The Story of Nathan

December 8, 2007. 9:22 AM. 6 pounds 13 ounces and 18 inches long.

The nurses called him Baby Garcia for about 7 hours. We were caught off guard a bit and did not finalize his name until we met him and asked him if he liked his new name. He gave us the OK. Nathan Miles Garcia is our second baby boy and it was quite the adventure getting this little cutie to come out and play.


Our little boy, Nathan.

If you want read and compare, click here to read The Story of Lucas that happened about 2.5 years ago.

It all started an Friday night where we just returned home from dinner with our friends Huey and Mezzi. Lucas was in bed and Tey & I were just relaxing on the couch at around 11pm. Tey mentioned that she’d been having these small “practice” contractions and that they were pretty frequent. I didn’t think too much of them until about 30 mins later, when tey said nonchalantly. “I think were going to the hospital today.” My first reaction was “No Way!” Baby was still 12 days away and I hadn’t even washed his first load of tiny baby clothes!

Well, we arrived at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach at 3:30am, checked in and about 2 hours later, Tey was ready to push! That’s fast compared to the 16 hours it took for Lucas! A few rounds of pushing went by and the nurse had a concerned look on her face. The baby’s heart-rate was spiking downward with each push and it was pretty scary for a while. The nurse did a great job in getting the baby back to normal but with each additional push, the same thing would happen. Not good. So, the doctor came in and with one examination, she said “We need to get to an OR (operating room).” My heart sank.

From then on, it was a complete blur. My mom, who stepped out for only 5 minutes, returned only to find our room empty. We were being rushed to a C-Section operating room and Tey was getting prepped for the surgery. Meanwhile, I was in a daze as I was trying to listen to the nurse give me instructions on how to put a jumpsuit over my clothes so I can go join Tey. I was pretty much ignoring everything the nurse was saying to me. All I could do was look at Tey about 20 feet away from me in the operating table with 7 people standing over her prepping for what they called a “routine” surgery. A pretty haunting sight.

If you know Tey, then you know that she is the trooper of all troopers. She’s gone hiking with me in freezing temperatures in the middle of no where. She’s done so many crazy things that I’ve asked, all without a complaint. She is one tough cookie. Even though I’m sure she felt pretty helpless at this moment, I could see that brave soul in her eyes trying to fight through the whole ordeal. I, on the otherhand, could not watch…I was almost frozen as my eyes were fixed at Tey. Calm, but frozen.

About 5 minutes later, I heard a loud cry. The baby was out and he was brought over to the pediatrician, who was set to give him his initial checkup. He looked great! Watching and listening to a baby screaming his first breathes of air is such a surreal moment. I turned back toward Tey and saw the tears in her eyes flowing down the side of her face as she saw our baby being cared for. I went over and told her that he looked perfect and that the pediatrician gave him a 9 out of 10 rating. I was ecstatic and pretty overwhelmed at that point…I just sat by Tey’s head holding her hand as the doctor’s finished up the operation.


First photo, ever!

Tey was great during the recovery period which eased my nerves a bit. After a few minutes of fighting nausea and the chills, she was doing OK. It ended up that the cord was wrapped aound the baby’s shoulders and that prevented him from descending fast enough. The nurses and doctors at Hoag were so great at answering our concerns and reassuring us that all was well. I’m so thankful for these great people who have the ability to save lives and make families complete.

Thanks for reading The Story of Nathan. So far, the ending of this first chapter is a great one. Now, I’m back at home typing this out, getting some stuff for the baby and Tey, feeding our dog (Koda) and taking a quick shower. In a few minutes, I’m back on the road to see a mom and her baby.


Sleeping Nathan.


Two tired peeps.


Good night, baby. See you soon.

31 Responses to “The Story of Nathan”

  1. Jenna says:

    geez, jan, sniff sniff…you and tey sure know how to get my water works going!! I’m so happy for you and your growing family!! Sending lots of love your way!! I can’t wait to meet Baby Nathan Miles!!

  2. lille says:

    i can’t believe you took PHOTOS in the OR. but congrats! nathan looks ADORABLE. so proud of you and tey!

  3. Kate Mefford says:

    OMG. I am crying. That totally brought back Millie’s bday. BEAUTIFUL work. (The photos AND the kid!)

    LOVE LOVE LOVE his name. So handsome. But, I have to say, I think you really named him Nathan just because you wanted to call him Nate Dogg. =)

  4. Melissa says:

    Yeah baby Nathan! Love to you guys!

