Instant Love – waaaay better than instant coffee

So I’m still at the hospital, attempting to post from my BlackBerry. We’ll see how it goes though, since I’ve never posted from it before and ya I don’t really know what’s going on here 😀

So for those of you who follow me on Twitter, you already know this…but that’s okay 🙂 Anyone else will be shocked to find out that LC has already made his appearance – three weeks ahead of schedule!

It was quite hilarious actually. I had false labor on Monday and ever since then my mom made jokes like “if you’re gonna do anything unplanned, do it while we’re already down in TO”. Thursday I had my OB appointment at 10:15am, and just after I was seen I started having mad cramps and constant contractions. I was in labor! Active labor! I was in labor right through my ultrasound appointment at 12 too, where they confirmed that LC was indeed breech.

So they sent me over to Mount Sinai and I waited to have a c-section. I was freaking out silently the entire time – all because of the darn needle. It turns out that I shouldn’t have worried so much. I didn’t feel a thing! Barely felt any pressure either! And it took a short while for my lower half to completely freeze. That was the weirdest feeling ever! Not feeling pain but pressure…crazy!

At 8:39pm on Thursday, April 23rd I heard the soft cries and complaints of a newborn baby as soon as they pulled him from my belly. I got to watch TH’s stunned face as he gazed upon our son for the first time. I think he might have been crying, but it was hard to tell through my own tears. Our son – Nolan Daniel – is insanely handsome. Every little feature is so perfect, even his “little old man hair” as I call it (he’s got more hair on the back and side of his head than he does the top hehe). The look on TH’s face when he held Nolan in his arms for the first time truly was priceless – and everything was totally worth the pain and discomfort I’m feeling now. I can’t look at Nolan and be upset about my now oddly shaped stomach (and the stapples in the shape of a “smile” – a Tim Burton smile).
They stappled me up and tranfered me to a bed and then allowed me to hold him while they moved me to recovery. He is so precious and I didn’t want to put him down – but I had too. His colouring was off because he wasn’t breathing normally.

Further tests confirmed liquid on the lungs – something quiet common for c-section babies. They thought he dislocated his leg, but now they’re thinking its just hypertension from being in the bum down breech position for the past 4 weeks. This means his feet where up near his head. Poor baby 😦

Right now we’re both doing well, Nolan is coasting on the same levels as yesterday and I’m pooped. He’s still having breathing issues but his leg seems to be less sore.

Liquid on the lungs can take anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks to clear, so I can’t say when Nolan will be coming home. I hope Monday – cause that’s when they boot me out. If I have to leave without him, I’m hoping to get in the Ronald McDonald house. We will see though cause its apparently packed and waitlisted. Keep your fingers crossed that he’ll be able to come home Monday!

TH, Nolan and I are doing well. I may not get around to responding to comments/tweets for a while but don’t take it personally, I’m exhausted and using a blackberry for communicating. I am reading EVERYTHING though and its all so amazing that you guys care so much! I just wanted to say thank you!


About J.C. Hannigan

25. Mother. Wife. Lover of words. Weaver of stories. My first book, Collide, is available in e-book for Amazon Kindle and Kobo.
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55 Responses to Instant Love – waaaay better than instant coffee

  1. Shannon says:

    I’ve been lurking for a while and thought this was definitely the time to delurk and say CONGRATULATIONS! Welcome to the adventure of parenthood!

  2. Kathy says:

    Congrats! I thought maybe something had happened since we hadn’t heard from you in awhile. So happy for you guys!

  3. LeSombre says:

    Welcome home Nolan Daniel!

    And that “Tim Burton smile”? That made me laugh. 😉

  4. RubyTuesday says:

    yaaay! congrats! how big was he?

  5. gemini says:


  6. Mrs. Flinger says:

    I’ve been following everything on twitter and am so happy for you. Congrats!!!

  7. welcome to the world, baby nolan. always know that you are loved and wanted!

  8. Miss Mouthy says:

    I am so excited for you!!

  9. Mandy says:

    Congrats so much! I cant wait to see him. Hope you’re feeling better!

  10. J from Ireland says:

    Just delighted for you all. Nolan is a beautiful name. All the best and all the rest to you. Best wishes.

  11. jess says:

    I go away from the internet for a few days, and you go and have your baby! 😉 CONGRATULATIONS, to all three of you guys! 😀

  12. Emily says:

    Congratulations to the proud parents and a warm welcome to sweet little Nolan! What a beautiful name. Nolan, you already have fans all over the world :-)! I hope you’re feeling better soon and get to take him home on Monday!

  13. lemon says:

    COngratulations!!!! 🙂

    I can’t wait for pictures!! 🙂

  14. flutter says:

    congrats to you honey!

  15. Caffeinatrix says:

    Congratulations and welcome to the club! Your new lil man is doll 🙂

  16. Sarah says:

    Congratulations sweetie! I hope Nolan gets better soon! Take care of yourself!

  17. Sadie says:

    Congrats! I’m so happy for you .. thankfully Nolan didn’t surprise you too early and you’re all settled into the apartment!

