Wednesday, December 12, 2007

He's Here!

I'll post the whole story soon, but for now, here is the story in brief:
After laboring off and on for four and a half days, including all night Tuesday night, December 4 into December 5, I awoke at 3:51am, realizing that my body had gone into "pushing mode." You know, you can't stop it at that point. I cried out to Chris, "This baby's coming NOW!" He jumped out of bed and called our midwife. While I worked through the next few contractions on the toilet, praying that I wouldn't have him right there, Chris set up the video camera and started to fill the birth pool. I didn't want to miss out on catching SOMETHING on video, and I figured if I didn't make it into the pool for the birth, at least I could sit in it afterward with the baby. Well, with Chris' help, I managed to make it into the pool before the last contraction. Ahhh, what relief! I broke my bag of waters to relieve some of the pressure, and then there was the top of his head. I said, "Chris, do you see the cord?" "No, just head!" Then, WHOOSH! Out came his whole body in one motion. I scooped up my baby into my arms and he began to cry lustily right away. I realized it was probably from the shock of coming out of that warm water, so I put his body back under the water, which calmed him down some. He pinked up very quickly. The midwife's assistant got there about four minutes after the birth, and the midwife just a couple minutes after that. All was fine, and we are loving having a new little one around. We named him Isaac James, and he weighed 7 lbs. 4 ozs. and was 19.5 inches long. He was born at 4:16am on Wednesday, December 5, 2007.

Well, you're probably thinking, "Whew! That was the short version?" Guess I got a little carried away. Hee-hee! Click on the pictures above for a closer look.

More pictures:

Big sister Chloe

Jack's turn

Kyle helps weigh Isaac

Peter checks the baby's heartbeat

Joseph's tender kisses

Big yawn for Kyle...or is he hungry?


Misty Cato said...

Wow what a story! Congratulations on the newest addition to your family. Dec. 5th is a blessed day indeed :)

All the best to you and your family.

Robyn said...

Hi :) I saw your link at Misty's blog and am glad I popped in. That is quite a story!

I'm glad all went well with the birth and what a nice name you chose. Isaac is a darling baby: all of your kids are darling. :) It was nice to see the whole family together in the picture as well. Thanks so much for sharing.

Liza in NC said...

Thanks, Misty and Robyn! :)

Christine said...

What a precious little guy! His birth story is incredible. I came here via NCFOM. Blessings!

cali2carolina said...

Thank you for sharing Isaac's birth story. He sure is a precious little guy. :)

~Steph said...

What an amazing story! Congratulations (although a little late). December 5th my youngest turned 1 - so it was a wonderful day indeed!
Your family is just precious!