Tuesday, November 30, 2010

He's here!

Now that our newest addition has arrived, life will definitely take some time to get back to some sense of "normal". Both Ethan and Parker seem excited to have a new baby brother, but also seem to have forgotten how to listen, and how to generally behave with some amount of control; making me wonder if I can survive life with 3 boys.

Rowan Craig Kislingbury
Born November 22, 2010 at 12:52pm
 4055 grams ( 8lbs 15 oz)
22.5 inches

The blondest by far of our 3 boys at birth, he was born 4 hours and 2 minutes after my doctor broke my water to induce labor.
It was a fast and intense labor, but instant and complete adoration.
My doctor checked me before leaving to return to his office saying "you're only 6cm dilated, and your cervix is still posterior- they'll call me when you reach 8 or 9cm..."
I muttered under my breath to my husband "8-9 cm will be much too late..."
15 minutes later I new the baby was coming fast so we called in the nurse Julie. 
She checked me and said I was 7 cm. With the next few contractions I must have fully dilated and my cervix moved forward, because Rowan was determined to make his entrance right away.
With no time to spare, I had a nurse on either side of me, my feet on their hips ( no time to get stirrups). I felt the baby crown, and reached down to feel his fuzzy little head. It seemed then like both Rowan and I were suspended in time while I waited for a contraction. The nurses told me to give a little push if I wanted when the next one hit, but it seemed like forever waiting. I pushed a bit anyway, eager to relieve the pressure and meet my son. In a blink he was out, on my chest and in my arms. I felt the pulse of the umbilical cord, and watched as Mark cut it. I was so happy to be as aware and present as I was for this delivery.

I can see my toes, put on my own shoes and socks, bend over fully and play with my kids on the floor again. My hips no longer ache, the heartburn is gone, and I'm 14 pounds lighter 8 days post delivery.

I already miss being pregnant.

If I didn't have half a brain, and 3 boys already, I think I'd do it all over again and again...


shari said...

Congratulations, He's beautiful!! Shari (cricutrookie)

Jamie Lane Designs said...

Erin, I am soo happy for you guys! He is beautiful! CONGRATS.

angelnathalie said...

Congratulations, He is beautiful. Enjoy.

Nathalie Beaudoin

Cindy S. said...

What a beautiful little angel he is!! Congrats on your early Christmas present!! :)

Random Acts of Krafting said...

Congratulations! He is beautiful.

Barb said...

He's so beautiful! Congratulations to you and your family, and welcome, little Rowan!

Christine said...

You are so good with words, I love how you described the whole thing! You are an amazing mom and if you think you've got it all under control, let me know...I'll be completely impressed (: Enjoy this time!

Unknown said...

Congratulations! He's gorgeous!
I initially read your post from yesterday ("where does time go?") and then kept reading. As a Mom of 3 girls I SO relate to your line about feeling totally unprepared for what lies ahead. I've now got 6.5 years of on-the-job experience and still wake up wondering when they'll figure out that I'm flying by the seat of my pants most days! I think it's pretty universal and somehow we manage. Our Moms did. So can we!!
Congratulations again. Enjoy this holiday time with your new family of 5! Oh, and take lots of family shots too!! We keep forgetting to take any of all of us!!

Barb Craft said...

Erin.. I was just catching up on a few blogs and found this!!! Congrats mom!! You are so blessed to have another healthy baby boy! Take care of yourself in the busyness of taking care of three young boys!
Barb :)

Igagnon76 said...

Congratulations Erin! he's adorable and i LOVE his name! can't wait to meet him!

thanks for the stamps, BTW...