Saturday, January 10, 2009

all the answers


  • She's doing very well. She went home yesterday. After watching the baby sleep, Kyrie and Arianna's son, Caden, kept asking if he could have a little brother too. Arianna told him that that sounded like a wonderful idea.

  • 3:46 am.

  • It's almost as though, Sliding Doors-style, I've woken up in a parallel universe where everything worked out the way I wanted it to.

  • Probably later today. With any luck, before the start of the predicted snowstorm.

  • Cole. But, as you probably already figured out, that's only a pseudonym, so ixnay on the personalized, hand-embroidered spit-up towels.

  • Nine pounds, two ounces. (4145 grams).


If you have any other questions, just leave them in the comments and I'll try to answer them.

And thank you all so much for your congratulations, thoughts and good wishes. They mean more to me than I can possibly say.

79 comments:

Tash said...

Sigh.

Kymberli said...

9 lbs, 2oz??? My jaw. It dropped. Niobe, this just brought tears to my eyes. I am so, so happy for you. It's such an understatement, but there is no existing word to describe just how happy (and relieved) that I am for you. It is ineffable. So uummm...pass the torch this way if you could, please. If only it was that easy, right?

Road Blocks and Roller Coasters said...

No questions--just lots of HUGS!!! :)

Katie said...

Would you like a pair of these, would be my pleasure to make and send you some.

Sara said...

Niobe, how exciting. I'm so happy for you sweets. When do we get to see him?

Rebecca said...

I'm echoing Sara - his audience demands pictures :)

Is he at home with you now? Or will he be, soon?

cinnamon gurl said...

Will you email me his real name?

Other than that, enjoy!

thordora said...

I'd SQUISH you if I was there!

Actually, likely not since I hate it when people touch me. :P

I'm so happy and excited for you-even the sleep you wont have over the next few months.

And yes, pictures. And blessings to Kyrie.

thirtysomething said...

Whew.
Wonderful....
Congratulations, Mama.
I also would love to know his real name, as well as see a couple pics.
Very happy for you.

sweetsalty kate said...

I neglected to say it the first time, so I'll say it now - many many good wishes to Kyrie. What a gift... and a nine-pound one to boot. Big smiles!

Wordgirl said...

Yea!


Hooray.


What wonderful news.

Love and peace to all...

slouching mom said...

Ahhh.

I feel complete now.

Expect a package on Monday or Tuesday. No personalizations.

Aurelia said...

Nine pounds! wow!

I'm glad Kyrie is okay and gone home safely, but do keep us up to date if you hear anything from her. Hmm, as for questions?

Gray's reaction?

L's reaction?

How long are you taking off of work?

Are you hiring some help, or is L. able to take some time off as well?

And can we help you do any of that shopping? My hand-embroidery sucks but my credit card works.

Sliding doors is apt--but take care of yourself, feelings can yaw and pitch around that in the first little while.

slouching mom said...

oh, and kyrie was awesome. kudos to her.

and, uh, real name, please? at your leisure. i won't tell.

Lisa b said...

Congratulations Niobe, I like his pseudonym.

I was worried that the hospital discharged Kyrie but not Cole. Is that usual in the US?

Dayna said...

How wonderful! *hug*

Cara said...

Cole - a perfect psydonym. And 9lbs 2oz? Wowsers, they grow em big these days, huh?

Congrats!!!

I still jump a meter when I see you updated.

niobe said...

Lisa B: No, that's not the way it usually works. But, though Cole's fine, he can't be discharged until there's a doctor available to personally sign the papers. So, far, every time we've been to the hospital, all the doctors have been busy.

So, basically, I have to go there today and just sit around until someone becomes available. Which should give me the chance to take a few pictures.

Kym: He seems huge to me, but Kyrie's son, Caden, was 9 lbs, 12 oz....

Katie: Thank you! I would absolutely love them.

Aurelia: I think we're all kind of in shock. I'm not sure yet what my work schedule is going to look like. When Gray was born, even though I had planned a much longer leave, I changed my mind and was back at work by the time he was five weeks old. And I'm going out to do a little more shopping now and a few friends are stopping by with stuff that I can borrow. Which is a good thing, since we're starting with absolutely nothing.

Eva said...

I'm gonna need a picture. :)

How's he eating, sleeping? How are you eating, sleeping?

Very happy for you!

missing_one said...

Wow! What a big boy!
glad everything went according to plan. Sometimes they do, you know. ;)

I'd love to see a picture of the little er big boy.

*hugs to all of you!*
Congrats! and Welcome baby!

Furrow said...

