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Benjamin arrives!

Hi everyone,

The big moment has finally arrived, Benjamin decided to join us for lunch on 22nd October! He was born a very healthy 7lb 4oz (3.275kg) and is constantly feeding and gaining weight by the second!

Signs of Ben’s imminent arrival began at 4:30am the day before when Brynn woke me to tell me she was having contractions. I called the doctor and he told me to come in in an hour if the contractions continued. An hour later we were walking out the door.

I was caught off guard by the early labour and had to get fuel for the car before making any OJ Simpson-esque  moves along the freeway. I got to the local Safeway only to find that the pumps were not working. Finding the attendant I asked what the matter was only to find they don’t sell gasoline before 6am! It was like walking “50 flaming miles to a pub with no beer!”

After a quick stop at another gas station it was onto the freeway for the 45 minute trip to the hospital. The doctor checked Brynn as soon as she arrived and confirmed she was in labour but with no dilation, meaning it might be another 48 hours before anything happened. Rather than head home we checked into a nearby motel to wait out the final hours.

And so a Sunday was spent walking around the motel parking lot and making the odd trip to Wendy’s or Starbucks. As the day went on the contractions became more and more intense to the point where we decided to go back to the hospital that night. This time Brynn was 3cm dilated and so she was admitted – the beginning of a new chapter was imminent!

After such a rough pregnancy with hyperemesis gravidarum the last thing we wanted for Brynn was a difficult delivery so we had decided on an epidural. Soon after being injected the pain of the contractions became much less painful and Brynn was able to get in a few hours sleep.

The next morning contractions became more and more frequent and just after noon Brynn began actively pushing. While things looked painful she managed to cope very well and at 1:56 Benjamin sprung out into the doctors arms.

I have to admit I was overcome with emotion and have never had to try so hard to hold back tears. Even though every parent says it, I was surprised just how special and life changing that moment was. I was expecting Ben to come out looking all slimy and screeching like a wounded harpy, but he just looked so perfect and settled down so quickly.

Our first family portrait

We spent two more days at the hospital, which went by without any surprises. I think the hardest thing was getting used to the sleepness nights that come with having a newborn baby, but they are a small price to pay.

Brynn is recovering very well from the delivery. She tells me that giving birth was easy compared to HG and having seen the impact of the illness on her I have no doubts. Now that Ben and the placenta are out she is already back down under her pre-pregnancy weight and once again able to eat anything she likes. HG iss a chapter we are very glad is over and an experience we wouldn’t wish on our enemies. Raising awareness is something we will continue to work for, which will hopefully one day lead to a cure.

Ben in his car seat on the way home from the hospital

On the competition front it just wasn’t meant to be with the Marine Corps Marathon. I felt great after Freedom’s Run and did a solid 10 miles a few days later. However, on my next run after that I felt really flat and when I got home my knee began hurting when I put weight on it in several positions. With Ben’s arrival I had a week off training and it did the knee the world of good, but a short run on Thursday proved it wasn’t 100% yet. As such I had all the reason I needed for pulling out of the race. My philosophy with marathons is you don’t toe the starting line unless you’re perfectly fit and healthy – if there’s anything wrong with you the race will tear you apart. Besides, I’d rather be at home getting used to being a new dad at the moment. There will be plenty more marathons in the future.

Now the challenge for me will be to work out the balance of working, training, being a husband AND being a dad. Seems like a nice problem to have!


Welcome to my Blog!

Hi there,

This is my first post on my new blog that I have put together to document my progress towards Ironman Lake Placid in 2013 – a race entailing a 2.4 mi swim, 112 mi bike ride and 26.2 mi run. As this might be the only time I do anything quite this crazy I thought it would be a good opportunity to use it as a way to raise funds and awareness for Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG).

My wife Brynn is just entering the third trimester of her pregnancy and has had a really rough time with HG. She’s currently in the early parts of the third trimester and while she’s doing a lot better now, she suffered more than any expectant mother should have to during the early phases of the pregnancy. Please have a look at the “About Me” page to find out more about her experience.

If you have any money that you can spare for charity, I would really appreciate it if you would consider donating to the Hyperemesis Education & Research (HER) Foundation. If you do please make a note on the “Donate Now” page so I can track how much is raised. I’m hoping to raise $5000 before the Ironman. If you aren’t able to donate anything, I’d really appreciate it if you could spend a few moments to educate yourself on the condition (see the “Hyperemesis Gravidarum” page) and tell people about the condition who may be interested in knowing more.

I’m going to try posting up a new entry roughly once per week to let you know how Brynn, our baby Ben and my training schedule are going. Tomorrow I have an Olympic-distance triathlon out in Luray, Virginia so check back and I’ll let you know how I do. It’s supposed to be a hilly course, so I may struggle a bit but it will be good practice for Lake Placid.

Stay tuned!