Home for the Holidays.

We would like to announce the arrival of our son.

He burst forth into this world on Thursday, December 8th, 2011 at 10:53 AM.

We named him William John, in honor of my father and both of our grandfathers (respectively).

He tilted the scales at 10 lbs 11 ounces, and measured 21 inches in length.

Our son is healthy and came out with the most incredible, perfect nursing latch, with a piranha like suction and ravenous appetite.

My husband is the most amazing labor coach and baby support person I could have ever asked for. He did and is doing an absolutely amazing job. I am so, so proud of him and so humbled to be able to share this new little person with him every day.

My doula was absolutely perfect with me, with us, and was a great guide through the entire process. She is also a lactation consultant and is continuing to guide me. I am so grateful that I found her.

My labor started at 4:11 AM, I called my doula at 6:00 AM, we left for the hospital around 7:15 AM. We had an incredible team in the room to help deliver him, from the labor & delivery nurse who had had her two children in home births and therefore completely supported my desire for a natural childbirth and assisted in getting this kid’s enormous shoulders out of me, to my doctor who did an incredible job making sure she followed my birth plan to every detail possible.

I am sore in my breasts due to our son’s aforementioned appetite, and in my forearms due to the labor position I used, but otherwise completely fine and “injury” free. Yes, that means what you think it means.

I’ve been told I am the talk of the hospital since I delivered such a large baby completely drug, epidural and intervention free. Truth be told, I’m pretty proud of myself, too. I worked really, really hard to be as healthy and strong as I could be — eating healthy, preparing and researching for natural childbirth in a hospital setting, lap swimming every day for an hour, even the night before I went into labor! I was even at work on the 7th, the day before I delivered.

Oh, who am I kidding? No one really cares about all that crap. So… on to the fun stuff. Pictures!

Going home from the hospital…

I don’t suppose it needs to be said, but I’ll say it anyway. We are completely, over the moon in love with this little boy.

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27 responses to “Home for the Holidays.

  1. I have tears in my eyes as I type, So over the moon for you both !!!!! that has made my day and tomorrow too 🙂 Congratulations Ma and Pa.

    Going to have to wake my wife up and tell her the news.

    Whoo hooo yay yay yay.

    PS. Good looking baby 🙂

  2. Congrats. He is precious!

  3. So happy for you guys! 🙂

    Great photos. 🙂

    xoxo

  4. Oh, My Dears….I AM SOOOOO HAPPY FOR THE THREE OF YOU!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    What a lovely special Christmas this will be for you and yours—(Your Mom must be so very happy, too….)
    Such Sweet Pictures of your BEAUTIFUL Boy!!!!
    This Is GREAT GREAT News, My Dears….!!!

  5. Stacey

    Oh he is so gorgeous! with that full headof hair and being so big, he looks three months old already. I am so so glad you had a wonderful birth experience. This is such a magical time and such a magical time of year. I am just sohappy for you. Your precious miracle boy has arrived on the other side safe and sound. Who could ask for anything better than that!!

  6. Inanna

    I’m crying! What a perfect gift for you all! Congratulations! He’s simply stunning! Welcome to the world, William. You have the BEST PARENTS EVER!

  7. I’ve been checking over here like a crazy person for the past week because I had a feeling. I’m so happy for you guys! I’m very proud of you too and jealous because they would not let me do it that way. They scared me into the C-section and I wanted to do it all natural. What a wonderful Christmas gift for you – the best Christmas gift ever! Enjoy, enjoy.

  8. How could I forget to say what an outstandingly gorgeous baby you made? Wow, what a cutie!

  9. So happy! Congratulations! I wanted to do a natural childbirth but gave up after 16 hours of labor! I am so proud of you (and Tony), and so thrilled for your new little family!

  10. Congratulations! I am SOOOO happy for you guys! I’m also very proud and impressed that you delivered such a big baby au naturale. He’s a handsome young man. God has blessed you and Tony and you totally deserve it. Enjoy your first Christmas as a new family!

  11. Cat

    He is already smiling!! He is obviously SO VERY HAPPY to be a part of this world with you and Tony as his parents.

    I cannot even express the amount of joy I feel right now. I am beyond happy for you all.

    All the pregnant friends I had all gave birth within the same week and a half with the babies getting bigger each one. ha! Glad you were the last one I knew, because I would feel horrible for the person who had to deliver the 12lb baby 😉

    *big hugs*

  12. I have been spastically checking for this post since Thurs! I am SO happy for you, Tony and your precious gift! He is absolutely adorable and all that hair! I know you and Tony are going to be the most amazing parents ever!

  13. Lynne

    I had a feeling and have been praying my knees off for days! He is PERFECT. He’s gorgeous. He’s amazing. And so are you. WELCOME TO THE CLUB!!! It is the most wonderful club on the planet and now that you’re here, you will be a member for the rest of your life. Congratulations my friend.

    ps…Boys and their Moms…there’s truly nothing more special. Let him stare into your soul a bit as you peer into his. There’s lots to see in those gorgeous eyes.

  14. Tony

    Yes we are soooo much in love with our little guy. Love you sweetie and love you William. XOXOXX

  15. I am overjoyed for you and Tony. He is perfect. You’re perfect. And now I’m going to bawl. Congratulations.

  16. Repeating what i said on facebook.. but wow that nine months just whizzed by out here, bet it has seemed like forever. He is soooo beautiful, and soooo big… well done all of you. Have a great Christmas, with your early present.

  17. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so happy for you and Tony!! Welcome to the world, not-so-little William!

  18. tinyhands

    Well done. I can only agree with what everyone else has already said: Congrats.

  19. Jackie

    Congratulations on your beautiful baby!

  20. Chris K.

    Over-joyed for you!! What a wonderful gift and I know you will be an equally wonderful mommy. Sending our love to you!!!
    ~Chris & Jim

  21. Tracey

    What a perfect addition just in time for Christmas. So happy for you and Tony. The pictures are so precious. So very very Happy for the long awaited arrival.

  22. He is beautiful! Congrats : o ) So happy for y’all!!

  23. PY

    Congratulations. He’s incredibly brilliant. Thank you for sharing your joy!:)

  24. tears of joy are falling for you guys … and what a beautiful little guy … Glory to God!!! your wee (well not really … *grin*) present from the Lord … may He bless your little family with all things good …

  25. Michelle

    I’m so excited for you! I was so happy when I saw it on FB but even more happy to hear the whole story here. My heart is so joyful and I know that this is going to be the very best Christmas you will have!! Congratulations!!

  26. Congratulations!!!! –

  27. Look at you 2 … er 3!!!!!!!!!! Leave you alone for a minute, unsupervised, and look what happens!!! 😉
    What a beautiful boy 🙂