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Meet Audrey – our littlest SmugMug

November 20, 2007

On October 30th at 8:09am, I became a daddy again! Audrey Elizabeth MacAskill weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces and was 19.5″ long. Oh, and before I forget, she’s perfect:

Audrey Elizabeth MacAskill

My wife has a great blog entry about how she arrived, complete with more photos, but here’s my side of the story.

You may remember that we have young twins (22 months old, to be exact) who arrived very prematurely after a long, hard pregnancy, spent a lot of time in the NICU, and have now grown up into beautiful walking, talking little people. This time, I was surprised to find out, was very very different than last.

Baby Audrey

Audrey was full-term, and was delivered by scheduled C-Section. (Yes, we made an appointment months in advance, showed up, and out she came. Sounds crazy, eh?). There were no complications with the pregnancy, and no bedrest at all, let alone trips to the hospital. So you’d think I’d have been totally calm, collected, and prepared.

I wasn’t.

I was a nervous wreck! Last time, I was pumped up on adrenaline and excited to be a daddy, despite all the complications and the possibility of major problems with my super-early twins. I had no fear. This time, as I sat out in the hallway waiting for the surgery team to prep my wife for her C-Section, I had butterflies in my stomach and couldn’t stop thinking about all the things that could go wrong with the surgery. I guess I was feeling like everything had gone too miraculously well, so I started wondering when something would go wrong. Those of you who know me understand how uncharacteristic this is – my glass is *always* half full.

Cute Audrey

So I sat out in the hallway for an eternity, and as the time stretched on, I was convinced something bad had already happened. It was taking them forever to prep! But finally they called me into the surgery room and I put on my mask, slung my camera over my shoulder, and prepared for battle. The C-Section was remarkably similar to last time except for a few things:

  • They had to cut a bigger hole in my wife, it seemed like. Makes sense, with a much bigger baby.
  • The smell of her cauterized flesh seemed much stronger this time.
  • This time I got faint and woozy. I’ll bet cauterized flesh smells do that from time to time. I did not, however, pass out! I just had to sit down partway through. 🙂

Our new baby girl

The whole procedure took 9 minutes until my daughter was out, and then a few more minutes to stitch up. Audrey came out looking amazingly healthy – big and pink, with a perfectly round head. The nurses kept telling me how they’d never seen a baby with quite such a perfect head before. I beamed, of course, and kept hollering over my shoulder at my poor paralyzed wife that she’d done a great job ‘baking’ little Audrey.

And she had. Audrey was beautiful, crying well, breathing well, ten fingers *and* ten toes. No need to visit the NICU for this one – just the nursery for a quick bath and a thorough once-over. They pronounced her healthy and let me take her back to her Mama almost immediately, which was so nice.

Audrey, Elizabeth, and Don make 3!

In some ways, it was almost like being a daddy for the first time. Lots of these experiences were brand-new. Last time, we had to look at our kids through plexiglass. This time, she got to come stay in our hospital room with us as we took a nap. Last time, we couldn’t breastfeed them yet and instead had to feed them through a gavage tube in their nose. This time Audrey, aka ‘The Piranha’, latched right on immediately. As you can imagine, it was an emotional time for my wife and I – we could bond with our daughter immediately in a way we couldn’t with the twins.

Perhaps best of all, Leia and Logan really love their new sister. We were afraid they’d get jealous, especially of all the time Mama spends taking care of her, but they’re all smiles and love to help out. Whew!

Twins, Audrey and Papa

Leia and Audrey

Logan and Audrey

Thank you to all the nurses and doctors who helped us during our hospital stay, and especially during the surgery. And a special thank you to all of our friends and family who’ve been helping out with the kids during Elizabeth’s recovery. We’re so in love with sweet Audrey and we couldn’t have done it without you!

Categories: family, twins
  1. John Head
    November 20, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    super congrats Don! Glad everyone is healthy.

  2. Pindy
    November 20, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    Welcome into the world!

  3. November 20, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    Woop! Great post, Don. Congrats to you and Liz. Audrey is darling. 🙂

  4. November 20, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    Don! She’s gorgeous! Congratulations, and all the best to your wife.

  5. Ann AKA Baba
    November 20, 2007 at 5:11 pm

    What a great blog, Don! Baba and Grandpa are thrilled to have sweet and gorgeous Audrey in the family! You and Elizabeth and wonderful parents…..oh, and Logan and Leia are
    the BEST twins ever!!

  6. November 20, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    What wonderful news! Thanks for sharing – this is a real breath of fresh air among all the sterile servers we’re surrounded by all day! Yay!

  7. November 20, 2007 at 7:56 pm

    Congratulations Don, she’s beautiful. Great pictures.

  8. November 20, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    WOW… nice…. congrats…………….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    How many IOPS does she perform?



  9. Tracy Laxdal
    November 20, 2007 at 9:57 pm

    What a beautiful baby and cute kids! Congrats MacAskill family!

  10. Mike Culver
    November 20, 2007 at 11:21 pm

    Don, congrats! Best wishes to you and your family–those are awesome photos of one great looking baby!

  11. November 21, 2007 at 10:35 am

    Congratulations to the entire MacAskill clan! Audrey is beautiful!

    Might I suggest creating a gallery for little Audrey and documenting her first 365 days with a picture a day. I have a gallery called “Project 365: Jack” on my SmugMug website. My family and friends love it!

    Oh, and I can’t tell you how much I love SmugMug!!! It is the best!

  12. November 21, 2007 at 7:55 pm


    I just saw this on my feeds. Congratulations on the new addition to the family! She’s a beauty.


  13. November 22, 2007 at 12:44 am

    Aw shucks, congrats to all! Beautiful baby…

  14. November 22, 2007 at 7:13 am

    congrats don. this is the first time i found your blog (by you leaving a comment on mine hehe…) and already a very good news at the top.

  15. November 22, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    Kongrats! She has your eyes and forehead…

  16. November 26, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    Congratulations on your newest addition! Absolutely adorable 🙂

  17. November 27, 2007 at 4:50 am

    Very awesome! Now Milan has someone to play with when you come over to the Ritz! 🙂

  18. December 2, 2007 at 5:07 am

    Congratulations, she’s beautiful!

    – ask

  19. December 25, 2007 at 9:00 am

    “Mubarak” Congrats 😉
    Very cute

  20. November 15, 2009 at 10:00 am

    This was great last time, looking forward to it!

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