Saturday, May 5, 2012

More Kiki and Coco

 Dr Fraley Self administering vitals on Kiki

Coco can't get enough of Kiki

Coco and Kiki

One of the biggest questions that we have is how is Coco dealing with the new arrival?  Leading up to the birth, somedays she was brimming with excitement, and other days she didn't want her to come.  Coco loves babies.  She rarely leaves the house without a doll tucked under her arm and if she sees a stroller accross the street, she will want to cross over to see if there is a baby inside.  She can also be very maternal with younger children.  All of these are great signs.

The day that Kiki was born, Jenny, our Nanny, woke Coco up from her nap by saying, "Come on Coco, lets go see Kiki!"  Normally, Coco would be groggy and a little cranky for half an hour after her nap, but she bounded out of bed with excitement.  On the car ride over to the hospital, Jenny explained that her Daddy and Papi would also be Kiki's Daddy and Papi and that Kiki was coming home with us.  Coco said, "no, Kiki has Kira".  Uh oh...all the explaination has not seemed to sink in.  Jenny corrected her and she seems completely happy sharing her Daddy and Papi with Kiki.

Coco can not get enough of the park.  She would be there all day playing if she could.  Now that Kiki is here, she wants to be home with her.  Yesterday we went on an adventure to take her to her favorite park on Robertson in West Hollywood.  When we got there, she said, "I want to go home and see Kiki!"
The first viewing at the hospital


 So Helpful!!

Back at the house in LA

Kiki has the cutest little hands!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Welcome Kiki!!

Welcome Kiki!!!  Our lovely daughter arrived at 1:26 pm on Wednesday May 2nd at Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks California.

Here we are waiting for the doctor.  He was about 30 minutes late, but we forgave him...fortunately we didn't have somewhere more important that we needed to go.  Kiki weighted in 8 pounds 1 ounce and was 20 inches long.  Her head was a little over 14 inches which was off the chart in terms of the percentile (good thing she was C section)!
This is Kiki's Rocky Balboa pose - Free at last!!

Giddy Daddies at the warming table about 30 minutes after Kiki was born. 

I just had my first bath and I feel great!
So glad to finally meet you my sweet!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

I think I Am Going To Be Sick (in a good way)

With less than 24 hours before the scheduled birth of our second daughter Kiki, I thought it might be interesting to try to describe what is going through my head right now.  It is a lovely mixture of fear, excitement, elation, anxiety and anticipation which eliminates any hope of a good night sleep and does a number on the digestive tract.  When we were anxiously waiting for Coco to be born, our friends Scott and Ron used to tell us, “just enjoy the feelings of uncertainty and mystery as you sit at a major crossroads in your life”.  Definitely not what I wanted to hear at the time, yet sage advice nonetheless.  This may be the last time in my life I am feeling this, so I might as well enjoy it.

The feeling of being past the 38th week of pregnancy feels a bit like the week before Christmas when I was 8 years old, times 10.  There is so much anticipation that I could implode.  I remember being a kid and wishing that I could magically transport to the morning that Santa arrives.  Over the years I learned to just not focus on it, because I could drive myself crazy.  I am channeling those tools a lot lately.

The difference between Xmas and pregnancy is that the latter can come at any moment; it is not a fixed date.  So I need to not obsess over the due date, lest I go insane, but at the same time, I need to ready to rush to the hospital at a moment’s notice.  I used to pray that I not get the call at 4pm in the afternoon and need to battle the 405 traffic during rush hour.  It could take three hours to get from Century City to Thousand Oaks at that time.

The other difference with Xmas is that we are not unwrapping a present that we will forget about 6 months from opening it, we are going to meet our daughter, who will be one of the most important people in our lives!! So many unanswered questions:

·         Will she be healthy?

·         Will there be complications to the delivery?

·         What is she going to look like? (she is going to be a mixture of three different races and could have a wide variety of physical features)

·         What is her personality going to be like?  Will she and Coco get along?

·         Are we ready for this?

·         Will she discover the cure for cancer?  The first female president of the US?

I can’t imagine what it must be like to be a woman giving birth through all of this.  They probably have all of the above emotions plus need to worry about pushing an 8 pound bowling ball through their crotch. 

Experiencing a birth and the anxiety leading up to it are one of the true joys of life…but I am ready to be on the other side of this and meet our precious little Kiki!