“Freedom has a scent like the top of a newborn baby’s head”

  • BoyGeeding actually arrived on his due date at 4:16 PM weighing  8.29 lbs. and 20.5 inches in length.
  • We arrived at the hospital around noon, in case you were wondering.  Actually I was half way through eating my lunch until we had to leave.  WifeGeeding wouldn’t allow me to finish it.  Oh, and she was at a six when we arrived.
  • I had a goal that I wanted lose a certain amount of weight before the delivery, and last week I hit a plateau so I thought I wasn’t going to make it.  However, yesterday morning I reached that goal by half a pound.  It was like my son was waiting for me.
  • I said “my son.”  I have a son. 🙂  That feels so surreal typing, and I only wish you could see the smile on my face as I typed that.  Heck, I was grinning ear-to-ear when I drove home last night.
  • I’m so looking forward to the day when I can throw the football with him.  The last thing I want to be is a pushy sports parent, but I just want to spend time with him playing catch.  I’ve been this way every since I lost my dad and watched this scene after his death.
  • With both kids, I recreated this scene from the movie Roots.
  • The first words spoken to both my kids were “Grace be with you ____.”  I love the word “grace”.
  • I’ll say it because I’m the father and feel like I can be honest, but this boy wasn’t as cute as when his sister was born, but he is just as lovable.  He also isn’t as dark or hairy, but I think his eyes are more Asian than his sister’s, but then again, I think her eyes started to round out the older she got.  They both are the best quarter-Asian children I know.
  • I was amazed that even though we were at the same hospital that delivered GirlGeeding, how much different the procedures were.  I guess each birth and each crew is different.
  • Going into this delivery WifeGeeding wasn’t going to get an epidural.  She changed her mind rather quickly once we got into the hospital.
  • WifeGeeding basically only pushed twice.  She gave a “practice push” as directed by the nurses, and the baby popped so far out they basically pushed him back in until the doctor arrived, which seemed like forever.  I’m thinking the doctor actually had to be there for some kind of liability issue.
  • Once again WifeGeeding’s OB was out of town.
  • The doctor didn’t even offer me the chance to cut the umbilical cord.  I didn’t get the chance to cut GirlGeeding’s because they needed to whisk her away and perform some tests, so I thought I’d get a chance this go around.  I’m just happy all parties were healthy after the event.
  • Some folks were surprised that I was rather upbeat and calm.  I guess I just take into account that humans have been doing this for a while and we are in a sterile modern facility, something I don’t think my family in Vietnam has.
  • I was having fun tweeting during this delivery, and one reply really stuck out when I learned this follower has been a BoN reader for six years.  Man, I had no idea I’ve been blogging for so long.
  • As with GirlGeeding, I had a list of U2 songs playing randomly.  BoyGeeding arrived to the Slane Castle performance of Staring at the Son.  The best line in that song is “Stuck together with God’s glue.”
  • One part of child birth I’ve always looked forward to was when and where WifeGeeding’s water would break.  Each time, at the hospital.
  • We’re thankful that WifeGeeding’s mother is visiting and helping watch over our daughter.  It’s nice watching WifeGeeding’s face seeing her mother play with this newborn.  I’ll be lying if I didn’t say I was a bit jealous.
  • Technology is great, I got to Skype with my sister right after the birth.
  • WifeGeeding actually got a steak for her hospital dinner.
  • It was a real special moment watching GirlGeeding see her brother for the first time.  She tried to give him a kiss, and then tried to give him her favorite stuffed toy.  I think I have those pictures below.
  • With WifeGeeding’s permission, she allowed me to record a time-lapse of the birth from an appropriate point of view.  Everything was going splendid until the doctor rushed in and knocked over the camera, so we missed the actual birth part, but right after the birth, I was able to straighten the camera.
  • OK, I’m dog tired and this may not be the best recap of yesterday’s events, but I wanted to give you something.  I’m looking forward to having everyone at home this Saturday, and who knows what you’ll get in terms of blogging next week.


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20 Responses to “Freedom has a scent like the top of a newborn baby’s head”

  1. LongTimeBlogReader says:

    Congratulations! May God bless your beautiful family!

  2. Melissa says:

    so exciting…and such a prompt young man! he has some long legs.

    isn't it amazing how "grown-up" girlgeeding seems all of a sudden?

    beautiful family…Grace to you all!

  3. Peggy says:

    Those are the most beautiful smiles. Congratulations guys. Micah was a big help, I can tell. She looks like she is ready to assume the role of BIG sister….love to you all

  4. Jenny says:

    Congratulations Geeding family. Many happy blessings for you all!

  5. Wendell says:

    Congratulations to the Geeding family and to you Keith. Two beautiful children. Your so blessed, which I'm sure you know. Thanks for sharing with us. Grace be with you and your family.

  6. zChicago says:


  7. Scooter says:

    Well played Amigo! as always you outpunted your coverage..

  8. janneba says:

    Congratulations on a beautiful little boy, Good health to all, enjoy

  9. What a gift! We're so happy for you.

  10. BSG says:

    Congratulations. So happy for you. (And the Time Lapse thing was really, really cool!)

  11. Stefanie says:

    My favorite pictures are when big sister meets little brother. Wow…even more fun times ahead for the Geeding family!! Beautiful children indeed!

  12. Dude says:

    CONGRATS!!!! Wonderful pictures and videos…

  13. Mike Martinez says:

    congrats to you and your family….

  14. katimendez says:

    Congrats you guys! He looks a lot like you, Keith!! So sweet and I can't wait to meet him!

  15. Darren says:

    It's been fun to watch (from afar) your life grow into a wonderful, beautiful family. You are like the TRUMAN of bloggers.

  16. AndreaJN says:

    Congratulations!! I am so happy for you and your (even bigger) family!

  17. Jevad says:

    Congrats on a beautiful boy and beautiful family….. you have truly been blessed!!

  18. dan says:

    I really enjoyed the time-lapse recording…a nice memory you can review with your son someday. Too bad about the club-footed doctor.

    Congrats to the growing GeedingFamily

  19. rita says:

    BIG CONGRATS to you guys! i forgot to mention at your other post – what a handsome baby boy!

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