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Spencer in the movies

p.s. easier to see from China

June 24, 2006 at 03:48 PM in Fatherhood | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

smile for granmas

  smile for granmas 
  Originally uploaded by wuchin.

Spencer shows off his dimples for my mom and Angie's mom.

June 24, 2006 at 03:04 PM in Fatherhood | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

new family

  new family 
  Originally uploaded by wuchin.

Here's a quickee of the three of us at the hospital room where we spent Spence's first five days.

June 24, 2006 at 03:01 PM in Fatherhood | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Introducing... Spencer Allen Wu Chin

Sorry to leave anyone reading here hanging. It's been a whirlwind for the last eight days. The short version of the birth story is two days of pre-labor, two days of intense labor and then a late night emergency c-section (check out his weight and the size of his head!). But yesterday Mommy, Daddy and baby left the hospital.  Happy, if not well-rested.

I owe a more detailed version and lots and lots of pics. But I've also gotta pack and hop on a plane for Paris tonight. Keep hearing Mos Def's "Leaving on a Jet Plane" in my head.

I'll post a link to a few pics on Flickr and some Mofile videos soon.

Til then, here are the little guy's stats:

Spencer Allen Wu Chin
Born: Monday, June 19, 3:08am
Weight: 3800g (8lb 7oz)
Length: 50cm (19.7in)

Update: Here's the photoset.

Update: And here's another pic...

June 24, 2006 at 03:00 PM in Fatherhood | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

another false alarm!?!?

So we spent about 9hrs at the hospital waiting to see if Ang's contractions would kick into another gear, but so far no luck. The doctor sent us home and said that it'd probably be a while. So for now, Angie's got sometimes (but not always) painful contractions every five to eight minutes or so. They're more painful than this morning, but not everyone is "productive" enough to dilate her cervix.

A couple of times they had Angie on a fetal monitor that would gauge her contractions from a resting reading of anywhere from about 5 to about 20, we'd see the numbers spike during her contractions. First up to about 30. No pain. Then 40. Starting to hurt. Getting up to 60 or 70 would be moderately painful, but then a couple of times she'd get up to 80, 90, even 100. The nurse said that it'd take contractions of 70-80 to really dilate and that Ang should expect to really be sweating and feeling it when the contractions got in that range frequent enough to go back to the hospital.

In other words, we're still on hold, back at home trying our best to get some rest.

Turns out he really could be born on Cliff's birthday, tomorrow.

June 16, 2006 at 05:41 PM in Fatherhood | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

about six or seven minutes apart

Here we go...

June 16, 2006 at 05:19 AM in Fatherhood | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

contractions, contractions

So the contractions keep on coming. Getting stronger and more frequent, but Angie feels like she can still get some rest tonight at home. We're not quite there yet.

But I think we'll be at the hospital in the morning.

June 15, 2006 at 11:14 PM in Fatherhood | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

show time

So Ang woke up around 5:30 this morning and saw the show when she went to the bathroom. [For the squeamish or non-parents out there I'll let you look up what that is. I've also left off the common adjective that proceeds it.] This was accompanied by her first real contractions. Every few minutes, she'd feel something like mild menstrual cramps.

They weren't very regular or very long, so we called the hospital to see what they'd say...

Keep an eye on the timing of the contractions, but get some rest, it's probably too early to come in...

So Ang took a shower, had some cereal and we waited. The cramps got more frequent, one every four or five minutes, and a couple were really strong. So we called the hospital again and they suggested we come in later in the morning.

Well, the contractions waned as we waited for morning and Ang managed to fall back asleep. When she woke the contractions had stopped completely. We decided to still go in to the doctor's in lieu of our upcoming Saturday appointment.

Dr. Guo said the baby's doing fine, but Angie's not dilating yet. He did an exam and said the baby's head is well in position. Labor will probably start within 48 hours, though most likely not today. Call when Angie's water breaks or when the contractions get strong, regular and frequent. Otherwise...

See you in the hospital.

So the little guy's doing right by his dad and will come before I have to fly to Paris. Some time in the next few days I'll probably be posting a picture of our new baby boy. Phew, that was a close call. Thanks, little guy.

BTW, Dr. Guo rushed to the hospital at 7am thinking we were coming straight in. We felt terrible about it. Guess he probably gets a lot of first timers pulling that, but doesn't make it better. We really appreciate the great care and service we've had at Huashan.

June 15, 2006 at 04:07 PM in Fatherhood | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Mofile video

Here's a test video from the video library of a company trying to be China's YouTube.

June 4, 2006 at 05:28 PM in Shanghai VP | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack