I had to interrupt the doctor while he explained to me what was going to happen in the next few minutes. Everyone was hoping for a normal delivery for Therese, but due to unforeseen circumstances, a Caesarian section had to be done. We were prepared for this, Therese and I. We talked about the possibility of being in that situation and that the baby's safety is our priority. Therese teared up a bit, but I knew she was ready. It's baby time.
While Therese' was getting prepped for the procedure, I was asked to wait in the recovery room until it was time. I don't know if it was extremely cold inside the room or it was just me, but boy was I jittery. I did multiple test shots on the camera hanging on my neck. I readjusted the surgical mask I had on more than I had to. I was singing to that faint new wave song blasting from down the hall. I was alone for maybe 20 minutes, and I tell you, those were the longest 20 minutes of my life.
I could hear what was happening from the other room and reckoned they started the procedure without me. One of the nurses called me and told me that I could go inside already. I pulled myself together, said a little prayer and walked in to this:
"Baby out! 8:59!"
It was so surreal. I wasn't crying, my eyes were just a little sweaty that day (word to Flight of the Conchords). My baby was screaming out loud and it was music to my ears. I had to muster enough strength to look at my baby with blood all over his body. He was ok, he's perfect. The wait for Nate is over.
I looked back to check on my wife, to see how she was doing.
She was a picture of strength (pun intended). I know she was wiping the tears from her eyes in this picture, but I'd like to think she was flexing her muscles, showing me how she kicked Caesar's behind. That has to be the most heroic moment of my wife's life. I can never thank her enough for all the pain she endured for our baby. I am eternally grateful.
We are naming our baby, Nathan Thaddeus. Nathan means "God has given" and Thaddeus means "Courageous heart". God has given us a baby with a courageous heart, and he's great! Nate the great!
After 41 weeks, our baby is here, healthy and alive. Everything in God's time. The pregnancy has been a journey for the both of us and it came to a beautiful end. Our adventure as a family of three has just begun.