Last night my first child was born. It was a long and difficult labor of 12 hours for my wife, only to end in a cessarion section. Archer Gail Karstaedt came into the world at 1:53 AM, just shy of 7 pounds and 20 inches. Due to some minor complications, she is being observed in the NICU, but no serious problems are expected. I’m working on less than four hours of sleep and doing thus from my iPhone, so I’ll give you more when I can. Say hello to my daughter.

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20 Responses to Newb

  1. Chris says:

    Congratulations. I wish you and your family the best. My wife and I went to our first sonogram on Monday, very cool.

  2. Slurms says:

    Hellooooo newb!! I look forward to hearing of your first steps, words, and pwned fool. =D

    Also, grats on a tax break baby! My son was for us hehe.

  3. Blazeric says:

    Congrats man!!! This is an amazing Christmas gift for you and your family and I hope the baby is doing great.

  4. Snafzg says:

    Great news! Hope you have a wonderful and healthy holiday with the new family.

    PS. Archer? Hehe, I’m going to guess you were really pushing for that name, eh? 😉

  5. Krosuss says:

    Congratulations! Glad both mother and child are doing well. If you think you’re low on sleep now … just wait. HA HA HA

  6. Nosmo King says:

    Gratz!!! OH, almost a Christmas baby. If she starts walking on water or turning said water into wine let us know! Great name, by the way. -Nosmo

  7. Gratz,Andrew! I hope you got yourself geared-out before this expansion happened.

  8. KillTrash says:

    Congratulations and all the best to you guys!

  9. theerivs says:

    Congo Rats. Archer what a cool name. I wish you and your family the best.

  10. Mr. Meh says:

    Congrats to you both.

  11. Castamere says:

    Beautiful baby, and congrats to the two of you. I hope mom is doing well?

    You couldn’t ask for a better holiday gift than this – however I would not envy the many sleepless nights the two of you have ahead!

  12. shadowwar says:

    Thank you everyone, it means a lot. Baby and mommy are fine. Baby is breathing room air on her own as of five hours ago. Mommy just wants to take a shower. I have run home to do that myself and pick up some needed things, like a phone charger!

  13. Rer says:

    Congrats man! Gotta love the name Archer on Shadow War ^_^

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  15. erbsenbrei says:

    Congratulations, hope the process wasn’t too much of a mental strain, and if so, I hope you’re finally able to relax again!

  16. brannagar says:

    Congrats! Enjoy all your time with her, they grow up way too fast. My daughter is now 15 and I so miss the little girl that once was. I love her now as much as I did, but she was so precious.

    Congrats again and try to get some rest. Trust me…you WILL need it!! 🙂

  17. Tuffett says:

    congrats! that really is an awesome early christmas present

  18. skarbd says:

    She’s (Your baby) not going to be very happy about a near christmas day birthday.

    I hope your wife is well. The 1st couple of months will fly by as you struggle to cope with the complete switch in your lifes.

    The only thing I will say, is never assume you have your finger on the pulse, since as soon as you do, the pattern will change.

    Got to go, my 2 year old is tell my to sit down/come.

    • shadowwar says:

      Haha! Thanks for the advice, and yeah, the first thing we thought of when the doctor told us he had to induce was that she was going to hate us for the birthday.

  19. Jobbald says:

    Congratz, its REALLY the bet thing there is in live, (exept the smelly dipers, lol , pyuuuuck) I’m just 23 and yesterday my daughter turned 1 ( born on 31/12/2008) and sinds monday i know we are going to have a 2nd one.

    Cheers and congratz again.

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