Here they are, shortly after being evicted.
In this photo, the boys are being held by the very nice hospital pediatrician and a lovely baby nurse. That’s Loyal Astor on the left, and Cascadian Donald on the right.
We delivered in the operating room. I was put under general anethstesia, so I was out. Dave was not allowed in the OR during delivery. As I have said, I have some stories to tell leading up to this moment.
Here’s a close up of the little screamers. You can click on the image to make it even bigger, so you can see some goop and stuff.
Cascadian was born at 6:54 pm July 12, 2012. He was 5 pounds 12 onces, and he was 18 3/4 inches.
Loyal was born at 6:55 pm July 12, 2012. He was 4 pounds 3.5 ounces, and he was 18 inches. As you can see, he’s a wee one, next to his brother, whose head was clocking in at the 94th percentile.
Here’s a self portrait of Dave looking terrified outside the OR as he waited.
Dave said it was okay to publish this photo of him in this moment, since he took it himself, and I wanted to point something out, as indicated by the arrow in the photo.
Get a look at Loyal there, on the left.
Here’s another one of Loyal. I think that’s a Strom nose there, too.
Cascadian has the chin too. I’ll get more photos. There have the most amazing flaxen hair, not blond, and not dark, but golden and somehow, wavy. And they make little baby noises that make your heart melt.
Here they are as two little burritos, Cascadian on the right, Loyal on the left.
All the nurses and doctors at the hospital have been AMAZING. And we’ve seen lots of them. Despite being small, the boys have been doing great. There are some regular small baby concerns when they are “late preterm” like this. But they are progressing just the way they should.
I am feeling much better, day by day. Evidently, I got really sick, really quickly. In the days before delivery, I knew I wasn’t feeling all that great. And on Thursday, I had just had a terrible night trying to sleep. I went in for regular checks on the babies, and I was sent over to see my own doctor. Things all went pretty quickly from there.
I’ll have more on the whole day later, and how I ended up delivering an urgent c-section, under general anethstesia.
I’ll also have to tell you about the aftermath, the most epic nose bleed ever, and a device they used on me known as a “rhino rocket.” Good stuff.
Thank you to everyone who has sent us well wishes. We are doing good. The boys are amazing.