Saturday, August 28, 2010

So Many Firsts

It's amazing to watch this tiny baby interact with the world around him. Ethan has been a busy boy! We have been out and about in Hoboken almost every day and Ethan even crossed state lines last weekend to visit our Aunt Barbara in Delaware. Here are a few more of the "firsts" our little guy has experienced thus far...

First time on the play mat

First Doctor's Appointment
Ethan gets weighed and is not too happy about it...7 lbs, 2.5 oz
Dr. Oko checks out our little guy...Ethan was such a good boy.

"That was rough...let's get outta here, mom"

First Slice of Pizza from Benny Tudino's!
Well...actually the pizza was for mom and dad, but the slices were as big as Ethan! Papa Marv loves this pizza (he has been known to visit Benny's twice a day when he comes into town). Ethan is ready to go with you in September, Papa!

First trip to the Beach
Thanks to Auntie Erika for the great sun shade for the infant seat. It is even SPF! Ethan slept in his chair for about 2 hours while we were at the beach. We are sure that next year will be very different...he will be walking and playing in the sand!

First Time in the Stroller
The stroller took it's maiden voyage while we were in Delaware - we love it!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Here are the results of the online baby pool...


RankPlayer NameGuessDifferencePointsFromWho I Am
1Marv Soroka--142.58Winnipeg MB My future grandson
2Josiphine Bedard--166.58Winnipeg MB Friend
3Kelly Osmond--225.00Wall NJ Noelle's Cousin
4Mike Treiber--241.75Hamilton NJ Noelle and I are great friends from High School!!!
5Kerri Meagher--256.08Manalapan NJ My best friend's sister- I'm sure that makes us family some how :)
6Michele Richtik--292.75Winnipeg MB Excited Auntie in Canada
7Tyler Soroka--404.83Hoboken NJ Daddy to be
8Laura Shields--409.33Voorhees NJ Friends / former backyard neighbors :)
9Maria Soroka--443.75Winnipeg MB sister-in-law and excited auntie-to-be
10Lindsay Guttormson--491.50Selkirk MB family
11Janet Rogenski--492.75Barnstead NH friend of Noelle's through the UMASS crew! :)
12Taylor Richtik--498.50Winnipeg MB Tyler's niece
13Christine--505.42Chatham NJ Noelle's cousin
14Keith Richtik--506.75Winnipeg MB Brother in law
15Dylan Fech--531.75S. Brunswick NJ Uncle Ty and Aunt Noey's nephew
16Barbara Butler--541.58Bethany Beach DE Noelle's aunt
17Frank Inzano--583.25Kendall Park NJ Grandpa to be
18Claire Soroka--648.25Winnipeg MB My baby is going to have a baby
19Claudia Soroka--663.83Winnipeg MB baby's cousin/Tyler & Noelle's niece
20Valerie Gallegos--687.08Middleboro MA Noelle's friend from UMass
21Noelle Soroka--693.00Hoboken NJ Mommy to be
23Devin Soroka--699.83Winnipeg MB Tyler's Brother and the favorite Uncle. Will be known as "Uncle FAT Wallet"
24Mel Parker--721.33Watertown MA UMass Baby!!!!
25Meghan Fech--730.75 Noelle's Sister
26Brooke Richtik--793.83Winnipeg MB Tyler's niece
27Katie Dooley--809.92Brooklyn NY Ollllllllld Metuchen friend
28Logan Fech--873.25S. Brunswick NJ Uncle Ty and Aunt Noey's nephew
29Susan S.--950.75Rockaway NJ Noelle's Cousin
30Joanne Inzano--953.25Kendall Park NJ Grandma to be
31Joanne Simpson--958.25Bellingham MA Noelle's friend from NECC
32Max Soroka--1017.33Hoboken NJ Baby's Canine Companion
33Heather Baer--1084.83Marlboro MA We worked at NECC together!
34Dane Fech--1228.25 Brother-in-law
35Amanda Ashe--1366.75New York NY Umass Friend and friend most likely to be seen at a keg party with Baby Soroka...21 years from now

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Most Special Gift...

He is finally here! Ethan William Soroka entered the world on Thursday, August 12th, 2010 at 6:39 am. Ethan weighed in at 7lbs., 12oz. and measured 20 inches long. First let me say that we feel truly blessed to have this little love in our lives. It has been the best experience of our lives so far.

Ethan decided to take his time to arrive. On Thursday, August 5th, we went to the doctor for an appointment. My doctor scheduled me for induction for the evening of Tuesday, 8/10. Of course I had to get an awful head cold for my trip to Pallisades Medical Center to deliver our baby! Nerves and anxiety filled my head in the days leading up to the induction. Of course I was super excited that we would meet our baby, but I was really sick and not myself. Time to make the best of it.

Here is a run-down of the days that followed for those who want to read about the induction, labor and delivery.

