8 lbs 1 oz
Contractions started last night at 9:30 PM...just after we got into bed for the night. We got up and ready for the hospital. Rae and Jo were sleeping downstairs with Auntie Zoe - all three looked so peaceful that we just let them sleep and left a note upstairs. By 10:15 we were on our way to the hospital; by midnight Jen was set up in an exam room, and by 1:15 AM we were settled in our inpatient room.
Jen was AMAZING with this labor and birth, as she was with the last two. The first hour or so, we walked laps around the unit, with Jen talking and laughing with the nurses (to their amazement) in the hallways between contractions. Within a couple more hours we were holding baby Van - healthy, alert, and calm. He took to nursing right away, and has been very content and peaceful.
Jen is a true warrior. She followed through with her wish to have another natural, medication-free birth experience. It was awe-inspiring to be there and witness. The doctor and nurses were all equally excited to watch Van twist his way out, actively helping in his own birth!
Today is completely filled with gratitude. To add a strong, healthy boy to our family. To our doctor and nurses, who wonderfully supported and followed all of our wishes and requests. To all our family and friends who have done so much to support us throughout this pregnancy. Thank You!