Hello Baby!

Nicole and I would like to introduce you all to Mateo Xavier Spagnuolo. Our bouncing baby boy arrived on 10/28/11 and weighed in at a whopping 3 lbs 14 oz. Yep, he was a bit ahead of schedule. 7 weeks in fact. We are still a little dumbstruck by all of this but Nicole is healing well and Mateo is a spunky little dude.

Many of you are probably already aware that Nicole’s pregnancy has been anything but typical. She started getting sick the day after she found out she was pregnant and the nausea continued well into the third trimester. This wasn’t the kind of “sick” you see in movies where the woman runs to the bathroom, pukes, and then goes back to work like nothing happened. This is the kind of sick that lands you in the hospital getting fluids through an IV. She began taking Zofran after we tried just about every natural remedy we could think of. The Zofran did help her keep food and liquids down, but it didn’t do much for the constant food aversions and general misery of a constantly nauseous state. Without revealing my beautiful bride’s vital stats, I can safely tell you that she lost 15 lbs before the end of the second trimester. It was only this past week that she finally reached her pre-pregnancy weight. The poor girl has endured what is easily the most trying 7 months of her life. Despite the grim picture I’ve painted, her spirits were high, all pre-natal visits went great, and she knew it would all be worth it in the end. We were blissfully unaware of what nature had in store for us.

Around 3am Friday morning, she started getting cramps at fairly regular intervals. Our first thought was Braxton Hicks (false labor) contractions. After all, she hadn’t experienced any noticeable contractions up to this point and she didn’t know exactly what they felt like. But because the contractions were regular, frequent, intense, and getting worse, we began to suspect something was up. After noticing some spotting, we called our Doula and she recommended we go to the hospital immediately. To make a long story short, Nicole’s placenta was detaching from her uterus thanks to a condition known as placental abruption. Her contractions were by no means normal and the pain was nothing short of excruciating. It was only well after the fact that we found out just how much danger both she and the baby were in. Fortunately, her body gave her enough advanced warning that we were able to get to the hospital before things to escalated to a level I don’t even want to think about. There is no doubt in my mind that we narrowly dodged a bullet. We arrived at the ER at about 5:15 am and at 7:31 am our baby boy was breathing his first breath of air, delivered by an emergency C-section. I guess we won’t be taking the “Pickles and Ice Cream Tour” we had scheduled this weekend.

Nicole and I were originally aiming for a natural childbirth. We’re not super “crunchy” or anything but we did want to let nature take its course as much as possible with intervention only when necessary. While doing our research on the birthing process, we watched several documentaries and read a few books that had a way of villainizing the American medical system. I don’t plan on getting into any commentary on that, but all I can say is thank goodness we had this system at our disposal when we need it. Our baby now has a sporting chance at a “normal” life, despite opening his eyes to a world he wasn’t supposed to see for a another seven weeks.

So now, in true Spagnuolo style, Nicole and I are sitting in our room at the hospital accompanied by our laptops, iPads, and iPhones. That’s just how we roll. With a baby in the NICU, you have a lot of time on your hands and its nice to have some distractions. But rest assured, we are allowing plenty of time for our little one. At this stage, it is mostly hands off. In the mean time, we ponder the future and share laughter, tears, elation, fear, apprehension, optimism, and joy.

Our baby isn’t out of the woods yet, but the prognosis is good. His breathing is just about normal now and he is incredibly feisty. He has a touch of mild jaundice and is undergoing a little phototherapy. He was apprehensive at first but once we explained to him that this was just like using a tanning bed, he seemed to become much more comfortable with the idea. Fist pump!!!

We truly appreciate all the well-wishes and kind words from our online and offline friends. Most of you have been a part of our lives in some way since 2006, so it feels very natural to share some intimate details on the next leg of our family’s journey. We are lucky to have so many friends. Please direct all thoughts, vibes, prayers, positive mojo, or whatever else you’re into directly toward our little Mateo. And in 18 years, lock up your daughters (or sons, just because we’re open-minded that way)!

Below are a few additional pictures of Nicole’s first moments meeting our son. Also our first family shot and the Wushi Finger Hold. Skadoosh!

