It’s hard to believe you’re already here.

holding your hand There was so much more I had hoped to do before you arrived, but I suppose that’s something you learn on your own as you grow up. No matter how much you do, there will always be more to get done. It’s up to you to each of us to decide what is the most important and what really matters each and every day of our lives. Documenting this important time in my life is one of these things I value as important. Here is your story.

the first moments Your mother, @katiecupcake, had been having contractions for nearly a week and was 4cm dilated for quite some time before she finally went into real labor with you. She started having the final sprint of contractions on the evening of Tuesday, Sep. 28th around 7:30pm. At about 10:15pm her contractions were just under 3 minutes apart and lasting a good 1 to 1.5 minutes. We left for Frederick Memorial Hospital (Frederick, MD) at 12:15am on Wednesday morning, Sep. 29th.

At 12:45am we had finished all our paperwork and were in triage to have mama’s progress evaluated. At 1:05am she was 5cm dilated and 80% effaced and you were in a position of -1. She started some antibiotics to help you keep from getting Strep B at 1:25am. At 1:30am I was able to run out and update Aunt Sherry as to your status. At 1:47am I had to go to security and get a visitor badge so I could get back in to see mama (you’d think they would have told me that before hand). I made it back at 1:55am and Katie was admitted at 2:06am (labor & delivery room 1042).

At 2:23am all of us were situated and the nurse came in to ask mama some questions at 2:28am. At 4:27am Aunt Sherry had a nurse come and check your mama’s status. She had progressed to a 8.5cm dilated. Then the nurse said, “You’re not going to like this…” and went on to explain that the anesthesiologist was in an emergency c-section that wasn’t likely to end soon. Then she said, “…but it gets even better. Your doctor is in there too!” Your mom kind of had a panic attack as she realized she wasn’t going to be able to get an epidural and she was about to deliver you to a complete stranger. At 4:34am your mother was a full 10cm dilated, but the nurses weren’t ready for you yet so they had to keep asking her to try her hardest not to push!

your mother At 4:42am (some 8 minutes or so later) they finally told Katie she could push. By this point she was insanely stressed and overwhelmed. It took a few minutes for her to stop fighting the contractions, but with Aunt Sherry’s help and her own determination she gave birth to you in less than 15 minutes at 4:57am. I can honestly say I have never been more proud of your mom. She didn’t swear once even though it was easily the worst pain she has ever been in. Her love for you is undeniable and will be something you can depend on throughout your entire life – no matter what!

through a mother's eyes You scored really well on your APGAR tests (an 8/9). You were a lot bigger than we expected at 8 pounds 7 ounces and 20.25” long (your sister, Paisley, was only 6 pounds 7 ounces and 19.5” long). You have the most amazing hair. It’s perfectly dark and is styled better than I could ever get (even when I pay lots of money for it). Consider your father already jealous of you as you are constantly the center of attention because of how amazing you look and how adorable you are!

mimi Your grandma (“mimi”) flew all the way out from Arizona to meet you. Your grandpa (“papa”) and your mama’s twin brother Tyler did too, but you came out a day too late to see both of them. Your Uncle Jake and Aunt Jennie (plus your cousins Kenneth and Annabella) all came up the weekend before you were born as well hoping to catch you. We were so sad they all missed you, but we wanted to let you know that they tried!

paisley kisses Your sister, Paisley Jane, has already taken such a strong attachment to you. She has held you so much and gives you lots and lots of kisses. Last night she had a hard time sleeping so I was sitting on the couch holding you while you slept and she laid next to me. She started out by holding my hand, but before I knew it she had let go of my hand to reach up and hold your foot. I never would have believed that such an amazingly simple act could melt my heart, but I broke out into tears instantly. I hope you two can always love each other and look out for each other in the difficult world we live in!

admiration my joy With all my hopes and dreams for what the future holds of you,

Steven.Joseph.Haddox

PS – It only took you 52 hours to pee on me, and I couldn’t have been happier or more proud about it! I love you son.

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