Since we are patiently sitting in Sara's hospital room waiting for discharge, I figured it was as good a time as any to restart our blog updates. Sara checked into St. Vincent Women's hospital early Friday AM for her planned induction. It started off as a bit of a cluster, but once we got the IV running things really took off. Sara's epidural placement was placed by an anesthesiologist who I really thought was going to pass out during the entire procedure, but in the end it did its job so no complaints there.
Around 1530 Sara noted some pressure and at 1617 Charles Robert (henceforth known as Charlie, except by JJ) was born. He was 8#6oz, 20 3/4 in at birth and probably 4oz of that was his hair. Nowhere near the amount JJ had at birth, but enough that he'll need a haircut this summer. Charlie has been feeding well, crying plenty, and taking his immunizations like a champ. Unfortunately, Charlie is just like JJ was in that he won't sleep unless someone is holding him. He also has some day/night disorientation that we'll have to reverse. Let's hope the rocker swing saves us with Charlie the way it did with JJ, otherwise we're in trouble!
Charlie has had lots of visitors in his first day, but none more entertaining than JJ's first visit. JJ's first duty was to show Charlie his eyes and nose (which resulted in JJ poking Charlie in the eye). Then he was helping comfort Charlie by patting him on the back (which increased in frequency and velocity with each pat). And of course the look of genuine concern on JJ's face whenever Charlie started crying. The best part so far is hearing JJ say his name. Not sure where he got it because we've always called him Charlie, but JJ knows him only as "Charles."
So far Charlie has passed all his tests, and we're just waiting to complete his newborn screen. Here's to hoping that Charlie sleeps well tonight and that JJ sleeps through the nights that he doesn't. I'm sure there will be plenty more updates coming on these two boys. If nothing else they'll be picture posts, assuming we can corral JJ long enough to take one. Till next time...