Saturday, January 30, 2016

Getting Through The First Couple of Months

I have been back to work now for almost a month and we are starting to develop a routine with Sophia....until it falls back in on itself due to gassiness.

A good night for Chrissy and Sophia usually means that I don't see them when I wake up in the morning so Christina will often times leave me a note of how the night went.

Should be read with affection :)

Some of the favorite pictures of weeks 4-7.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Out for a Walk with Sophia

Winter in Edmonton means a proper amount of bundling up and picking your shots to get out of the house when the weather permits.

For the first few weeks of her life all Sophia knew of the outside world was blurriness through a window or cold air experienced briefly in transit between the car and someones house.

With both mother and father getting stir crazy in the house it was time to take Sophia out for a walk.

She will grow into it for next year

We may have overdone it with the bundling.

As first time parents I think we were typically overcautious. I only did one superfluous wheelie.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sophia's First Christmas

Everything was new to Chrissy and I this Holiday season. Everything that we usually do like gift shopping, wrapping presents, Christmas cooking or heading to a family members home needed to be planned to a nap time and took double the usual time.

And as the keeper of a newborn we were popular! That's new - People actually wanted to visit us :) Us, being Sophia, but Chrissy and I will take it.

Highlights of the Holiday season included birthday parties, many meals with family, getting spoiled by multiple Grandparents, and friends coming by to visit:

Christina, her Gido (Grandpa) on his 92nd birthday and Sophia:

Christmas was in Edmonton this year and we were treated to multiple massive meals at Chrissy's parents, grandparents and aunts houses. With all of those meals came family all to eager to give Chrissy and myself a break by holding Sophia.

Cross-eyed to read the writing on her jumper :)

Shortly after Christmas my Mom accompanied my sister Monica's family back from Saskatoon to meet Sophia for the 1st time. Sophia, although gassy, was pretty well behaved for Grandma.

Mom of course is a pro with a baby. I am guessing her calm that comes from experience was picked up by Sophia. We haven't gotten her to burp so well or sleep so well in this position since Mom showed it to Claire and Ren.

Mom and her baby's baby

We haven't been the most mobile, so we have felt fortunate to get sp many visitors. I never even thought to grab pictures from the first few visitors (Monica, Mark, Alex, Markiana, Chris and Tara Foster) but did smarten up to get some from the later visits.

Below is a picture of Rob and Carryn's daughter Justine holding Sophia. It was a bit surreal to see as I still remember the day that Justine was born. We collectively celebrated quite late into the night and my Sociology 101 test the next morning was a bit of an adventure. Justine was a natural with Sophia.

Shortly after Ukranian Christmas we were visited by Andrea, Ryan and Tekyla (9 months).

Teklya was very interested in "the baby", I am thinking that over the years they will find some trouble together, not unlike their mothers.

With all the food eaten, visitors gone and tree put away for the year we look forward to more firsts and more memories.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

The New Normal of a Newborn

Sophia is now 3 weeks old and Mother and Daughter are doing well.
I have been home from work (holidays and a great boss/colleagues) and we are now setting into a routine, at least until the routine abruptly changes.

Start with noon as we have to start somewhere....

  • Noon-3:30pm - Nursing and naps by Sophia
  • 3:30-6:00pm - Sophia and Chrissy nap time
  • 6:00-8:00PM - Nursing and play time
  • 8:00-10:00PM - Nursing and Sophia napping
  • 10:00-12:00am - The Beast is awake and angry!
  • 12:00-3:45am - Stu goes to sleep - Chrissy and Sophia eventually fall asleep
  • 3:45-7:30am - Chrissy sleeps - Stu in charge of feeding and diapers...some 30 minute catnaps for father and daughter
  • 7:30-10:00am -  Chrissy and Sophia usually sleep - Stu watches sports highlights while drifting in and out of consciousness
  • 10:00-Noon - Nursing and play time
Sophia doesn't go into "Beast Mode" as much as she did the first 2 weeks but it's still a common sight to see Chrissy circling the kitchen island with her baby in her bathrobe.

Only 18 more years to go!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Introducing Our New Baby Girl: Sophia

Christina and myself are now parents!

On December 6th at 2:38 am Sophia Frances Kehrig was born. 

In the short time so far getting to know each other she has been extremely cute, maddening (the midnight witching hour...shudder), confusing (hungry, gassy, cold, all of the above?) and an absolute joy for her two happy parents.  

Ever since it was confirmed that Chrissy was pregnant we have been waiting to meet her. So, I don't feel too bad documenting the pregnancy through pictures before we get to what you really want - baby pictures.

Our first glimpse of her was in ultrasound and 3D imaging form at 11 Weeks.

Week 16

Week 18

Week 23

Week 28 Pregnancy Pictures courtesy of Monica Kehrig Photography

Week 31

Week 38

Christina's water broke at 7:11am on December 6th and she calmly informed me "it's go time". We headed to the hospital  and she was hooked up to a monitoring machine.

The baby's heart rate was strong but the contractions were extremely small. We were told to head home, relax and then come back at 6PM.

Once we were back at the hospital they hooked Chrissy up to the same machine and then gave her a stimulant to induce labor. It took an almost immediate effect and it was truly "go time".

After a few hours of contractions, a complication and some excellent nursing and Doctor attention we found ourselves to be parents...and it was a girl.

Throughout the pregnancy we declined learning the gender of the baby. As it would be a surprise we deliberating for weeks on names. Well, that isn't exactly true - we deliberated on boy names. We always knew that if it was to be a girl, she would be Sophia, after her Grandmother. We also knew that the middle name would be in homage to both of our fathers Frank and Francis. Hence, Sophia Frances Kehrig.

And here she is!

60 Minutes Old


As the baby was cesarean born we stayed in the hospital for a couple of days so Christina could be monitored. I stayed with her during that time to make sure her and Sophia were well taken care of. I needn't have worried. The staff at Sturgeon Hospital were amazing! They nurses were extremely kind, personable and professional. I can't say enough how thankful we were for the service they provided. Truly amazing.

We tried to keep visitors at the hospital to a minimum and were a little silent in sharing the news right away with people as we wanted little Sophia to ourselves and wanted to ensure Chrissy got time to rest and heal.

Exceptions were of course granted for family. The dark Kehrig hair and eyes are her most striking features and a bit of a fascination for the fair haired family of Chrissy. It has been the first thing commented on by her family almost every time. Monica, my sister and 'on-call' professional photographer visited us in hospital and took a couple of cutie pie shots for us.

Her Father's grimace

After our 'luxury stay' at the hospital (the nurses were so good it felt like that) it was time to go home.
I am not big on tradition but one of the traditions I wanted to maintain was based on a receiving blanket. Every one of my siblings and many of my nieces and nephews have been brought home from the hospital wrapped in the same receiving blanket. With care we wrapped Sophia up in her car seat and left the hospital.

First stop when we got home was the Christmas tree with the family blanket. Just look at the joy she possesses to be home :)

The first night at home was a bit of a sleepless gong show,. This was followed in the next few days with jaundice and fussiness. However, everyday continues to get better and we are enjoying our feed, stare at baby, nap, repeat schedule.

It would be remiss if I didn't stop during this post and proclaim just how impressed I have been by my lovely wife through the whole pregnancy, delivery and early motherhood stages. She has been brave and strong beyond words. Sometimes I just have to stop and marvel at how fantastic she is and how lucky I am to have her in my life.  I love her more everyday.

For the rest of my life I will strive to be as good of a father to Sophia as Chrissy is a mother. If I can achieve that I think she will be alright.