Friday, May 25, 2012

Welcome Baby Pierce!

Pierce Nicholas --- born Friday, May 18, 2012
8 pounds, 10 ounces --- 21.5 inches
After what seemed like years and years of pregnancy, Pierce was finally evicted from his watery home last week.  In a demonstration of his determination and willpower, he put up quite a fight, but in the end the pitocin won the day.

I'll give the birth story in another post, but I would like to preface the next picture by informing you that I slept for less than five hours before checking into the hospital on Thursday morning.  I did not begin pushing until 24 hours later.  You can imagine how much rest I got in those 24 hours.  When the pushing began, it continued for FOUR MORE HOURS!  Four hours, people!  So maybe I look a little tired by the time this picture was taken.  The point of it is that I survived.
 Nick put in every ounce of effort that he had during the entire ordeal.  He really kept me going.

 Do you see that face?  I have now given birth to that same face four times.  I don't really think that our kids look terribly like either Nick or me, but they are practically identical to each other.
Here we are, all together at last.  The wait has been long for all of us.

Ready to go home.  I'm totally smitten with this guy.  Both of these guys.  OK, all three of my guys.


Brooke said...

Congrats!! He's beautiful. And already smiling? So cute!!

I'm confused, though. Was he born in March or today?

Ashley C said...

Congrats, Elke! I'm glad he made it here and is doing well. You have a cute family!

H+B Jackson said...

He is so handsome! I can't wait to meet him! He will have so much personality when we finally make it up there - I am so excited! Let the adventures of Daphne and Pierce begin!

JM Inc. said...

I think he looks like a mini Nick---he's darling! Saylor gave me nine hours of sleep at about one week also--- it didn't stick, so enjoy whatever he'll let you have.

Our Ohana said...

SOOOO beautiful! I love the one of you all together. And Elke, you look seriously beautiful. I wish I looked like you did in that post-birth photo on my best days! I love your family. Welcome to Earth, little Pierce!

Meagan Kemp said...

Oh Elke he is SO perfect. Oh my goodness, four hours of pushing. You are officially a rock star, ninja and super hero in one. Congratulations on your beautiful addition and on your survival.

Rachel said...

Elke! We are so excited for you and your family!

Michelle R. said...

Congratulations Elke! That's a cool name you chose for a handsome boy. Enjoy every ounce of that sweet newborn! What an awesome time for you and your family!!