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We Had A Baby. It’s a Boy!

May 28, 2012

I remember watching this commercial when I was in high school, and told Daniel this would be a funny way to announce our baby’s arrival if we had a boy:

However, since we have the Internet, I guess we don’t have to do that type of announcement anymore. 🙂

So, we had a baby, and he is a boy!

Justus Daniel Shalom was born at 2:14p.m. on Wednesday. He surprised us by being a such a big boy:  9lbs., 8oz., 22 inches long, and a head size of 15.24 inches. (Not that most people really care about head circumference, but thought I’d include it since our midwife said it’s the largest head she’s measured.) It was the most difficult/painful labor and delivery I’ve had, but we were very thankful to have been able to have a healthy baby and have him at home, and to have no complications after his delivery. His first Apgar was just a 6, but he quickly got to where everything was fine and normal. I have had a lot of requests already for his birth story, and do plan on writing it out…sometime…soon.

Right now, we’re enjoying this little guy so very much. So far, he is a fairly contented baby and sleeps a lot…a LOT, both day and night. He’s sleeping with us at night, and since he doesn’t even really wake up after eating, it’s made for some easy nights (so far), at least in respect to caring for a baby–my SPD pain is rather excruciating at night. I just help him find his place a couple of times during the night, and then we both drift back to sleep together. I was up a couple of times with him our first night, but the next four nights we just nursed lying together in bed, and he seems to be doing a super job. These are moments I want to cherish forever.


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  • Deborah May 28, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Praise the LORD! SO happy for you all! (What do the girls think?)

    • Keren May 30, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      They really like him right now. The love to come touch him, hold his hand, and tell me about his fingers and toes. They’re a little disappointed that he can’t play with them, though. 🙂

  • Chelo May 28, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Rejoicing with you! What a sweet picture of your baby 🙂 I too look forward to your birth story 🙂 Congratulations to you and Daniel 🙂

    • Keren May 30, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      Thanks, Chelo! We are so thankful for him!

  • Charity May 29, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Congratulations! What a beautiful blessing!

    Keren, I hope you are able to rest lots and have time for your body to heal. Our fourth baby just turned a year old and he was a big boy too (10 lbs. 6 oz.) so I feel your pain, really, I do. Rest, lots, you won’t regret it. 😉

    • Keren May 30, 2012 at 8:08 pm

      Thanks, Charity. I know several people who’ve had 10lb + babies, so I know he’s not extremely huge. But after two 8lb babies, we were a little surprised. 🙂 Happy birthday to your little guy!

      • Charity May 30, 2012 at 10:07 pm

        That’s still a big ol’ boy, and I can imagine you must have been surprised after two 8lb-ers. My first was 7lb. 10oz, my second 7lb. 14oz, my third 8 lb. 13 oz, and then my fourth as I said 10lb. 6oz. As soon as he was weighed, my husband made the comment that judging by the weight increments of our babies that the next one should be two pounds larger. In a room full of women he nearly got clobbered! 😉

        • Keren July 6, 2012 at 11:19 am

          Thanks, Charity! 🙂 It was a bit of a surprise after our girls. Though when he first came out he didn’t look that much bigger to me. Ours were 8lbs., 2oz., then 8lbs. 4oz. So I said this would be 8lbs., 6oz. Guess I was wrong, too. 🙂

          Funny. My husband made a similar comment when he was commenting how amazing birth is (I agree), and said something like “wow, this was so fun!” 😉 But I totally knew what he was trying to say.

  • Johanna May 29, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    So very happy for you. Boys are such fun! Those pictures are just beautiful! I can’t wait for your birth story, but take your time!

    You’ll never regret resting too much…I know you know that already, but just thought I would say it anyway! 🙂

    • Keren May 30, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      Thanks! We’re looking forward to a little boy growing up in our family. 🙂

      Thank you. 🙂 I am resting, except for doing a couple of photo shoots. But somehow this first week has still passed sooo quickly.