Friday, January 18, 2008

All Ways Look On The Bright Side Of Life!

Every time there is something life changing in a person's life. Well, that moment was at 3:27am Thursday January 17th, 2008. At 6lbs and 10oz and 19 1/2 inches long meet Alexander James Schaeffer.

There's just a few I took these couple of days. But, the last one is the one I'm hoping not to see ever again after he comes home. As you heard in the video I put up, he was whimpering like a puppy. When he came into this world, he didn't have all the fluid squeezed out at birth and some was still in his lungs. After about 2 hours the doctor put him in the NICU (Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit) at the hospital. He's been there ever since, hooked up to a breathing tube and an IV. Now he's breathing room air but he needs the pressure to help build up his lungs and clean out the fluid. The IV is there because if you would feed him, the formula would have a chance of going down the wrong tube due to his breathing. I can tell you this, i don't care how freakin strong or tough you might be, seeing your firstborn hooked up to this and being almost helpless to do anything, really makes you worry that something bad is going to happen. That's where the Monty Python song came in. I thought of that last night and said he's gonna be alright. As of 10:15 am today (01.18.08) he's doing better and resting comfortably. For having this buddle no less than two days ago, Michelle has been stronger with the situation than I have. I love her so much!

Speaking of Michelle, she is doing good and of course, sore. I tried to keep her spirits up during the 12 hour labor with jokes and love. There was one time that she thought I was going to pass out. That was when they gave her the epidermal. She said I go white. I had good reason. The needle they put in her back was long and thick! When Alex was born, it only took 5 pushes and boom! there he was. I of course made the crack afterwards that he looked like a Smurf.

So there you go. Michelle gets out tomorrow. Unfortunatly, I don't know when Alex will be coming home. It all depends when the doctor feels he's in the green. But until then, I'll keep thinking about the bright side. Catch you on the babyside!

NEXT TIME: Alex Comes Home!


zach said...


He's a cutie. And soon enough he'll be home and riding on the cats with a saddle made of comic book covers!!

MsSwarr said...

I can't tell you how happy we are for you! Alex is so precious (the pictures hardly do him justice) and the two of you are proving great parents already. Try to take comfort in the fact that what Alex is going through is probably tougher on you than it is on him! He'll get through this and be just as happy and healthy as you could have hoped. We love you and can't wait to see you all home together!!!

Derrick J. Wyatt said...

Congrats to you and you wife, Dean!

Gabe Swarr said...

Congrats Papa Smurf, I mean, Schaeffer!

Savage said...

Congrats and all the best to you and yours! And as a big Monty Python fan too, here you go (*singing):

Some things in life are bad
They can really make you mad
Other things just make you swear and curse.
When you're chewing on life's gristle
Don't grumble, give a whistle
And this'll help things turn out for the best...

And...always look on the bright side of life...

Justin Ryan Grenier said...

Congratulations, Dean!

You're going to be a FANTASTIC Dad, and he'll be home before you know it!