  5. David says:

    Congratulations! to you two =), and Happy to see both Tey and baby Nathan are doing Great and everything came out ok and great shots especially your baby’s first shot,but all treasured captures.

  6. Melissa says:

    Ya know I was going to have a shift on Wednesday morning… you could not have held onto him til then!

  7. victoria says:

    Congrats Tey and Jan! Awww, Nathan is sooo adorable! You guys received the best Christmas gift of all. Good job Tey! Can’t wait to see your growing family soon…

  8. Heather Cole says:

    Congrats Jan! He’s beautiful and looks kinda of like Lucas! I’m so happy for you both. :)

  9. Kelley says:

    Congratulations Jan & Tey (and Lucas :-)! I’m so glad everything turned out well for you!

  10. tita peggy says:

    so did I…(cry while reading your story). i must congratulate you for eliciting this reaction from me with your pictures and words.

    Like they all said, you did a good job. and this jantey minimee is sooooo cute! looking forward to your visit to the phil!

  11. mariano says:

    duuuuude!!!! he’s a keeper! LOL… congrats… welcome to the club, again ;)

  12. Bumatay says:

    WOw, what a blessing! I’m glad that Nathan entered this world healthy – both my kids came out via C-sec too. CONGRATS to your bigger family!

  13. I’d say he’s a keeper, bud. Congratulations and make sure to get your rest, too!

    This story reminds me of exactly how I felt with my firstborn…we had 16 hours of induced labor and finally had to have an emergency C. It was scary for all involved, but the blessings and miracles of life, especially the stubborn little ones, are beautiful.

    Warms tiny kisses to Nathan and warm hugs to Tey and big bro, Lucas from the Steller crew.

  14. Tim says:

    Congratulations Jan, Tey and Big man on campus – Lucas. I’m glad everyone is well. We’re thinking of you all.

    Tim and Lisa

    PS- Love the name- Nathan Miles! Awesome.

  15. mary says:

    omg! i almost cried too. if i wasn’t at work, i would’ve!

  16. Amie Ngo says:

    Congratulations to Tey & Jan, and welcome new baby Nathan!! Wow, what a story! Great pictures!!

  17. unae yi says:

    Congratulations to the Garcia family! Tey, you really are a trooper. Thank God for Nathan’s safe delivery and more prayers for your quick recovery. Nathan looks beautiful.

  18. Albert Stein says:

    Congratulations to the Garcia family on their second addition, Nathan. Great to hear that all went well. Been awhile since we got together or spoke, hopefully soon. Take care and Jan…excellent story telling. The website looks fantastic. And the pictures…special.

  19. Eric Magness says:

    Congratulations! Nicely done Tey. But, “We were caught off guard?” Really?

  20. Ken says:

    Congrats Tey!
    And Mary, you didn’t cry?!
    Mean Auntie!

  21. Jasmine* says:

    YAAAAY! Congrats to your and your beautifully growing family! :)

  22. Jan Garcia says:

    THANK YOU EVERYONE!!! We are all still abuzz with excitement! I’m so proud of my Tey and both little boys during the past few days. Tey is coming home later today and now, it’s crazy time for our household. We are blessed to have so many well-wishers out there…we really feel all the love. It truly makes a difference for us! Love, the Garcia 4.

  23. ed says:

    wow, jan. what an ordeal! so happy nathan and family are all well.

    hugs and blessings, from the atreros on your latest addition!

  24. Mark S says:

    Awesome man! Congrats on the new addition to the Garcia team :)

  25. Geanette says:

    This still Absolutely amazes me and I have 5!! Congratulations on a completely adorable baby and beautiful pictures as well!++

  26. lisa fitts says:

    awww congratulations i started tearing up half way through this post i need to get a hold of myself!!! sheesh… nathan sure is cute!!

  27. Kimberly Persons says:

    Congradulations! A sweet little baby boy – God Bless! What a great Chrismas gift…

  28. leigh miller says:

    jan i had no idea you guys were expecting! congratulations. the photos are beautiful. what a way to end the year.

  29. Jan Garcia says:

    Thanks again (those who commented after me!)…it’s been a crazy week and it’s true…having 2 kids is already exponentially harder than just one! We need sleep. But it’s all still fun and is keeping us busy (and happy). Best, Jan.

  30. Shanel says:

    That is such a touching story! I hope you and the family continue to do well. Congratulations!!!

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