Tuesday, March 18, 2008

More baby pics

For all of you look for more pics of our beautiful daughter, I've finally managed to sneak off and find an internet connection to use.

You can see them all at http://picasaweb.google.com/craig.and.heather/KatherineElizabethBotha

I'll post some more stories once I'm back at work.


Sunday, March 09, 2008

It's a girl!

Out little daughter, Katherine Elizabeth Botha, was born at 8:04pm last night (Saturday 8 March 2008 for those of you reading this after today :P ).

I thought I'd share a brief overview of how the day went, as this seems to be the question most people ask ;)

Heather says she started feeling the contractions at about 11:30 on the Friday evening. She had a warm bath (supposed to help), and even went for a walk around the complex. I was totally oblivious to all of this, sleeping right through until about 5:30 Saturday morning!

We went for a walk around our little duck pond and enjoyed a beautiful sunrise, hoping that the walking would speed up the contractions Heath was feeling.

It was about 11am when we felt the contractions were fairly regular, and Heath was pretty uncomfortable. So we took a drive down to the hospital. The attached Heather to a machine that measured the baby's heart rate and the strength of the contractions. We were very happy to see the machine's name was Fiona (thanks for helping Fi :P)

Murphy's law took over, though, and the contractions slowed. After checking Heather's cervix, the sister said she thought this was still latent labour, as the cervix hadn't started to dilate yet.

And so began a VERY rough afternoon. Heather wanted to go home, as hospitals aren't the most comfortable of places. So home we went. We now had the difficult task of letting everyone know that things had been put on hold. The one bonus of this, was that everyone we notified could start praying for us.

After a bit of a nap (between contractions), we started keeping time again. But poor Heath wasn't coping all that well. but even with contractions coming at regular intervals of 5 minutes (lasting about 45 sec to 1 minute) she still didn't want to go to the hospital. Eventually, just before 6, I managed to persuade her that maybe we should head down to the hospital.

Getting there, they put her on the machine again (called Bo-bo this time). Murphy had obviously left the building, as the contractions were nice an strong and regular (peaking at about 127 for those that understand things). I was asked to go get the documentations from admissions, and went on my merry way, expecting to spend a long night at the hospital.

I arrived back at the ward about 20 minutes later, to find the sister saying "I was just going to call you, this baby is coming!". Heather was totally dilated, and was trying very hard not to push until the gyne arrived. She'd been so far dilated when she arrived, they hadn't been able to even put in an epidural for her!

My wife did excellently. She pushed when she had to (until she was red in the face sometimes). The gyne was SO impressed with her. He said he had almost nothing to do, as she was listening to her body so well. The last little bit was the most difficult, but it was so beautiful to be able to watch our little baby crowning, and being brought into this world.

I can only give glory to God for everything that happened. Going from no dilation at 11am to complete dilation by 7pm is nothing short of a miracle. Thank you to everyone who was praying and supporting us. We're privileged to be in the wonderful family of God.

I'm very glad to report that mommy and baby are both doing exceptionally well.

And daddy is looking forward to taking his little princess home

Monday, March 03, 2008

Baby's Room

Heather's spent a whole lot of time decorating the baby's room, and I wanted to share some of the pics with you guys (I even had a hand in setting up the cot and putting up the rail for the quilt wall-hanging :P ):

(Thanks Mom B for your help with the duvet)

Friday, February 22, 2008

Family Ties

My sister is down from the US with her husband. Unfortunately, due to circumstances, we could only see her for one day, but we made the most of it :D

Here are some of the pics. The rest are up (or will be soon) on our picture site - see link on right.

Cousin Terri was able to join us from Stellenbosch.

It was Adam's first time meeting Terri. I think it left quite an impression.

And for those of you waiting anxiously to see a picture of my pregnant wife:

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Stork Party Prezzies

Here are pics of the prezzies from Heather's stork party last night. She was really blessed.

And here's one of the quilt the ladies made for her and the baby. Looks like I've got some DYI in store :P

Last but not least, here's a pic of the beautiful mommy to be:

Monday, February 11, 2008

4 weeks and counting...

I know, i know. I need to hide my head in shame. I've been so distracted ... Baby, Facebook, Baby, Christmas, oh, did i mention baby? So for those faithful 2 that have been waiting with baited breathe for the next update, it's finally here.
I'm actually sitting in the room next to Heather's baby shower. It's so much fun listening to all the comments as the presents are getting opened. "oh, those are wonderful." "what a cute outfit." "you are definitely gonna be using those!" I can't wait to see all the prezzies!
We've got 4 weeks to go until baby is supposed to arrive. Although i'm sure little one has its own timeframe in mind :)
i'll try to be a little more regular (I know, you've heard that before :p ), especially when baby arrives. Keep your eyes open!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Exciting news

All you wonderful people who have waited with baited breathes for the next blog update, it's finally here :D And it's a bombshell!

It's been a rough couple of weeks (morning sickness = all-day sickness) but seeing the images on the ultrasound yesterday made up for all of that. It's amazing to see this little thing, 3.2 cm in length, with a heartbeat of 150bpm, waving these little arm and leg things. The next time we go, the Dr said we must bring a video tape and he'll to a recording for us (hopefully I'll be able to digitize it to share with all of you).

We look forward to keeping you all updated with news of our latest addition to the family.

And for those of you that were wondering, yes, this is the reason Heather didn't go to Namibia :P

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