A few folks have inquired about the name choice. Here’s the skinny. I picked Mateo because I thought it sounded cool with our last name. I originally thought we would spell it with two t’s (Matteo), but Nicole preferred the single t. It took all of five minutes to pick the name. Nicole and I don’t really put a whole lot of stock in baby name origins and meanings and instead we go with what feels right. After all, Mateo means “Gift of God”. Sort of ironic coming from two non-religious people. But there is no doubt that the boy is our “gift”. As for Xavier, that comes from Nicole’s grandfather. But I told her I would always insist it was inspired by Professor Xavier of X-men fame.

130 thoughts on “Hello Baby!

    • Congratulations to you both ! Happy to hear that mom and baby are doing well. Must have been a little scary. Hopefully, mom and Mateo will be home soon.
      All the best ,

    • Congratulations Marc and Nicole and welcome to the world Mateo. NBICU is my world Marc. Have been an RT for many years in ICUs. I Am sure your Mateo will be healthy and strong. IF I can be of assistance I am happy to lend an ear. Nicole, you look marvelous, well done young lady!


    • Congratulations Marc & Nicole. Scary situation and I am sorry you had to go through it. I’ve had two girlfriends go through very similar pregnancies with premature deliveries and both their babies have grown up to be healthy, happy & fiesty little guys & gals. Hang in there and enjoy your little miracle, he’s beautiful.

      You are in my thoughts,
      Marci Calloway

    • Congratulations! Nothing like a shock when the baby says “I want out of here!!” My Granddaughter was 6 weeks early, she is three years old now and you would never know,

      My best to both of you.


  1. Hey Huge Congrats! Great to hear everyone is doing OK. My son was born c-section and you can hardly tell now 22 years later, except he does leave the house thru the window instead of the door hmmmmmm…… Hope mother and son continue to get better and you and your family are home soon!!

  2. Congratulations Marc and Nicole, What a beautiful baby !! Nothing in this world can compare to meeting that new born for the first time. Mine have grown up and moved on, but I remember their birth like it was yesterday. Enjoy every moment they go by fast.. Their some of our greatest gifts you’ll ever know.. Best wishes always. : )

  3. Whew! Thanks for the story. Things were pretty quite and, honestly, I was chewing my nail a bit knowing how these things can go. SO GLAD to here things a going well and everyone is doing better. Thinking of you guys!

  4. My son Junior was born 6 weeks early and you would never know it to look at him now that he is one.
    I am asume that Xavier is in Reference to THE X-MEN mentor to that I say EXCELSIOR!. Hope all goes well for you all and enjoy your son, All the best to you and your new family

  5. Marc and Nicole,

    Congrats on the arrival of your baby, I know it was early and very scary for a bit, but the nurses in the NICU will take great care of little Mateo. I know this as my daughters baby came 4 week early and had to spend 10 days in the NICU before coming home. Another good friend of mine baby came 3 months early and weighed just over 1 pound. She is a healthy 2 year old today thanks to the love given to her by the nursing staff in the NICU. We are all praying for Mateo and Nicole to recover fast. Take care and remember, you need sleep too.


  6. Mateo could not ask for a better start than to have folks like you and Nicole for parents. Congratulations to the new family. And, great pictures.

  7. Hey! Uncle Tom is ready to start handing out the stogies!

    My boss’ son was born six weeks early… he’s now 12, and you could never tell anything was amiss.. So, I can tell you that you had best get ready for the wildest ride of your lives! πŸ™‚

  8. Sending the biggest piece of positive mojo to you, Nicole and little Mateo. You are both brave and incredible. Can’t wait to meet the little guy and tell him he doesn’t need to rush things πŸ˜‰

  9. Congrats to the both of you!!!! Good vibes, positive mojo, and bodacious juju are all being funneled your way! That, and some decent thoughts and prayers!
    In no time, you’ll be buying him a “Baby’s First Powermatic” for the nursery!
    Take care – all three of you!!!!

  10. Excellent news. So glad to see the Mother and Baby are doing well. Never mind the woodworking Mark, Mateo & Nicole are the current “project”. Enjoy this time with your new family, because it’s only a matter of time before the little bread snapper is bleeding you dry and using your favourite chisel to crack open a beer!!! lmao…
    Just kidding.

    All the best and god bless.

