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aspirit
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I never quite know how to share personal information but figured a few people here would like to know that my daughter, my first child, was born on Monday. She's doing well. My husband and I are learning how to function on frequent, long naps.

A bit of grist for story mills--and a bit of information I would have liked to have known before delivery--is that babies at high altitudes are often born blue. Mine needed oxygen when she first came out, but even babies who aren't born with a cord around their necks often take a moment to adjust to the relatively low oxygen levels at our altitude, about 5,000 feet above sea level.

Eating, sleeping, feeding, and making sure the pets don't smother the baby are my primary focus for now. I won't be writing much until she's more self sufficient. In the meantime, best wishes for all of your projects.

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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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Congratulations!
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You won't be writing, eating, sleep, washing, going to the bathroom, or using your washing machine on anything but baby clothes for the next six months at least:) Congratulations and bless you. Good luck.
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I had the same thing with my first daughter; I didn't know they could come out blue--actually kind of purplish-gray--and I thought my baby was dead when she came out. Whenever I tell anybody about that, they always laugh like I said something funny, but it was actually an extremely horrifying moment for me until she got some air in her and pinked up. Whenever I know somebody who is having a first baby, I always tell them about that so they'll know going into it.
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Robert Nowall
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Way to go, aspirit...and an intriguing bit of first-hand information about cyanotic babies, too...
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Congratulations, and best wishes for your new project as well!

My daughter is five years old right now, and I still haven't figured out how to express how much joy she brings me, and how much I love her.

All of the sleepless nights are worth it.

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I repeat my congratulations here.

Wow, that was some birth. But glad it all worked out.


I was there for the birth of my daughter and as I recall everything went well, she was the right color etc... except that the doctor was almost too late. But if her color had been off I more than likely would have a had a couple of bad moments.

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History
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Mazel tov!
A daughter is a blessing.

Respectfully,
Dr. Bob

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COngrats!
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Congratulations!
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Wow! Best time of my life was watching my two daughters come into the world. No matter what happens in my future, I don't think that will ever be topped.

Congrats baby Momma. You know when they say your life has changed forever? You really have no idea how much of understatement that phrase really is.

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Congratulations!!
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Congratulations!! That is way exciting. First month is the toughest. Make it through that and you can survive anything. [Smile]
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Thanks for the well-wishes! The baby's growing, smiling more readily, and coming up with new ways to impress her parents. Her dad and I are meanwhile learning what long-term exhaustion looks like.

rcmann, you weren't kidding.

Some things have gotten easier now that we know more. Still, I hope I don't have to survive anything more exciting. [Smile]

wetwilly and LD, the room was full of nurses (watching what I've since learned was an atypical labor) who all shouted for me to stop pushing then quickly shifted to telling me, "She'll be alright." When I saw a blue leg, just about all I could see through the cluster of people, I was sure the nurses were lying. I wouldn't wish that moment on anyone.

Happily, she's been a beautiful peachy tone since. It's astounding how lovely she is.

Of course, I'm biased.

Thanks, again, y'all.

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Sorry I missed this thread the first time around.
Please accept my (late) congrats as well!

What I would have said in August is, why the heck didn't a nurse or doctor TELL you about the baby blues? There should be a poster hanging somewhere or something. Perhaps to them it's normal, but a little whisper early on would have gone a long way.

There's tons of things my wife and I didn't know and others with kids, especially our parents, HAD to know and I'm always baffled by them not having told us.

One of them is the whole exhausted for six months thing. I couldn't wait for January 30th to get some solid sleep again...

Only six months.

Hahahaha

Axe

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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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I submit that they tell soon-to-be parents, but words can not convey the experience well enough, and the soon-to-be parents really don't register the warnings.

I say this from my own experiences and from watching my kids as they've had children and cried out, "Why didn't you tell us?!?!?!?" only to hear, "But we did! You just didn't believe us."

As my grandmother used to say, "This, too, shall pass." (And I like to add, "But what comes next will also be an adventure.")

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You thought I was joking? Wait until she becomes independently mobile. Then prepare to learn the true meaning of fear.
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