Tuesday, 8/10
6:30 pm - Ty and I leave for hospital. First we stop at Dunkin Donuts to grab some coffee. Who knew when I would be able to have my mocha iced coffee again?!? was so worth it!
7:30 pm - Check into hospital
10:30 pm - Start cytotec (spelling?), a drug to start the labor process...bring on the contractions. I was given some pain meds that night that helped me to sleep...little did I know, this was the last bit of sleep I would get for a few days

Wednesday, 8/11
7:00 am - Visited by Dr. Moon who examined me. I was about 1-2 cm dilated. My water was broken at this point...HOLY COW - I never expected that much water to be expelled! I think I set some records...even the nurses couldn't believe how much fluid there was (maybe we have a little Michael Phelps on our hands). Pain not too bad. Started on pitocin. We are ready to have this baby!
10:00 am - Contractions getting stronger, pain pretty bad...we decide to get epidural at this point.
12:00 pm - The epidural worked for a while, but then started fading. It was discovered that baby was hanging out in my belly face up, so I was having what they referred to as "back labor"...what I refer to as HELL!
4:00 pm - Dr. Brescia visits and determines I was dilated to about 4cm. He says that the contractions should be longer and more frequent by now and that, at this point, I should be close to delivering (which I obviously was not).

Wednesday, 8/11, 12:00 pm through Thursday, 8/12, 5:00 am
To make a verrrrry loooong story a bit shorter, I will sum it up like this...the pain I felt during this time was really intense...pretty much unbearable....I liken it to dying (LOL - i laugh now, but I really thought I was dying). I mean I knew there would be pain, and lots of it, but this was ridiculous. My mommy friends told me that once they were given their epis, they experienced so much relief. My body did not see it this way...most likely because of the back labor. During the night I dilated to 7cm, however I was stuck there for the next 6 hours.

Thursday, 8/12, 5:00 am - Dr. Brescia calls a C-section (thank you, thank you, thank you!). I really wanted to avoid a C-section; however, the pain I was experiencing was getting unbearable.
I was sick with a cold...and couldn't breathe.
I was in so much pain and so upset - nearly to the point of a panic attack. How would I deliver this baby?!?
I was tired - it was 31 hours since this induction began. I was done.

6:00 am - C-section began. Although I was nervous, I knew relief was in sight and we were going to come out of the operating room with the most special gift. The nurses took me in first to prep. Tyler joined about 15 minutes later. I knew Ty was a bit emotional about the surgery, so I warned the nurses to not have him come in to the O.R. and see lots of "stuff"...stuff meaning blood and all that other goodness. Of course, they brought him right past me and my open abdomen on the operating table. He handled it fine, but was really surprised to see how invasive a C-section actually is (after the surgery was over, he told me how deep the doctor's hands had to get inside to get that baby out...i'm glad he waited until I was in recovery). All I felt was a lot of pressure, no pain. I was surprised at how quickly they get inside and get the baby out. Tyler was standing behind my head so he got a bird's eye view of everything. The doctor asked him if he wanted to see the head (before it was actually out)...he was amazed. When the doctor delivered the baby, he said to Tyler, "Dad, what is it?" and Ty exclaimed, "IT'S A BOY!". It was 6:39 am. I don't think I will ever forget the pure joy in Tyler's voice and hearing our baby cry after it breathed it's first breath! It was pure bliss.

The nurses took baby Ethan to clean him off. Daddy Tyler followed taking pictures and movies during the process. After Ethan was all cleaned up, he was wrapped snuggly in receiving blankets and brought over to see his mommy. I will also never forget seeing my baby for the first time...he was so alert, looking right into my eyes. He pursed his tiny lips and blew a few spit cute! It was honestly love at first sight!
I was able to visit with him for a few moments before he was taken with daddy to be weighed and measured. I was given some medicine to knock me out and taken to the recovery room. Waking up about two hours later, I was greeted by Ty, my mom, my sister and our new baby!
The rest of the day was spent with Tyler, my family and our new arrival! We took many pictures and movies. Ty really did a fantastic job capturing many of the day's moments. Thanks, Ty! I know we will cherish those memories forever.

All in all, the experience was physically the most difficult thing I have ever gone through, but WOW...we were given the most special gift ever...our son...our baby boy, Ethan....OUR DREAM COME TRUE!

Daddy and Ethan

What a long and exciting day...I think I need to rest.

Friday, August 6, 2010

change of plans...

Induction now scheduled for evening of August 10th...unless I can coax it out before then :)

Looks like Kelly, Josephine and Lindsay may have a winning chance now!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

August 5th Update

Well we went to the doctor this evening...latest stats are as follows:
Less than 1 cm dilated
80% effaced
I have a bit of a cold...awesome. I am drinking a "cold fighter" smoothie right now to try to deter this thing from taking over.

If baby doesn't show by Wednesday, I will be induced at 7:30 that evening. I think it may be worse to know just when the pain will start. It was weird watching the doc write a script for the induction...writing me a script to have a baby!

Baby pool is closed. Marv, Keith, Maria and Janet you guys may have the best chance of winning the bragging rights regarding the date, as you all guessed Aug. 12th.

Going to try to keep my eye on the prize and not think about the whole labor thing :o)
Who knows??? Maybe I will go into labor tonight?!?!

Happy birthday to my dad (today)! Happy birthday to Meg (tomorrow)! Looks like you guys get to keep your birthdays to yourself. Happy birthday to Taylor on Sunday!

Sunday, August 1, 2010


Online baby pool...all the cool kids are doing it!