  11. Our thoughts and prayers for you and your precious little blessing. I pray nothing but the best for all of you. Go Go Mateo! Ready or not not little man you decided it was time to occupy!

  12. Congratulations to both of you! My oldest daughter spent almost 2 weeks in the hospital before coming home and I know that was one of the most stressful times I can remember in my life. But looking back it was also one of the most wonderful, there are so many wonderful people that truly care. The wife and I finished with our baby having days but I will always miss the excitement of meeting the new baby for the first time. Our youngest is 10 months now and just about to start walking, something changes every day.

    I am happy for you my friend.

  13. Oh, Marc, I wish you all the very best. I had almost forgotten that when the baby is wisked to the NICO it means Mom doesn’t get to meet him right away.

    As for modern, western medicine, I’m a big fan. I owe the lives of my entire family (me, my wife & ourthree sons) to modern medicine in general & a great NICU in particular.

  14. Prayers are answered. Healthy Mom and Baby are the most a guy can ask for!

    Yes, jaundice is scary until you get the idea. Basically needs some vitamin D and the best way is a little time in the sun. We put ours in a bassinet in a bright sun lit window for a while each day for a few days. Just as good as a tanning bed (and yes, it was the directions we got from the MD).

    We did the mostly natural child birth. It is OK, but being where the MDs can take care of ‘extra ordinary’ conditions add lots to the peace of mind.

    Again, congrats… and you life will never be the same again πŸ™‚
    You guys stay in our prayers. … Jack

  15. Well, good luck to you. Hopefully everything turns out well. C-Section..ouch! I guess thats why the saying is true “If men where mean’t to give birth, there would be no newborns…”

  16. Congratulations to you both and you bundle of soon-to-be-well-tanned joy. I wish you the very best of British luck for your futures together πŸ™‚

  17. Nicole and Marc,
    So happy for you guys. Glad to hear Nicole and Mateo are doing well. Sounds like they are in good hands. It’s pretty incredible what they can do.
    You are in for some great times. Its very cliche, but it’ll change your whole outlet on life!
    Now. Have I to get back to the shop where I have my 10 year old son, Max catching boards out of the planer with me. It won’t be long…..

  18. Congratulations, Marc!

    My 10 months daughter is called “Iris” that stand for a greek godess that was the messenger of the gods to humans, before Hermes… and I dont follow the old greek mithology for sure!

    Thing is… Surelly they are gifts to us, no matter of the religion you follow. I wish you, Nicole and the little Mateo the best!

    BTW… A few more days and I believe he will be old enough for you to teach him how to use the table saw? ;P

  19. Your humor is great. I’m sure glad y’all explained to Mat about the “tanning bed.” LOL!!

    Oh yeah, I think you’re right about the name sounding cool — especially if you say it with a little Joisy-Italian bravado. Like “Yo youse guys, this is my SON, ‘maTAYO spagNOla’, got it?” πŸ™‚

  20. New life is truly a Gift of God with an added bonus of medical care that enhances the opportunity for life.

    Congratulations, both of you, and to Mateo who has been blessed with loving, caring parents.

    May God bless each of you in many ways.

  21. WOW! Congrats Marc and Nicole,
    What an emotional time. Marc I have been following your podcast since 2008 and I am happy to say that it is part of my list of daily check in websites now and appreciate all that you do. On the baby front, my wife and I just had our second baby boy September 24th. Although we did not have the same experience as you are going through right now I know exactly how Nicole has been feeling these past 8 or so months. My wife was also on Zofran after she had been taking the infamous diclectin 8 times daily and seeing no changes!! It was the same thing, just held off the puke but still feeling nauseous all the time. Anyways, our prayers are with you, Nicole and little Mateo during this roller coaster time of emotions. The hospital life is very vivid still in my mind having just been there myself, but soon enough you will look back on this time thankful that everything has turned out great. Enjoy little Mateo while he’s so tiny, they grow up so fast it’s unreal. Our little guy is 5 weeks yesterday and I swear I wake up some mornings and feel as though he’s grown in the night. Take care and try and rest up as much as you can.

    All the best.

