So, I haven’t posted for awhile and although lots of you are friends with us on Facebook so you have seen what is going on, there are a few die hards left that haven’t given in to that form of social media yet and don’t know about the newest member of the Octopus Diving Team – Keiran.
It felt like a long time coming, and although I was anticipating that Keiran would show up earlier than expected (my mom’s friend Paulette says that all first mothers think this), Keiran didn’t. He took his time and waited until he was good and ready. This is just a couple days before he showed up.
I even took out a snorkel trip the day before he was born. Impressed?
Finally the day arrived. And for first time moms, when people say that you will know when it is time, they are right. You will just “know it.”
Keiran came into the world at 8:07 PM on October 24th, 2012 weighing 3.920 Kg (this is 8 lbs 11 oz). I won’t go into all the gory little details of the labor and delivery, but I will say that Chris was amazing (although there was a moment where I’m pretty sure I told him “Don’t touch me! F&^K off!” My mom assures me that this short angry phase is totally normal.) When push came to shove (pun intended…) Chris really came through for us, and I know that I couldn’t have done it with out him.
It is almost indescribable the moment when all of a sudden you go from being a person, to being a mom. All of a sudden everything that was important in your life seems to dim in comparison to this little, tiny (or not so tiny in Keiran’s case), squirming baby that takes up all your love and attention. Then, everything is a first. The first time you look into each others eyes, the first time he burps, or makes a little noise, or sleeps, or brushes his hand in front of his eyes. We all lived in anticipation of this event for 9 months, and when it finally arrived, no matter how much we had prepared, it still took our breath away.
Keiran and I busted out of the hospital earlier than the doctors would’ve liked, however we knew that we had better care and support at home with my mom and Chris, so that is where we wanted to be. After signing some paper in French that said that the hospital was no longer responsible for us, and that I was leaving without their approval, we ignored their disapproving looks and hit the road for Keiran’s first car ride.
Home was never sweeter.
Keiran got to meet Roger for the first time.
After just a couple of days I put Keiran into his proper work clothes.
Although they were still a little too big.
Then Keiran had his first Halloween!
All these firsts, and so many more to come….
I would like to take a moment to thank everyone for all their support, for the presents, for the cards, and the well wishes. I’m talking about you, our divers, our friends and our family. It means a lot, it really does.
I would also like to thank my mom, who is the best mom in the world and having my own baby has made me realize that. She stayed with us for one whole month, and I know that Keiran already misses her and so do Chris and I.
OK, back to work! I’ve never been so good at typing one handed before!
(Sally and Keiran wrote this blog 🙂 )