You had me from hello…..

You were born exactly a week ago on July 16, 2008 at 5:36pm.  You weighed 9lbs 12oz and were 22 1/2 inches long.  The delivery went so well and you barely ’scratched’ Mommy coming out.  I am so amazed at how beautiful of a baby you are and I feel so blessed that you picked us.  We have slowly been trying to introduce the dogs to you as they have been going through some jealousy ’spits’.  They don’t really show the jealousy, but we are guessing that is the cause of their behavior.  I had a 15 hour labor with 45 min of pushing.  My water broke on the eve of July 15th at approximately 10:45/11:00 while your brothers and I were singing songs and dancing around.  I went to go and show your Dad a ‘funny’ dance I was doing, leaned over the dog gate and my water broke.  I then went to sleep until I got up at 2:30am and began having contractions.  I sat in the living room chair until approx. 8am when they began to get a little stronger.  From 8 - 12noon they stayed at ‘medium’ contractions’ and I began having really hard contractions from noon - 4:30pm.  Kate and Keisha arrived then and Kate checked to see if I was dialiated and it was a perfect 10 if not bigger she says ‘okay to push’.  So I thought I would try pushing.  They asked if I wanted to get into the tub and after the next contraction they helped me into the tub from the futon.  I stepped into the water and it was warm, it surrounded my body like a blanket.  In a weird way it cooled me off and warmed me at the same time.  I just wanted to lean over the edge of the pool as that seemed to be the most comfortable position for me to be in (on my knees, funny huh?).  I began to get the hang of the delivery when I realized that after I pushed and you would begin moving down the canal you would move a little more back in if I didn’t sustain/hold you there with a ‘kegal’ exercise.  I then delivered you at 5:36pm.  They told me to reach down and grab you.  I turned over and held you on my chest, for you were the most beautiful baby.  I remember saying ‘hello’ to you and just wanting to be cleaned up and snuggle with you.  Which pretty much is all I have been doing in the last week.  We did take you out for a few hours on Saturday July 19th to the backyard BBQ to meet your Hartmann family.  You have had SEVERAL visitors in the last week and your Dad and I went to Mason to get your birth certificate.  My Godfather, Mike Ryder, works there and we were blessed enough to visit with him and his co-workers as well as he graciously paid for the certificates.  We then went over to Mommy’s work and you were adjusted for the first time.  Doc told us that you had the best/strongest spine on a newborn he had ever felt. :)  We followed that by going over, beating the rain, to buy you a stroller and new car seat for Dad’s car.  We are eager to try it out because the darn thing is so cool.  So lately it has been eating, changing, sleeping and burping you.  Oh, and music, you LOVE music.  I put on music and you just listen and soak it up like a sponge.  The boys left to their Dad’s on  Sunday and will be back this coming Sunday and I know they miss you, I feel it.  I will end for now, we already have lots of pictures and we will be posting your picture on the blog here real soon.  I need to put together the announcements and get those out.  You are so loved by so many people out here and your cousin Kelda should be born any day between now and August 5th as Aunt Jessi is scheduled to deliver if not by then.  I Love You!

Mom

PS Although your first name rhymes with Grandpa Meeks’ and your middle name is your Dad’s and Grandpa Hartmann’s middle name; we discovered that you were born on the same day of your Great Great Uncle Jim (James Mussell)  He is Babci (Grandma Karazim’s) brother AND your middle name is the same as his first name.  :) :)  Cool huh?

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