  22. Hi Marc & Nicole,
    Congratulations to the both of you!! All of our prayers and positive thoughts are going out to Mateo. I’m sure he will do just fine and grow up to be a big strong man!
    Thanks to your mom for posting the link to your blog out on facebook. I had no idea you went through so much! Well, the best to all of you.

  23. Hey Nicole and Marc! I just last week decided to follow Nicole on Twitter and was pleasantly surprised to see you pending parenthood!! Congratulations to you both!! The sooner the better, huh?! Okay, not always but it sounds like everything is going along pretty well right now. Best of luck!

    Nicole — I miss you! Glad to hear you all are doing so well!!!!

    Take care!

    Nancy (& George says hi!)

  24. Congratulations, Marc and Nicole. Oh well…I guess the Roubo bench is going to be mega delayed now. πŸ™‚

    Enjoy fatherhood. πŸ™‚

  25. Well do I remember the awesome feeling of holding my first born (a daughter) 38 years ago now. I wish you and Nichole well and only the best for baby Mateo. May we leave the world a little bit better for all our progeny.

    Give it ’til about a week from Thursday and he’ll be cadging the keys to the car. They grow up so fast, the trick is for us parents to pick an age we like and act it. (Best when the sprogs are not looking, though.)

  26. Love the name it sounds very manly. He is tiny my daughter was 7 weeks early also but she still was 5.5 she spent two weeks in the hospital before we could bring her home. But glad to say she’s almost 6 now and doing great. Becoming smarter than I am actually which really isn’t saying much.

  27. Congratulations to you both on the arrival of your new son “Mateo”, good to hear all are doing well, Wishing you and your new family many happy memories. Enjoy!!

  28. Once again, congratulations all 3 of you. My first daughter came into this world by C-section as well but was several weeks late so I can thoroughly sympathize with the stress of you’re going through. Having that Medical system there when you need it is a godsend. All the best to you Marc & Nicole and especially little Mateo. [insert applause here]

    Cheers from Canada


  29. Hey Nicole;Cheryl provided me the blog post.. I didn’t even konw you were pregnant.. wow.. contrats! Hang in there and DO NOT work too much.. sleep now!

  30. Congratulations. My wife and I went thru the same thing two months ago, she had the abruption 5 weeks early. She was squeezing my fingers when the contractions came, and nearly broke one, it still hurts today. The NICU visits will not be fun, and the scrubbing will be painful, we had to do it for 4 weeks, but just keep in mind that you will soon be able to take you baby home and it will all be worth it. One tip on the scrubbing before you visit your baby, put lotion on right after, it makes a big difference. good luck

  31. Way to go Marc! Unfortunately, both of mine came the same way, and my wife went through the same mess… Zofran, ER visits, fluids… I frankly don’t know how they were able to hang in there.

    Congrats though, a whole new world lies in front of you, and a mini Marc to pass along all of your skills to.

    Woo hoo!

  32. Wow, what a story and what an experience! Having 2 preemies myself, I can only say that it’s all well worth it! It’s funny how you forget all the “pain” you go through for months while you are pregnant until they are born. Savor each moment, get rest when you can and know that we are sending you all tons of love, hugs & support! I can’t wait to hear your voice and reconnect. So VERY glad that you all are doing well. And you all continue to crack me up being so connected with all of your gadgets.

  33. Congratulations. What an awesome name and Vanda and I wish you both the very best with your new addition to the family. There will be a great deal of excitement this Christmas. God bless all of you.

  34. Congrats to you both. Sounds like you are in good hands and I hope all continues to go well (if not always ‘as planned’). As a parent of 3, let me give you one piece of advice: sleep when you can. The dishes will wait, the laundry will wait. Mom (and Dad) need sleep..

    Ciao and regards,

    Da Bear

  35. Huge Congrats Marc. Welcome to the world of fatherhood. I hope you are prepared to not sleep for the next few months πŸ™‚ I hope Nicole and the mini-woodwhiperer recover quickly and get to go home soon. Best Wishes to you and your family.

  36. The look on your faces in those photos tells the whole story. Thanks for sharing the story and good luck to all 3 of you. Congratulations and here’s hoping you all will be home soon.

