Thursday, November 23, 2006

Julian Emerson is here!

We have sooooo very much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving day, namely the birth of our healthy, beautiful baby boy - Julian Emerson - who was born at 2:14 p.m. at our home, after a very fast and intense labor. (Congrats to Vivacious Vegan for guessing his name correctly!) We were very lucky that our midwife was already here (to draw my blood to make sure I was not showing signs of HELLP syndrome - something we never had time or the need to do - and check in on me). I started having contractions in the middle of the night, but nothing I couldn't breathe through until around 12:30 this afternoon. Then I went from having some really intense contractions (that I had to vocalize through) to having the urge to push to my water breaking all in a matter of minutes. It's amazing how fast it all happened!

Needless to say, because it all progressed so quickly, the professional photographer we hired to document the birth didn't make it. Hell, we didn't even have time to call her until I was already pushing. I think we may have her do some newborn and family pictures in a week or two instead.

In fact, my sister barely got here before he was born!

As for the "lil" (ha!) guy's birth stats, he weighed in at a hefty 9 lbs., 8 oz., was 22 inches long (though they will remeasure tomorrow because that seems awfully long), and had a 15 cm head! Big boy.

Julian is doing great and is nursing well. I am feeling pretty good myself and had only minor tearing (requiring 4 stitches).

It is certainly a Thanksgiving Day we will never forget and we will always be thankful for the little boy we received today. Jody, Ava and I are all in love with him. :) There were some unexpected bumps and turns along the way (thank God for my awesome midwife and her partner), but it all worked out perfectly in the end. What an amazing ride this has been. :)

Without further ado, here are some pictures of the new member of our family:

Daddy and Ava cutting the cord:


At 11/23/2006 10:54 PM, Blogger SonjaOutdoorMama said...

Yippy Yippy Yippy!!! I am so happy to hear that everything went wonderfully! You look great and so does Julian. How great to be in your home, happy and healthy.
Congratulations from Sonja, Troy and Annabelle!!!

At 11/23/2006 11:12 PM, Blogger Dawn said...

I've been hitting refresh all evening waiting for you to announce it before I bursted, LOL!

I'm so glad he is finally here! He is so darn cute and you look amazing!!

My son was 9.6 and 22 inches long ;)

At 11/23/2006 11:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to y'all!!!

All sounds great and that you even had time to type the report.

What is Ava doing in that one photo?
Kissing Julian or licking him?

I am real happy for all FOUR of you!!!


At 11/24/2006 12:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats!!! He's beautiful!

brynnasmommy from BD moms & dads

At 11/24/2006 4:06 AM, Anonymous Michelle said...

Yayyyyy!!!! Congratulations on a healthy baby boy!!

So happy you got to have the homebirth you wanted - you all look so peaceful and happy :)

Gotta love big babies - Gabe was 9lbs 11oz at birth, and never even had that "newborn" look to him, and I can see 'little' Julian is the same! And I have to comment on the outfit, because we had the exact same one for Dante, and I put it on him as often as I could, I thought it was just so adorable.

Your family is beautiful - what a Thanksgiving to remember, eh?

Love the name, too :)

At 11/24/2006 4:52 AM, Anonymous shelby said...

congrats to you all!! Im so glad everything went so smoothly, guess that family pep talk worked...hee, hee.........congrats again!!

At 11/24/2006 5:52 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

congrats on baby Julian!! what a beautiful lil guy!

At 11/24/2006 6:53 AM, Blogger Ninotchka said...

I've been checking on you, Amy. I had a feeling you'd have a Thanksgiving baby. WOW. I can't believe it actually happened! (I'm never right about this stuff). Congratulations on the awesome birth of your gorgeous baby boy. Welcome to the world Julian!

At 11/24/2006 7:22 AM, Blogger Isil S. said...

I'm so happy you recieved a healthy and lovely boy with a homebirth you've wanted so much. Wishing him and all the family a healthy and happy life.

At 11/24/2006 7:31 AM, Blogger Maggie&Chris said...

I have been checking your blog all the time lately I knew I should of checked before bed last night!!

congrats Amy I am sooo happy for you!! He is just beautiful and you have a truly beautiful family. I can't wait to get to "know" him as he grows and here all about how him and Ava get along. Congrats again mama to you and Jody and big sister Ava!!!

At 11/24/2006 8:14 AM, Anonymous Nicole L said...

He's beautiful Amy! I'm sitting here in tears readign your story! Congratulations, good job and enjoy your babymoon.


