On Saturday morning, Jenn woke me up and said that she thought she was having contractions. Sure enough, they were coming easily and pretty far apart. After a couple hours, they stopped. We slept a bit more, and then I got up and went to church. Luckily, I had my brother in law, Jason, who is also a pastor, already scheduled to come and preach at my church. He did an excellent job!
|Jason, bringing the WORD!|
|Just after a tough contraction!|
At 7:00am, the nursed checked Jenn, and she was fully dilated. So, we waited for the doctor to come, and she started to push. If you have never been in the room while a baby is being born, it is quite the experience. Jennifer was INCREDIBLE! The doctor said that he thought she would have to push for an hour or and hour and a half. It took THREE hours for this little guys to appear! She was exhausted. In fact, the nurse said that she had enough energy because she was involved in endurance sports. Triathletes make great pushers! Finally, after a whole lot of effort (by Jenn), this little guy appeared on the scene on Sunday, December 9, at 11:02am.
I got to cut his umbilical chord...
He was weighed and measured... 8lbs. 5 oz., 20.5 inches
He got his first diaper...
Finally, after he was a little cleaned up, he got to go be with his mommy.
Jenn and Baby from Matthew Smith on Vimeo.
I couldn't keep the waterworks from flowing down my cheeks! It was just a most wonderful moment in my whole life!
It didn't take long before he was whisked away to get his first bath. I went with him as they finished up with Jenn.
|So fresh and so clean, clean!|
The next couple days have flown by so quickly with family and visitors wanting to get a look at this little fella. Our church has brought us a bunch of food. Mindy, my sister, came last night and brought a ton of goodies to munch on too. We even had a famous blogger stop by for a visit. We've determined that there will be an arranged marriage between our kids if they have a girl.
On Tuesday, we were discharged from the hospital, and we loaded up the car. No one ever told me that this would be the scariest ride of my life. I was overwhelmed with the responsibility of having not one but TWO people that I loved so much riding along with me! I was terrified, but we made it home safely.
Kathy, Jenn's mom stayed the night with us and showed us the ropes of parenthood. She is a pediatric nurse practitioner, so that works out well for us! Jenn is doing so well with nursing, and Baby C is really doing well. I hate waking him up in order to feed him, but I guess that's just part of it. He got all dressed up in his VW onesie this morning to go for his first doctor's appointment and passed with flying colors.
Thank you for all the wonderful comments on Facebook, text messages and phone calls to check on us. We feel so loved by so many different people, and I'm glad that we could share our life with you!
So, are you wondering who won the contest of who could guess when he would be born? My aunt Linda guessed December 9 at 4am, so she is the winner. Just an FYI, I'll be posting another giveaway contest here shortly which would make a great Xmas present for some athlete somewhere!