Atlantis astronaut's wife delivers a baby girl
BY WILLIAM HARWOOD
STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS "SPACE PLACE" & USED WITH PERMISSION
Posted: November 22, 2009
Editor's Note... The NASA news center at the Johnson Space Center in Houston was closed Sunday morning and it was not immediately possible to verify the spelling of the first and middle names of Randy Bresnik's daughter.
Astronaut Randy Bresnik carried out a spacewalk Saturday awaiting word of the birth of his second child. Responding to a wake-up call from Houston early today, he delivered the news that his wife Rebecca had given birth, saying "good morning, Houston. Good morning, Rebecca, good morning, Wyatt, and good morning to our little girl."
"I just wanted to take this opportunity to report some good news," he said later in the morning. "At 11:04 last night, Abigail Bresnik joined the NASA family and momma and baby are doing very well. I'm very thankful for everyone ... that's been so supportive and so helpful the last couple of days with everything that's been going on."
The shuttle crew's wakeup music, chosen by Bresnik's wife, was a song titled "Butterfly Kisses," which starts off with the lyrics: "There's two things I know for sure: She was sent here from heaven and she's daddy's little girl."
For medical reasons, Rebecca Bresnik was scheduled for an induced delivery Friday, two weeks before her December due date. Her husband participated in a six-hour spacewalk Saturday and presumably went to bed awaiting word of the birth.
"Like most parents, I would prefer to be there at the birth for sure, but we don't pick this timing," he said during a pre-launch NASA interview. "It'll be a little bit disappointing not to see her in person right when she enters the world, but fortunately through the wonders of modern technical advancements and our amazing communications systems on the ISS and space shuttle, hopefully I'll be able to see the pictures and maybe talk to her on the IP (internet protocol) phone and see some video shortly thereafter. I'll be home only a few days afterwards."
Rebecca said she, too, was "a little disappointed he won't be able to be there, but understanding that we don't choose the timing. I'm excited for him that he's doing what he's doing. He's trained one year for this mission, but really he's been here five, almost six years and I'm just real excited for him, excited for us, and just be gone basically a week beyond her being born."
She said the couple's son Wyatt "thinks he's naming the baby Nemo. He's just ready to be big brother, he's excited about the baby, he's always asking 'when is the baby going to come out and play?'"
"He goes up to her belly button and says 'baby, come out!'" said her husband.
"I say that too, sometimes," she joked.
"The amazing thing about him, you know, a year ago today we hadn't even met him yet," Bresnik said. "Within 48 hours of me being assigned to (shuttle mission) STS-129, we got the call saying we had a date to go to the Ukraine for our adoption.
"So we were over there 40 days last fall adopting him, came back in late December. So we've got this wonderfully happy, healthy little three-and-a-half-year-old boy who's life changed completely and he's gone from being in an orphanage on the other side of the planet to being in the space shuttle simulator here flying with his dad a couple of weeks ago.
"A miracle adoption as well as the miracle of childbirth, all in one year," he said. "We're just amazingly blessed."
Bresnik and his crewmates - commander Charles Hobaugh, pilot Barry Wilmore, Leland Melvin, Robert Satcher and Michael Foreman enjoyed a half-day of off-duty time Sunday while their space station colleagues took the entire day off.
This afternoon, Bresnik and Satcher will review plans for a final spacewalk Monday before going to sleep in the station's Quest airlock module to help purge nitrogen from their bloodstreams.
Here is an updated timeline of today's activity (in EST and mission elapsed time; includes revision I of the NASA television schedule):
EST........DD...HH...MM...EVENT 11/22/09 02:58 AM...05...12...30...Crew wakeup 04:38 AM...05...14...10...ISS daily planning conference 06:08 AM...05...15...40...Shuttle crew off duty 10:08 AM...05...19...40...Spacesuit swap 10:23 AM...05...19...55...Crew meals 10:38 AM...05...20...10...PAO event 11:23 AM...05...20...55...Transfer ops 12:08 PM...05...21...40...Equipment lock preps 12:08 PM...05...21...40...PAO event 12:53 PM...05...22...25...EVA-3: Tools configured 02:23 PM...05...23...55...EVA-3: Procedures review 03:43 PM...06...01...15...Evening planning conference 04:53 PM...06...02...25...EVA-3: Mask pre-breathe 05:33 PM...06...03...05...EVA-3: Airlock depress to 10.2 psi 05:58 PM...06...03...30...ISS crew sleep begins 06:28 PM...06...04...00...STS crew sleep begins 07:00 PM...06...04...32...Daily highlights
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