Yesterday evening I became a dad to beautiful little baby boy Alexander. My girlfriend (wife to be even :) ) was admitted to the hospital Thursday last week because her blood pressure was too high which could cause complications at birth.
Because of this the birth was started prematurely with the help of medicine but unfortunately it didn't take. Labor was induced but the contractions were artificial in nature and could not be sustained during the entire birth so the doctors decided that is was time for a Cesarean. At this point we had reached Sunday and naturally we were happy with any kind of progress so agreeing to surgery was not that tough a decision.
Things started to happen very quickly after the decision was made. My girlfriend was prepped for surgery and less than 30 minutes later she gave birth to our son. Surgery itself lasted for 10 minutes which to me was both surprising and very fascination - I hold a very deep respect for doctors, needless to say that this respect grew ten fold that night.
One of my greatest fears is of surgery so I was pretty much just tried to make it through it all without passing out. Somehow I ended up in surgery with my girlfriend telling her that everything would be alright while at the same time trying just to breathe calmly. Very weird and very scary seeing the person I am the closest with in the entire world lying there without me being able to do anything about it. My job is to protect her yet I was unable to do so.
I cannot describe the feelings which rushed through me as I heard the first little cough coming from my son when he was born. It was basically every single feeling I have had my entire life rushing through me in a span of a few seconds. Even as I type this the memory of it all makes adrenaline pump through my veins.
Everything went according to plan and I have spent today getting to know my son. It's incredible to think of all the possibilities the future has in store for him. For now I am happy just being able to change his diaper and keeping him from crying.
Becoming a father really sets everything in perspective; I have baby poo up my elbows and I couldn't be happier :)