James Daniel is here!
James made his appearance on Feb 27, 2012 at 6:43 pm. He was 8 pounds 5.3 ounces and 20 inches long with a 14 inch head circumference. James has proven to be a champion eater. Unfortunately, he prefers to stay up eating all night long rather than sleeping. Mama is working on that!
James was due on the 24th, and I was starting to think that he was never going to arrive, when I suddenly developed blurred vision and difficulty speaking and thinking. Everyone sprung into action and in less than hour we had childcare for all the kids (thank you LaLa and Kristin!) and I was at the hospital getting checked out. By that time most of my symptoms had subsided and my blood pressure was only slightly elevated. The very kind labor and delivery doctor said that she suspected I was in the earliest stages of labor (I was dilated to 4cm and having strong but irregular contractions while on the monitors) and offered to save me a trip back that night or the next day and to induce labor. We agreed and they started the Pitocin. About 2 hours later they broke my water and an hour after that James was here! It was a VERY quick delivery- I went from 8cm dilated to having a baby in less than 15 minutes! I have new respect for women who forgo the epidural- even with mine this one hurt! Everything was very fast and very intense there at the end. James came out in great shape and was strong and healthy from the get go.
JT and Kate adore their new brother and are constantly touching, kissing, tickling and holding him. It’s one big love fest around here! We are all settling in nicely and enjoying our new family of 5. JT keeps saying he thinks that he should have 2 little brothers. I told him that we’ll have to wait and see- let’s just enjoy the one we already have!