  37. Marc, Nicole and Mateo,
    Welcome to family life. I know you will wear it well.
    It won’t be long before you can send Mateo to Uncle Shannon’s summer camp to learn the proper way to work with wood.
    Or further down the road he will wistfully tell the tale of when his pops had an old fashioned table saw sporting flames and weird safety gizmo’s.
    It is with pride and joy that we are part of your journey.
    Thanks for sharing.

  38. Wow! I just joined your online community (The Wood Whispers Guild) last week and your already making me tear up. I’m glad to hear that Nicole & Mateo are doing well after your scary close call. Congratulation to you and your family. I’m sure all are very proud.

  39. Mega Congrats to you, Nicole, and Mateo (“woody” never came to mind?)
    So glad you are all doing fine…btw…nice job on the post Marc. Enjoy the next 18 years and beyond!!!!!!

  40. God Bless all of you!

    Relax and let what happens take it’s course.

    Y’all are in our prayers…

    It’s now time to Finish the Plan and “Go through the Grits”. LOL

    Take care and Thank you for the update!

    You have a WONDERFUL son!

  41. My wife and I are thinking of y’all and are very happy for your new addition. My daughter, at 2 months old, is already locked up in anticipation of your son’s 18th birthday. Thanks for sharing such a personal story. Also, awesome name! You should just call him ‘Professor’ πŸ˜‰

  42. Hey Marc,

    Congratulations to you and Nicole. Look at your beautiful family! πŸ™‚
    Those moments and days after your baby is born are super-intense- memories that will last a lifetime.

    Welcome to the world, Mateo Xavier! So glad your parents didn’t go with “Norm”.


  43. Nicole and Marc,

    Congratulations on your new son.

    Mateo is the greatest gift
    That your lives can bestow.
    He brings the most exquisite joy
    That you will ever know.

    Some days deliver happiness,
    Far more than you can touch,
    You’ll need the help of all your friends
    To comprehend how much.

    And so we thank you for the gifts,
    Both those you’ve brought and are,
    That celebrate this rich, full life
    And its brand-new rising star!

  44. Congratulations to you both & many blessings to Mateo I wasn’t religious either until I delivered our first child things changed for me they really are a gift & you can only believe something so perfect is made by God anyway enough sermon i’m sure the breathing apparatus will be good practice for when he’s in the shop helping Dad

  45. Little Mateo is just in a big hurry to wield a hammer alongside his Dad and Mom! Congratulations and hang in there – the best is yet to come!!!

    Marv & “Di.”

  46. Congratulations! I will be praying you Marc, Nicole, and Mateo. My first great grandchild is due in 7 months; maybe we can build a cradle together on the next build. Seriously I am so happy for you both and thanks for sharing with your woodworking family. God Bless!

  47. Congrats Marc,
    Both of my daughters came into the world the same way and both are doing fine now. The oldest is in her second year of college. When you get busy in the years to come take that extra time you don’t have and shower your son with it. When he grows up and leaves the house you’ll be so glad you did. The time until he is an adult will seem like a blink of the eye and he’ll be gone to collage and you’ll come home and cry like a baby–i sure did!
    You’re going to enjoy being a father and I’m sure you’ll be a great one. Enjoy!

  48. I thought “Woody” would have been a good name? My grandson was in the NICU at Riley’s Chidren Hospital in Indianaoplis, In. The lining in his lungs had not fully developed. Basicly had a colasped lung. They used what I called “Fix-a-flat” to make a tempoary liner in the lungs until the natural liner would develop. With a minor setback, he was going strong. Today he’s 3 years old and just hell on wheels. That’s where the fun part begins.Congratulations…to you both.

  49. We want to add our congratulations to the many good wishes you have received. We relate to the difficult pregnancy issues. As I have said to you before, this is one of life’s blessings … the best though, is the blessing of being a grandparent.

    Steve and Patricia lynxsg

  50. Congrats Marc and Nichole,
    Our prayers are with you and Mateo and we wish you the best. Glad to hear that the pasta power is kicking in.
    Rick and Kelly

  51. Congratulations !
    Blessings of Hope, Joy, Love and Happiness beyond measure.
    Marc. Ask the nurse for a pillow case.

  52. Congratulations to the Spagnuolo family!!
    I am very happy for you. This is a special event in your life’s you’ll never forget.
    Welcome to the world Mateo.