Must've been a pretty easy birth if a little brother for Caden is already being discussed. That's great.

So, so happy that you've found the right door.

I can't think of any questions that haven't already been asked; I just want to hear everything that you're willing to share.

Amy said...

Glad everything turned out like it's supposed to for you! Hope that Caden gets his own brother some day! Also, hope that "sliding door" keeps going in the direction in which it is supposed to for you.

Best wishes and congratulations!

Amy said...

I'm so happy for you all. No questions, just happiness.

The Nanny said...

Wow. I'm still just so, so happy. For you and everybody. Cole is a lovely pseudonym :-)

P.S. 9 lbs, 2 oz?!? GO Kyrie!

CLC said...

Wow, go Kyrie for producing big babies!! How's she doing? I am not sure how to imagine how she feels. She's my hero! Will you keep in touch with her?

And I am so happy for you Niobe. I hope he comes home today and I would love to see a picture of him too!

passingwindows said...

Catching up and I'm so glad for you, happy that you are in the parallel universe and glad you made it.

Catherine said...

Welcome to the other side. I'm just so so happy for you.

k@lakly said...

Exhaling and smiling:)

Melissia said...

There is so much to be thankful for. I love those term big babies. It is so hard to wait for many reasons that you all know, that there really aren't that many in the newborn nursery these days. I imagine that the nurses aren't anxious to see him go, a healthy little guy who can eat well and do all the things a term baby does. Trust me it is a joy to take care of these guys as a reminder of everything that goes just right.
I am so happy that you will have this experience; a bright, alert little boy who can engage the world in his own newborn way.

Azaera said...

Congrats! So happy for you!

Christine said...

i am so glad it is all going well. i bet he is just a doll.

did you end up getting kyrie a pearl?

Aunt Becky said...

*frantically trying to cancel order on hand embroidered spit up clothes*

All right, niobe, what does my friend Cole need? Because I'd like to send him something.

Anonymous said...

Yeah! Makes me think of;
Old King Cole was a merry ol' soul,
Abd a merry ol' soul was he...."
Glad Caden is handling it all so well too. Here's to second chances.
allypally

Melissa said...

How does surrogacy work in terms of after the birth? The surrogate got sent home and the baby is released to you? Is there a legal document you have to provide to the hospital? What does the birth certificate look like?

ewe are here said...

Over 9 pounds?!? Well done, you!

And perhaps a baby name clue or two so we could figure out the lovely name you've chosen and yet not have it published on your blog would be fun...? ;-)

Clarabella said...

Big Boy! Have fun.

missedconceptions said...

9+ lbs? Her poor bajingo. I hurt just thinking about it and Baby S was a mere 6 lbs, 3 ozs.

I think the feeling of being in a parallel universe is very common among new parents.

To say that I am happy for you is a dramatic understatement, but those are the only words that seem close.

Carly said...

I just wanted to say Congratulations to Kyrie.

What an amazing thing she has. I presume that she maybe feeling empty, literally and emotionally. I could be wrong though. I wanted to just send her my love anyway.

Enjoy the time you are at the hospital even though I know you are probably aching to leave with your little guy.

I am so relieved for you.

x

elizabeth said...

So completely happy for you, Niobe. Welcome to the world little one!!

Hannah said...

Just wonderful. I had a 9-pounder myself with my first and those big squeezable babies are such fun.

My Reality said...

And how are you?

Sue said...

So, so wonderful. No words, only happy tears for you.

three minute palaver said...

I would love to send you & Cole a gift from afar (Melbourne). Can you email me your address and I'll pop something in the post soonish. I also would love to know Cole's real name but understand if that's just too much to share.
~Clare

Melissa said...

Excellent news. I'm so very happy for you!

three minute palaver said...

forgot to add,
my email address is clare_fs at yahoo.com.au

and I would really, really love to send a wee something for you both.

Lori said...

First, HUGE congratulations! I don't know that I could be more relieved/excited for someone I don't even really know.

Can I beg you to please give us more details than you usually do in your upcoming posts. I think it might kill me if you approach this child's early days with the same vague/murky/tantalizingly obtuse way you approach everything else. Seriously, it might kill me.

I'm dying to see a picture. Dying. (Have I been dramatic enough to prompt you to feed us some more details?)

Mad said...

A second YAY! That is all.

Oh and a picture might be nice.

Bon said...

the idea of you out shopping today for baby stuff, and sitting around the hospital waiting for a doc to sign him out so you can bring him HOME...those are nice things, Niobe, things that make me smile way up here.

Julia said...

