Brief baby break

gift from god.jpgI’m happy to announce we have added a rookie to our Stanek basketball team!
Grandson #5 arrived last night at 6:34p. Nathaniel Colt Austin weighed in at 7-4 and was 19-1/2″ long.
For those in the crowd who love hearing every detail of labor and deliveries (labors and delivery?), my daughter-in-law tends to dilate without going into labor, which was the case this time with her 4th boy….

She delivered our eldest grandson way too early, at 25 weeks. Since then she was gone full term but was dilated to 8 cm (!) before going into labor with grandson #2 and 6 cm with #3. For her regularly scheduled doctor’s appointment yesterday with #4 she was dilated 7-8 cm. Last night at dinner she felt the baby shift, had one contraction, and knew it was time.
My son and DIL barely made it to the ER. In fact, she delivered leaning back in the wheelchair – never making it to the gurney!
Mother and baby are both doing well, I’m happy to report. I’m leaving now for the hospital and to help take care of #s1-3 until tomorrow.
Kelli and the mods are in charge!

29 thoughts on “Brief baby break”

  1. This is wonderful news!!! Congratulations! My sister has four boys…i can only imagine how loud your son and DIL’s house must be :-)

  2. This kid is going to regret being born so close to Christmas, because he’ll probably only get one present. Ask my son — he was born on December 22nd.
    Just joking — congratulations, what a beautiful child.

  3. Congrats on Baby Nathaniel! :) Lucky girl…I was in labor for 19 1/2 hours!only had an epidural at the end because they practically BEGGED me…good thing I did, they ended up doing a c-section because she didn’t want to come out. She was 7 weeks early. :)

  4. I just love it when ‘breeders’ reproduce.
    Congrats and best wishes to all the family, extended family and friends of the now post natal human being.
    Be sure to post a picture of the ‘carbon’ foot print of the former human embryo/fetus’ .
    yor bro ken

  5. Most regular folk refer to these young humans as babys regardless of their stage of development or location.
    Nearly everynew born I have seen is kind of ‘ugly’.
    It takes a few hours for all their features to resume their natural shape and color.
    Having said all that, Nathaniel cleans up good and is a handsome lad.
    A friend of mine is fond of describing some of God’s dealings with him as being ‘pulled through a knothole backwards’.
    I believe is also an apt description of the birth experience from the child’s perspective.
    It takes awhile to get your ‘self’ together again.
    I will leave it to the kinder gentler gender to describe the birthing experience from the mother’s perspective.
    yor bro ken

    “Children are a heritage unto the Lord, the fruit of the womb is His reward.”
    You are truly blessed.

  7. Congrats! What an adorable fully-gestated grand-clump of tissue. Your grand-lump of cells certainly is very photogenic!
    But in all seriousness, that is a beautiful baby, my most sincere congratulations to you and all of your family. :)

  8. Yay for babies! How sweet!
    LOL, for those of you (men) who wanted a description of labor from a woman’s perspective… well, it hurts a lot and it can be a bit messy. The pain is something you never really forget, but as soon as you get to see the child you know in your heart it was all worth it. ALL of it. The pain, the mess, the soreness afterwards, the tiredness, SO completely worth it. Uncomfortable pregnancy? Worth it! Stitches in a “tender area”? Worth it!
    There’s nothing in the whole world like giving birth, holding that sweet baby for the first time, loving that baby with everything you’ve got plus some, even though you’ve only known that baby for 38 weeks or so and this is the first time you’ve gotten to meet him/her face-to-face.
    Side note – it’s so amazing how different a birth can be for each woman. I give birth quickly, but not quite as quickly as your DIL, Jill. With my second, I didn’t realize I was in labor until my grandmother browbeat me into going in “just to get checked” because she knew I had been “uncomfortable” the night before. So, they went with me to the commissary and I spent a good hour or more there getting my groceries, and we went past the post hospital on the way home (I lived an hour away from post at the time). Guess what? Grandma and Grandpa ended up taking my groceries AND my oldest son home and I ended up staying at the hospital. I was 4-5 cm dilated. In retrospect, I realize now that I had been in labor since late the previous evening. It’s funny that I didn’t realize I was in labor the second time around until it was about time for hospital admittance, and the first time I knew I was in labor for quite some time before it was time to go to the hospital.
    I ended up having my second child less than three hours after being admitted to the hospital. All they had to do was strip my membranes and let me walk a bit. They also gave me Pitocin in my IV without asking first (I found that out after delivery and it did not make me happy but there was nothing I could do about it then). The anesthesiologist did not make it in time so it was natural all the way, baby! :-)
    I will be having this one with no meds as well. After having the last that way, I can say it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and I felt GREAT after the delivery. I was able to get up immediately and eat a meal and generally just felt much better than I had the first time around. The first time around, I had morphine and felt like garbage after the delivery (and my son had minor breathing problems for a short time due to the meds, he needed a dose of Narcan). One thing I have found about myself and labor is that when I am miserable enough to cry and beg for painkillers, that means I am almost ready to deliver.

  9. Oh, and by the way – not every newborn has a misshapen head and all that. I was fortunate enough to have very “pretty” newborns. Yeah, I know, I’m their mom so I’ll always think my kids are handsome even if others don’t quite see it that way. But other people told me they were very “pretty” even though they were boys. They had beautiful round little baby heads and a peachy complexion with very nice features and beautiful thick, long eyelashes (a gift from their father – he has WONDERFUL eyelashes, they make me jealous a little… LOL).
    My kids tend to be on the smaller side (the first was 6# 13oz. and the second exactly a pound smaller) so that may be why – their heads don’t have to “mold” to an odd shape to fit through my body structures, and I don’t spend a huge amount of time in the pushing stage of labor either.
    But I think even newborns who do have “misshapen heads” are sweet (and the head will go back to its proper shape soon enough after delivery, anyway). Every time I see a baby I just want to snuggle and “mother” him/her.

  10. Congrats on the new grand baby!
    My brother just called me about fifteen minutes ago, to tell me the results of their ultrasound today and I will be getting another……NIECE! Yippeee! Another niece to give Disney Princess stuff to! (Not that I don’t love my three nephews, I do, but I have three nieces and the youngest one (5 1/2) has already

  11. oops, I accidentally cut off part of my previous post….I had already rejected disney princesses for High school musical at the age of 5 (just because her sister likes it)

  12. Therese, we are due about the same time, and both with boys! That’s cool! :-) (I have 7 weeks to go, give or take a couple days.)

  13. Merry Christmas and God Bless you and all your family. There is nothing like babies and the joy that they bring. They are worth fighting for.
    Congratulations for the increase of the grandchildren and Thanks for all you do for life.

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