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September 26, 2010

Life with Lucas

Filed under: Fatherhood, Home Stuff — Duane @ 7:47 pm

Wow, it has been well over a year since the last post. And a lot has changed in that time – new job, Emma and Caitlin are now 2 and well into the toddler stage, nearly finished up uni, and of course the birth of our son Lucas. How could I possibly forget that? Life couldnt be more different when dealing with 3 kids under the age of 3.

Where to start? Lucas was born on 18th May 2010, just over 4 months ago now. We told people we were expecting again around December. Of course the first thing people asked was were we having only one? And yes that was the first thing we checked – honestly don’t know what we would have done if we had had another set of twins. The pregnancy went fairly ok – Agnes had gestational diabetes again, her hips and butt gave her lots of grief, but we didnt have any scares and all the scans came back well.

Lucas was born at 38 weeks, it was felt that the hip problem and diabetes was too large a risk to let him go full term. Delivery didnt go exactly according to plan. Induction was started Monday night, Agnes’ waters were broken on Tuesday mid-morning, by 5pm Agnes was still only 2cm dilated and there were concerns as Lucas’ heart rate was dropping when Agnes was having contractions. So we decided on having a caesar. Just had to wait for a couple of emergency caesars were taken care of.

The caesar went according to plan and the first thing I saw was the thick crop of dark hair on Lucas’s head – he had hair! Neither of the girls had a lot of hair when they were born or for the first year of life. So to see so much hair on our newborn was quite a shock. After Lucas was “retrieved” things deteriorated on the surgery table – Agnes’ spinal block wore off and she could feel and move her legs: something she wasnt meant to be able to do. Apparently it was only the 3rd time this had occurred in 30 years or so. All went well in the end and mother and son were able to pass the night together in the hospital.

The next few days were a bit of a blur, especially with the constant stream of doctors and the like into Agnes’ room to apologise for the spinal wearing off and attempting to analyse how it happened. Agnes and Lucas came home on the Friday, and went back to hospital Saturday night with abdominal pain that required antibiotics and strong painkillers to get rid of. The next few weeks were also a blur with Agnes’ parents arriving from Holland and living with us for the next 3 and a bit weeks. The girls didnt cope too well to start with with all the changes, but we got there in the end.

How did we come up with the name Lucas? After a bloody long time! Unlike the girls’ names which we settled on early in the pregnancy, it took us months to come up with a new we both liked. Unsure where Agnes plucked the name from, but Lucas sat well with both of us and we were content. At 4 months he as big as the girls were when they were about 6 to 8 months old – he is big! Roughly 68 cms and over 7 kgs in weight, according to the red book he is roughly the size of a 7 month old. He has had a number of health problems – mostly bronchilitis and it looks like we might be finally getting over them. Nothing too serious thankfully, but he had already had a few hospital stays and visits to the ER.

Now to the girls – the are both so big! Cailtin is about 5 cms taller than Emma and about 1.5 kgs heavier as well. She towers over most of the Mother’s Group kids and other kids at daycare. Verbally she is more advanced than Emma, but we think Emma is more mentally apt than her sister. Emma is also the leader – Caitlin will gladly do whatever her sister is doing at the time. Together the two can get into a bit of mischief – Emma usually figures things out first, but might not have the strength to do it. Along comes Caitlin to finish it up.

Both girls are talking, Caitlin more than Emma. They both sleep in their toddler beds – both day and night now. For a long time after we got the beds, we had to put the girls in portacots during the day as they would play too much during their midday sleep. They are not fully toilet trained however. We had to delay the training because of all the changes and we are now trying to get them trained in time for summer. We shall see how it goes.

On the job front, I got the shits with where I was and found a job in the HR department. I will still be training, just in a different system. Only started just over a week ago, but looking forward to it, especially as I will be graduating in a couple of months. Finally! 8 years in the making but my degree will finally be over. I have been doing 1 subject a semester for the last 2 years and have done well with my studies – 2 5s and 1 7. In a fortnight’s time I will have a good understanding of how well I am doing in this subject as well.

That is it from me for now. I have been feeling like writing here for awhile and wanted to start with the new life adjusting to another member of the family. Shall see how I go endeavouring to keep up to date with the blog.

Before I forget – Here is a pic that was taken yesterday of Lucas in the pram:

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