He's here! Our new son, Caleb John was born last night (October 29th) at 11:08 p.m. He was 8 lbs. 8 ozs. and 21 inches long. Everything went smoothly and it was a great labor and delivery.
It is wonderful to have him here and to finally get to see this sweet little boy that has already brought our family so much joy by just thinking about and talking about him. He has no idea all that our family has gone through this last year and we will have quite a story to tell him of the year that we had before he was born. He is such a blessing to us already! And, he is a blessed little guy to have Jacob, Abbey and Micah for his older siblings and Jim for his daddy! We can't wait to get home so we can be a family of 6! :)
The kids aren't able to come to the hospital to meet him as they aren't allowing any children visitors this time of year. It helped in making our decision because we weren't really sure if we would bring them up here anyways. Bringing Abbey into a germy hospital if we don't have to is something that we really weren't comfortable with. So, they will have to wait till we get home tomorrow to meet their new baby brother. Jim is with the kids today and he took some pictures of Caleb this morning before he left the hospital to show them. He said they were all really excited to see him :)
Today, Caleb is doing great. Nursing great and peeing and pooping a good amount (which always is reassuring with a new baby when nursing). He's a little warm snuggle bug! I too am feeling really good. It's always so nice to not be pregnant anymore after the last tough weeks of feeling huge and uncomfortable. And he was a big guy being smooshed in there! I'm happy for him too that he can move now :)
I also wanted to mention that one of my very closest friends, Kristina was my nurse in labor and delivery (as seen in picture with me below). We have been friends since 7th grade and we have kept in touch all these years. We had been in close contact lately as my due date approached and it worked out perfectly for her to be our nurse last night. She was so wonderful as she is very compassionate, kind, calm and knowledgeable in her field and exactly the kind of nurse that I needed. Not to mention she's fun to be around and so easy to talk to. Thank you Kristina for helping to make this experience so amazing for Jim and I.
And thank you all for praying for a safe delivery :) We are so blessed by all of you... and our new bundle of joy!