    Just a question, I’ve been lurking your site for months and months now.. but in the beginning wasn’t his name something else? Either way.. nice choice!!

  18. Mrs BN says:

    Congratulations 🙂 Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery for you and Nolan and hope you’ll be at home together asap x

  19. Jenry says:

    Good on you 🙂

  20. bluepaintred says:

    it was all so sudden! But wow! he is here! i saw the flickr photos, he is just absolutely adorable! You and TH make VERY cute babies!

    Congratulations J, you and M will be AWESOME parents! Nolan is a very very lucky baby!

  21. Rockerchick says:

    OMG Congrats! I am happy to hear that hes doing okay and I hope that the liquid clears soon and I hope he can come home with you on monday!

  22. Becky says:

    OH MY! Congratulations to you and TH. How exciting. I checked out the pictures on flickr, and sure enough he is a good-looking little guy. He’ll look even better when he’s freed from all the tubes etc and gets to just be with mom and dad. You did good. OH….and I love the name.

  23. Jessica says:

    I saw your tweets, the one about pumps and I was all “Is she talking about gas? I’m confused. Why is she talking about milk?” Then I followed all the tweets and I almost died!

    Congrats Jess! Nolan is such a beautiful name for a boy, I’m so happy for you! Anxiously awaiting pictures. 🙂

  24. Congratulations!! xD We’re so happy for you! Why was I not on Twitter? *goes to twitter* lol

    Anyway, congrats!

  25. liz hughes says:

    OMG!! I am so very happy for you. Little Nolan will be right as rain in no time, so don’t worry. Watch out for the gas, they don’t tell you, you will be gassier than ever after a ‘C’.
    Don’t forget to email us photos when you can. Take it easy and let your guy wait on you hand and foot for awhile. Congrats.
    I know Katy is sending you a comment or email too.
    Liz Hughes

  26. Cri says:

    Yay, for families! And I knew he’d have hair!
    I’m really happy for you guys and glad to hear his leg will be OK. Here’s to that he comes home as soon as possible.
    I know I’ve already said is but I really love the name!

  27. Veronica says:


  28. Amanda says:

    I’ve had a feeling that Nolan was going to come in this world a little early! Congratulations! I’m happy for you!

  29. i too have been lurking a while but wanted to say congratulations to you and TH!

    fyi: i was breech too, born butt first (no c-section for my poor mum) and my butt and legs were purple/black for 2 weeks!!!!

  30. DutchBitch says:

    First of all, again, congratulations!!! And hang in there… I know it’s hard being in the hospital and looking at the prospect of going home and having to leave your baby out there. But Nolan will be fine. He just needs some time to recover. And I am sure you’ll get to enjoy him incredibly once he does get to go home. You are going to be wonderful parents!!!

    Big DutchySmooches!!!

  31. Hilly says:

    Congratulations to you, sweetie. I’m saying my little prayers for Nolan. 🙂

  32. Avitable says:

    He didn’t have horns or a tail or pitchfork? I lose the bet! 😀

    Congratulations – I’m very happy for you.

  33. Congratulations!

    And you are right. WAY better than instant coffee.

  34. Congratulations!!!!! I’m so happy for you! Love to your whole family! xoxoxox

  35. Damn, I’m late on this. 😀 I’ve been working so much, sorry about that!

    Congratulations, hugs, and love to all three of you!

  36. Jen says:


  37. Congratulations! I love the name.

  38. Norma says:

    Delurking to say congratulations!!! Nolan is adorable!!

  39. Lisa says:

    Wow! Congratz!! This is my second time commenting but I read you all the time, so happy for you guys 😀

    He has such a cute name and he shares my birthday yay! April 23rd was the same day Shakespeare was born on and its also St. Georges day in England, and usually sunny so he’ll have nice sunny birthdays to come 😀

  40. Laura says:

    Congratulations! I hope the hospital stay for you both is very short!

  41. suze says:

    Welcome to the world Nolan – hope you get to come home soon! Congrats to you and TH.

  42. Congrats to you, TH and Nolan!

  43. Laura says:

    Congratulations! Imagine my surprise when I read your post this morning! So thrilled for you and I love your little boy’s name.

  44. Litzia says:

    Congratullations!!! I wish you can take him home soon 😉

  45. Kristi says:

    Delurking to say CONGRATS!! Nolan is such a great name!

  46. Congratulations on the safe arrival of little Nolan! I only know you and TH through your blog but it is obvious that the two of you are going to be wonderful loving and commited parents. Nolan Daniela is very lucky to have you two.

  47. Swapna says:


    Im a lurker, have been reading your site for some time now.Though today I couldnt leave without commenting !
    Congratulations on your bundle of joy !!!!
    From your blog I can sense that you are a brave soul , I hope your son is like you and he has a great life ahead !
    Take care

  48. Assertagirl says:

    Sorry for the delay but Congratulations! Can’t wait to meet the little dude. xo

  49. Joanna Smith says:

    Mazel Tov to you and TH. Welcome to the world, Nolan Daniel!

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  51. khim says:

    congrats!!! he is so cute!!!! 😀

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