Sunday, September 19, 2010

Welcome to the Planet, Johannes

Johannes (yo-hawn-ess) Van Ray aka "Jack" was born Thursday, September 16th, 2010 at 6:16 p.m.
Weighing in at 6 pounds and 13.6 ounces, and 20 inches long, our sweet sweet little boy is healthy as can be. Even though the labor was 17 hours, he never had a faultering heart tone, and was super anxious to come out and meet his family. He was a natural birth at a birthing center in Laguna Hills, California.
As you guys know, we didn't find out the sex of the baby, we wanted it to be a surprise. So, when he was born they immediately placed him on my stomach and I asked Stefan (who is behind me, holding me, helping me push)"What is it?" and he goes "It's a baby!" and I said "NO what is it?!" and we lifted his leg and I was like "It's a boy!!!" And thats when the water works kicked in.
He was very alert, he scored a 10 on his APGAR test, and he was very responsive, and fed fairly quickly, having no problems latching.
We got to go home that night, and we made it home around one a.m.. After being up for 24 hours, we were more than ready to get some sleep. Johannes slept the whole night and only got up twice to feed, which was very very nice for mommy and daddy.
Cecelia is a proud big sister, she says she "loves him so much" and that "he makes her heart happy." She loves calling him "baby Jack."
Cecelia wasn't very weary about coming near him when we got home, she was trying to crawl into his carseat telling me she wanted to see baby Jack! She loves her new baby brother, and she doesn't even seem to care that she didn't get the baby sister she wanted lol!!!
Johannes is the swedish name for John, we named him after John the Baptist. We know our son is going to be a mighty man of God, and when we came to this name we just knew it was meant for our wonderful son.
Mommy is doing great, feeling amazing and loving every second of having her son here (FINALLY!) and daddy is just smitten, he is so engrossed in Johannes. He is one proud Daddy!!!
Thank you all for your prayers :) Much love and God Bless!!!

- Jen

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