On March 3rd, 2018 we welcomed our first child into the world. Remi Hendrix Rogers Swanson was born at 11:06pm in Asheville, NC.
As many parents say, words can’t describe this experience. The amount of love and joy of having a baby are so overwhelming that the mere act of trying to put it into words diminishes its significance.
It’s been 1 week since he was born. It feels as if we’ve been time traveling. Looking back, there’s a few things we’ve learned in the first week.
7 Things We Learned in One Week
1) MY WIFE IS SUPER HUMAN
When it comes to birth, most people discuss the baby and parenting. One thing I wasn’t prepared for was the intensity and the thrill of the birthing process. While there are many digressions I could go into, I think the most amazing aspect was watching my wife, Gaelyn, act like a superhero.
I’ve always thought the most of Gaelyn. She’s an incredible person, extremely strong, and has never shied away from adversity. But after watching what she did during the weekend Remi was born, I have a new role model myself.
She never wavered, didn’t resist, embraced the intense struggle, and went above and beyond the insane requests her body and Remi were making. Hell, she even made a few jokes in-between the intense contractions. Her rockstar performance made me feel honored to be her husband. I’ve never been so proud in my life.
Watching birth also solidified the notion that women are the stronger gender. We’re lucky they keep us around.