Browsing articles from "July, 2009"
Jul 16, 2009

Ready to come home

Ian waits on a bed while dressed in his "going home" outfit Thursday, July 16, 2009, at Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana, Ill.

Jul 15, 2009

Meet Ian Paul

Ian Paul Haas is seen in the warmer of our room at Provena Covenant Medical Center Wednesday, July 15, 2009, in Urbana, Ill.

Jul 14, 2009

BabyWatch 2009: Evening Update

I’m taking advantage of a few minutes of rest here at the hospital… We came in last night after Mal started having regular contractions that hurt a little more than she was used to. I had to use a lot of self-control to drive close to the speed limit.

Once we were all checked in and she got hooked up to the machines and they watched her contractions and baby MacGyver’s heartbeat for a while. We had nothing to do but sit around and stare at each for a while, so we got the computer out to check Facebook and email and stuff. Apparently Catholics hate photographs, because their network blocks access to Flickr. Oh well…

Things slowed down a bit, so they let Mal sleep for a few hours. Her rash feels better with cold air, so she cranked the air conditioning down to about 50 degrees… which wasn’t fun for me with no blanket.

She woke up around 5:00 this morning and the nurses gave her some drugs that sped her contractions up. She’s been doing great through everything… just like I knew she would. After going for about 10 hours through what I’m going to guess are “mild” contractions she definitely went into frowny-face territory. I go into frowny-face mode if I stub my toe, but I can’t imagine what she was going through during this whole thing. After some good backrubs and giving her a hand to squeeze she fought through the harder ones until the doctor came to put her epidural in.

Mal’s been enjoying a “delicious” liquid diet of broth and tea and ice-chips… I feel bad for her there.

Thanks to everybody for the support and messages and encouragement on Facebook and Twitter… Mal and I appreciate it more than we’ll ever be able to show. It was nice to see her smile for a second, or almost smile during hard contractions, when a new message would pop up on my phone or computer.

She’s definitely back in the land of smiley-faces for a while so I’m going to try to enjoy it before the crazy lady starts yelling profanities at me… will update after MacGyver makes his debut.

Jul 13, 2009

Still Waiting

Baby MacGyver is still just hanging out for a little while… actually three days late now, which seems like an eternity. I can’t imagine what it feels like for Mal since she’s actually carrying him around.

We went to the doctor for another checkup this morning. The nurse hooked Mal up to the monitor for a while so they could make sure baby was OK. MacGyver seems to be perfect right where he’s at… and with the exception of a nasty rash, Mal is doing great too.

Nothing else to do right now but wait. I’ve tried pushing him out, we’ve taken walks, I’ve tried luring him out with toys and candy… nothing seems to work.

If he still hasn’t come by Thursday morning we have an appointment for Mal to be induced at 6 a.m., but for her sake I hope we don’t have to wait that long…

I’ll update if anything changes…

Jul 11, 2009

Odd Mix

Just ran to the grocery store in town to grab some cortisone cream in an attempt to help Mal’s rash stop itching for more than 10 seconds… I also had a craving for some beef-a-roni. The cashier commented on my “odd mix” as I set the two things on the checkout.

I tried telling her that I really loved beef-a-roni, but was horribly allergic to it.

I don’t think she bought it…

Unless things really get going fast it appears that little MacGyver will miss his due date… will update my Facebook and Twitter when things start to happen.