Welcome to the world, baby Siam Nguyen. Born at 4:11 am on December 22nd,2009. Roughly 6.9 lbs and 20.5 inches.
The labor pains started at 11:20 pm and wasn’t exactly sure how the whole “timing of contractions” worked… but you learn quick when it’s time. The contractions started off lasting for 45 seconds each and they were only 2-5 minutes apart for the first hour. Because the contractions where so close together we had to rush to the hospital.
Luckily, Downy’s mom was around which is good for two reasons… she is Thai, so she can speak to the doctors and nurse in their native language. And also, because she is a certified midwife / OBGYN Nurse. She arrived to Thailand in perfect timing.
At the hospital we monitored the baby’s heart rate and due to complications… the baby needed to come out of Downy’s body right away. A C-section was performed and I had a front row seat to hold Downy’s hand. Witnessing a C-section is not for the squeemish… people don’t realize that it’s major surgery and I can go into detail but I’ll refrain because it’s pretty graphic.
After a little while watching them operate, they pulled the baby out and did the standard protocol on all C-section babies (tests, checks, etc) They brought the baby out so that we can briefly see him up close. It’s one of those really surreal moments in your life. For us, everything happenned so fast.
They stitched Downy up and she is now recovering from surgery. She is knocked out like trout right now, so it gives me a little time to write.
It’s been a long time coming Siam. We love you. And, a lot of people have been pulling for you… all smiles in Bangkok.
SIAM is the old name for Thailand and it seemed fitting since it’s his birthplace. Plus he’s 1/2 Thai (SIAM) and 1/2 Vietnamese (NGUYEN)
Below is a video of the little guy… just 30 minutes old. He had to be held in an oxygen shield for a while… one of the standard procedures for C-Section. Anyways, we had a great father / son talk… I like to lay down the law early.
Thank you everyone for all your love, support, and prayers. We really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, appreciate it. Really.