  53. Congratulations Marc! The little guy looks great and you both look so proud. Very happy for you and the adventure is just beginning!

    Rich & Stacy Perrier (big WW fans)

  54. Congratulations once again to the three of you.
    The world population has now reached 7 billion.
    Mateo might be that lucky number.
    I like to think so.

  55. I know all too well how you feel. 26 years ago on December 23 my daughter was born 9 weeks early. She weighed 2 lbs at birth but lost a half pound in the first couple of days. A 1 pound 8 ounce baby can be really scary. The first day they let us hold her they warned us to be careful that her skin was like wet tissue and we could easily tear it. Real scary stuff. My wife had a similar pregnancy as yours. Lots of morning sickness. My daughter, Jamie spent 90 days in the NICU. This past May I had the previledge of walking her down the aisle. I could go on but you have a lot on your plate.
    If you want to talk to someone who has been where you are right now just drop me an email.
    PS I built the lumber cart/rack from your site and it is great.

  56. Hey, Brother. You got a handsome little fella there. Congrats to you and the wifey.

    My daughter was born at 1 lb, 14 oz, so I definitely know what you are going through. The best news I can tell you is that that was 14 years, and about a half a gajillion dollars worth of dance classes ago. The only lasting conditions that might be related to her being a premie are her terrible eyesight and her scoliosis. You know what though, there are a lot of people with bad eyes and crooked backs that were not premies, so who knows? The only things that we can actually attribute to her being early are some scars on her tummy where one of the nurses in NICU pulled her electrodes off when she was about 3 days old and broke the skin. I still call them her stork bites. She’s now a super fit, vibrant teenie bopper addicted to dancing (something I could never do) and forcing me to carry a very big stick.

    Hang in there. Jr’s gonna be fine.

  57. Marc and Nicole,
    Congrats to the both of you. As you now know it is the best feeling in the world to welcome that little life alongside yours.
    All the best,

  58. Welcome the newest Spagnuolo Family member!!!! I’m so happy that he is doing well, as is mom. Oh yeah you too Marc.

    Marc get use to taking that back seat now that the little guy has arrived. I’m a father of 4 (2 boys and 2 girls) and to be honest, I love the back seat! Watching them grow and then have kids of their own is an awesome ride. Sometimes you get a bonus and they aspire to something really cool like a figure skating champ such as my daughter. Just remember it’s the dreams and aspiration they may get from you, but it’s their own dreams that are fun for you to be part of.

    I look forward to seeing the first pictures from the shop visit upon arriving at home. My bet is that you will enter the house through the shop first! Any one want to take odds?

  59. Congrats, glad to hear everyone is doing well. The big question is will he be attending WWIA next year, you can never start to early.

  60. Congratulations to the Spagnuolo family!! Now the work will start! Marc, Nicole & Mateo, Congrats to the all of you! Did they say when the little dude will be out of danger? What a great gift that will change every way you think and what you do!


  61. A HUGE congratualtions to all of you. I’m so happy that everyone is doing well and can’t wait to see some “coming home” pictures. Congrats again and enjoy every second you have, it’s gonna go fast…..

  62. “While doing our research on the birthing process, we watched several documentaries and read a few books that had a way of villainizing the American medical system. I don’t plan on getting into any commentary on that, but all I can say is thank goodness we had this system at our disposal when we need it.”

    There are definitely places where the medical system has gone awry – mostly due to bad incentives, including from people thinking they need to run to the doctor for every little thing. And I would say it’s a good thing to go the natural route to the extent a given person’s situation allows for it.

    Yet you’re absolutely right. The fact that there are some problems doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be thankful for, or utilize, the incredible blessing we have in modern medicine’s ability to deal with exactly this type of situation. I’m glad you were able to get good advice on this and get to the hospital in time, and I pray for a speedy recovery for your son. I know how badly you must want him home with y’all.

    After all, I doubt they’ll let you take woodworking tools into the hospital – and you gotta start that indoctrination early…

  63. Congratulations and welcome to the most amazingly wonderous adventure that is parenting. There will be magic in the world again, as can only be seen through a childs eyes.

  64. Congradulations…..wish everyone a speedy recovery. We also have a boy with the middle name Xavier. Cool name from prretty cool parents. Again CONGRATS and best of luck.

