Soooo tired…

January.31.2006

I apologize for not updating on a more consistent basis. I have been just exhausted the last few days. Some of it is still getting used to the impact Leah is having on our sleeping schedule, but I think even more so it is recovering from having guests at our house week after week. As much as I have enjoyed having them over, I am anxious to have our first weekend with just Jamie, Leah and myself. It will be a nice break.

Last night I spoke at the large group of our senior high youth ministry about the parallels of becoming a dad and the way our Heavenly Father interacts with us. The biggest one for me so far is that Leah cannot really see us unless we are within about 6″ from her face. We are always there caring for her, telling her we love her and smiling down at her, but she usually cannot see it. I know that my Father in heaven does the same with me everyday. I just didn’t really think about it until we had Leah.

Today I have to leave work early to have a passport made for Leah. I’m not crazy about Leah and Jamie both being gone for so long, but it’s important they go. I’m just going to be awfully sad when they do. I sure hope that she remembers me when they get back home.

That’s all for now. Like I said before, sorry for not posting very much. Hopefully I can find some time here and there to drop at least a few words every day or two.

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My daugther the duck

January.16.2006


Duck Suit
Originally uploaded by NickWI.

As we brought Leah home from the hospital on Friday, Jamie and I both knew it was finally time to unveil the going-home outfit.

We had the outfit for a long time and we both knew this was the outfit our child would wear when it went home. I had no idea she would be so darn cute wearing it though.

Life with Leah is still pretty good. She doesn’t fuss a whole lot and when she does she can be settled down in a few minutes.

The lack of sleep is still an adjustment, but we are getting by. I’m really glad we got that DVR for recording all our favorite TV shows though. You never know when a poopy diaper will strike.

Leah Jeanne Coenen

January.12.2006


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Originally uploaded by NickWI.

Well, it’s finally done. At least this part is…

It was amazing, painful, scary, heart-wrenching and overwhelming. I can’t believe we made it. I’ll be honest, there were times when I really thought there was no way we were going to get that baby out naturally. My wife is amazing.

A brief rundown of yesterday’s events. Jamie and I arrived at the hospital at 6 am as we were scheduled for the induction. We settled in our labor room and Jamie received an IV. The inducement proceeded pretty quickly with contractions starting to come pretty frequently at 7:45 am.

As things progressed, Jamie decided she wanted some Nubain for the pain. This seemed to help a lot as she looked much more comfortable and as I put it, “You are totally wasted on Nubain.”

Things continued to get stronger and as the Nubain wore off, Jamie was in pretty rough shape. She asked for a second dose of Nubain, but it had little effect. I was pretty concerned at this point since she was moving along quickly (several centimeters in the span of an hour) and her body was having a hard time keeping up.

We had debated doing an ISN which is bascially a drug that numbs you from torso to the top of her legs. For the next few hours, contractions happened, but Jamie didn’t really feel the pain from them. Jeanne and I went for lunch at this point.

When we came back, Jamie was very mellow but the contractions were starting to gain intensity again. We quickly realized that is was time to start again. The transition into active labor went pretty fast as well. Several contractions were hitting at a pace of 1 a minute each lasting a minute. Jamie was shaking a lot and she was feeling pretty scared.

Then it was finally time to push. The pushing was a relief since it was suddenly a way to release the pressure that was building up inside of Jamie. The relief was temporary though since the baby moved down quickly which added more pressure down lower.

After less than an hour of pushing, Leah Jeanne was in the world. It was amazing. The last couple of pushes and the actual release of the baby was something that is usually disturbing on a video, but when it is your own child it is honestly the most amazing thing I have ever seen. Knowing that this child is someone that I love instantly and that I am devoted to caring for and protecting is overwhelming. I was in tears many times yesterday and today.

I can’t get over how much God blesses us with children. The love I feel for her is a love different than anything I have ever experienced. She has completely stolen my heart and I can’t wait to get to know her better and to share life with her.

Still no baby…

January.9.2006

I can’t believe it, but still no baby. It’s become almost laughable at this point. I know that it’s just a matter of time, but I never would have guessed it would take this long. The Wednesday inducement is looking like the only way that kid is coming out.

This weekend I watched a lot of playoff football. One game in particular was hard to watch. I have been intrigued with the Bengals all season and a part of me was hoping that they would make it all the way to the Super Bowl. It wasn’t meant to be though.

On the first pass of his playoff career, Carson Palmer has his knee obliterated. Torn ACL & MCL. Jon Kitna comes into try and fix matters, but doesn’t get the job done. A very good Bengals team is now going home. Ouch.

I finished up another videogame that I got for Christmas this weekend. This time it was Sly Cooper. I have now completed two of the five games I got for Christmas. I still plan on going back through them to unlock all the bonus material though.

