1- What does this song have to do with me giving birth? Practically nothing but in my odd little mind it's related. Tuesday morning I did not wash my hair, opting instead to save up all the greasiness for the post-delivery shower so I'd feel even more magnificently clean. As I pulled my hair up in a ponytail and pinned back my bangs I noticed that the wispy fly-aways on the top and sides of my forehead were curled and flying away like crazy - like, if you will, the wings of a bird. And that, of course, made me think of a random British ska pop song from the early 1980's.
2 - Here he is, Joseph Peter. He's so handsome, even with that bruised, purple forehead.
He is named for St. Joseph, whom Travis has a strong devotion to. Joseph also happens to be the confirmation name of our son's great grandfather, grandfather, and father. It's also his uncle's middle name.
Peter is for his older brother and also for St. Peter.
We also like that his initials are a little nod to one of our favorite popes, JPII.
3 - After all kinds of rigamaroll Joseph was born at 8:35pm on Wednesday, July 10th. He's 21.5" long and he weighed 11lbs 7.4oz. This time I had an epidural and it made a huge difference.
Proof that he weighed that much.
4 - This is me before I went to the hospital to be induced. I am big, of course, but there is no way I am as big as when I was pregnant with Resa (who weighed 11lbs 9.5oz). We all thought this baby would be 10 lbs but no way did we expect another 11 pounder. No way.
5 - Here's Travis holding his son, right after birth. They both look so handsome, I think. In the background you can see the card L made for me to take to the hospital and the flowers my mom sent me. Both are so lovely.
6 - As you probably know, I was really scared about this delivery. I know so many friends (online and in real life) were praying for us over a matter of days and even months. We are so very, very grateful and I believe the view from my hospital bed was one of the ways God answered your prayers and helped to bring me peace. Those two spires are St. Mary's Cathedral and I loved looking at it and knowing that Jesus was right there, in the tabernacle. I felt very close to God every time I glanced that way.
7 - Joseph and I are still at the hospital. We're both doing really well but just when we thought we'd get to go home last night some lab results came back saying he has a high risk for jaundice. So right now he's camping out under the lights and I'm waiting for Travis to get back from home with some clean underwear so I can shower.
On that note, I leave you with baby toes and a link to my list of things I said while in labor.
Thank you, Jen, for hosting and for the well wishes!