The Sprint Medalist on the birth of his 2nd baby boy
Did you and your wife previously know the sex of baby or was it a surprise?
We found out as soon as we could. Some people like it to be a surprise but we wanted to know so that we could start planning accordingly. If we were having another boy, we wouldn't have to do as much to prepare for him as we still have a lot of things from when we had Rhys. If it was a girl, we would have to buy lots of new clothes, toys and set up the room differently for her. But we definitely wanted to know and were anxious to find out.
Were you present at the birth? If so, how did you support Mommy?
I was at the hospital and actually in the room for the birth of both of our sons. I joke with Monique about me being a doctor because I helped a little in the delivery process both times. Having an epidural made things a little easier for her, but labour is no cake walk by any means and it makes my appreciation for women in general significantly higher. In the US, it's mandatory for you to stay at the hospital 48hrs after for them to monitor Mom and baby so I was there the entire time to assist in her physical and emotional recovery.
How long was she in labour?
The labour this time was just over 12 hours but the actual "push" was less than 30 minutes. The funny thing about that is, Ryan's entire labor process was shorter than Rhys'. We have some stubborn boys! Thankfully though, they were both born healthy babies.
Did Mommy deliver naturally or C-section?
Fortunately, both babies were delivered naturally and there were no complications of any sort. We prayed a lot before that things would go smoothly and it did. Ultimately, in any pregnancy, health and safety of the Mom and baby are most important, and whether natural or C section that's what any couple hopes for. But obviously the recovery process after having a natural birth is way simpler so we feel very blessed.
Does your wife plan on breastfeeding?
She is going to breast feed at least for the first couple of months so that he gets all of the necessary nutrients, as well as develop that mother-son bond. Once that has been established, we can introduce formula into his diet full time.
How does your first son feel about his new brother, and how did you'll prepare him for the newest family member?
Rhys loves his little brother already and has been asking to hold him every 2 minutes (with our help of course). We know how easy it is for kids to become jealous with the shift in attention so we try to include him as much as we can with most things. Handing us the diaper to change the baby, passing the wet wipes, holding the baby bag etc. He's the "little helper" so that he never feels left out. Before Ryan was born, Monique would pray for him with Rhys every night, so he was fully aware that he was going to be a big brother soon. When Ryan was born we gave Rhys a "Big Brother" teddy bear, a toy and "Big brother" T-shirt that our friends Ruana and Jessel had given us for him. He says he "can't wait to teach him a lot of stuff", Lol.
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