He's here! Zachary was born on Wednesday, August 27th at 6:39pm. He weighed (if you can believe it) 10lbs 6oz, and was 21 5/8" long. What a big baby! I was in labor for about 9 hours, most of it was with an epidural, so I was able to sleep a little. I only had to push for 12 minutes, 3 contractions and he was out! Everyone was kind of stunned at how big he was, even the doctor! They took him to the other side of the room, where the scale and blankets were. They were doing the apgar test and cleaning him up when they noticed that when he wasn't crying, he was grunting a lot and his breathing was rapid. We heard bits and pieces, and then heard one of the nurses call down to the NICU. That had us worried, okay, it had us FRANTIC! They assured us that it was common, and they were only taking him as a precaution. We would get him back in 4 hours if everything went well. I had a few minutes to myself while Mike went out to the waiting room to tell our families. I cried, and then I prayed. About 20 minutes later, my nurse came in and said that everything was fine, it was just transitional, and Zachary was on his way back down to us. What a great God we have! We visited with our family for a few hours, and then we transferred to our permanent room to get some rest. I was feeling great that night, but now I figure it's because the epidural probably hadn't worn off all the way. When I woke up Thursday morning, it felt like I had been beaten up. All of my muscles were sore! I guess that's what I get for having a 10lb baby! While we were in recovery, it kind of became the joke on our floor with the nurses. They would come in and say "So this is the 10lb baby I've been hearing about!" He doesn't fit in newborn diapers, they couldn't fasten them around his belly. They had to get him some size 1's. We came home yesterday afternoon, and since then we have been resting and trying to catch up on some sleep. Thank goodness my mom is here! She had been wonderful! Now for some pictures:
Here's the proud big sister (Emily was still a little too young to come in, when I get some pictures of her with Zachary, I'll post them):
My sister-in-law, Andi, took this picture of his feet, it is one of my favorites:
Another one of the big sister with Zachary at home:
We are so blessed with 3 beautiful children! We are excited (and a little nervous) to start the adventure of having 3!