn Chodos

Sam - March 30, 2009

Samuel Robert Krahn Chodos just missed his due date by 6 hours and 13 minutes!

Sam after being weighed.

Natasha's water broke at 2:46am on Monday, March 30. Contractions started shortly thereafter and eventually we called both of our parents. We told them we'd keep in touch. We'd also been keeping our midwife informed of our progress and she was monitoring things over the phone.

Sam with Daddy

Natasha was in the midst of contractions which had been about two to three minutes apart for about 45 minutes when all of a sudden she thought she felt the head. (At the time we didn't realize the contractions were so close together but afterwards, when we had time to think about it we recognized that fact. But they went from being 10 minutes apart, and minor, to 2-3 minutes apart, and quite intense, very quickly.) Natasha told Dave "I think I feel the head coming -- you need to check" so he did and he called our midwife and said, "I see the head!" Our midwife said, "It's probably just the membranes" and then with the next contraction the head came out and Dave said, "The head is out!" and he dropped the phone and then with the next contraction he caught the rest of the baby and laid him on Natasha's stomach and then picked up the phone and said, "The baby's born." and our midwife said she'd be right there! It was 6:13 am when Sam made his appearance

Sam with Mommy

So Dave got some towels to cover Sam with. Sam was squeaking so we knew he was okay. Dave unwrapped the cord, which was loosely around Sam's neck and leg, and Natasha asked if it was a boy or a girl and Dave said, "It's a boy."

First family picture

Anyways, once our midwife arrived she checked out Sam and pronounced him healthy. We called our parents, and realizing that Natasha was fairly weak after the birth, we asked her parents to come ASAP and they arrived at 5:30 that afternoon.

Sam with Oma and Opa (Natasha's parents)