  65. a hearty congratulations are sent your way from the True North Strong and Free (Canada eh?) Our second son was also early but not so early as your little guy, but we all still worry. He’s 22 now and is one of nine, so you never know whats in store,(but wait a bit, if you know what I mean,:-). The rules for the chat room say no religion or politics, but I feel the urge to break them here; May God bless you and your growing family, and may He soon bring Nicole and Mateo home to you speedily! May you discover the blessings of parenthood, and have the patience of Job; Happy is the man who’s quiver is full! And may you forgive this short sermon:-)
    PS When Mateo is a teen, DON”T complain to your Mom; she may have stories to tell!!!! This is the voice of an experienced father here!

  66. Congratulations to you both. Thoughts and prayers for little Mateo. Poor Nicole has had a time with the sick thing. But hopefully both mommy and baby will be able to feel better now.

  67. Congratulations and welcome to sweet Mateo! My prayers will be with mom, dad and him as he continues to grow stronger and prepare for life outside the cozy womb. He is going to be strong and brave!

  68. Marc,

    Blink once, he’ll be 18.

    Blink twice, he’ll be married and you’ll be a grand-dad!!

    Take it from an “old guy”…..savor the moments while you have ’em. They go fast and you only have one shot.


    PS: You and Nicole will be great parents!

  69. Congratulations to all of you!
    Our family of 3 went through all of this 16 years ago. I really felt for both of you when you posted about Nicole’s condition early on. My wife was sick also from day one until my son was born 8 weeks premature. But I learned quickly that the staff of the NICU were the most amazing people in the world. Connor (thats right, “there can only be one”, my wife’s saying after that) was a fast learner and only had to do 4 of the 8 weeks. After being released out of the hospital for good behaviour he never looked back.
    You guys look like the perfect little family in those photos as well. Enjoy your new family life, its a great ride.

  70. Hey Marc, thanks for sharing your life with us. My first born son was born 5 weeks early and surprised us quite a bit. We had just gone away for our “last” getaway before the baby. The next day he showed up. We had planned the perfect delivery with going all natural and even hired the assistance of a doula. Well all that went out the window and we ended up at the hospital of all places. Quite a curve ball. Long story short Isaac spent 21 days in the NICU. I’m not going to lie, it was a challenging time for us. We felt quite helpless but learned to lean on God more then ever and the peace we felt from that made it all tolerable. Leaving the hospital without your baby was the worse. The doctors weren’t very positive and never seemed to give us any real answers, just doctor talk, to cover their butts. With all that said Isaac turns 9 this march and he is a perfectly healthy kid. (and has 3 younger brothers and 1 younger sister) I wish you, Nicole, and Mateo the best. My daughter saw Mateo’s picture and asked who it was. I asked her if she remembered the woodwhisper? She said oh yeah Marc. Like you guys are best friends or something. She’s 5 and loves when I wear my WW t-shirt. Take it easy.

  71. I really can’t thank you all enough! Nicole and I have been reading each and every comment here, as well as on Twitter and Facebook. We are lucky to have you all as a part of our extended family.

  72. Hi Marc and Nicole,

    Glad to hear all three of you are doing well, and little Mateo sounds like he’s going to be just fine. With you guys looking after him he’ll be home and causing trouble in no time. He shares the same birthday as I do, so I’ll be sure to wish him a happy birthday every year as I’m celebrating my own. Look forward to hearing how he’s doing, and I’m sure you’ll keep us up to date. Warning, he’ll grow so quickly you’ll hardly believe it.

  73. Congratulations Marc and Nicole on your new little miracle. Like everyone says they grow real fast so enjoy every moment. Marc soon you will be moving bikes and toys to get at your tools. Nicole you look fantastic.

    Cheers Mike

  74. Make sure you kangeroo with him, it is an awesome experience.

    Congratulations to the both of you, the NICU scares a lot of people, but it’s a place that is full of incredible healthcare professionals.

    The hardest part about the nicu is when you have to head home and your kid is still there. The hardest part about being a parent, is the day that little one doesn’t have the nurse(s) watching them 24hours a day, and you are now on the hook. Get your rest while you can!

