Welcome to the World

Cathy @ 40 weeks + Waiting Waiting Waiting
Josephine Josephine
Photograph 1 – This picture was taken during the fortieth week of Cathy’s pregnancy outside a restaurant in Jhongsing Village.  I had a dream the previous night that her water would break while we were eating in the cafe and I would need to rush her to the hospital [which wouldn’t take long, as the hospital is less than a kilometer away].  The dream didn’t come true – most likely because we ate in a restaurant two doors down from the cafe.

Photograph 2 – Under our doctor’s advice, we went to the hospital on the morning of Wednesday, December 1 – the beginning of the forty-first week of Cathy’s pregnancy to induce labor.  Around noon on Thursday, December 2, it became clear that induction wasn’t working.  We had a brief meeting with our doctor and agreed that a cesarean would be the best option to ensure a healthy delivery for our baby.  After about an hour of sitting in the waiting room, nervously looking up every time the door opened, our daughter Josephine was carried to me by one of the nurses.  She weighed in at 7.8 pounds and shares a birthday with my mother.

Photograph 3 – Josephine waits in the newborn center while Cathy is under supervision after the surgery.

Photograph 4 – Everyone says she looks just like me.  What do you think?

25 thoughts on “Welcome to the World

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  2. Congratulations Todd! It’s a few months overdue but it’s been a while since I’ve had time to look at travel blogs again. Josie is beautiful and I am so happy for you and your new family. I stopped blogging last year because I had to stop traveling due to my own new addition. My son is 9 months old now and I am just starting to have enough time during naps to think about restarting my blog. LOL. I hope you, Cathy, and Josie the best!

    • Thank you very much Sandy and congratulations on your own addition! I can occasionally write a brief post while Josie is sleeping [assuming I’m not napping as well]. I have a couple posts that have been in draft mode for a couple weeks now and a few things I would like to do to the website that certainly won’t get completed anytime soon. It will probably be awhile until I do any traveling with the baby, better focus on photography.

      • Todd, I would say that the first 4 months are the worst, and I didn’t start getting a hang of things until 6 months. You are totally normal. 😉 Having a newborn is a challenge, especially as new parents. Once she starts sleeping through the night, things will change dramatically for the better. Hang in there!

  3. Things are definitely getting better – She’s mostly following a feeding and sleeping schedule. Our baby gets a feeding around 11 or midnight and sleeps till about 4 am when she is hungry again.

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