Thursday, July 30, 2009

Introducing 3.0...

It's been an interesting few days and we are extremely happy to have our little Liam at home. We are having a lot of fun, but we wanted to take a few minutes to introduce him as the newest member of the Wallace family.

William Anthony Wallace III, a.k.a Liam, was born on July 26, 2009 in Fort Worth, TX . He weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 20.5 inches long. Mama, Papi, and baby are all doing fine.

Now for all those, who want all the birth details, here goes...

Cara's water began leaking around 5:30pm Saturday night and completely broke as she sat in the passenger seat on the way to the hospital. We made it to the hospital around 7pm or so and Cara had not made it into active labor so they gave her until 11:30pm for her body to begin laboring further on its own. Though she was having contractions, they weren't strong enough or consistently close enough together. When they started her on a pitocin drip that really sped things up.

From that point, we did a lot of breathing to get through the contractions and it really worked until Cara got dilated to a 5. At that point she asked the nurse how long it would take for her to get dilated to a 10, and when the nurse told her it takes an hour per centimeter on average Cara decided to get the epidural. It took the anesthesiologist 25 minutes to make it to the room and by that time Cara was at a 7. By the time he had everything inserted and turned on the drip she was at a 9.

Pretty soon after, the on-call ob-gyn was in the room to check on Cara. She found that the baby was in a face up position, so they stopped the pitocin drip for a while and had Cara lay on her right side for a while to get the baby to rotate. Luckily he did and Cara was fully dilated and ready to push! They broke down the bed and had me flip the switch for the light to drop down from the ceiling. Cara started pushing and around 30 minutes later the baby was out!!

The baby had a bit of a hard time getting out and ended up having some amniotic fluid in his lungs. He had to spend most of the day he was born in NICU to have his breathing monitored because his respiration rate was very high. Later in the evening they finally released him from NICU so he could room-in with us.
It has been an amazing experience and we are the biased parents of an incredibly HANDSOME little boy.

These pictures are from our friend and photographer, Carleen of Charm Me Photography. She was in the delivery room with us and I know she got some great pictures in addition to these.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Coming Up On the End Of the Road...

We are now beginning the 40th week of the pregnancy, which means we are pretty much at the end of the road. The baby will hopefully come any day now. I am very anxious to meet this little person, so keep those fingers crossed that the baby will decide to make an appearance this week. I never thought I would be so eager to get the baby out of Cara's belly and into my arms. I am just really ready to start that physical bond with the baby instead of playing through Mama's belly. :-)

Also, I have a bit of advice to the men out there. Do your best to ensure that when you get your lady pregnant she will not have to carry a full-sized belly around in the middle of summer. I have no idea how Mrs. Wallace has carried around that belly in the 105-degree temperatures we've seen lately. It takes a strong person to do something like that...

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A Father's Legacy

“Ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine... And I just wanted to say I love him — so much.”
-Paris Katherine Jackson
Those were the first and only public words ever heard from Michael Jackson's only daughter. As she spoke them, I sat at my desk with tears filling my eyes. I got so emotional that I had to go outside and collect myself. This little girl just proclaimed to the world that she loved her father and wanted them all to know how she saw him. To her, he wasn't the King of Pop, the greatest performer of all time, or even Michael Jackson... To her, he was simply Daddy.

I know much has been disclosed in the past few days about Michael Jackson not being the children's biological father, but it doesn't matter. Those kids know him as their father and he cared for them as if he had made them himself. Any man can make a baby, but not every man is a father. Michael Jackson was a father and he would be proud father today had he heard his daughter speak.

We have our own child that will be here in a few weeks, and boy or girl I hope to leave the kind of legacy with this child that Michael Jackson left with his daughter. I want my child to be able to look at me and see a man that only wants the best for his child and will be behind them 100% in whatever it is they choose to do. I think the best gift a man can give to his child is to be a true father and I want nothing more than to give that gift to my child.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

36 week appointment

Monday we had our 36 week appointment with the doctor. We're down to weekly visits now; it's hard to believe we are so close to meeting our precious baby! Though we didn't have a 4D sonogram scheduled, Baby was posing for a picture. :) Here it is...

Things continue to go well with the pregnancy, though it seems I'm supposed to be taking it a little easier than I have been, as my blood pressure is slowly rising. So, hopefully with a little rest I can keep it under control! I really hope to work as long as I can so I can take off as much time as possible after Baby arrives. From the sonogram they guess that Baby is already about 6 pounds, 10 ounces. The prediction at birth is 8 pounds, 10 ounces. Baby has tons of hair and looks quite a bit like Papi already! :) Still not sure if Baby is a boy or girl! My doctor says my cervix is beginning to thin and I'm dilated to about a one. Nothing too exciting yet, just trucking along at this point!!