Introduction to the BL's Newest Member!--Birth Announcement

Discussion in 'The Brown Leaf' started by SALBONE, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. Hello everyone!
    Because I have felt the most at home on the BL I decided to announce the birth of my son here. This forum has been like a second family to me. I have filled voids that absent family members left behind with individuals here. So I realized how important it was to me that I share the best thing to ever happen to me.

    My wife had a very troublesome pregnancy since the beginning. She had severe morning sickness since the beginning. Trouble maintaining weight in the beginning was a huge concern. The first 3 months of pregnancy she lost 18 lbs. and slowly gained back the weight with a growing baby within 4 months. Recently, my wife was diagnosed with cholestasis which caused her doctor to mandate weekly check ups. On the second weekly check up after the diagnosis the Doc discovered she had high blood pressure and slight swelling of her hands and feet (which can be normal, but still cause for concern). On the third weekly check up the Doc saw an increase in blood pressure, swelling, and 8 lbs of weight gain. So, she asked to test her protein levels--they were high. The Doc immediately admitted my wife into the main hospital for a 24 hour urinalysis. They collected her urine and measured the total amount of protein in it. She was not allowed to go home (this was Friday, March 16th). So on Saturday morning, a specialist came in to talk to her. He explained to her that normal protein level should be less than a gram in 24 hours; 3 grams and they hospitalize you; 5 grams is severe; she measured at 8.9 grams of protein!! He diagnosed her with preeclampsia. This condition could cause her to have a seizure or stroke and be fatal to her and/or the baby. It is unknown why this happens and the only cure is delivery of the baby. The specialist allowed her to be induced rather than have an emergency c-section. My wife was in labor for 3 days. Finally, after seeing how much she had endured, I convinced her to take the c-section option. There were other complications along the way, but none as serious as the ones just described.

    My son was born Monday March 19th at 7:27 pm. Weighing in at 4 lbs 13 ozs 18.5 inches long. After 2 weeks in the NICU and 4 days at home he is now 5 lbs 12 ozs and 19.25 inches long. He is growing fast and strong!

    Gentlemen,
    I present to you, Santiago Romeo Solis!
    $Santiago 1.jpg The first day
    $Santiago 2.jpg ...a few days later... $Santiago 3.jpg $Santiago4.jpg This is what he looks like today. He's a handsome son! I'm so proud of him for fighting for his life!

    Thank you all for looking. I'm already anxious to teach him how to shave!
     
  2. jwhite

    jwhite Moderator Emeritus

    Congratulations! I hope everything only gets better.
     
  3. How awesome! Thanks for sharing that with us. I'm lighting up a celebratory pipe.
     
  4. Congratulations and glad all is well right now! My youngest was in the NICU for a week and it was trying times. He's six now and quite the beast, plus he loves shaving with his Spider-Man kit alongside me. Wishing you and your family the absolute best; thanks for sharing!
     
  5. 73mountaineer

    73mountaineer Moderator Emeritus

    AWESOME, Congrats!!!!!

    Having been a baby that baby that the odds were stacked against myself, I can most assuredly say that he will grow up in to a fine, strong, royal pain in the arse! We that fought to come into the world often don't know when it is safe to quit! :innocent:

    :whistling:

    P.S. And I am glad that you chose to share this news directly with the B&B BOTL...and what a NAME the kid has - fantastic!!
     
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2012
  6. Congrats Sal
     
  7. rickcharles606

    rickcharles606 Contributor

    Congrats man...I'm a father of 5 and I've cherished every day with my children. I wish you many years of joy with your handsome son ;-)
     
  8. Congrats! That's truly a reason to celebrate.
     
  9. Congrats! Echoing Steve (73mountaineer) above, I was born 6 weeks premature via emergency c-section, both mine and my mom's hearts stopped during the delivery. Now, nearly 29 years later, I am 6'1", able to pass a FAA first class medical without a problem, enjoy a burley blend in a half-bent briar, and can use a DE or straight to make myself presentable.

    Wishing all the best to you and your family. Truely a handsome kid.
     
  10. Congrats on the new addition to your family..
     
  11. Awesome! Congrats to you and your new addition Sal.
     
  12. Argonaut

    Argonaut Moderator Emeritus

    Congratulations Sal, the boy looks great!
     
  13. Congratulations to you and your wife, he is a beautiful baby. Put a smile on my face :)
     
  14. Argonaut

    Argonaut Moderator Emeritus

    Might be time to update your avatar, the new pics are much more flattering.:welcoming:
     
  15. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
     
  16. TheVez2

    TheVez2 Contributor

    Very touching story. Glad you are on the upswing and everyone is doing well.

    Although mine are older now, you've made me realize how much I miss my kids. I'll be seeing them soon!

    Enjoy your son. Cherish every moment. It's cliche, but so true, that they grow up fast. You'll be teaching him to shave before you know it. I miss the early years of their development. Even though some days it is a royal PITA, I sometime wish I could go back to those "simpler" times.

    Anyway, congrats!
     
  17. Congratulations to you, I am glad that everything turned out alright. I have two daughters, and I will tell you the same thing everyone told me, don't blink. He will be shaving before you know it. Enjoy every moment.
     
  18. dfollett_98

    dfollett_98 Contributor

    Sal:

    Congratulations to you and your family on your new addition. He's a fine looking boy. My best to your wife for a quick recovery. Thanks for sharing.

    Don
     
  19. Congrats man! Great looking boy!
     
  20. Praise God and congratulations, hermano!
     

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