As you saw Denise, Al and Scot announce on Eyewitness News, our daughter — Helena Sundlun House — was born on Friday, Feb. 23 at 4:48 p.m.
I can tell you Mom and Helena are doing great at home, and Kara will update her blog when she gets some time. That means not any time soon!
Seriously, having a baby for us guys is easy. Those first days are all Momma, all the time. As everyone says, it is amazing what women go through during labor.
I want to say the folks at St. Francis Hospital were absolutely wonderful. These people work long hours and they all love their jobs and are so devoted to their work. The new maternity rooms at St. Francis are like hotel rooms. Special thanks to Dr. Ann Massucco and nurse Jeanne Ganis who delivered Kara.
We picked the name Helena just a few months ago, after hemming and hawing over a few other names. About a month ago, after deciding on Helena, I got a strange sense our baby was a girl because of three bizarre things that happened the same day:
- First, we went online looking at birth announcements. The first sample used the name “Helena.”
- Then, I was driving on I-84 at the Capitol Avenue/Asylum interchange when I noticed someone had spray-painted the initials “H H” in giant pink letters at the side of the highway. Pink isn’t usually in the palette of vandals, so this was very strange, and the roadside monogram was huge!
- Then, I went to work and had to voice a story for the 5 p.m. news and the woman in the story was named “Helena.”
I called Kara and said, “I think it is a girl!”
The boy’s name will remain a secret in the event we use it in the future.
Thanks to all of you for your well wishes and awesome comments. We’d like to hear from you, and stay tuned to this blog for more info.