Well, the time has finally come for Aiden’s arrival. We or I should say mommy has tried every type of birthing procedure from emergency c-section to natural birth. Today’s pain of choice is the “scheduled c-section.” We dropped Madison off at school in the morning and then dropped Evan off at grandparent’s house before heading to the hospital to check in at 10am. We spent more time checking in and waiting for the doctors and staff to prep for the surgery than the actual procedure. Once we were in the operating room, the whole process took about 20 minutes. Despite this being our third child, the process was still nerve wracking once we were in the operating room. I started getting butterflies in my stomach once we headed towards the operating room. I guess this is how professional fighters must be feeling when they enter a ring before each match.
The surgery was a success and our physician Dr. Cheng and the anesthesiologist were really cool about us taking pictures in the operating room. After getting scolded during the delivery of Madison and Evan, I was a little hesitant this time around. However, when Aiden Parker Tieu arrived in this world at 1:03pm, the anesthesiologist gave me a little tap on the shoulder and said to go ahead and take some pictures. They were in the process of cutting his umbilical cord and mommy’s womb were still open. I managed to take a few snaps and then headed over to the weighing station with the nurse to take some more. Aiden weighed in at 7 lbs. 13 oz and measured 20 inches. He was nearly identical to Madison (she was 7 lbs. 12 ounces and 20 inches) in size and physical appearance.
After weighing him, the nurses and I went over to the recovery room with Aiden while the surgeons closed up mommy and cleaned up the mess. While in the recovery room, the nurse asked me to take off my shirt, which I thought was a little odd. She then said we were going to be doing some “skin to skin” bonding with the baby until mommy gets out of the operating room. I didn’t know what to say and it was awkward to refused it to your own kid. So here I am with Aiden against my chest and the next thing you know, I’m giggling and the nurse asked me what was so funny? I had to tell her he was sucking on my nipples and it tickled! Luckily I only had to do this for a few minutes until mommy arrived. As one of mommy’s friend would later tell me that night, somewhere a nurse is probably $20 richer because she won a bet with a co-worker by saying that she could convince some poor sucker to take off his shirt and try to breast-feed his kid. If that’s the case, shame on her for taking advantage of a daddy at a vulnerable time! So Aiden, when you’re grumbling about changing my diapers 50 years from now, just remember, you sucked on my nipples first!
After about 3 hours in the recovery room, we moved to our regular room where visitors are allowed. Because we had Aiden during the spring season, the flu restriction was removed the previous day and the kids were allowed to come see their little brother and mommy. With Evan’s birth, Madison wasn’t able to see him until we returned home. So that was nice this time around. In the evening, we had a ton of visitor. At one point, the room was overpacked with more than 10 people. I’m surprised they didn’t kick anyone out with all the ruckus coming from our room.
As for Aiden, he was very good his first few hours. He slept most of the time and I was beginning to worry because after 24 hours, we hadn’t seen him open his eyes yet. He would cry and nurse with his eyes close. I thought that maybe his eyes were fused together or that there was something wrong with his vision. However, around the 25th hour, he finally opened his tiny eyes to our relief. But things went downhill from there. The 2nd night was horrible in terms of him crying and not wanting to go to sleep. He wanted us to pick him up and carry him around. The minute he fell asleep, we would put him down and a few minutes later, he would wake up screaming. I would say we got about 2 hours of sleep that night.
The doctor came around the next day to check on mommy and told her that we could leave today if we wanted or stay an extra day. We chose to leave because the hospital wasn’t doing much for us anyway. So around 11am on Saturday, we checked out without any fanfare. Sadly, it was just mommy, daddy, and Aiden leaving the hospital. With Madison, you had the entourage with you and with Evan we had a smaller party. Being the 3rd kid and 4th grandchild, you’re just an afterthought
Here is Aiden getting his footprint on the announcement card.