Sunday, November 16

Finally, he came...



After watching, waiting, more waiting and wondering at the purpose and plan in those nineteen days of post-due-date waiting, he came.  We had opted to help labor along, with the guidance of our midwife, and once things finally kicked into gear around midnight, labor was hard.  I had joked with friends about my enormous waistline, 43 inches was my girth this time around, the hugest leap in measure I had ever had.  Afterwards I joked that epidurals were made for big babies but, alas, there is none to be found while birthing at home.  I am pretty small when not pregnant and this novelty of watching my belly expand as never before made me scan the screen carefully those last weeks of watching to see that all was well within.   Just one baby, the kind technician consoled me.

After two hours of good laboring with our oldest daughter encouraging me and Sean ever present - I kept begging him not to leave me and he kept promising he wouldn't - and telling myself all I needed to do was breath and God would take care of the rest, and imagining myself standing in the big pines up at our old camp on the banks of the creek, watching the children play below and Sean fishing and me holding this new one, my breaths the winds, and keeping that golden tidbit of verse," the Lord stood beside me and strengthened me" close to heart, and then pushing, never having had to work at pushing before, and thinking that if I ever were disemboweled, it must feel like this (smile) our fifth son was born on our bed.
"Relief" is not strong enough a word but it certainly covers some measure of what I felt following this delivery and we are so, so thankful that he came safely.
We have named our son Levi Joshua and when Sean read the scale, I laughed, and thought he was joking.  Levi weighed ten pounds and measures 22.5 inches long, sweet boy.  We're all smitten with him and are settling (so happily) into life as a family of ten.

Just a few photos from the next morning - we're still in recovery/lack of sleep/ all day cuddling mode...

20 comments:

Sarah said...

Congratulations! What a great name, too.

Jaclyn Trafton said...

Congratulations! He is so handsome! Prayers for continued health and rest!

Anonymous said...

Big Congrats on your big baby boy! Our sixth (a girl) was 10 days late and over 10 lbs. Whew!
But so much chubby fun... Hope all continues to go well. Love your blog.

Anonymous said...

Oh, congratulations! I was hoping all was well. Well rounded at 10 pounds, ;o) very sweet.
Happy for you.
Jo

Ann said...

Congratulations and well done, hannah! Enjoy this precious time with your new baby!

Mrs. Cookin said...

Congratulations! His birth was an answer to so many prayers. I'm glad you are both healthy after the long, long wait! He is precious!

Bonnie said...

Such a sweet little chunk! (my youngest was about 10 lbs., sunny-side up (though he the midwife saw him roll over on the way out) and I know what you mean about feeling like you're being disemboweled!)
Congratulations Hannah and family!

Trudy Callan said...

So happy for you all and so happy you and the baby are safe.

Anonymous said...

congrats Mom.. you did a good job..

Sue in NJ

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you and your family, he is such a handsome baby!

Joy said...

Congratulations! What a sweet baby!

Michelle H said...

Congratulations! 10 lbs!! Whew, that was some work!! My oldest daughter just birthed our first grandchild on Saturday. She was a whopping 6 lbs even, hahaha! 18 1/2". My youngest child is 2, we just can't wrap our brains around the fact that we're grand parents, even though I made my mom a grandma at 38, heehee. I'm 41, so...yeah. I'm so happy for your family, I pray your recovery time is sweet and restful!

Annie said...

Congratulations to you all!

Lynette said...

Congratulations on the newest member of your family! So glad to hear all is well.

Momma Bug said...

Congratulations beautiful precious friend! Well done!
He is amazing - and so wonderful. It never gets old does it? The baby-holding part that is :-D

His story sounds similar to my Miles, my number 8, never having had to "work" at pushing and being so SO surprised by his size! 10 pounds 4 ounces he was. So much for the newborn diapers. Haha!

Oh Hannah~ I'm so glad you're on the other side of that part. The next pieces of work ahead are made so sweet by the baby being there.

Sending hugs friend!

~Analene

Kathleen said...

Congratulations. So glad you are all safe and healthy.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. He looks like my kind of newborn, plump and sturdy. He's quite cute too. I had 2 of my 5 that were over 10 pounds and my last was 11-8. None at home, but all natural and late too.

Janet

mominapocket said...

Congratulations and thankful that all went well!

Katie Lindsay said...

Congratulations!
My baby is 9 weeks old and she still doesn't weigh that much! She was 4.355kg on Monday, which is a little over 8lb, I think.

Stefanie said...

You made it! I remember how hard the natural labor was with my second son as he was just shy of eleven pounds.
He is a tall one too, and so handsome in his navy outfit.
Give yourself extra, extra, grace! It took me a lot longer to recover afterwards than it had before with a smaller baby.
Your all in my prayers.