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Final Thoughts on The Birth of Our Child

We finally came home that Easter Sunday, around 4pm.  We strolled Sam back to the pink line and rode downtown, switching to the red line and riding down to Roosevelt to get lunch at Eleven City Diner.  The waiter asked … Continue reading

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Our Unexpected Introduction to Infant Cardiology

We were now totally unexpectedly sitting at another admission desk while we were being checked into another hospital – this time Rush, on Chicago’s near west side, much closer to our house.  There was a big, open atrium, leather chairs, granite … Continue reading

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Home and Back Again

When we walked in our front door, I looked around at our apartment.  I’ve always had a strange and confusing feeling when walking into a home I’ve been away from for a time.  I remember a family vacation when I … Continue reading

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Sam’s Stay in the NICU – or – The Medical Industrial Complex Strikes Back

And so we come back around to where we started.  This picture shows Brooke and me, neither of us having slept for more than 24 hours, Sam having been born and then having apparently stopped breathing and then resuscitated by … Continue reading

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The Apneic Event

At about 6:30am, or, as the doctors were soon to put it, “at about one hour of life…”, Sam seemed awake enough that Noelle thought it would be a good time for him to try breastfeeding.  Brooke held him up … Continue reading

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Labor and Delivery

When we were packing our bag for the hospital, we had a serious debate that is pretty funny in retrospect: we had read somewhere that we should bring a book in case things got really slow, so we probably spent … Continue reading

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Emergency Room and OB Triage

“Are you feeling the urge to push?” “No.” At the time, this dialogue felt urgent – in few more hours of nothing much happening, this would feel almost comical that he had asked us. The scared-looking Physicians’ Assistant immediately produced a wheelchair from … Continue reading

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An Early Arrival

“Baby, I think my water just broke.”  Brooke spoke the words like they were foreign, like words she had learned in a textbook, like a phrase that didn’t really fit.  My first (three-quarters asleep) reaction was to distrust her. “What? … Continue reading

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The Last Trimester Minus About 3 Weeks

To round out the prenatal part of this story, Brooke’s sister and her husband threw us a lovely baby shower.  Since Brooke has many friends in the clergy, this led to us using a large space, gratis, in the church of … Continue reading

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Birth Classes in Chicago by El in the Winter

At a midwife appointment, one of the midwives suggested that we sign up to take birth classes, and proposed a couple of options: something called “hypnobirthing” (I’m still suspicious – but many people we care about and trust found it very helpful, so … Continue reading

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