Friday, February 20, 2009

Introducing...Elijah Steven Parker

If you hadn't heard the wonderful news, Ben and I had a beautiful baby boy on Sunday. He came 2 weeks early. My labor was a whopping 3 and 1/2 hours long. Somewhere some women are plotting my murder. My water broke at home at 7:00 a.m. and I didn't start having contractions until I got to the hospital. I did not get an epidural, which I'm really proud of. At 10:00 a.m. I had the urge to push and a half hour later he came screaming into this world at 7 pounds 4 ounces. He's wonderful.

I was just staring at him last night and started crying. I'm pretty sure it was due in great deal to the insane amount of hormones coursing through me right now; but, I'm just amazed at this little blessing. I can't believe we have him.

Right now he's sleeping a lot because he's jaundiced. So you'll see in these pictures he has a bit of a tan. If you want more details feel free to email. And in case you didn't read the title of this post, his name is Elijah Steven Parker; we're calling him Eli.

Here are some pics...

Leaving the hospital (please pay no attention to the puffy, no sleep, non-make-up face on mom)

Eli and grandpa (my dad)

Eli and his great-grandpa

Loving his swing

Wrapped up like a burrito

Eli and his grandma (Ben's mom)

Trying to soothe an upset tummy

Eli and his proud parents

Sporting an outfit from Aunt Sara

Eli with his brand new hat from Aunt Lacey

I love this

A visit from Ben's RAs

Eli and proud papa


Jen Decker said...

I thought my 8 hour labor was short - but wow! And good job going drug free! You should be proud. I hope you are having a quick recovery.

And what a beautiful baby! He's absolutely perfect. Congratulations to you and Ben.

Sara Luke said...

He's so precious! I can't wait to meet him! Yay!

Stephanie said...

He's beautiful! Look at all the hair! Congratulations you two. Enjoy him. It's the best. :) And listen to everyone that tells you they grow up so fast and cherish every moment with your sweet boy!

Stephanie said...

And also, I am jealous of your 3 hour labor. I won't murder you but I am jealous.

20 hours of ACTIVE labor

Joy said...

YAY! He's so cute! Congrats and way to go on the speedy delivery!

rachel said...

Oh my gosh, I am so proud of you. He is beautiful & I can't wait to see him in person. Congrats, Mom. :)

hashifa vachoo said...

I LOVE his name! You guys look like such a cute family of 3! Congratulations on everything - we are old!!

Cam & Paige said...

Eli is just beautiful! Congratulations Ben & Jeanette!

Jamie said...

Jeanette, I saw your blog thru Stephanie's and just wanted to say congrats!! He is an extremely cute baby:) I'm glad that things are going well and you look great. I'm due in April and will be praying that my labor is as short as yours was. Congrats again, mommy:)
Jamie (Iles) Rippee

josh and annie said...

ok so I am asking you to please pray that I will have your exact same labor & delivery story right along with the 2 week early birth. seriously. josh's time off from work was only available in May and we are not due till the end of May so an early birth would be fantastic! :) Good job, I hope you are filled with joy each day as you look at his beautiful face!

Beth said...

woo-woo, no epi!