I'm late to offer my congratulations, but that does not mean they are any less heartfelt!

Amazing. Congratulations.

WiseGuy said...

Congratulations! All the very best.....


:)

Smiling said...

YAY!!!!!!

and thanks for teaching me how to spell ixnay - I've never seen it in print - even when you are posting your most exciting news you find ways to teach us things.

A cole is a lovely pseudonym, I imagine that your real life naming skills are even more brillant!

Betty M said...

Wow - 9lbs! Lovely and big - so we can say no to the 0 mths onesies then. Many congratulations again.

Anonymous said...

De lurking after a year of reading to say I'm so so happy for you Niobe. So very happy. Congratulations!

Angela said...

You know it would kill us to see a picture of him. =)

Which Box said...

yay! just yay.

Clementine said...

I'm just so happy for you! Here's wishing you all and Kyrie and her family all of our best wishes.

Anna said...

Oh, joy!

Re: I highly recommend these swaddlers. Cheaper than the Miracle Blanket, and just fine in the early months:

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2265543

Anonymous said...

Mazel Tov and what a gift! Kyrie is beyond amazing...will she be in Cole's life in anyway?

Over-joyed for you.

~Jana

niobe said...

Furrow: Actually, Kryie and Arianna's plan is that Arianna will be the one who'll be pregnant with Caden's little brother or sister. And, yes, the goal is to go forward with that (and buying a new house for all of them) right away.

Eva: We're all eating and sleeping fine for the moment. But I'm sure that we've got many sleep-deprived nights ahead...

CLC: Kyrie and I have talked about it and, while I'd love to stay in touch, she's said that she's not sure what she's going to be comfortable with. So, I'm basically going to leave it up to her.

Carly: I think you're absolutely right. She's told me that she really wants to focus on the next steps in her life -- new house, new job, trying for a new addition to her family.

Christine: Yes, we got Kyrie a necklace with a single pearl. I didn't tell her because I didn't want her to feel any kind of pressure to stay in touch (see answers to CLC and Carly above), but I got one
just like it for myself. I think of it as kind of symbolic of our bond and whenever I wear it, I'll think of her....

Aunt Becky: What an incredibly generous thought. We really don't have anything, so, if you really wanted to send something, basics like receiving blankets or socks or hats would be very much appreciated.

My Reality: Honestly, I'm still in shock. After all this time, it's impossible to believe that this is real...

Thalia said...

Congratulations to all of you, Niobe, sorry I didn't say that before.

I agree with an earlier poster, I immediately thought of 'old king cole' - what made you chose this moniker?

I'm so glad all is ok. Hope you've got him home now.

Rita said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you. If you would like a little monkey for Cole, just send me an email.

Jeanna said...

Thank you for the update. This made me smile for you. Glad to hear that all is well with Kyrie as well.

Yolanda (the callipygian chronicle) said...

This is such feel-good news. If any of us might want to send you or Cole a little something, might you have a mailing address where we could do so?

Jill said...

Congratulations. Wishing you and your new son lots of love, peace, and sleep. Even though I don't know you IRL, I've been reading your blog since I lost my son. I'm happy for you. I enjoy it so much when one of us gets a happy ending.

leanne said...

The two necklaces... what a beautiful idea (even if Kyrie will never know). Wishing you and your family all the best!

Grad3 said...

In my mind I am celebrating for by letting go of 100 colorful balloons!!

So deeply happy for you :)

(sigh)

Am I doing okay? said...

I love how you tell your story.

I'm so happy for you! Congratulations.

Emily said...

Happy New Year, Niobe. Happy New Beginnings. Congratulations.

wheelsonthebus said...

so happy for you!

Magpie said...

Nice big baby! I hope you're home, safe and sound.

Karen said...

please email me your address. am knitting hat now!
congratulations again!

Sarah said...

woohoo, congratulations!!!

Amelie said...

Kyrie and Arianna are amazing. Best of luck to them and their plans.
Also, I think Cole will have many handmade hats, socks and blankets.

Amelie said...

oh, and I love the idea of the two necklaces.

beagle said...

So very very thrilled for you! Congratulations.

Are you willing to share a send to address for gifts?

samill said...

very, very many congratulations.

Sam.xx

Sunny said...

I am over the moon for you!

Maddie's Mom said...

I'm so behind. But it's never too late for a big Congratulations! He's beautiful. I'm so happy for you!

lifecanbeashit said...

I have been a slack shit of late. I wanted to come over and say congratulations. I have looked at the photos posted and oh so beautiful!
Im so happy for you.

Hugs
xxx