Hey All! As some of you may know, I have recently become the father to a lovely little girl named Evelyn “Evie” River VanCour, AKA Squeaker. She is the newest love of my life. She was born on November 29th, 2011 at 3:20pm via C-Section at St. Luke’s Hospital here in Boise, ID. My wife Jennifer has been a complete trooper this entire time. I have more love and respect for her every day.
I am writing this blog because I feel it would be good to communicate with other parents out there who need someone to connect with, share their experiences with, and want their stories told. I’ll begin mine with the day we found out we were pregnant. I had come from work one night and Jen had met me at the door, when I had gotten caught up in a conversation with a neighbor about an overhanging tree in our yard. Once Jen had gotten me into the house she sat me down, moved a pillow to the side and showed me a white stick that said “PREGNANT” in a little digital screen. Even prior to getting married we always talked about having kids, we just weren’t expecting this soon. I took it very well and got a weird combination of nervous and excited all at once. Once Jen and I had an hour or so to digest the news, we proceeded to share this information with our mothers who were ecstatic!
Enter November 2011, each week was a battle to keep that baby in the womb a little longer. Our original due date was Christmas day, but due to my wife having preeclampsia, the doctor had put her on bed rest, and on November 29th, the doctor scheduled a C-Section at 3:00pm. By 3:20, Evelyn had joined the world. The coming week come to prove very hard on us. We had to stay at the hospital for 5 days while Evie stayed in the NICU, as she was what’s known as a Sugar Baby. Because of her premie status, her body was having a hard time maintaining a healthy sugar level and needed to be monitored and regulated for a few days. On day 6, we were given the go ahead to take her home! The drive home was a little nerve racking and of course as an overly cautious new father, I was driving strictly the speed limit the whole way. I’m sure a few people on the road hated me at some point. LOL
Once Evie was home, safe and sound, the following days were far more relaxing, BUT with that trade off, the sleepless nights and 3am diaper changes would take its place. In the NICU, we were able to sleep ourselves if we wanted while the nurses took care of Evie, which we took advantage of at times. But at home, it’s 24-7 baby-palooza. Jen has been an absolute trooper. She lets me sleep as much as I can since I have to work on the weekdays, but on the weekends, I’m up and at ‘em with the Jen making sure Evie is changed and fed every 3 hours.
The following blogs in this series will be about what life is like with a new daughter. The things she teaches my wife and myself. This early in the game I have made a lot of simple sacrifices. For example, sleepless nights sometimes, I even forget to eat at times because I’m so occupied with her, and dare I say it…I haven’t picked up my PS3 controller since I’ve been home for almost 3 weeks. *GASP* I know the challenges ahead of me will be hard and the sacrifices my wife and I make will be difficult at times, but I can honestly tell you, it will be all worth it. Because the love of your own child, I will tell you right now, will outweigh anything in your life at that given time, and if it doesn’t then you seriously need to reevaluate your situation. Here’s to a new change in life to welcome a new one into our home.