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The Boy... [Oct. 4th, 2007|09:54 pm]
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So Sunday afternoon I had a gig in New Jersey. I joked with the promoter that my wife was 9 months pregnant, and if he saw me running out of there to just pack up my stuff and leave it in the back somewhere. I'd come back for it. I didn't realize how close that came to happening.

Less than 24 hours later I got "the call", which consisted of 4 words. "Water. Broke. Home. Now." Jen apparently got up off her exercise ball to change one of Darren's more notoriously stinky diapers when she realized she was wet and there was water everywhere. Lauren, who is recently potty trained, noticed this as well.

"No, Mommy! Pee on the TOILET!!"

That was Monday afternoon. By Monday night we were at the hospital and things were progressing nicely. Since the water broke around noon there was a little but of urgency so they gave Jen some pitocin to move things along a little faster. At about 3:30 in the morning the doctor gave her another exam and declared the baby ready to come out.

Jen had gotten some pain medicine in her IV but did not get an epidural. For that reason she was able to feel the baby and exactly what was going on and it really only took her 3 good pushes to get the kid out. Note to future mothers: it's hard to push if you can't feel anything from the waist down. Try to avoid the epidural if you can. It'll make things go faster.

The other amusing thing was that a nurse tripped over the kid's monitor, which was attached to his head while still inside, and ripped the wires out of the connector. She was looking at the end of the wires like Ted Striker looked at the brake handle he pulled out of the cockpit on Airplane. She was frantically trying to rig something up to get the monitor working again when the doctor pushed her away saying "That's not my concern right now." He pointed and we all saw that the top of the head was sticking out.

After two more pushes the boy came out, the doctor quickly sucked out his nose, and then put him on Jen's chest to hold. Jen quietly sobbed "Hi baby!" and held him while the doctor clamped his umbilical cord. It was really sweet. I got to cut the cord again.

The nurses cleaned him up and gave him the once-over while I snapped a couple pictures. Then they wrapped him up and handed him to me. Despite being 9 pounds and 14 ounces he seemed really light in my hands.




Jeremy Thomas Rockwell





Jen with Lauren and Darren meeting their new baby brother.





After it was over we were all pretty tired.




Jeremy is still in the hospital for hopefully just one more day as he is a little jaundice. Otherwise he is fine. We came home for the night so we can sleep in our own beds and maybe actually get a good night sleep. Jen is doing fine, but she is very tired, sore, and VERY hungry.

Thanks for all the well-wishes, everyone!

->Later.....Spice
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[User Picture]From: wwetuesday
2007-10-05 02:34 am (UTC)

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Awww, cute baby. Another demented soul born to terrorize the world :)
[User Picture]From: tarpo
2007-10-05 02:34 am (UTC)

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Hey.. Look what you helped make.. Good job!@
[User Picture]From: lukeski
2007-10-05 02:40 am (UTC)

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What, you didn't name him Steven James, like all the cool dementia artists so with their sons? ;)

Congrats to your family! Love and hugs to you all! :)
[User Picture]From: voiceofkiki
2007-10-05 02:42 am (UTC)

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Congrats, man. Hope everyone is well.
[User Picture]From: tashkal
2007-10-05 02:48 am (UTC)

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Congratulations!
[User Picture]From: wildcard9
2007-10-05 02:52 am (UTC)

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Good pics. I see Daddy is already teach son the proper way to nap.
[User Picture]From: nekhochan
2007-10-05 02:59 am (UTC)

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OMG 9 lbs and no epidural? Where do I send my offerings to the goddess??? Tell her I give MAD PROPS...I made it to a whopping 2 cm before I got my epidural. Luckily I managed to feel all the pressure I needed with it still running and pushed my little guy out in less than an hour(they all said it would take me 3..showed them!!)

I've gotta get my birth story up....

Congrats :)
[User Picture]From: wyngarde
2007-10-05 03:25 am (UTC)

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HOO-RAY!!!

Congrats and welcome to the world, Jeremy!

Glad the Spice family is doing great!
[User Picture]From: filkertom
2007-10-05 03:38 am (UTC)

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Many congrats and hugs to you all. And lots and lots of sleep, I'm thinkin'.
[User Picture]From: budsharpe
2007-10-05 03:40 am (UTC)

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Jeremy? I thought everyone was going with Steven James?!

