Saturday, July 3, 2010

Bubba’s Got a Name

And it’s not Bubba.  Or Moose (but thanks for the suggestion, Mom).

Oh, and my apologies to friends who know not of what I speak.  After we were done w/family calls yesterday, we were pretty much ready to settle down and enjoy our new. . .


Tub of lard.

All ten pounds, two ounces of him.

Born 7/2/2010, 2:40 p.m. (Yes, we made it home. . . only with the help of friends!)

22 1/4 inches long.

Delivered by Mommy.

Caught by Daddy.  (Sticky shoulders and all.  Midwife arrived 5 min. later.)

And the name is:

Ian Casey

Ian: God is gracious.

Casey: Brave.


More details to follow.

I’ll leave you with a few quotes from his three big sisters:

Ruby, yesterday evening: “May I please hold that little man again?”

Claire, on the phone with Lita (supposed to be telling about her little bro): “Guess what Lita?  We are eating ice cream!  Oh, and guess what we got today?  Fireworks!”  (No mention of the baby till Sandy asked if she had a brother.)

Haley, clearly as out-of-her element with babies of the male persuasion as the rest of our family (pointing to Ian’s diaper): “She’s panties!”


Anonymous said...

Hurray! Great name! But I hope you don't mind if I call him Moose, anyway. :)

Does he look like Claire to you?

See you soon!


Sarah said...

By all means, Mom, do call him Moose. I believe he's earned it.

Absolutely, he reminds me the most of Claire. Even the birth experience was most similar to hers. I'll have to dig up a picture of her to post next to his and see what people think.

Karin said...

What a cute chunk!!! He looks like a two-month-old. I wish I could hold him and kiss his chubby cheeks.

Auntie Kari

Sarah said...

Karin, I'll give him a few smooches for you. I can't help myself anyway. He's too kissable! Can't wait to hear when your little guy arrives!

Cheryl Walker said...

Sarah - He is beautiful! I showed James (our 10-lb baby at birth), and told him that he looked a lot like that. A tub of lard. Such a precious picture to be treasured for sure.

ann said...

Congratulations!!!! Can't wait to hear the whole story. I can't believe your belly. Bless your heart and your back. 10 lbs. 2 oz.!!! What a chunk. Blessings to you and your sweet family.

Rachel Garcia said...

Oh sarah.. what a chubby bubba.. he is ADORABLE. Welcome to the world of BLUE and the fun chaos of FOUR. and wow.. the midwife arrived 5 minutes later.. I'd love to hear that birth story.. surely that was precipitous?? So happy and excited for your family and for you..yay, you can breathe now!! haha. ;-P

Sarah said...

Rachel, Precipitous, no. But people at church keep telling me that I had a 2-hour labor (it was 12 start-to-finish). I'll be posting the birth story sooner rather than later to clear up what actually happened that day. The problem with prodromal labor is that it has the effect of lulling one into a "baby's not coming anytime soon" attitude, and that's what happened here. Having contractions start around 3 a.m. and generally being about 4-7 minutes apart and 2 minutes long did not convince me it would turn into birth, so I went on with my day and by the time I realized I would give birth TODAY, we were practically done. I was having to work with close and demanding contractions all day. But it wasn't the first time they'd showed up like that, and I didn't expect it to be the last :) God was gracious to work everything out like He did. It was a WONDERFUL birth, and I'm so glad for every aspect of it. Can't wait to tell more!

Karin said...

SRS, in your opinion, is a prodromal labor more frustrating, because you're doing hard work without the guarantee that it will be over soon, or do you think it makes it easier because you've done most of the hard work before you know it is "for real"?

Sarah said...

Karin, I'm so embarrassed that I'm just *now* replying to your comment. (But then again, I haven't posted Ian's birth story, either. Pretty much behind all-around.)

To answer your question, I believe that prodromal labor is both harder and easier than your average "textbook" labor (do those exist?).

Yes, it is harder because mom doesn't know when labor will turn into birth, and all that contracting takes its toll on her body, mind and emotions (and can cause her to not trust her body or listen to it--it can seem like a luxury to do so, since doing so is completely impractical for days or weeks at a time).

Yes, it is easier, because she begins to build a tolerance to all the labor (as it builds, it becomes the new normal) and in some patterns, she may not realize she's truly "in labor" this time (don't get me started on that--what I mean here is that birth is imminent) until she's practically done.

Like any variation of normal, there are pluses and minuses. Women I know who have had precipitous births have gone through a whole lot to be able to be done in such a short time. "No, thanks" is what I say to *that* labor pattern!

Rebekah C said...

sorry it took so long for me to get over here!

Oh he's just beautiful, Mama! GORGEOUS baby! Belated Congratulations!