Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Zack's Big Day

Here he is! This is him at about 3 minutes old. The nurse popped off a couple pics, handed me back my camera, I took this one picture, and the battery abruptly died. It's rechargable, and now I know that when you see the battery indicator at all, even looking two-thirds full, it's time to plug it in. I bother with these details because it wasn't so bad -- I got a lot of pix right there using my phone, but the wifi at the hospital doesn't seem to access my email so I can't post those yet.

I cut the cord in the brief window after the camera conked out and I fished my phone from beneath my clean suit. The doc who handed me the scissors was dismayed at this lost moment, but frankly I was "eww, no." Fortunately Julie concurred.

He's very alert and spends a lot of time looking at us as if he's demanding an explanation. There's a picture on my phone that really shows this, but this one here is the best one I've got of his open eyes with my camera so far. And yes, that's a side boob shot of Julie's hoo-hoo. The kid is a freakin' champ at nursing. Seriously, once we got him in position he latched on in like twenty seconds. Kind of like "sorry for that unprecedented surprise today, here's a breast the size of your head as compensation."

This is my favorite pic so far. I got back from dropping Julie's mom at our house at about half past midnight. He spent most of the next three hours awake, nursing, looking around, debuting a monster poop and airing his opinion on the whole situation. When he's not crying he makes these delightful little coos and chirps. I keep telling him it's cool, that the world is beautiful. I think he'll come around.

Jules and Zack are both asleep now; I really should follow suit but I have no idea if I'll be able to. I'm so proud of Julie and it warms my heart to hear her sleepy breathing. Zack is swaddled tightly, every once in a while he'll jerk his little legs up as if spring-loaded. He's pretty awesome.

Check out the stats:

Born June 10th, 2008 at 6:47 PST

9 pounds, 4 ounces

21 1/4 inches long

Head circumference: 14 3/4 inches. Yowza.

More pics later. Thanks, everybody.


DCD said...

Had to leave a comment here too! I keep going back to looking at his picture - even though it also features Julie's boob - I especially like the one of him nursing, his eyes open and everything.

He is beautiful!!!

Anonymous said...

Soooo glad Dana shared these! Zack is so adorable! Jeff - I loved the note about how hearing the sleepy breathing warms your heart and the noises he's making. We so relate to what you guys are experiencing right now and are just wishing you continued enjoyment of every first. Much, much love + special sleep/strength/speedy recovery to Julie and I'll talk to you soon. xoxo, Jules

Jeannette said...

Taking a look at the nursing picture again (my favorite), I noticed his little peach-fuzz hair. I remember the smell from their little heads that is so intoxicating! I couldn't get enough of the sweet baby smell.

Obsidian Kitten said...

that Zack is some amazingly beautiful (and enormous!!!) baby y'all came up with there. great work you guys, and love to you both...shan