Sunday, the 7th, I started having contractions and got very little sleep all night. The next day, upon realizing that this was probably actually labor, and not just frequent, painful, Braxton Hicks contractions, I spent the day frantically washing sheets and clothes and reading the car-seat manual, so that we would be ready for our little bundle of joy when he got here.
Jay got home from work and we tried to wait it out at home as long as possible, before going to the hospital. We finally arrived there at about 6:45pm and I was a bit annoyed to find myself at a mere 4 (out of 10) cm dilated, but very glad that I got to have Jay with me for the rest of my labor. Almost 8 hours later, without medication, our boy came at 2:32am- 7 pounds 11 ounces and 20 inches long and he wasn't going to wait for anyone. Our doctor was performing a C-section right as I became fully dilated and the peanut just about came out before the doc arrived!
Needless to say, we are completely thrilled!
It's funny, you can't really know how much you're going to love them until they get here, and you also can't really explain why. In the words of Jay, "he looks like a mixture between a monkey and a peanut. and a raisin." and we just love every little wrinkle and uncontrolled facial expression. I even think his pee smells good.
Everything is going really well. I feel pretty good, just a bit sleep-deprived (which was expected) and Jack seems to be really great at doing what babies do best- eat, sleep, poop and cry. And his cry is so cute too. Yeah, we're pretty much completely enamored by him.
Jay and I have been taking pictures of my belly for the past 9 months-ish and Jay has put all the shots into a fun slide-show. It looks like we've not only had a very historical week, but a pretty significant past year. Enjoy!
One final word- we've decided not to call him by his proper name online. If he wants to be identified on the inter-web, we'll let him expose his true identity himself. Due to his little frog-legs, mouth and frequent froggy hiccups, we've decided to refer to him as "the frog". :)