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About gregrickson

I am currently a self employed 32 year old with a wonderful wife an 11th month old child,Jarrad. Always looking to expand my I.T. skill set.

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Month 04.5

Can you believe it … two posts in one month ! Especially after such a long previous break …

I was checking the site stats and it seems people still have an interest in visiting this site to find out about Jarrad.

What I have been working on is a way to let you send messages to Jarrad via this web site …


Well it is now official you can send messages to Jarrad. So come on send a message and say Hello to my growing son …


Post a message HERE or see what other have to say to my son !!


As I am sure most of you are aware by now Silvia has gone back to work and Jarrad has been visiting granny during the day. It has been working quiet well with Silvia dropping off and picking up everyday. Granny is loving every second and spoiling him rotten. I am sure Silvia is not enjoying it as much.


On Wednesday he goes for the next set of injections, so keep checking back here to see how they went.


Sorry I haven’t gotten around to uploading any futher pictures but it will come – I promise .

Month 04

Well due to popular demand here is the next installment of “Jarrad on the net”.Feet

Happy New Year and Merry Christmas too everyone I hope the New Year brings you the joy and happiness you deserve from the Rickson family.

Sorry for not updating up recently but there seems to be a problem with my FireFox and Google Page Editor, Internet Explorer seems to be fine.
Well let me get back to what you really want … How is Jarrad …?
He has doubled in size, almost 7 kg’s now and in 6 days will be 4 months old.
His first Christmas was great, but as you could expect from a 4 month old child it went straight over his head. Mom and dad had fun opening his gifts though … 🙂 He got some really nice gifts, lots of noisy toys from friends and family to drive us mad.
Everyday he learning a new noise – from yelping to a high pitched scream … all just to get more attention. He has found his feet and is often found holding on them with his hands.
We are trying to teach him to roll over from his tummy but that might be a bit advanced yet. He is however starting to get a bit more mobile. Leave him unattended too long and he will “wiggle” away.
His hair all started falling out a few weeks ago and looked awful – all patchy, but not too worry it has started all growing back now and we can take him out in public again… 🙂
Mommy has to go back to work next week and Jarrad will stay with granny for a few months until “alternate” arrangements can be made.
Silvia’s bother got news that his wife is pregnant a few days ago. Congats Paulo and Rianna. Now Jarrad should have a cousin his age in a few months.

Month 01

It has been just over a month since my life was irreversibly changed with the arrival of my son.

What can I say …. I now know the meaning of love. A wise person told me once you only discover the meaning of love when you have your own child … what you have for your wife is …. lust !!


He seems to have gotten use to his nightly bath. At about 20:00 we take him up after a feed and give him a bath. Most of the time we get through it without any complains from the Mr.

We tried once to bath him before a feed, he let us know this was not on. When he is hungery, he wants a feed there and then.


But on the whole it has been easier than I had expected. Although from what I hear from the other new parents we have a very good boy. Some of the stories I have heard I am thankfull that he is happy and content. Let’s hope it stays that way… 😉


Everyone has been asking if we are getting any sleep .. and to tell the truth Yes I have … He has had a few nights / mornings not wanting to sleep anymore but generally it has been more than managable.

Week 01

Week 01

Well we are finally at home …


After a mixup with the requested circumcision we were only able to get home after 20:00 on Wednesday.

The first night was more about making sure we had everything we needed for that night than any settling down. If you find yourself going home with a new baby try and make sure you get home with enough time to get your life organised.

After getting him down that night it was wonderful to finally having my whole family home …

“My whole family”… how wierd is that … 🙂


That night was a bit strange …waking at ANY sound he made … strangely uplifting. I am now a father, protector and teacher of this new life, MY SON !!

I have been waking around on air for the passed few days.


I was lucky enough to be able to take the week off to spend with my new son and wife, hardly seems fair that the mother gets months off work to foster a relationship with the new child, guess they do most of the work anyway.