    For Nicole, the up swing is that bottle feeding is probably on the menu, and this of course means… Marc can take the 2am shift while you hand him the bottle and say, “I’m going back to sleep.”

    Have a great time and enjoy that little one.

    Best wishes from some fans,
    David, Heather, and Eli

  75. Congratulation, he is adorable already.
    Be sure to get as much sleep as you can while he is being well cared for in the NICU because the fun will really begin when you get him home!
    Enjoy every moment.
    Terry Robbe
    Santa Rosa, CA

  76. Oh man. I am so glad that all is going well for you. I took what felt like a wild ride with twins that were 4 weeks early. Can’t even imagine 7 weeks. But again I couldn’t be more pleased for you that Mateo came and is safe. All the best wishes we can send…

    Joshua and Shelly

  77. Congratulations you two..sorry I mean three! I feel for you both. I’ve got three boys, and your experiences sound like a trip down memory lane. First one was fine…second one had jaundice and a difficult but natural birth. Third one was wrapped in cords, kicking up a storm, emergency c-section, problems with mom after birth, helicopters landing on the roof, emergency operations…and me …huddled in the corner waiting. But all is well, as I’m certain it will be with you. Just think, any day now the nurse will pop in with little Mateo and say, “Here’s the in…here’s the out…here’s his bags…now go home! Figure the rest out on your own!

    And you’ll be great at it. The kind of love you two show each other is easy to share. In the end, that’s all it takes.

  78. Congratulation from Quebec City, Canada :o)

    I’m the father of a little 3 months baby girl. After a difficult birth, she has to stay at the nursery for 3 days. It was very difficult for us, but it’s always for the best of the baby.
    Mateo will be fine. They are much more vigor then us, and he will gain strength every hour. It’s very impressive at wich rate they gain energy and vitality.

    All the best for the new family.
    Prenez bien soins de vous, et tous les meilleurs voeux Γ  la nouvelle famille!!

  79. Congratulations Marc and Nicole!!! You have been truly blessed and I’m certain as soon as Nicole held him, all the sickness and difficulties were worth it. Thanks for sharing, you will be wonderful parents, and certainly deserve all this joy that you have.

  80. wow – MANY congratulations!!!! welcome to the world, mateo! sending you all much love – friends of mine went through the same thing last yeat and their baby boy is just thriving so BELIEVE!!!!! xo LL

  81. fΓ©licitation

    oups congratulation

    If you raise your child the same way you work, it will be fantastik . show him all you know like you do for us and he will grow so fast whit a lot of knowlege. dont forget he will absorbe like a sponge hi hi hi

    bonne chance


    N.B. sorry for my english…. i am a french Canadian

  82. Congrats, Prepare for the sleep deprevation. My boy was 2 pounds 11 ounces. Now he’s a healthy, rowdy six year old, so no worries.

  83. Congrats on the baby boy. Just now reading your blog post. Amazing how similar your experience was to our second child. Months of nausea for my wife with a regular diet of Zofran, and a partial placental abruption requiring emergency C-section. 10 short years later and my first kid turning 13 this month, all I can say is enjoy every minute with him, take lots of pictures and make sure you’re in some of them, too, and not always behind the camera…

  84. Congrats to all three of you. My wife and I are expecting our first anyday as well.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the little one for a fast recovery.

  85. Congratulations on your new arrival. No doubt Mateo’s journey into this world was not typical of most pregnancies, but the fact that he is here is a genuine blessing. As you have already discovered, being a parent brings a whole new set of worries and concerns (they never go away, each age merely brings on a whole new set issues); that said, there is also lots of excitement, joy, amazement and love that also never goes away!

    I am looking forward to seeing your ideas on child-proofing the workshop!


  86. As the father of a 4-pounder, I do know what you are going through. HOWEVER, that was 43 years ago, so I’ll take the leap and presume neonatal care has improved significantly.

    God’s blessing to your entire family!

    Steve J.
    Guild Member

  87. Nicole and Mark congrats, Mateo X. SP. Well come home. You couldn’t have a better parents than your mom and Dad now. I guessed I missed out. I just got my computer back yesterday. I’m very happy to know that the baby is finally home.
    Thank God for what he has done to get mom and baby to make it safe.

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