We welcome baby Luke home. Great head painting demo.
THE SIMPSONS NEWS
Started working on episode 9 this week. I’ve only got four days to work on my sections due to the holiday on Monday. Started this week off under the gun. I’ve been assigned Act 1 and Act 2. The first Act has a pretty heavy rewrites. It’s going to be a tough couple of weeks. Especially since I’m still trying to recover from my very busy weekend.
More on that below.
The kids welcomed their newest little brother, Luke Raphael, this weekend.
This delivery has been the best one we’ve had. Everything went better than expected (as far as health goes). Alesha is doing great but she’s still recovering.
Thursday we asked my parents to help with the kids while we went to the hospital, ten minutes away, for Alesha’s planned C-section at 7:30am. We were instructed to show up at 5:30am, which we did. She had been having contractions since the morning before. The plan was for Alesha to have the baby while I supported her. Then once it was done, I was to go and take care of the kids while my mom went to work, late. I would then drop off Elizabeth at school, and stay with the boys for the rest of the afternoon. Wait for Elizabeth to get out of school, pick her up and take care of the kids the rest of the day. Alesha was suppose to rest at the hospital.
Things went according to plan but not in the way we wanted them to. The C-section started almost an hour late. That started messing things up right away.
They took Alesha in and then ten to fifteen minutes later, I was let in. I took out my iPod Touch because, it and my phone, where the only cameras I had. While I had the iPod Touch out, I played a game of Farkle and rubbed Alesha’s head. Alesha and I were asked a few times if we wanted to have the sheet put down to see what was happening. The answer was, “no” from both of us. It wasn’t too long before we heard the baby cry. I got up, put the iPod on camera mode and shot video and photos. I then shot photos on my phone and sent them to my parents.
They showed Alesha the baby. I held him and then they carted him off to the nursery while Alesha got stitched up. I watched as they examined and warmed up baby Luke and admired him. Soon I became aware of everything else I need to do though.
The clock was ticking and I realized it was almost time for me to take Elizabeth to school. It took a while for the doctor to sew Alesha back up. This meant I couldn’t see her and to give her back her phone and make sure she was okay. Also, I didn’t want my mom to be too late to work. I was very conflicted. Fifteen minutes later, Alesha was in the recovery room and I checked up on her. She was doing good. I gave her her phone and told her I was going to need to go. She gave me a groggy okay and I was off to my car. Meanwhile Tweets and Facebook messages came pouring in. I had sent a Facebook update and Tweeted what was going on while I had been waiting. I had no time to reply, too much to do.
Getting home I thanked my parents and they where off to drop my mom off at her school. Meanwhile, I packed the kids into the car and drove Elizabeth to school. we got there ten minutes late. But it was okay because it was recess. We went back home and I was able to catch a small breather. I put Ambrose down for his nap and called Alesha. I told her I would come by sometime in the morning but in the end I didn’t because I wanted Ambrose to rest a bit more. Meanwhile, Dante played video games and ate apples. I did chores.
Ambrose woke up, we all had lunch and then we went to pick up Elizabeth at school. I thought that it would be nice for us all to go visit Alesha at the hospital. Turns out, it wasn’t such a good idea. We showed up and visited Alesha but the kids where too hyper and crazy. We stayed maybe five to ten minutes and I had to take the kids out of there. I took them home and didn’t see Alesha again till 6pm the next day.
I spent Friday doing all the house chores that needed doing, feeding the kids and taking Elizabeth to school and back. We also went to the store to find paper bags so Elizabeth could finish her paper bag puppet. I spoke to Alesha on the phone and she told me she hadn’t rested. Her milk hadn’t been coming out fast enough and the baby was very upset about not getting enough to eat. She kept him during the night and she had slept very little. The nurses would come in every time she would fall asleep to check up on her and she was signing birth certificates and things while being all doped up. She felt very lonely and I really couldn’t do much about it. My parents went to go see her in the afternoon though, for which I was grateful. The interesting thing was that when the doctor showed up to see her, he had told her that she was doing very well and if she wanted, she might be able to go home Saturday. In the evening when I saw her, she told me this. I stayed with her till 8pm, and then came home, talked to my parents, who where taking care of the kids again. This time at their house. The kids were asleep when I got there. I took them home with me.
Saturday we all got up early, eat and off we went to Monica’s house (Dante’s Godmother), an hour and fifteen minutes away, so they could spent the day and the night with her and her son. Although, I would keep Ambrose with me. About, four hours later, I was back at home with Ambrose, and I fixing him lunch. I also got the house ready for the baby. I was just about to put Ambrose down for his nap (he was very tired) when Alesha told me that she was pretty much getting dismissed. Off Ambrose and I went to pick up Alesha, only to end up waiting for two hours. Ambrose was a handful. Still, just about when I was ready to take Ambrose home, Alesha got dismissed from the hospital and all of us went home. Ambrose was really happy to have a baby sitting next to him in the car.
We spent the rest of the day getting used to having the baby in the house and finding ways to make Alesha as comfortable as possible. Alesha’s parents came soon after we got home and my parents showed up soon after that. I put Ambrose to bed. After everyone left Alesha and I watched an episode of DOCTOR WHO on Netflix. Then we went to bed and slept as good as any parent could with a newborn.
On Sunday, after I cooked breakfast for everyone. I went to Church after putting Ambrose down for his nap. When I came back, I woke Ambrose up and went to pick up the other kids at 1pm. They had a birthday party to go to at 4pm. An hour and fifteen minutes later, Ambrose and I got to the house only to discover that Monica and the kids hadn’t come home from the Fair they were at. They were stuck in a long line waiting for a shuttle to take them to their car. An hour and a half later, they came and we all drove the hour and thirty minutes to the birthday party.
I was really tired at this point. After a few hours of trying to keep an eye on all three kids, who split up and went in three different directions, I finally recruited my parents, who also were at the party, to keep an eye on the eldest two while I took care of Ambrose. We stayed at the party past Ambrose’s bedtime and when I realized this, we said our goodbyes and went home. The kids met their new baby brother once again, but this time in the house. They greeted their mommy happily. I put the kids to bed after giving them a quick bath (they were filthy), and finally got a little bit of rest. My feet were killing me.
Monday (Labor day) we spent the day resting. Well, I tried to anyway. I was doing chores all day though. Laundry, dishes, breakfast, lunch, dinner. I played with the kids. Helped Alesha with the things she needed and took care of the kids when they need taking care of. Carolina, Eduardo (Elizabeth’s Godparents) and the family came over to visit the baby and stayed for about an hour. It was nice to see them. Soon after, I put the kids to bed and was time to rest for me again. I went to bed early that day.
It was a busy busy weekend.
Because I’ve been into painting these last few months, I thought this video of Herman Mejia painting Willem Dafoe’s Portrait in watercolor. Amazing:
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