At 11/24/2006 8:46 AM, Blogger Happy Mom Tonja said...

Congrats to your whole family!
Wow - sounds like you had an awesome and pretty easy home birth. He's so cute!

At 11/24/2006 8:58 AM, Blogger Vivacious Vegan said...

Amy, I am so happy for you. As I was reading this I got a little teary eyed (and not because I guessed his name correctly either)! I just felt this overwhelming feeling of happiness and joy for you. I am so proud of you for having a home birth. You all look very happy and alive and seeing you in your own home in your own bed is wonderful. I can't even begin to imagine what a difference it must feel like for you. If I ever decide to have children I would definitely have a home birth (luckily, I live close to The Farm in TN which is known for some of the world's best midwife's). I hope that your blog has enlightened others and perhaps we will see a resugence of home births.

The picture of Ava kissing Julian with Jody next to her is priceless!

Welcome Julian Emerson! And best wishes to all four of you.

At 11/24/2006 9:19 AM, Blogger Caroline said...

Congrats to you all! What a memorable thanksgiving. :)

At 11/24/2006 9:20 AM, Blogger Avery's mom said...

AWh!!! Congratulations on making such a fast delivery and right on time for THanksgiving.
I cant believe how healthy, beautiful and peaceful you all look so shortly after birth. there must be something about home birthing that makes for a happy delivery.
I'm all smiles for you .
Welcome to the world lil Julian
love the name, he's beautiful!

At 11/24/2006 11:05 AM, Anonymous Heather G. said...

CONGRATULATIONS, Amy, Jody, & Ava on Julian's arrival. I love his name, and the pictures. I am so happy for you all, and had a feeling you were going to be in labor on Thanksgiving or the day after. What a great Thanksgiving Day! I knew I should have checked in last night too. :-) Glad the homebirth went so well and so fast. Enjoy your babymoon!

At 11/24/2006 11:31 AM, Blogger Tiffiny said...

Big boy indeed! I'm soooo happy for you and your new family! Congratulations to all. You look great for having just given birth! The new one is so cute too!

Love to all of you.

At 11/24/2006 11:37 AM, Anonymous Cheryl - CAT said...


He's a handsome one!!

Good thing you ordered the Thanksgiving meal. :)
I hope you aren't too sore to enjoy it!

PS... Thanks very much for the link to my site. (CATscratches)

At 11/24/2006 12:30 PM, Anonymous eatpeaceplease said...

Yay! What a beautiful baby boy! I am happy everything went smoothly and fast and that you are both healthy. I love that you posted photos already. My favorite is the one of you and JOdy looking at the camera and Ava is looking at Julian. Congrats to you all!

At 11/24/2006 1:04 PM, Blogger Nelly said...

Congratulations Amy & Jody!

At 11/24/2006 3:04 PM, Anonymous Miriam said...

You did it! Oh, he's gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous! I love the name and the pictures ad I'm so happy for you all! What a great thanksgiving day. Can't wait to hear more!

At 11/24/2006 4:41 PM, Anonymous Grandma S said...

Congratulations, Amy! You are a brave, strong, awesome woman and your Mom is so proud of you, my first baby. Julian is perfect and Grandpa S and I are so thankful that the home birth went so well.
We can't wait to meet our precious new grandson and to see all of you again. Kisses and hugs to big sister Ava and baby boy Julian.
All our love to you and Jody.

At 11/24/2006 4:41 PM, Blogger Penny said...

Yay!! You awesome woman! I'm so happy that your home birth went well and both you and Julian are doing good. Congratulations to you all!

*satisfied relieved sigh of happiness*

At 11/24/2006 5:32 PM, Blogger Katie said...

Hooray!! :) Welcome, Julian Emerson! Congratulations, Amy, Jody and Ava! Julian is beautiful; glad to hear your home birth went well. 22 inches is long; but my son was 22 inches as well, and born at 41 weeks; so certaily not out of the ordinary.

Enjoy your babymoon! :)

Katie - starfish422

At 11/24/2006 7:21 PM, Anonymous Desiree said...

Hooray for a beautiful homebirth! It's so amazing to be present when you birth your little one. Enjoy every second. Savor every nursing session and every load of dirty dipes!
Best Wishes,
(visiting from Nino's blog)

At 11/24/2006 8:24 PM, Blogger Liesl said...

I'm so happy for all of you! Congratulations on a beautiful baby boy and a happy home birth. I *knew* Thanksgiving would be the day :)

At 11/24/2006 8:56 PM, Anonymous Steph (Sydney's mom) said...