Jarrad has taken quiet well to the breast. (He has already started stealing my toys.) We struggled at first, not sure what the best way was to get him to “latch” onto the nipple. The nurses try their best to give a hand but we finally got a professional lady, Brenda Pierce, in to show us the correct method on HOW TO … I will recommend her to any new mother planning to breast feed. He feeds every 2 hours during the day and every 3 to 4 at night.


Silvia has been the best with the night duties and leaves me to sleep …

My nipples just don’t cut it unfortuately 😉

A few nights he has woken her only once but most nights it is twice depending on what time the last feed was. We are working on the “demand feed” routine at the moment – we feed when he demands. They are still to young to try and get them into an established routing yet. Once he puts on a fair amount of weight we will try and start a feeding/sleeping/changing routine.


I can’t understand how some fathers won’t change nappies. Agreed they are currently less smelly and discusting than they will become once he moves onto solids. It is a time where I have learnt more about his developing body any at any other. You come to realise how dependant they are on you and the great responsiblity you have been bestowed.

He is current living in baby grows – they are the easiest things to get him in and out of with minimal fuss. Nappie changes become less traumatic for both you and baby.


He HATES being undressed – think it is the cold he doesn’t like.

Bath time starts off fine but when you need to get him full undressed and soaped up .. thats when the roof comes down. We try and do it quickly so as to get him rinced with the warm water as quickly as possible then dried off.


Hello JarradIt was Sunday, 05:00 in the morning and as I stirred from a fitful nights rest I wondering what the time was .. along with why Silvia was up at this ungodly hour of the morning …

She was complain about stomach cramps … IS THIS IT ….?? I ask quietly to myself . Not want to panic her I reassure her it was just a runny tummy and to relax…

In a way only an expecting mother can she dismissed that idea and told me the cramps are happening at regular intervals !!!


Calm done … deep breath … contractions are about 10 to 15 mins apart still lots of time… I think..

Got her into a bath and relax … has a shower myself and started getting all the bits and pieces together that we will need to take to the hospital. Baby bag ..check ..Mommy bag ..check … Mommy ..check.

Off to Olivedale clinic it is … at about 08:30am …. Into a labor room at maternity. Strap on the monitors and console mommy that it isn’t really that painful… when the machine is clearly showing a HUGE contraction … Baby’s heart beat is low and steady, around 120b/p, he is fast asleep … too early in the morning for all this.

By 11:30 mommy had only dilated to 3cm …and baby had yet to engage, but at least her waters had broken.

Time to make “alternative” arrangements. We all agreed that it was to be a caeser at 13:00. After that it is quiet a blur .. it happens so quickly.

Before we knew it the anesthetist was there giving us a run down on the spinal block. We completed the necessary forms and documents. They transfered her to a waiting bed for transport to theater. By this time we are both positively excited and scared out of our wits at the same time…. off we go !!

I get changed into “scrubs” and meet up with mommy in the theater where our doctor has just arrived.

Spinal bloke is administered and no more legs for mommy. I comfort her as now she is REALLY nervous. She tells me later it was like a warm feeling on her back “…like someone peeing on your back ..” (She still has to tell me how she knows what that feels like!!)

Then over some general small talk the doc’s started cutting away. Once they got started it was over in a few minuets.

While reassuring mommy that all was perfectly fine, camera in one hand Silvia’s in the other I tried to capture a few pictures of the birth.

Out came the forceps, and then his head. Dr Hawke got hold of the head and pulled – thought I might punch her – he was being roughly pulled from the hole they had made in mom’s stomach – neck stretching more than I would have expected safe.

WAAAAAAAAA…. yelled as Jarrad entered this bright, COLD world he was now a full member of our family.

|He was purple – which I am told is normal for a caeser birth.

Suction was applied to clear his airways, which only allowed him to scream even louder. By now weak in the knees and floating on a cloud I moved over to the table, tripping over a few tubes lying on the floor, where the pediatrician was “inspecting” him and doing a little more suction.

From there Jarrad was placed into an incubator to keep him warm. Myself the sister and Jarrad were whisked off to the maternity ward while they finished sowing mom back up.

Back in the nursery the nurses there re-did the Agpar test and put him straight into the incubator. AGPAR scores were 8/1min, 9/5min and 10/10mins.