Sunday, August 29, 2010

My precious Jazz and the sleep...

We were expecting a lot of sleepless nights and days with our eyes blood shot red. Well "mon petit loup" (my little wolf in french) does not cry too much. He cries mostly when he is hungry and he is often hungry. We are not having a lot of sleep but it does not hurt as much as I thought it would since there has been reasons we can detect so far about why he is crying. My wife did asked me yesterday what was my favorite time so far with Jazz. All I could think of was that I could not wait to see him hold his own head up.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Joy of Welcoming a Newborn to the Family

What a roller coaster is has been the last 2 weeks. On august the 10th my wife and I started to watch Akeelah and the bee and the next thing we know was, packing our backpack and driving to Trader Joe for some snack on the way to the hospital. Her water broke in the middle of the movie.
On August 11, we welcome a baby bow to the world.. What a joy it was!! The next day, that joy was transform into plain fear and high level anxiety. A cardiologist and a nurse came to talk to us:
..he was turning blue during routine examination
..there is a problem with his heart
.. a transport ambulance is on the way
.. have to keep one of the blood flow whole(that was closing naturally)
in the arteries open to allow blood to the lungs to be oxygenated
On friday the 13th my little boy had a vavular balloon plasty to fix the narrow valve in his pulmonary artery, which lasted a little more than 4 hours. This would not be a roller coaster if it just stopped there. The little one developed a blood clot on his left leg because of the procedure. Thank God for all the supports and love my wife and I got during this whole ordeal and continue to be blessed with every day. Little Jazz is now home (after spending 8 days in the NICU) and we are giving him a shot in his legs every 12 hrs for a week and hopefully the clot will go away after a week therapy.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

I have received a great book two days ago from a friend about getting ready for fatherhood. I'm not really into that kind of book but this one really appeals to me probably because of the humoristic approach. We are only 2 weeks away now and I feel...the best way to put it is, I want to be at the part where I'm holding the baby in my hand then two months later. It feels nice not to been asked about how I feel since it always feels awkward to me.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Naming Convention

Intercultural relationships are not easy. I guess this is common knowledge but not for me. I've been living abroad for so long that I thought I was immune to cultural differences. I thought I can pick and choose and remain safe with this cultural nonsense but sooner or later it surely catch up to you. Recently a friend of us(my wife and I) was asking if we pick a name yet. Somehow in my reply I mentioned how hard it was to agree on names and I said we fought WWI ,WWII, and WWIII just to get there. It's just hard to believe that it was not money, religion or sex that brought on our major fight but naming. The naming convention is quite simple back home, the daddy get to name the kid or the grandparents are asked to give a name too. No fight!

You live and learn

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Fatherhood --Week 1/4

Just 4 more weeks to go and I'll become a dad. What a journey it's been so far. I've been asked a lot about how it feels like to become a dad and I'm still puzzled about the question. How is one supposed to know about an experience one has not experience yet? My wife and I wanted to have a kid and we feel blessed to be able to conceive so quickly on our first try. I'm relieved, lucky and blessed. I was not expecting it to be easy so I'm just happy for the gift. I'm excited (and if excitement is a feeling, then...Well too late now folks) and I'm looking forward to see this being that will be half me and half my wife.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Oh Crap! It's 2010

New classes and I have not updated my blog.
Not good.