Monthly Archives: October 2013



I’ve decided to forgive Evie for not being born today.  If she had been, I wouldn’t have gotten to spend the past week with her, and that would have sucked.

Of course, we can’t let Evie get through her first Halloween without a costume.  So, we’re dressing her up as… Wallace Shawn!

In other news, we went to the doctor again and Evie is gaining weight at a good rate.  She’s also healthy on all other fronts.

That’s all for now!



Day 6


Another day down, and we seem to be finding a rhythm.  I went back to work today – the students were all super excited to see pictures of Evie.  As for the little one herself, she’s an eating/pooping machine but overall seems to be a pretty relaxed little girl.  She sleeps well and doesn’t get fussy very often.

I’ve started reading her a story after each feeding.  She just stares at the books, then usually passes out at some point.

Otherwise there’s not much to report.  Here, as always, are some pictures:

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Days 4 & 5


Whew, turns out taking care of a baby is hard work.  We made it back from the hospital Monday morning but not before getting one final picture:

It looks like I'm sleeping, but I'm actually packing with the sheer power of my mind.

It looks like I’m sleeping, but I’m actually packing with the sheer power of my mind.

Then we started the trek home, which wasn’t much of a trek since we live within walking distance of the hospital.  We came home to a couple very nice messages from the students:

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Of course, once we got home, the first thing to do was introduce Evie to the cats:

Eventually, they started to like her:

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The second thing Norie had to do was take her post-delivery shot:

Spoiler alert: it's prune juice.

Spoiler alert: it’s prune juice.

Once all that was settled, we started the rotation from feeding, to burping, to diaper changing, to sleeping (not much)… repeat.  Evie was alert enough to check out her crib, listen to some music on her mp3 player, and otherwise hang out.

This morning, she went to the doctor for the first time.  She was not amused:

Her weight’s a little low, but we’re getting that under control.  In the meantime, Norie has started running a low-grade fever, so we’re about to head to the doctor to get that checked out.  Otherwise, we’re just doing our best to plug along.

Oh, and of course we’ve been photographing Evie left and right:

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That’s it for now.  More soon!

Day 3


After a very long night Evie’s settled into a nice little rhythm.  We’re glad because last night was pretty harrowing.  She just cried and cried, and wanted to feed all the time, but then when she tried to feed would just fall asleep.  That’s all completely normal, but that doesn’t make it less tiring or frustrating.

Today’s been a different story.  She’s feeding on a pretty regular schedule and sleeping well in between meals.  It also helps that Norie is moving a lot better – she’s been able to nurse from a chair rather than the awkward hospital bed, and can go to the bathroom and things with relative ease.

On the medical front all continues to go well.  Evie seems perfectly healthy and hasn’t lost any more weight than is normal.  Her vital signs are all good, and there doesn’t seem to be any reasons that we won’t be able to leave the hospital tomorrow.

But, of course, the real star of any post is the pictures, so without further ado, here are some more:

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Next post will be from home!

Day 2


After the excitement of yesterday there hasn’t been much going on today, other than just enjoying spending time with the new baby.  Both she and Norie continue to do well.  Evie is, of course, perfect, and so far seems to be a pretty well behaved little tike.

We discovered that she likes music.  She was fussy earlier today, but the moment we turned on some music she quieted right down.  Now we just have to confirm her love of classic literature and we’ll be set.

The hospital’s photographer came by to take some photos.  She asked to use Evie’s pictures as the cover photos of their weekly update, thus proving that it isn’t just parental bias that makes us think she’s adorable.

We had a nice visit from Norie’s family.  They brought us flowers and, most importantly, chocolate!  They were also kind enough to bring me a pair of shorts so I can finally change out of the pair of jeans I’ve been wearing non-stop since 7:30 A.M. yesterday.

Most important of all, though – I’ve been taking pictures.  Here they are:

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And, as an added bonus, here’s a video from yesterday, just moments after Evie was born (it’s short because I quickly realized I didn’t want to watch my daughter’s first moments through a screen):



Here she is – Evelyn Piper Messmer:

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We had a bit of a scare.  Since Norie’s water broke early this morning the doctors needed to give her pitocin to speed up the contractions.  This led to a barrage of contractions that caused the baby’s heart rate to dip.  They took her off the pitocin and everything was fine, but were still worried that she was taking too long to deliver.  So they gave her a smaller dose of pitocin, and the problems started up again.

After this happened again the place flooded with doctors and they whisked Norie away to the OR for a potential emergency C-section.  Fortunately, when she got to the OR the baby’s heart rate had stabilized, so they didn’t do an emergency C-section, but did a regular C-section. I’m not completely sure what the difference is, but I do know that I wouldn’t have been able to be in the room if it had been an emergency C-section, so for that (and many other, reasons) I’m glad it wasn’t.

It all worked out in the end.  Evie made it into the world at 4:40 P.M.  Norie is in recovery and doing fine – she was a trooper through the whole ordeal.  The baby is a healthy 18 inches and 6 pounds 4 ounces.  She has some hair on her head – Norie’s color, my curls – and at least for the time being has blue eyes.

There’s not much more to say.  There was the one terrifying moment when things got complicated but now everything is peaceful and we’re just waiting to head to the room where we’ll stay until Norie’s ready to come home on Monday.

So, those are the logistics.

It’s ironic that after chronicling the past nine months by writing a blog, the climactic moment eludes words.

The best I can do is to say that I’m going to go hold my daughter.



Hmmmm, turns out being in labor is no picnic.  The pain of the contractions got really intense.  Norie and I tried moving and massage to get through the pain, but that didn’t help either, so Norie went ahead and got the epidural.

I had to leave while this happened because apparently some fathers (a.k.a. pansies) pass out watching the process.  I’m dead inside, so I’m sure I would have been fine, but I left nonetheless.  When I stepped out, Norie was in pain, breathing heavy, and hating life.

When I got back, she looked like this:

Now I'm wondering if I can have an epidural, just 'cause.

Now I’m wondering if I can have an epidural, too, just ’cause.

The nurse decided to give Norie some oxygen just to make sure the baby’s heart rate doesn’t drop.  Nothing to worry about – routine precaution.  I didn’t want to post a picture of Norie in a mask, but it looks pretty much like this:

There's no way we were getting through the day without at least one Star Wars reference.

There’s no way we were getting through the day without at least one Star Wars reference.

In the meantime, Norie’s family visited for a bit:

Hours away from become a grandmother.

Hours away from becoming Grandma Gauthier.

They had to step out when the pain set in, and Norie’s mom was growing too tired to stay, but they’ll all get plenty of Evie time soon.