Tales Of An Expectant Dad: Week 38

hurricane-sandy2On November 5th 2012, my wife gave birth to our first child. During the pregnancy I decided that I would write about the experience. Every week since I have documented all of the events that took place throughout this time, along with my thoughts on them. Now that I can confirm that our baby is happy and healthy, I will share those thoughts with you.

Week 38 – Rock You Like A Hurricane

I had to work the day after our Halloween party, which was on the eve of Hurricane Sandy. As I left it was incredibly cloudy and ominous. From 4pm until midnight I kept an eye outside, expecting the rain and wind to take over my office. At the same time, I was keeping my other eye on my phone, waiting for the call from the Mrs. To put it mildly, I didn’t get a whole lot of work done.

Finally it was time to leave and to my surprise there was still no rain on the ground. I hurried home to find all is well with Jess. My night had not nearly ended though.

The hurricane was certainly on it’s way and Jess wanted to be as prepared for the worst as possible. We were stocked on food, water and supplies so that wasn’t the problem. First, was laundry. I did load after load, a lot of which wasn’t even to be worn until after we moved. We took clothes that didn’t fit Jess right now and packed them away (more than she’d want to admit). We cleaned up, we organized, and before I knew it, it was 8am and I had been awake for roughly 22 hours straight. At this point, with still no rain, I needed to go to UPS to send back a projector that we rented for the party (because we went “low key”). It was windy, but things still looked pretty normal. I went to UPS, then picked up some bagels and came home. It was very underwhelming. I didn’t have to go to work as bridges and public transportation was preemptively closed, so I went to sleep. When I woke up it was the middle of the day, and the hurricane finally showed up.

Somehow, among all of the power outages, floods and property damage, we never lost electricity. We watch as our house literally shook, seeing kiddie pools fly by our window, waiting for the moment when our apartment went dark. But that never came. Our block was known for losing power at a strong gust of wind. Yet now, it was among the only ones in the area that had power the whole time. Another thing that did not come was Alex. Jess stayed on the couch or the bed and basically relaxed for the duration of the hurricane. She was plenty sore, and her stomach is getting much tighter, but the baby is still not ready to meet us.

Such was the entire week. I couldn’t get to work, so we essentially just stayed in all week. I got a lot done. All of the laundry, we reorganized the bedroom. I even took a defensive driving course. By the end of it though, I was definitely getting stir crazy. I’m pretty sure we were both getting on each other’s nerves by the end of the week. I’m happy that we didn’t have to drive to the hospital in a hurricane, but now that it’s over it’s about time this kid came out.

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