Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Welcome to the World!

What an incredibly rewarding and exhausting day yesterday was.  I just want to say that Zachary Chase is the most amazing little guy I have ever had the privilege of knowing (of course I am a little biased as his proud father).  Kimmie calls him her little fighter, and I have to agree.  He has been through more in his first day of life than I have been through in my entire 30+ years on this earth.  Everything he does seems to just amaze me.  
As for yesterday, it was a very long day of arriving in -10 degree temps at the hospital @ 6:15am, getting Kimmie prepped and into her C-section @ 8:15am, delivering and caring for little Zach @ 8:57am (6lbs 5oz; 18in long), following him down to the NICU and getting Kimmie stitched up and into recovery, moving Kimmie into her room, and visiting Zach many times throughout the day in the NICU, prepping him for surgery, waiting to hear back from Dr. Handler, and saying goodnight around 11:30pm.  It was tiring to say the least, but all of the doctors and nurses that have worked with us have been extremely kind, helpful, and wonderful to Zachary and to Kimmie and I.  
As for today, we're trying to get some rest.  Zachary is sedated and sleeping on a respirator with his butt in the air to prevent fluid from draining to his sutures.  Dr Handler sad he will be in this position for 2-3 days, so we'll keep monitoring him and pray for the best.  It's hard to not be able to hold and cradle Zach, and it's even harder to only be able to touch small parts of his body during these next couple of days during his sedation, but when we finally do get the chance, it will be much more special I'm sure.
Kimmie is doing great. She has no serious pain, and her main concern right now is trying not to laugh too hard because it hurts her sutures.  She has been incredibly strong throughout her pregnancy and during the delivery.  She is glowing as usual, and a little puffy due to the 5 IV's she had yesterday, but she's quickly returning to her joyful self. 
We hope you all enjoy this blog and check back often to track Zachary's progress.  Please keep him in your prayers, pray for his healing and overall health, and we will do or best to update as much as possible.  With much Love and Praise - Brian + Kimmie


  1. I'm so excited for you both! All my love and prayers are with you.
    Kimmie, how on earth do you still look gorgeous in your picture right after surgery????
    Smiles & Hugs,

  2. He is so incredibly beautiful and perfect!

  3. Our continued prayer and with Zach and the Zurliene family. He is just beautiful - good job - well done you two.
    Hugs to you all
    Ron and Yvonne

  4. What a handsome (my mom says beautiful) baby boy!
    Congratulations! We're all thinking about you and praying for baby Zach!

    With our love,
    The Marshalls

  5. Thanks for the incredibly inspirational description of your journey with little Zach. He is already a blessed boy to have such amazing and loving parents! We will continue praying for everything to go smoothly and for Kimmie and Zach to recover quickly.

    With love,
    Cindy and Matt

  6. He is Adorable!!! You are in our prayers and thoughts always. Happy Birthday Baby Zach!!!


    Todd, Megan, and Payson Land

  7. We are a proud Aunt and Uncle! Congrats on the beautiful baby. Carrie and Jack are very excited to have a new cousin!

  8. He looks so cute! Congratulations to you all from Uncle Ron & Aunt Dee! I was so excited to see this blog. Not sure how to use it but I will figure it out! Sending Love and Prayers from Spencerport NY

  9. What a fine young man you have brought into this world. Dr. Handler is one of the best and I know little Zachary is in great hands. He looks like he is doing fabulously! We'll keep praying. Love John and Erica

  10. He's beautiful!! Congratulations! Love Ana and Josh

  11. Congratulations on the new addition to the family. He is so adorable!

  12. Great news! Your baby is beautiful!
    We have a blog, also: http://authierfamily.blogspot.com/

  13. Welcome to this wonderful world Zachary. You are a beautiful and handsome boy ... and the name Baby Z was so appropriate!!! Little did we know!! Our prayers and love are being sent to ALL of you.
    Sue and Keith

  14. It's so great to see you across the miles! Evan & Ashley are so excited to see your pictures everyday! We love you and can't wait to see you. Aunt Sharon, Uncle Jeff, Evan & Ashley

  15. He is even cuter than yesterday. It sounds like he is doing great. Wonderful job you two! Erica

  16. He looks Great! Congradulations to you both! Barabara, Jennifer, Michelle, Justin and I are keeping you in our prayers and wish you the best!

  17. Brian & Kim
    What a great looking addition to the family. I see a lot of Kim in his cute face. Sorry I could not be there but I know you understand. Arlene tells me that Brian is being the perfect husband and father. Brian, thanks for taking care of my princess and my first grandchild.


  18. Hey kids,
    He is such a stud. I am so happy all is going great. I love all three of ya. Cant wait to see the little guy. Have a great evening

  19. Brian and Kimmy - the news keeps getting better and better. It sounds like little Zachary is doing everything he is supposed to. You both are being such good parents. May God continue to bless you with wisdom, patience and strength and Zachary with health and healing.

  20. Kim and Brian, So glad that he is doing so well - keep up the good work Zach!!!!!

  21. Uncle Gabe and MargieDecember 19, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Brian & Kimmie
    Congrats what a great job you two did. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.Give that big boy XOXOXO from us.

  22. You have certainly been blessed. We can't wait to see the little guy! Love John and Erica

  23. Brian & Kim,
    He is so cute! Uncle Ron, Grama and I really appreciate the blog. Kutos to Brian!
    I have printed the pictures for Grama! Take one day at a time. He is a little fighter. We are all sending Love & Prayers.

  24. Brian and Kimmie,we are praying for you and are so proud of how you are handling all the challenges you are facing.We know that Zach is going to pull through and your new family will continue to inspire the rest of us. We love you like you are our own and are so blessed that we are near you to be a support when you need one.
    Love, Dave and Denise