Monday, February 4, 2008

Lucas Koseki Barrand

The News
The boys now outnumber the girls three to one in the Barrand house! Thanks to our little Lucas, who arrived at 6:33 this morning weighing in at 6 pounds 4 ounces, and measuring 18.5 inches in length.

The Name
We had a pretty hard time coming up with the name, but as I was writing this post we finalized the decision and went with Lucas. It was my grandmother's (dad's side) maiden name. She passed away when I was 14, and I have very fond memories of her. Also we like the good bible names that work in English and Portuguese. (Lucas is Portuguese for Luke) Koseki is Marcia's maiden name, and has great history as well, including samurai lineage.

The Story
We had an appointment to come into the hospital early today to get induced. Since it has been snowing consistently and we live in the sticks, we pulled a slumber party with the Runyans who live much closer to the hospital, and that way we wouldn't have to wake Sam and drive on ice to come to hospital. After a fun night of Heroscape, we went to bed, only to wake up at 1:30 when Marcia thought she had broken her water.
We got to the hospital around 2am, and Marcia had pretty consistent contractions. Things were progressing well, until the baby's heart rate jumped suddenly and all the nurses on staff came in and we had a little bit of a scare as they worked in controlled panic mode trying to help the baby's heart rate slow back down.
By the time the doctor arrived the baby's heart rate calmed down and we felt a lot better, until he told us that the baby's head was cocked and that they should start the preparations for a c section. First he asked Marcia to try pushing to see if that would straighten him out. Thankfully nature did what it does best and little Lucas righted himself and "headed out" after 20 minutes of pushing.
The cord was wrapped around his neck, and he was bright "baby boy" blue when he came out, which only lasted for a few seconds after he got untangled, when he became bright pink.
All in all, after the few minor scares listed here, (and a few more too graphic for this family oriented sector of the internet) today went fabulously. We are very grateful for competent medical professionals and a loving father in heaven.

The Pics
There will be many more to come after this post, because after anyone with a blog has a baby, you can count on consistent posts on how the baby burped and farted for the first time, and how cute it is that they spit up on themselves. Here are just a few to whet your appetite. (by the way, he has much lighter hair than Sam did, I'm sure that you'll be able to see it in pictures to come)

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Babies and Balls

After an anxious week full of contractions, our hopes were elevated many times. Sadly, as many times as we thought that "this is it!" the contractions stopped. Though this week seemed to last an eternity, the light at the end of the tunnel is nearing. We have an appointment to get induced sometime tomorrow. Hopefully the next post will have some brand new baby pics! Yipee!

In other news, yesterday was the first game of our indoor soccer season. I play on a co-ed team with the guys from work and their wives. It was an absolute blast. I was so out of shape that after only 3 minutes of playing time, I was ready to throw up. We lost our first game 9-6, but we showed a lot of promise. (and we played against the Mexican co-ed National team, so they were pretty good) I'm sure you guys will get further updates about our soccer team as the season progresses, and our domination commences.
In case you are wondering, "Bryce, I've known you for 27 years, and I didn't know you ever played soccer..." Well you are correct. I don't, er didn't. But never a better time to start eh?