Sunday, August 19, 2007

Kayce's belated update

I feel enormously ashamed that it has taken so long to update this blog. Sure we have been busy, but come on....

So the last two months have been pretty huge for us. The biggest event, of course, was Louisa's birth. It was amazing, and so fast. For any who don't know the "labor story," which all women love to hear and tell, and will continue telling for the rest of their lives, here is a quick version of mine. I was three days overdue and my very accomodating Beverly Hills OB gave me the option of induction. I didn't want to be induced but really really was ready to have the babe. After talking to Jenni and Somer I was convinced to go ahead hoping that breaking my water would do the trick and I wouln't need drugs. Boy was I right. About 30 minutes after they broke my water, I was in serious labor. About 2 1/2 hours of very hard labor later, Louisa came into the world with just three big pushes. My doctor didn't even make it to the delivery, but came in moments later.
It is such a truly amazing thing to give birth. As hard as it is-especially drug free as my experience has been-it is just awesome. Throughout my pregnanacy I looked forward to the birth itself as much as anything just because it is such an incredible experience to go through. When that baby is finally born, and you are not preganant any more, it is such an amazing feeling. Just after the birth, I remember feeling an incredible adrenaline rush, like I had just climbed a mountain and could not stop myself from talking excitedly to everyone around despite the exhaustion. Truly awewome.
I could not have done it without the critical help of others. I had two wonderful and understanding nurses to coach me through the toughest contractions, and I had the equally critical emotional support of Taylor and my sister Somer. Having them there was so important to me.
Then there is the part of meeting your baby. This little person who you have known so well by their kicks and movements for what seems like forever is finally here. You can examine every detail of their tiny body and rejoice over every little noise or movement. Louisa is truly a sweetheart, she loves to be held and cuddled. She also seems very serious and determined. She is always working at something when she is awake.

So since Louisa's birth we have been so busy with traveling to a wedding in Utah, blessing Louisa, and having my mom and two younger sisters visit us in LA. I have loved seeing so much family and being able to share this time with them. We are still adjusting to being a family of four, but life is good and we feel so blessed.

I feel bludgeoned into doing a new post. So here goes...

Truly remarkably, nearly two months have gone by since our first foray into blogging. I, Taylor, take that back; actually out first attempt was a website/blog devoted to Axel nearly two years ago that died a quick death after one or two updates. But rather than simply embrace the fact that we are mere troglodytes within the space of flows, we’re going to keep this going, if only to get you all off of our backs.

Louisa Eve Mammen was rush delivered to our family on Friday, July 13, 2007, and we haven’t been the same since. She’s totally a babe of course (according to every connotation of the word), though there’s no question that we’re still getting used to the impact of having doubled the size of our family unit. At least we can still play man-to-man defense, of course; hard to imagine what happens when you’re outnumbered. I suppose that’s when you get to have first name basis with the emergency room staff at Cedars Sinai.

As I’m kind of blanking on the whole funny anecdote thing right now, I’ll just list a bunch of cute pictures, and note that we’re doing great and enormously appreciate the love and support that we feel from our family and friends. I’m also so grateful for two healthy and happy kids, and for Kayce who does a top notch job of keeping them alive. And happy. And wonderful. We are blessed!

On the Heber Creeper with choochoo-obsessed Axel:

What did I tell you? Babe. (The one on the left.)

I am a lucky man.