Tuesday, December 26, 2006

What Child is This?

Moses celebrated his first Christmas in style… and asleep. We tried rousing our little man for the festivities and arrival of Santa Claus, but he has a knack for sleeping soundly at all the wrong times. However, I’m sure he appreciates the generous amount of swag he received this first noel: a TMX (Tickle Me Elmo 10th Anniversary doll), scores of cute clothes that’ll make the women swoon, a Toys R’ Us gift card, a Frog Pod that’ll someday store his rubber ducks and battleships, a lullaby-playing plush pooch, high-contrast rattles, a handmade quilt, a Christmas book, and more!


Tuesday, December 5, 2006

The Exodus

On November 28th, our little boy arrived after 14 hours of labor. Although 3 weeks early, he weighed in at an impressive 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 inches long, with the standard-issue fingers and toes.

He surprised Dave and me by declaring his imminent arrival shortly after an episode of "Heroes" on 11/27. Once at the hospital, I didn't shy away from the epidural, and I am thankful for that glorious invention—--however, I will say the actual administration of the narcotic needs some improvement. Numb from the waist down, I spent the majority of the early-morning labor watching "The X-Files" and "Saved by the Bell" reruns—--pain free (although viewing those nineties' styles was difficult to stomach) . When the actual "push" time came, the pain wasn't for the faint of heart but completely worth the reward. At 11:20 a.m., twelve hours after my water broke, Moses Toliver Ring was born.

“Hello, my little cone head” was the first tender sentence I said to my offspring as Dr. Hurt lay him across my stomach and I glimpsed his misshapen, journey-worn head. Dave had the honor of cutting the gristly umbilical cord and watching his first moments as nurses examined his newly-minted form.

Dave and I were taken instantly with his sweet visage and are forever wound around those tiny fingers. It’s amazing how quickly one can go from “me” to “you” without a second thought.