It has begun

The time has come for us to welcome Sydney Hazel Berto into our family.

It seems Kelci has gone into labor and we are off to the hospital for what we hope is an easy, painless birth process. We’ve been spending a lot of time together as a family these last few days and we can’t wait to have the newest member of our tribe in our arms.

We are beyond appreciative for the support and thoughts throughout these last few months. It has made everything go by super quickly and make the experience a positive one for us.

I will do my best to update along the way, but Kelci is my focus and after that Sydney is my focus. But, you can check with us on Facebook or Twitter for any updates.

The longest and shortest eight weeks

Today marks the eight week mark until Kelci’s due date. Eight weeks until Baby Berto 2.0 is scheduled to join us and make her way into our lives.

I remember this time vividly from before Kylah was born. I remember thinking that it would be the longest, yet shortest eight weeks of my life (well, our lives really). There’s so much to do to finish preparing. We have rooms to decorate and clothes to wash and put away and we get to tell people what her name is.

Her arrival means the change of our world. Again.

Last night I laid next to Kelci and her army of pillows supporting her in various places in an attempt to find a couple hours of comfortable sleep. I laid there with my hand on top of (I almost typed her name here, but my mom would yell at me if she read it here first) Baby Berto 2.0 and felt her squirm, kick and wiggle. And then I felt her hiccup and smiled with the assurance that there was a strong and healthy little girl getting more and more ready to come say hello.

The experience in getting ready for baby number two has been wildly different than when we were getting ready for Kylah. The nursery was already decorated, we already know how to swaddle an infant and our stockpile of wipes is towering. But more importantly, we know how to parent. We know to not be intimidated by cries and how to put a Mickey Mouse Band-Aid on the smallest of bumps. I’m not quite ready for the task of having two. Having an active and growing and curious and patient and kind little girl while also having a fragile and cooing and needy pile of baby girl is going to be a challenge to say the least.

As we head into the final eight or so weeks, I have been working on my patience and my ability to be a more proactive part of the household. Simple tasks go a long way. As Kelci continues to battle “morning” sickness, crippling sciatica and various other aches and pains, I am able to spend time with Kylah and help make her feel special.

When she walked into her big girl room for the first time, she kept exclaiming “Daddy, this is so awesome!!!” Seeing that smile and hearing those words made the weekend of sweat, paint and frustrations so worth it. I’m ready for Baby Berto 2.0 and these are going to be the longest and shortest eight weeks of the rest of our lives.

So, that just happened

We made a baby. A beautiful, happy, noisy, amazing baby. She’s absolutely gorgeous. I can’t stop staring at her. OR my amazing, beautiful, gorgeous wife. Both of them are so strong and such an inspiration.

I just wanted to quickly say thank you to so many people who have sent tweets, facebook messages, texts and phone calls with such amazing positivity and kindness. I was sharing them with Kelci as best as I could.

They meant the world to us. So, I bet you want to see photos, don’t you? Good thing I took some. The full set is Kathy click here.

Baby Kylah

Resting up before the baby arrives.

Baby Kylah

Yes, I took a picture while she was pushing. She did amazing.

Baby Kylah

A little attention from the NICU nurses. Nurses rock.

Baby Kylah

Just seconds after mommy got to hold her for the first time. Kylah needed a little extra cleaning up before Kelci could hold her.

Baby Kylah

Baby Kylah

Mommy and Kylah share a special time.

Baby Kylah

Relaxing. I had a long journey, but the world is now mine. I can't wait to see it all.

I’ll get into the birth process later. I’m hoping Kelci will share her experiences soon as well. For now, I’ll just say they both did amazing. Her water broke at about 6:30 am and by shortly after 8 pm we had Kylah in our arms.


And we’re off!!!

If you’re reading this, we’ve hit the hospital. Chances are, we’re not too far off from welcoming miss Kylah Makana into our lives.

My wife has been brave. I have been nervous as all hell. It seems to work ok. I’ll have plenty more to share as we progress through this. Chances are it will be on Twitter, so follow me there. You can come back here to see photos on Flickr as well.

For now, know that we’re getting through this, thanks mostly to your positive thoughts and support. I can’t wait to share Kylah with you all.