Sunday, September 28, 2008

Summerfield's Bravest

So during the whole birth adventure, the firefighters from one of the stations here in Summerfield were the first to respond. I must say, they were great. They were very helpful and did everything possible to make Rebecca and Gabe comfortable while we waited for the EMS folks to arrive. They gave us a bunch of blankets and help Rebecca maintain at least a touch of modesty, considering she was naked from the waist down when they arrived.

As we were leaving in the ambulance, the lead guy that night asked us to bring Gabe by the firehouse when we got a chance. Well, about a week after Gabe was born, we went to the firehouse nearest the site and there wasn't anyone there. So the next weekend, we went to another firehouse and the guys there were kind enough to look up the call records for that night and told us who the guys were that responded and where they were stationed and even when their next shift was so we could go see them.

They all happened to be working the next day, so we went out to their station that evening and were lucky enough to find Mike and the guys there. They were so excited to see us! Mike even remembered Gabe's name. We stayed around for a little while and they brought Olivia out to the firetruck and let her sit up in the driver's seat and play around for a while. They gave both Gabe and Olivia Junior Firefighter's badges and said we were welcome to come back anytime.

Friday, September 19, 2008

More cute pics

just a few more cute ones for y'all.
We had him weighed on Tuesday and he's up to 7lbs 6oz.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

More pics

More pics for everyone to enjoy. The kiddo sleeps alot...

Though he is alert sometimes :)

But mostly, it's sleepytime

A bunch of Gabe pics

Just a few pics for y'all the dog needs her own boppy...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Olivia's First trip to the dentist

She loved the dentist. they put some sunglasses on her and scrubbed her teeth. The hygienist was so great with her and made it lots of fun for her.

Gabe's First Bath

Yeah...he didn't like it much. The boy squeals like a piglet when you do something to him he doesn't like, so you can imagine that it wasn't the quietest moment in the house when this was going on.

Yay...two shirtless pics of me in as many days...

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Birth of Gabe Part 2 - The Re-Creation

Since we were so into the moment of that night, we didn't think to bring a camera in the car with us, so we decided to recreate the moment in the driveway, sans the half-naked wife and mess. They forced me to take my shirt off to accurately portray my role in the event, so I apologize in advance...So roomy, so nice with the leather seats and tan interior. It just needs a set of stirrups.

Mom calling the OnStar guy an idiot. Yes, she really did.

Nana wrote up the story in great, funny detail on their blog: and

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Baby Gabe Pics

Here are some more Baby Gabe pics for y'all. Mom and baby are doing very well. He's a quiet little guy, only getting upset when we take his shirt off to feed him. Otherwise, he just looks around and watches everything and sleeps when he wants to. He's taken to breastfeeding very well, certainly better than Olivia did. :)

Big Sister



It's official!

We just got Gabe's birth certificate to review and couldn't help laughing at this.

A funny thing happened on the way to the hospital...


Rebecca started having some random contractions a couple days ago, but they were so far apart, it wasn't anything to worry about. Then she worked last night and had contractions once an hour. Again, no big deal. Today, we had planned on going to Charlotte around noon, but I had a last minute meeting in Danville, VA, so we postponed leaving until 8pm tonight. I called Rebecca at 6:30pm to tell her I was on the way home and she said she's still been having the contractions, sometimes as close as 10 minutes apart, but not lasting more than 10 seconds. I said we should rethink going to Charlotte and she said, "well, I'm going to go get a pedicure and we'll see when I get done."

Well, she got home and we decided not to go. By then it was 8:30 and olivia really needed to go to bed, so, around 9pm, we put her to bed and went to our room. Almost immediately, she started having contractions 5 minutes apart or less. We were supposed to go for two hours like that before going to the hospital, but by 10:30, she was ready to go, so we piled everything into our car and then decided to put Rebecca and I in the back of my mom's Chevy Equinox while she drove and my dad drove our car to the hospital (a neighbor came up to stay with Olivia, who was sleeping through the whole thing).

So we got about 5 minutes down the road and Rebecca started to holler that she had to push. I tried to tell her not to, but she said "his head is already out!" Sure enough, there he was. I called our Doc really quick and she said to get his shoulders out, so I turned his head a little bit to the side and he shot out like a watermelon seed. I'm lucky I caught him! My mom had called 911 and the EMT's were on there way.

So here he is, Gabriel Josiah Sarine born at 10:48pm near the corner of Lake Brandt Road and Plainfield Rd, delivered in the back of my mom's SUV by his dad. It certainly wasn't how we planned things, but it was definitely a memorable experience.

So now here's all the important info: born 9/5/08 at 10:48pm, weighing 7 lbs even, 19 3/4" long. Mom and baby are doing very well and I promise to post some more pictures tomorrow, once we've gotten a little sleep.