Day one recap

Wow, to say that this was a big day is a bit of an understatement. Here’s how it all went down…

Melissa and I woke up pretty early this morning, neither of us could really sleep in anticipation of the big day. We finished packing up, threw the car seats (which we still need to figure out) in the back of the car, and headed out to Melissa’s folks to drop Rudy off for his extended vacation.

The before pic

We got to the hospital at around 10:30, and before we knew it Melissa was drugged up and I was looking ubercool in a set of blue scrubs and shower cap. I thought my beard was annoying before, but it was a real treat with that mask on. I sat in the hall and waited for the doctors to finish prepping Melissa so I amused myself by taking a few self portraits.

Waiting for surgery

The actual procedure went very quickly. As soon as I heard Kaitlin crying, a wave of calm came over me. It wasn’t long before her sister was joining in.

Kaitlin being measured Ella fresh out of the oven Ella Our first moment with the girls

Melissa got a little loopy towards the end. She doesn’t even remember us taking our group photo. They took her to recovery and I accompanied the girls to the nursery. One thing I was not prepared for was all the walking. Prior to the delivery, I made three trips down to the lobby and to the car. Melissa insisted we take our bags up with us, and as soon as we walked into triage they suggested I take them back to the car. It wouldn’t have been a huge deal if Melissa’s bag didn’t weight 300 pounds. Once I got back, we realized we had left the cord blood kits in her bag, so it was back to the car for me. After that, it was time to take her purse back. Fast forward through the delivery, and I started shuttling people two at a time up to the nursery to view the munchkins.

Kaitlin chillin' Kaitlin at full volume

Eventually, everyone was brought to the hospital room we will be calling home for the next few days. The girls have been really great so far, doing a lot of sleeping and not too much crying. I’ve been reading Melissa your comments, so keep ‘em coming. Between the video and the photo cameras I’ve been whipping out, I think the nurses all think I’m slightly nuts.

Melissa with both girls for the first time Melissa and Ella Grandma Kathy and Kaitlin Ella snoozin' Grandpop Warren and Kaitlin Pappa Layne and Ella

That’s it for now. I’ll post another update tomorrow night.

16 thoughts on “Day one recap

  1. How beautiful they are! You guys make adorable babies. We are so thrilled for you and can’t wait to see them in person.

  2. Oh my gosh, those two lil babes are as adorable as I knew they would be. Believe me, I know cute babies!!! I am thrilled everything went well….I thought of you four all day long. Thanks for the pics, update, Layne articles that have me in stitches….(and I still can’t get use to the beard)!! I will be doing daily check in’s on the Lev Love site, and I will be calling soon. Love to you all. Melissa….do Motrin asap….(just a lil’ tip from your ever lovin’, been there, done that, gotta love ya, know all the tricks, auntie, KATHY!!) Talk to you soon, Love, K.
    By the way Layne, You both are the perfect, fun, couple to take care of….I just know those nurses loved ya!!!

  3. Congrats! Ya done good kids! But, why does Melissa look gorgeous and radiant when the rest of us new moms looked like crap?

    Enjoy this beautiful journey you’ve started. Soon you’ll understand why your parents feel it was in the blink of an eye.

    Hugs from Charleston!

  4. Melissa looks like Linda in these pictures. No wonder you picked her for your wife, Layne.

    I enjoyed your magazine article and now your website which so very nicely shares some of your feelings of this grand event. It is so good that the little girls weigh so much and are doing so well. Your incubator worked!

    Speaking for the Grandma generation, the best has just begun! Have fun at every stage of the game! Love to all four of you and I quess the poor dog too who now has to take third seat, Betty

  5. Layne,
    Go to the fire station, the boys there will install the seats for you free and properly plus give you a little education so you can move around when the time comes.

    I love the pics and stories, good stuff. Since I just accompanied my big sis at her two-day delivery ordeal I can sympathize with walking, the calls, the shuttling. But it’s all for a such a tremendous occassion so that makes it less of a hassle.

    You both look really happy and the girls look just like you two. I can’t wait to meet them in person and see how you two are faring after a few weeks of parenting.

    xoxo

  6. Layne, I’d like to take advantage of this rare opportunity to put words in your mouth since you’re reading these comments to Melissa…

    Melissa,
    I, your husband, know that you are the best wife in the whole wide world. Our babies are beautiful because they look exactly like you. Thank goodness they didn’t take after me. I promise to change all the diapers when I’m around so you don’t have to and will give you shoulder massages as often as you like.

    And I love Kevin Federline’s music.

    Sorry Layne, I couldn’t resist. All kidding aside, I know you really do know how lucky you are. The girls will be a blast to watch grow and I can’t wait to hear your stories everyday so I can get a good laugh. And Melissa – you really do look fabulous. Sometimes I think c-sections are the way to go! Easy for me to say, right? Congrats again. I can’t wait to meet them. Love you guys!

  7. Congratulations!!! They are so cute! We’re so glad the delivery went smoothly and we can’t wait to meet the girls in person!!! Let us know if you need anything… we’d be happy to help. Will and Alli

  8. Hi Melissa and Layne…I have no clue who you are and I’m sure you don’t know me but…..if you are friends of Will’s that’s good enough for me….and, I’m Allison’s mom. I have to tell you I LOVED THE NARRATIVE AND THE PICTURES! What a gorgeous family. Even without knowing you I am thrilled about your wonderful event…all my best wishes. I look forward to meeting you and the rest of the family soon. E

  9. My sister just had her baby so she me the fire station tip. It’s just a public safety service for all the retards out there who can’t figure out how to properly insert or use child seats (**britney spears**)

  10. Layne-

    I checked in to see if you would keep this website up, or if total chaos already set in. Wow, a detailed description on day one even? You finally had your “ER moment”, without dealing with the medical school! That green gown and mask suit you well.

    Whoever wrote the Charles Manson comment had me roaring! Jason’s comment gave me a chuckle too.

    Do you think you will convince the girls to play with your old Star Wars toys we played with ourselves?? How about the cardboard castle’s in the backyard with pen scribbles all over them?!

  11. Yeah, I kind of slacked off on today’s update. Turns out dealing with two babies is kind of a lot of work. Who knew?

    The Charlie Manson comment is courtesy of my pal Major. Believe it or not, that is the most tasteful thing he’s ever written.

  12. Hey guys…congratulations on the beautiful girls. Tracy sent me photos from one of the first emails and they are adorable! I hope everyone is adjusting well. Take care and get as much sleep as you can when they are asleep (if possible).

  13. Hi Melissa and Layne!

    Congrats on the new additions to your family! The girls are SO cute! Thanks for posting all of the great pics to look at..

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from MN! :)
    Sarah

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