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And In This Corner…

January 28, 2009
My First Meeting With Coleman

My First Meeting With Coleman

Ladies and gentlemen, weighing in at 8 lbs. 0 oz. and 20 inches long with a reach that extends right into our hearts get up on your feet and welcome Coooooleman Jason Hall!

Kolette’s water broke at five o’clock Monday morning and at 4:50 AM on the 27th of January, just shy of 24 hours later, Cole joined our family. Grandma and Grandpa Coleman, Grandma and Grandpa Hall, and Aunt Kara waited anxiously right outside the door.

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Me "Resting" at 1:00am

From left to right (Grandpa Hall, Jason, Grandma Hall, Kolette, Aunt Kara, Grandma Coleman)

From left to right (Grandpa Hall, Jason, Grandma Hall, Kolette, Aunt Kara, Grandma Coleman)

Although we took more of a tortoise (slow and steady) approach, everything went smooth and easy. I think Kolette’s favorite word is epidural. The doctor and nurses were great and the whole experience was everything we could have hoped for.

I can truly say without any hyperbole that it was one of the seminal moments of my life. The doctor looked over in the middle of the birth to see how I was doing. I’m not sure he expected to see my face red with eyes filled with tears. Once the baby was born, the doctor finished up with Kolette and I went to the baby warmer in the room as they cleaned Cole up.

They swaddled him in a blanket and placed him in my arms. It truly is an amazing thing to look in someone’s eyes for the first time and know that you lay down in front of a train for him. I expected to love him and I expected my heart to be full. But I never expected there to be such an enormous difference between my expectations and the true feelings of my heart.

Me & My Boy

Me & My Boy

He is beautiful and perfect, sweet and tender–exactly the way he should be (totally unbiased opinion). We are so grateful for a healthy, well little boy.

In addition, it is difficult for me to express my gratitude for so many who care so much about this addition to our family. There are few people whose entrance to the world is overseen by people from Australia to Norway to Canada through the States and into the Islands. He is a lucky boy to have each of you in his corner.

Finally, Kolette is a Rockstar! She has amazed me over and over in my life, but watching her for those 24 hours between her water breaking and giving birth is something I will never forget. Once the doctor was finished and Coleman was placed in her arms it was my privilege to see a vision of a mother without equal. She is my best friend and my hero. I am so grateful to be a part of her life.

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The "New & Improved" Hall Family

We’ll keep you in the loop as we continue through this adventure called Coleman.

I am a lucky, lucky man.

Jh-

Coleman Jason Hall

Coleman Jason Hall

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She’s Having A Baby!!!

January 26, 2009

You’ll have to wait for the last chapters of Cole’s Creation, because he’s decided to come 3 weeks early.  Here are some pieces parts of the day as they happened. Thanks for the Love.

I woke up this morning at 5am to Kolette running to the bathroom. Now with Kolette being pregnant, multiple trips to the bathroom have been more standard than not of late. But, this trip had an urgency that I hadn’t seen before. It wasn’t long after that we were pretty sure her water had broken.

My aide got an earlier than usual wake-up call and came over to help me get ready to help Kolette get to the hospital. As we planned for this day we knew that we were going to have to do things different than other couples. But, in true Jason and Kolette fashion we took it up another notch.

Three weeks ago my car was in a minor fender bender. We thought if we took it to the shop this week it would be all fixed and repaired for the “big day.” Initially, when we took the van to the shop we thought we’d be fine getting by without a rental. I work from home and was prepared to spend the next few days at the house.

On Friday, we found out that instead of being finished before the weekend the work on the van wasn’t going to be completed until Monday. This was a little bit of a problem. We were scheduled to go to a childbirth class on Saturday. At first we talked about getting the schedule for the class, choose the critical parts and have Kolette go by herself. Deep in our gut that just didn’t feel right. So we called the place that rents handicap accessible vans to see if by chance we could rent one at the last minute. These places aren’t like your local Hertz. Often, they only have a few vans and getting one on short notice can be difficult.

Luckily, a van was available and we are able to go to class. This meant instead of me driving Kolette to the hospital, she drove me. (Some things change and some things don’t)

By 8:30 AM we were in the Labor and Delivery unit and nurse Jenny gave us a final confirmation that Kolette’s water had indeed broken and Coleman was on his way. They moved this into a delivery suite and got the Pitocin flowing. So now we sit and wait. I’ve got my iPhone, DVDs and laptop; Kolette’s got her books and the soundtrack from “The Holiday”–so we’re all set.

Just waiting for more contractions and an epidural.

Jh-