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There are many ways this past weekend can be summarized. First, let me start at the end of my story and say that I am now a proud uncle. He's a big guy -- 10 pounds, 2 ounces, 23" -- and he's already got a head full of black hair and brown eyes, so it hardly seems like he was just born.

Everything turned out great this weekend, though it's not to say everything went to plan. On a states-travelled basis, my planned itinerary was:

California
Pennsylvania
West Virginia
Pennsylvania
California

As a result of unforeseen events, my actual travel ended up being:

California
Pennsylvania
Virginia
Pennsylvania
West Virginia
Pennsylvania
West Virginia
Pennsylvania
California

When I was boarding the redeye plane out to Pittsburgh, I thought I was in a bit of luck as my sister had already been checked into the hospital and they had started inducing labor. When I arrived in Pittsburg, I got a voicemail message from my dad saying that they were sending my sister home (to be readmitted on Monday), that the inducing had not worked. The general reaction was, "they can do that?" We had assumed that inducing labor, even if "induce" is a weak term, was generally a one-way process, one that resulted in the mother holding the baby. The notion that they could un-induce (reduce?) was a new concept. My personal reaction had an additional element of "b-b-but, I'm only out here until Monday! They can't send her home! I want to see my nephew now!" My sister, of course, had the worst of it, as it meant yet another day that she would have to spend in the hospital going through contractions.

Instead of heading to the rental car counter to get a car to drive to West Virginia with, I turned around and went back into the airport to buy tickets to fly to DC, as no baby meant no mom/dad/dog travelling to West Virginia, and, so, a couple hours later I found myself stepping off a plane in Virginia, several hours east of my original planned destination.

Visiting with the parents went well, though there was a touch of disappointment that I was not going to be able to see my nephew, as I would have to extend my trip by two or even three more days. I had a return ticket to Pittsburgh on Saturday, though, so at least I would be able to see my sister with her big belly.

As my dad drove me to the airport early Saturday morning, disappointment disappeared -- my sister called to say that the baby was on the way, and with a fortunate choice of return ticket it turns out that I would be arriving for the birth after all. I had to pickup my mom at the Pittsburgh airport later that day, so I missed the first couple hours of my nephew's life, but I got to spend plenty of time with him, my sister, and my brother-in-law the rest of that day and the next, taking tons of photos (300+), and watching my nephew change: sneezing, hiccuping, crying, and farting -- all the things that made him more and more human in my eyes.

Comments (2)

metamanda:

wow. congratulations. that was a moving entry.

plus, he's really cute.

plus, 10 lbs!? your sister is a trooper.

jay:

dude! cool. i want to see the rest of the baby pics when i visit. you didn't tell us the name tho.

is "uninducing" (unducing?) labor equivalent to inducing pregnancy? plus, when he gets old enough you can joke that his parents tried to send him back =) *ducks* (quack, quack)

congratulations,
j

this was only a single plus post, as opposed to meta's double plus good.

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