Sunday, June 10, 2007

Our Baby Girl!

So on Friday night, after a fairly normal week, Joo headed to bed around 10:30. As usual, I stayed up and surfed the net for a little while longer. I went to bed around 11:00 and after a few minutes Joo sprung out of bed.

"Emergency!" She yelled out as she ran to the bathroom.

I looked over and saw a wet spot on the bed and figured "meh" - pregnant women's bladders and all.

Then she said her water broke. I thought, "no way. That looks like only 50 ml worth." But within minutes the pipes were a gushin'.

We got to the hospital way before midnight and she called her parents to meet us.

Then the waiting game began.

Joo did really well hiding the pain. I'd say out of the 12 hours of labour, only half of it looked really bad. I'm guessing though she was just bearing it and the grimace on the picture below kind of proves that..

This picture is when the pain started I suppose.

So, around 10:30am is when the action started. In Korea, the hospitals are similar in practice to what you might have seen in America 50 years ago - as soon as the gore starts, they kick the husband out.

I waited with her parents in the waiting room for a bit and then a nurse busted in and told me to "suit up" (um, I'm not going to mention the fact that they never once told me to wash/sanitize) /shrug

I was able to get into the delivery room to see the last few pushes (and Joo's tremendous effort), and to see our baby being born.

It's quite a surreal feeling. I really with I could describe it better, but I think that that is the perfect word for it.

So, at 11:32am on June 9th, Hannah Ha-Eun Foychuk was brought into this world in Seoul, Korea weighing 3.25kg (7.15 lbs). She's the biggest baby in the ward... and the "Whitest". lol

Good luck little girl. The world is a tough place, but know that you're loved!

Edited to add a few more pictures: One week old.