Sunday, May 10, 2009

Here he is

All right, I know many of you are praying and anxiously awaiting this announcement. Thank you so much for being patient with me. This has been a wonderful day so full of little exciting things and miracles - some of them not so little. Here are the vital stats. Gilead Victor arrived at 9:06 AM MDT. He had a healthy voice - why can't we get rid of that genetic trait? Amy was a little disappointed that he was so big - she was looking forward to finally having a baby that might fit newborn socks. He was 18.25 inches long and weighed in at 5 lbs. 2 oz., that was an exciting answer to many prayers. His feet are 3" long and he has the typical long fingers of our brood.

The blood tests were great and he seems to be doing well on the blow by air - all the vital signs are rapidly adjusting toward normal ranges. The biggest hurdle at this point seems to be developing the ability to eat (suck on a bottle) for himself. Late this evening however he seemed to respond to stimulation and try with the pacifier so that was cause to rejoice.

Amy is amazing us all and has already been out of bed, has progressed through liquids to some solid food, and of course is dying to be down in NICU w/ her little treasure. I will let her explain the name and tell her side before too long.

The siblings are doing well and all enjoyed getting to meet the new brother - each in their own way and with their own unique responses. That is fun to watch.

Me? I am overwhelmed by God's love and care for us, by you and your prayers and love, by all the little miracles and joys of the day (and at the prospect of trying to get pictures onto this thing).

There are the basics - now for the pictures???



Donna said...

Rejoicing and praising the Lord with you. Thanks for the update.
Lots of Love, DRB

TimBix said...

Rejoicing and praying with you!

Tim and Ruth

Kate said...

Praise God! What a Mother's Day treat. He looks terrific!


Lisa Arnold
Greer, SC

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord!!! How awesome!!!

Barb Dean

Jendi said...

Congratulations! Praise the Lord. Your baby is beautiful.

Rachel in VA said...

How precious! Praising the Lord for all He has done. "He hath done all things well." Thank you so much, Jon, for the picture and the slide show. You did GREAT!
Aunt Rachel & Uncle Jim

Alicia said...

Congratulations! Glad you both are doing well.

Anonymous said...

I think he looks like Neil--his Grandpa--in this picture. I am so thankful that both Amy and Gilead are doing well. I am continuing to pray for you all, as are so many others. Aunt Sarah