Sunday, September 21, 2008

Baby Boy Craner has finally arrived!

Well, as you know, the "due date" came and went....followed by 9 of the longest days of my life. But it was well worth the wait. Our son finally arrived Wednesday, Sept 17 at 8:12 pm. He weighs 9lb 7oz and is 21 1/2 inches long.
The birth was beautiful, although slow to start. My water began leaking at 3am, but we waited until 4pm for my contractions. Once they started, they intensified rapidly, and I was surprised when I felt the undeniable urge to push. It was a peaceful moment for Ben and the girls and me as we welcomed him into the world. He is healthy and calm and sweet, and we are so happy to have him here at last.
We're still trying names on him....hopefully we'll have a decision soon!

Kiki is so excited to be a big sister Liv put on the first diaper (with midwife Chris supervising)
He's a champion breastfeeder, even during my "porn star" stage of motherhood
Isn't he handsome?

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Any day now..............

So tomorrow is the official "due date" (how I detest that term). I'm feeling so many things right now....excitement to meet my son, anticipation of how labor will start and how the birth will evolve, denial that I'm about to start over with an infant, fear that I won't be able to handle juggling three children, joy over the promise of new life, love for this small but profoundly important person, wonder at my body's ability to grow another human being, gratitude for Ben and the girls for caring so gently for me, sorrow that I'll never experience the miracle of pregnancy again, sheer awe at the power of womanhood.......

Hopefully my next post will be of the baby on the outside! I'm prepared to go a week late, like I did with both girls, but my fingers are crossed that I won't have to! Stay tuned.......