Reid Amani Quirk arrives!!!

 As the hospital tag states, we have a new baby boy!

Reid Amani Quirk seems to be as handsome as his brother, and we can’t wait to watch as he turns into his own little person.  Here is a short photo essay on how he came into the world.

Contractions had begun by 10am on the 17th of February, 2010.  Liam joined in the “magic breaths” while his mother paused from reading a book to deal with a contraction.

We had two wonderful friends with us at the birth – Mo(nique) Kolster and Erin Hardie.  They were terrific supporters and made the process as easy as could be. They took lots of photos, and video, for which we are already infinitely grateful.  Their very presence made everything feel more possible.

We monitored contractions for 20 minutes before being let in to the birthing room with the birthing tub.   This was around midnight.

Over the next couple of hours we dealt with the contractions through breathing exercises and coaching.  Katie did a lot of walking to speed up the processes.  We’re not sure that it worked.  So Katie ground her way through all the pain, head-on.  She’s a marvel.  Reid was born at 6:24 on the 18th.  He’s 8lbs 9.8oz, which is bigger than his big brother was at the same age (8lbs, 1oz). 

I brought Liam in for a visit this evening.

Reid is pretty small, it turns out.

Since he was born, apparently, with some gunk in his lungs, possibly an infection, possibly just liquid, we’ll be in the nursery for a couple of days to a week, with some special contraptions that help monitor his breathing, and make it easier. 

 Like an infant oxygen tube, and these two contraptions:

The block on the right is a “don’t steal this baby” alarm, like what they have on books in the library, or expensive items in a store.  If you leave the hospital with this child, alarms will sound.  I think that’s pretty dang cool.  Reid is an important guy, at less than a day old.  And, yes, his left big toe is glowing, so he’s super human too.  Actually it’s a really cool, non-invasive way to measure blood oxygen in newborns using light.  His blood oxygen is doing well now.

But we keep monitoring that little guy, day and night.  (Green: heart rate, Blue: breath)  But the measurements aside, I am so very impressed with the quality of the scientific medical establishment at Sutter Health in Davis, CA.  This is the sort of place that is both nurturing and scientific, comfortable and efficient, a good place for your toddler to make friends with nurses, and to learn about the science of how to keep people alive.  We are indebted, and in awe.  The people at Sutter are doing a marvelous job.

Although all this means that the family will not be united until Reid’s breathing is sorted out, it has a silver lining – mommy and daddy both get full nights of sleep.

16 thoughts on “Reid Amani Quirk arrives!!!

  1. Anna February 19, 2010 / 8:27 am

    OOOO Wonderful news! Welcome Reid! Hope to see you in Kodaikanal 😉


  2. Anonymous February 19, 2010 / 1:55 pm

    dudududududude! i've emailed all the family and the haverford crew. i cant' wait to talk to you. loooooooove to the whole fam!!


  3. Anonymous February 19, 2010 / 2:02 pm

    Congrats to you all. The tears flowed as I read your story and looked at the pictures. Bless you Kate for your pain and bring the latest baby into this world, and Tim too for I am sure there was great worry watching your beautiful wife. Bill is now blessed with 7 great grands. Please know we send you all hugs and kisses and lots of love.
    Love, Ann


  4. Anonymous February 19, 2010 / 3:39 pm

    Hurray! Welcome Reid! A really big hug to the whole family from Erik in Brewster


  5. Kristin February 19, 2010 / 4:03 pm

    Way to go, Katie!!! Impressive birth story. We are so thrilled about another baby cousin in the clan. Eamon will look forward to showing Reid the ropes in the years to come. Lots of love to you guys and we are rooting for Reid to bust out of that hospital real soon.


  6. Anonymous February 19, 2010 / 4:34 pm

    Great News, Quirk-Warings! Please let us know when the lung issue clears up and Reid is free to come home, loung on your red couch, and listen to books.

    I'm interested in his height (did I miss it?) and how it compares to Liam at the same stage.
    We love you! Poky Tiffany


  7. miamired February 19, 2010 / 4:38 pm

    Hooray! Congratulations on another addition to the fam!


  8. Anonymous February 19, 2010 / 4:40 pm

    We're so happy all went well and Liam has a brother to pal around with. I hope you get out soon, everybody rested and raring to go. We can't wait to see everyone at Waterton, especially all those babies.

    Carol & Fred


  9. katharine February 19, 2010 / 5:16 pm

    I am SO EXCITED!! Yeah for natural birth, KT!!! And, another Reid in our family!!! Isn't it funny how, now that you have a newborn, Liam suddenly (and sadly) looks huge? Blessings on you guys–enjoy sleeping! 🙂 love kak


  10. Craft Like Crazy February 19, 2010 / 8:20 pm

    Congratulations! Can wait to meet the little fellow.



  11. topher and marie February 20, 2010 / 2:40 am

    oh, dear ones:

    we are thrilled that Reid has joined the family.

    Northeastern Grandparents.
    with all our love.
    Topher and Marie


  12. Adam HH February 20, 2010 / 7:05 pm

    Hoooooly crap congratulations! I am so happy for you guys! Katie, you are incredible! Tim, you are awesome! Liam, you are very helpful and groovy! Reid, you have excellent lungs and toes!

    This is such wonderful news. I am overcome with Joy.


  13. Kari Mueller February 20, 2010 / 11:40 pm

    Congrats KTQ, Tim and Liam! Your photo blog was very touching. Reid looks like a strong boy and I am so impressed that you delivered him naturally! P.S. KT, I believe you and Britt Alsaker had a baby on the same day–both boys!

    All the best and my love,


  14. bryanplymale February 22, 2010 / 4:50 am

    yea! rani, dhani, isabel and i send much love and many blessings to ya'll


  15. nbvincent February 23, 2010 / 8:25 pm

    Sarah kindly called us with an update on the 18th, so I just had to check things out. Great to see the pix!! Hooray for the Quirk/Warings and loads of hugs all around. A big hello to Liam from Robin. Welcome Reid!
    Love from the Vincents, Ralph, Nancy and Robin


  16. vasu and bala February 24, 2010 / 7:49 am

    Oodles of love and kisses.. from your Cinnabarese family ❤


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