Jonas A. Grover
Born on April 6th, 2012 at 3:50 a.m.
Weight: 7lbs 10oz Length: 20.5 inches
I feel like if someone pinched me I might wakeup from this dream. Did I really just give birth to this brand-new, perfect, beautiful baby? Am I really the mother of four (FOUR!) precious sons? The only way to describe how I feel would be overwhelmed: overwhelmed with intense relief, utter joy, and pure love for this sweet little boy who has joined our family, overwhelmed with the responsibility for caring for, nurturing, and raising these four special boys; overwhelmed with gratitude for my best friend and partner and my parents and parents-in-law for their constant support; overwhelmed with appreciation for my Heavenly Father for His outpouring of blessings on our family. I know there will be hard days ahead, as I adjust to this crazy juggling act that is motherhood, but for right now, I just want to snuggle my sweet new baby, soak in his perfect-ness, and enjoy this moment. Life is good.
The Birth Story:
After several nights of "false labor" (it didn't feel very false to me), I decided on Thursday morning to help kick start labor into action by chugging this delicious concoction of one part kool-aid and one part castor oil:
After being admitted, getting hooked up to all the monitors and equipment, and taking a few walks around the labor and delivery unit, my doctor arrived at 10 p.m. to break my water. With that, we hurried up and waited...and waited. It was very slow going; we spent the next hour or two just counting and timing the contractions. Growing impatient with each passing hour, we decided to see if pitocin would get the show on the road. It did the trick--it wasn't long before contractions were coming hard and fast--and I called for the anethesiologist to get an epidural. The epidural seemed to dull the intensity of the contractions for a brief time, but then very suddenly I felt an undescribable amount of pressure and the urge to push, and, unfortunately, wasn't getting any relief from the epidural. When the nurse checked me, I was at a 10, but the doctor was still 20 minutes from the hospital and I was instructed not to push. Those 20 minutes seemed to go on for-ev-er. When the doctor arrived an eternity later, I was ready to push. And push I did. Hard. One push later, I was rewarded with a healthy, squirmy, red, and crying baby boy in my lap.
And so, with no further delay, I present my precious baby Joey:
|Two of my favorite people in the whole world: my best friend and my bundle of joy.|
|Just moments after birth, Jonas found his thumb and started sucking away! So cute. He loves to suck his fingers, has made fast friends with his binky, and is a champion nurser already.|
|Look at that face! Humor me...several of the nurses commented that they see dozens of babies everyday but that Jonas was one of the most good-looking babies they'd seen. Yep, I know.|
Just let it be said, that giving Jonas a name was a fiasco! We were determined to bring him home from the hospital with a name, but on day 2 with a nameless baby, I think Aaron and I were both feeling worn out with the name game after going over and over and over our list of names to no agreement. The bottomline: his name is Jonas A. Grover. Settled. We love the name, and we love little Joey.
|After his little sponge bath, Jonas got his first hairdo.|
The Family Comes to Visit:
|My mom was no guest; she has helped me through the deliveries of each of my babies, squeezing my hand, helping my through contractions, and coaching me through the delivery.|
|Nana and Papa were tasked with watching the boys during our hospital stay, but got to spend a little time bonding with Jonas when they came to visit. Such a lucky baby to have so many people who love him!|
|Sadly, when the boys came to visit, they were all a little under the weather. As much as they wanted to meet and hold their new baby brother, we felt it was best to just let them take a quick peek. No family picture.|
|Max had a bad cough, so we wanted to keep some distance between him and Joey. Max was so upset and wanted to hold Joey so badly, that we let him give him a quick hug.|
|Ben is a bit oblivious to the presence of his little brother. I'm excited for these two guys to get to know each other--they will be best buddies soon.|
Welcome to Our Family, Baby Jonas!