Wow, Amy, Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful son. What an amazing Thanksgiving gift - a wonderful homebirth for you and a new member for your family. I have goosebumps! I'm glad it all went well, and wow...let me give you a high five for delivering that hefty dude at home naturally. Wow!

At 11/24/2006 10:08 PM, Blogger Christina said...

Congrats!!! So happy for you and your family :)

At 11/24/2006 10:39 PM, Blogger Beckie said...

CONGRATULATIONS! He's beautiful, you look so great! What a wonderful thanksgiving :)

At 11/25/2006 6:07 AM, Blogger Heather said...

Congrats Amy! I have been checking in, hoping to hear something! What a beautiful addition to your family! I wish you all the best! Enjoy your sweet "little" bundle ;)!!


At 11/25/2006 7:30 AM, Blogger VeganCyclist said...

COngratulations! So Happy for you and your family!

At 11/25/2006 8:57 AM, Anonymous JulieP said...

What a memorable and blessed Thanksgiving. Congratulations on the healthy birth of that adorable new son.

At 11/25/2006 2:49 PM, Blogger Denise Docherty said...

Oh wow! Congratulations!!! He looks perfect! These photos are wonderful, what treasures.
I'm so happy for your whole family.

At 11/25/2006 5:02 PM, Anonymous Mama C-ta said...

Wow oh wow! What a birth story (thanks for the email) and what a handsome boy. And BIG boy I might add :) I love the name too, of course I'm a little biased regarding Julian ;)

Congrats, that has to be the best Thanksgiving ever!


At 11/25/2006 6:14 PM, Blogger Amy said...

CONGRATULATIONS to you and your family Amy!!!!! Indeed what a Thanksgiving to be Thankful for. Your son looks SO good, so healthy and adorable. One person complimented the photo of Ava kissing her brother with your husband next to her and I agree, what a priceless picture. All your pictures brought tears to my eyes, especially after all these months of reading your blog and the day you wrote that you found out you were pregnant.

Well, get some well needed rest. I'll keep checking your blog frequently but certainly won't expect anything for awhile. We all know the demands of newborns!

with love,

At 11/25/2006 6:23 PM, Blogger Undone Lady said...

Congratulations! You have a beautiful family. Welcome to the World Julian Emerson!

At 11/25/2006 9:23 PM, Blogger halloweenlover said...

Congratulations to the whole family! How wonderful that you were able to have your birth the way you wanted it! I'm so very happy for all of you!

Josh is going to go crazy because Julian is his top choice for a name! Needless to say, we love the name! And the pictures are gorgeous! What a handsome little boy! He is amazing!

At 11/25/2006 9:40 PM, Anonymous Leigh said...

I jumped with joy when I read the title of your newest post - finally you little boy is here!
Congratulations to you, amazing birthing goddess. The pictures are incredible...I feel the love and peace that was present. Such divinity!
I am so proud of you, so glad to be a sister-homebirther to you. :) Cannot wait to read the entire birth story.
Julian Emerson is a lucky boy to have such a loving family. He is a special one too...
Enjoy the homebirth was last for a looooong time. And have a wonderful babymoon! Your journey is just beginning and I know you will travel it with grace and wisdom.
So much love,

At 11/26/2006 10:11 AM, Anonymous Suzy said...

Congrats!! He is a beautiful baby! I'm sorry there were the bumps you mentioned, soundsl ike you handled it like a pro and I'm surprised you only require 4 stitches with a baby his size!!!

Rest up and enjoy your new baby boy! :)

At 11/26/2006 3:50 PM, Blogger BlueGoddess said...

Congratulations to you all!! I am so glad things went so well. It truly was a wonderful Thanksgiving. He has a wonderful name as well. You all look so happy in the pics. I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend.

At 11/26/2006 7:16 PM, Anonymous Kristy said...

Amy, he is just precious. I am thrilled that everything went so well, and wow he is a big boy. is Ava wanting to nurse more now that baby brother is doing it so often to?

At 11/27/2006 9:01 PM, Blogger marybeth said...

Beautiful Julian...blessings to you. I love hearing stories like this...truly the best thing to be thankful for!!! The heck with a turkey, I want a baby on Thanksgiving, too.

Peace to your family and enjoy this magical time.


At 11/28/2006 12:40 PM, Blogger funwithyourfood said...

I think it is AMAZING that yo're up and moving around just 8 hours after birthing. Congrats to you!



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