As a note, I probably won’t be posting as often (or maybe just the opposite?) once we have the kid. Just a thought…

Professional Blogger…

January.6.2006

It was only a matter of time until it happened. It looks like I’m finally getting back into the writing industry. Sort of.

With the baby soon to arrive, I decided I would like to make some additional money somehow. Unsure of how I wanted to accomplish this goal, I just kept my eyes open for opportunities. I was really hoping for some time in the Tycoon Typhoon, but alas, it was not to be.

Instead, I saw an opening at a Green Bay Packers blog that I visit regularly. I figured it wouldn’t pay at all, but I was still interested just to start writing again. Well, it turns out that I split ad revenues from the page 50/50 with the promoter. It’s not great, but I’ll take it considering I was going to do it for free.

I’ll let you know the address of the site once I know for sure I have the spot, but it sounds like a sure thing. Hope I don’t burn out on writing about the Packers. This offseason should be interesting enough to keep me occupied though.

The Final Countdown!

January.5.2006

I’m not a huge Europe fan, but I can’t get the song “The Final Countdown” out of my head right now.

Yesterday we got a definitive date on when we will have to have this baby by. We are scheduled for an induced labor next Wednesday at 7:30 am. I think Jamie wanted to go even earlier than that, but we are just now on the due date today. It’s crazy to think that in a week or less I will be a dad. The level of responsibility that demands surely won’t hit me until the baby is in my arms.

So last night was probably the best college football game I’ve seen…ever. I had five high school guys over from my small group for the game and it was a great time. I miss hanging out with those guys and it will be really difficult to see them all leave after next year. It’s amazing how much maturity and growth occurs during high school.

This weekend is looking like more work on the bathroom. I still have a section of adhesive to scrape off the walls and then I can start thinking about removing the medicine cabinet. Once that is out we can paint. That room has come a long ways since we bought the house. I can’t wait to have it finished!

iPod Tagging

January.4.2006

My buddy Josh came up with a pretty ingenious idea. In the spirit of sharing the most personal information imaginable on a blog, he is calling for all iPod users to post their current top five songs listened to. Truly a glimpse into a man/woman’s soul.

So without further ado:

1. Are You Lonely? by The River Bends (also happens to be the first song alphabetically in my library.)

2. Save It For A Rainy Day by The Jayhawks (it’s been cloudy in Minnesota lately)

3. I’ll Fly Away by Jars of Clay (I’m a sucker for old hymn remakes)

4. Evergreen by Switchfoot (coming off the Christmas season…)

5. We Are by Number One Gun (most recent CD purchase)

This list is really not a very accurate reflection of my listening habits though. I really use my iPod for podcasts more than anything. Every morning I listen to daily scripture readings from Bible in a Year and the ESPN podcast to catch me up on any sports stories I might have missed.

Speaking of sports stories, I stayed up until midnight last night watching the triple overtime Orange Bowl. Amazing game. I couldn’t believe the human drama that was playing out with the kickers. In the end Penn State won as I predicted though, so that was nice.

Also in sad news, my prayers go out to the families and friends of the coal miners that died in West Virginia. I was as excited as everyone else when the news came out that 12 had survived last night only to hear this morning that they got the story wrong and only 1 had survived. That has to be heart wrenching. May God bless those families with a peace of His presence.

If there is one thing that is great about the start of a new year, it’s the football. For someone who loves college football it doesn’t get any better than this week. All the best teams finally playing each other for the last game of many players lives or, if they are lucky, one last chance to impress NFL scouts.

Yesterday I watched 4 full football games. I’m not even joking. I watched the Gator, Capitol One, Fiesta and Sugar Bowls. That’s a lot of Bowls. The best part was that none of the games really disappointed. I couldn’t believe Wisconsin ran away with the game against Auburn. Where has that defense been all year?

So by the end of the day, I had literally spent 12 hours in a recliner in front of the TV. Normally I would feel obese after such lazy behavior, but since we are expecting our first kid any day now, I figured this was probably my last chance to really enjoy a football game.

Other big news yesterday was the firing of the Packers head coach. I’d like to say that I’ll miss him, but I never really liked Coach Sherman. I’m hoping we can get someone really outstanding like Ferentz from Iowa or possibly just promote Jim Bates from Defensive Coordinator to Head Coach. Only time will tell how this impacts Favre’s career potential as well.

Tomorrow is the last doctor’s appointment for the baby. If we don’t have the kid tonight, we will be scheduling inducement sometime next week. I really don’t want to induce since it takes the excitement out of the moment of labor, but either way I’ll just be glad to finally be able to hold the little one.