Boring mom stuff post, skip as needed!
(For those who don't know, I had my baby a bit ahead of schedule. You can read the story here
, if you like. Nate's youtube channel is here
! Click for tiny cuteness.)Nate facts:
First off, his full name is Nathan Aaron Bach (useewhutwedidther), and he was born on December 20th, 2009 at 4lb 1oz. He's only just now gotten back up to his birth weight (preemies often lose weight after birth, anyone would after being that stressed out!) but he's 16 inches long! He looked like a little skeleton there for a while, but he's finally fattening up. Yay! He has the loveliest, longest fingers and his hair feels just like mine. I'm going to have a little pretty boy, I just know it. His original due date was January 25, making him 5 weeks premature. However, that's still awesome by preemie standards. He's actually not even officially "premature" he's what they call "near term." The real rough stuff was the traumatic nature of his birth. He was actually born without a heart beat, and they couldn't get one going for 5 minutes. However, in utero babies are apparently very resilient to this sort of thing, and there's no sign he suffered any permanent damage. Only time will tell, of course, but fingers crossed!
He's currently in the NICU at St. Mary's and doing better every day. No idea when he'll come home, it all depends on him. He has to be able to regulate his own temperature, take all his meals by mouth (as opposed to the feeding tube), and breath on this own before they let him go. Considering how well he's doing, though, I'm hoping it won't be too long. I am incredibly glad Trav and I covered all our bases on insurance for this pregnancy, however. The insurance will cover everything past the deductable, which I'm pretty sure we hit in the first hour of care.
We often call him Nate or Nately, because he's just too tiny to be a Nathan right now. His hair is my color brown, but it's starting to tinge blonde on the top, so who knows what it will end up. He's very pale and his skin looks just like mine, but that could also just be baby skin paleness. He has no birthmarks I've been able to find, and his eyes are still that super dark infant blue, so no clue what color they'll end up. He's a cutie, though, and nicely formed, except for being too thin. We'll have to fix that!What's your sign?
Now, I'm not really an astrology person (I like to think my personality is up to me, not the stars) but here's some fun stuff anyway, because it's fun!
Nathan was born in the Year of the Ox! Ox babies are known for their steady temperament and even disposition as well as their hard working nature. Considering how chill he's been so far, I'm willing to believe this. Unfortunately, Travis and my signs (Monkey and Dog) are opposed to the ox... but we're not exactly good little representations of our zodiac animals, so I'm not worried. Also, whenever I think about this I think about Fruits Basket, which makes me happy.
He's also a Sagittarius, a nice fire sign to go with Trav and I, who are both Pieces. BUT, his ruling planet is Jupiter, which is the best planet in the solar system. Just saying. Unfortunately his birthstone is topaz, which I think is a dull stone. But I don't see him wearing much bling, so it's no big deal.
Ok, random fact time is done. You may return to your lives!