Congratulations! That's wonderful!! I'm glad your wife
and baby are doing well!
On Tue, 5 Apr 2005 19:42:15 -0700 (PDT)
John Patten <jppatten98@...
> Hi again folks,
> We have been so happy lately that I forgot to give a
> more complete update on Eriko's condition. I should
> thank one of my friends for pointing that out as I was
> typing in the middle of the night, being the excited
> proud papa just coming back again from the hospital.
> The fact is we're just both so relieved that baby and
> mother are doing well, and Eriko was of course visibly
> relieved immediately after the birth.
> Eriko really did suffer, and all our attention was
> with her constantly in the days before and certainly
> now the days after. When Eriko?fs water broke, it was
> still 8 hours before Hanako was born. It?fs usually
> 1-2 hours after. Eriko?fs body gave out to exhaustion
> after four days with no sleep and she couldn?ft have
> the contractions anymore, plus the baby's heart rate
> went down, so she had to start the IV drugs to induce
> the labor. They almost had to do an emergency
> C-Section, but surprisingly enough at that point she
> had a normal and relatively quick birth once moved to
> the delivery room and the contractions came back. I
> was sitting with her every minute, but it was hard not
> being able to do much and watch her go through that.
> I?fm happy to report three days on Eriko is doing fine
> and recovering, and is as much the focus of our
> attention as our cute little girl. Eriko seems very
> happy now and comfortable in the hospital here as she
> can really communicate with the other mothers and
> staff about what they are all going through. She's
> pretty stoic anyway, but if you were to ask her if
> there is any post-partum depression, she'd probably
> say "What, are kidding me?"
> Here they let you stay a week, which is what she
> wanted, to get the proper care after such a difficult
> time. In any case she will still be there until the
> 9th, but I go every day for the maximum time they
> allow me.
> The name Hanako is very traditional Japanese and means
> spring flower, which she is. Kathleen is my mother's
> name and she has been of such primary importance in
> all of our lives, it's good that it seemed to fit so
> well with Hanako.
> All for now, thanks for listening to our (my) excited
> "Think of where man's glory most begins and ends, and
>say my glory was I had such friends." Yeats
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