Wednesday, September 27, 2006

He's Here!



Sawyer Dawson was born on Monday, September 25, 2006, at 10:55 a.m. He weighed 7 lbs., 7 oz., and was 21" long.

Joe wheeled me into the hospital at 10:25 a.m. While giving a urine sample, I had a contraction and my water broke conveniently while I was sitting on the toilet. Meconium was detected in the amniotic fluid. The in-house OB checked me and I was 8 cm dilated! Things went quickly from that point!

I was given an IV and wheeled down the hall to my room. Sawyer was born within minutes. He may have been born sooner, but the in-house OB wasn't dressed in his paper gown and I had to wait!

The on-call doctor from my OB's office made it in time to deliver the placenta and stitch me up. I had 1st degree tear, which is the least I've ever had.

Because of the meconium, they didn't want Sawyer to cry at first, until they suctioned out his mouth and lungs. But, it was very scary because he wasn't breathing on his own. They were doing baby CPR on him for the first few minutes. It was extremely scary. But, luckily, he let out a loud cry and started breathing on his own. He's been fine ever since. (Except he's a little jaundice.)



Our first family photo.


I look like I'm on drugs, but I assure you ... there was no time for drugs! I was just very exhausted (and still am).


And this little picture was taken as we were leaving the hospital. He has been so alert that he does not look like he's only 2 days old.

I'm in love ... again!

18 comments:

nikki said...

He's beautiful Laura! I can't believe how alert he is either! It's cute how his eyes are open in the family photo.

lindiepindie said...

Congratulations! What a cutie (and handsome, too)! And wonderful that he was a speedy one! Now rest as MUCH as you can.

beki said...

Congratulations! He's beautiful, you all are. I'm so, so happy for y'all. Enjoy that sweet baby goodness ;-)

capello said...

He is totally adorable, and looks just like his siblings!

Seriously, so totally adorable.

I'm sorry those first few minutes were scary... and I'm glad he's doing great. And I'm glad you're great. I'm glad everything's great. I needed good news -- thank you.

And congratulations! Congratulations so very much!

(Crap. I'm crying.)

Angela said...

Oh he is beautiful! Congratulations and welcome to the world Sawyer.
He does look so alert! ;-) I'm glad everything went smoothly and you are both home. Congratulations again!

briww said...

Congratulations!!!!!!!!He is a cutie!!
Let me know if you need anything!
What a cute family!!

Heather said...

Congradulations, he is so adorable. I'm sure everyone's excited to finally have him here.

African Kelli said...

Oooh, I am doing cartwheels at my desk. He is absolutely beautiful Lera! Many, many congrats!!

Emily said...

YEAH YEAH YEAH!!!!!! Thanks for sharing. We have all been on pins and needles waiting to see or hear any news. Very exciting time for all of you!!!! He is very handsome!!!!!! I am so happy that everything worked out so well!!!!

madmommy said...

Adorable, beautiful, cute, handsome, um...the english language does not have enough adjectives along these lines to accurately describe this little guy! He's a miracle. Welcome Sawyer! (and good job mom!)

Karyn said...

Awwwwwwww...what a cute little muffin! Congratulations. That's a beautiful picture of your family.

Adriana said...

So glad to hear you're both well. He's a cute little peanut!

Emily said...

does anyone else notice that he seems to be waving at us in two of the pictures? Like he is saying hey to all that will see. "Hey, here I am, I finally made it"

karen said...

He is sooooooo gorgeous - well done you - and what a beautiful family you all make. Six - wow!!!

laeroport said...

Wow! I told him to be a good boy and shoot right out for mommy, but I didn't really mean THAT quickly! Yowsa! And I can't imagine the panic during those first few tentative minutes. But all's well now and he's a beautiful boy, Lera. Congratulations to you and your lovely family! I HOPE you can get a little rest.

jen b said...

Oh my gosh I have been thinking about you...and here he is. I love that you went with the name Sawyer. He is so adorable and I am so glad that he is ok after a scary first few minutes. Can I just say one more thing, Who looks THAT good after just having a baby. Obviously you are a professional. Congratulations!

FinnyKnits said...

Handsome, handsome man! Lera - you are so blessed! Looking at beautiful you with your sweet husband and adorable kids makes me smile real big. Congrats all the way.

Alicia A. said...

Yay!!! I checked before we left town, and now I'm back and he's here and healthy and you're all looking so tired and happy, and I'm so relieved.

Way to go, you crazy big family. Welcome Baby Sawyer! Congrats! Hugs to you all!