Congratulations!
[User Picture]From: chriswaffle
2007-10-05 03:41 am (UTC)

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Congrats!
[User Picture]From: tvskyle
2007-10-05 04:24 am (UTC)

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Yes! YES! SOON WE'LL OUTNUMBER THEM!
I mean... congratulations!
[User Picture]From: druidsfire
2007-10-05 05:13 am (UTC)

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Yay more spice in the world!

Well done indeed, you two.
[User Picture]From: marcgunn
2007-10-05 05:30 am (UTC)

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woot! Congrat mate!!
[User Picture]From: bobolium
2007-10-05 07:37 am (UTC)

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Yay!

Congrats to you both.
[User Picture]From: matt_wallace
2007-10-05 09:22 am (UTC)

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Welcome to the party, JT. You've got a lotta catching up to do.
[User Picture]From: pixelene
2007-10-05 09:24 am (UTC)

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He's beautiful! Mega-super congrats!!!!
[User Picture]From: fllnangel17
2007-10-05 12:44 pm (UTC)

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Congratulations!
[User Picture]From: snobahr
2007-10-05 01:58 pm (UTC)

Congrats!

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Sent here by filkerdave

Congrats on the very cute bebbeh! I'm glad everyone's doing well, aside from the jaundice.

[User Picture]From: wormquartet
2007-10-05 02:05 pm (UTC)

Rockwell manufacturing

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YAY!! Congrats again, my friend. He's a cutie.

-=ShoEboX=-
[User Picture]From: archiver_tim
2007-10-05 02:42 pm (UTC)

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Hey, congratulations!
[User Picture]From: jannyblue
2007-10-05 03:47 pm (UTC)

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*tosses her congratulations on the pile*

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_2

Very popular date for things to happen... I know two people who share that birthday, and both of them agree it is a very good day to be born.
[User Picture]From: devospice
2007-10-05 07:07 pm (UTC)

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Awesome! He shares his birthday with Bud Abbott!
[User Picture]From: peterpuck9
2007-10-06 03:23 am (UTC)

Congrats

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He also shares his birthday with Groucho Marx, one of the members of Raymond and Scum and my mom. Congratulations!
From: jakewaters.myopenid.com
2007-10-05 04:14 pm (UTC)

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So cute. Congrats!
[User Picture]From: toast14
2007-10-05 09:36 pm (UTC)

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Congrats!
From: jimmyknocker
2007-10-05 10:16 pm (UTC)

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Congratulations on the new arrival, Spice.
[User Picture]From: trickykris
2007-10-05 10:18 pm (UTC)

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Good Job!!!

Tee Hee!
From: ronnie1969
2007-10-06 02:19 am (UTC)

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Congrats! He is very cute.
[User Picture]From: devospice
2007-10-06 12:45 pm (UTC)

Jeremy Thomas ("devo-spice-man of the future")

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Welcome to the "Family," Jeremy! There's a lot of love, fun stuff (can you "rap?") and achievements awaiting for you in your future. I thank God in my daily prayers for you, our children (including all those married to our children) and all our other grandchildren! Welcome, Jeremy! Your brother and sister await your arrival home. Love, Grandpa Rockwell
[User Picture]From: derweezy88
2007-10-06 01:50 pm (UTC)

Hey

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Congratulations. Just be ready, you'll have a heck of a ball raising 3 kids. Good luck with everything in the future, and God bless!
[User Picture]From: princessofcandl
2007-10-06 09:40 pm (UTC)

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Jewelry.... thats all I'm saying..... Jewelry.

Your wife birthed a practically 10 lb. baby out with little meds.

Jewelry
[User Picture]From: devospice
2007-10-06 11:33 pm (UTC)

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She's not big on jewelry, actually. She's a geek like me, so this may cost me a new electronic toy or something. :)
[User Picture]From: marcifer
2007-10-07 08:19 am (UTC)

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Ok Ok...So i see this pic on jenns facebook and sent her a letter asking if you guys were expecting again....and i guess so.....he is so cute....i think your just trying to make your own band though.,,,.,.,.lol

Congrats to you both
Love Marci & Steve
From: artpaulrocks
2007-10-07 01:28 pm (UTC)

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Wow 3 kids !

I like the picture of you and the Baby asleep.

Hey thanks for sending me a special E-mail about it.