Sunday, March 6, 2011

Graham Kirk


Graham Kirk arrived on Friday morning at 11:08 am at a hearty 8 pounds and 10 ounces, 20.5 inches. After checking into the hospital Thursday evening with regular contractions, we ended up having to kick-start my labor with Pitocin around 3 am (don't worry, I caught some solid sleep from 10 pm on). Once my doctor broke my water at 8 am, things quickly accelerated (as did the pain!) and we were pushing by 10.  Dave was fantastic throughout, as were the nurses -- all in all, much less scary than I expected.



We got back home last night and it's definitely been an adjustment to our schedules and our lives. Family and friends have been fantastic though, cooking and cleaning and changing diapers while I work on nursing and healing (unfortunately, I lost a significant amount of blood so I'm working on getting my strength back as well). I'll be taking a few weeks off from blogging while we adjust to this new addition to the family.

Many thanks for all the well wishes late last week! Y'all definitely gave me the extra encouragement I needed to get through the last few days.

49 comments:

Christy said...

Hurrah! He's gorgeous! Love the photos, and so happy for you all. Congratulations Averill and Dave! Love, the casimiros!

Lisa said...

congratulations! What a great name for an adorable baby :-) Hope you are feeling/healing well.

Kristina at The Purple Pea said...

Congrats on you new little family!!! He's a sweetheart :) xoxo

Blue Fruit said...

A big bundle of perfection ~ ouch that is a BIG size to deliver! Well done. And now the fun adventure begins!

He looks gorgeous ~ congratulations!

Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

Congratulations!!! He is just beautiful!! The photo of you two together is so touching. I'm so glad all is well, I'll be thinking of you and your family!

Emily A. Clark said...

Congratulations, Averill! He's beautiful (and big!). So happy for you and hope you feel better soon.

Love,
Emily

Susan said...

Welcome to the world, Graham Kirk. Congratulations to you and your husband!

Robin said...

Well DONE! Congratulations to all of you!

And Averill, I lost a lot of blood (half of it, apparently) when my daughter was born. Two things no one mentioned: All the iron you are about to consume is, uh, extremely constipating. Make appropriate dietary adjustments to avoid that particular misery.

And significant blood loss = exhaustion for quite awhile. It actually took me much longer to recover from my daughter's VBAC birth than from her brothers' arrival by c-section three years earlier. I bounced right back from the c-section, but the loss of blood the next time really threw me for a loop - and I was incredibly confused and unhappy that I wasn't out walking all over the place for maybe a couple of months.

Maybe someone has prepared you better already than anyone did me, but in case they haven't - I hope you will be very gentle and kind to yourself as you regain strength. Once it's back, you'll feel fine -- what a good time you're going to have with him!

L.Duncan@Home23DuncanBoys said...

He is just too cute for words Averill! Congratulations on your new bundle of pure joy:)

You're going to love being a mom! Especially to a boy! So much fun.

Yes, get some rest. We'll be here. But, if you just so happen to post a few more pictures of Graham, you know we'll love it!!!

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

Oh fabulous! Congratulations on becoming a mother, what a sweetie he is, love the name! Janell

Fran said...

Averill, Congratulations!! What a big boy with already a full head of hair!! He's adorable!! I'm glad all is well and healthy! Enjoy your family these next couple of weeks!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Congratulations on your little bundle of love! So happy everyone is well and healthy. Enjoy some family time and get some rest when you can!!

Erin said...

A huge congratulations to you!!! He is such a little cutie!!! And I just love his name!!

Cathy Wall said...

Congrats, he is just beautiful! Being a parent is the best but most difficult job, take time to rest, gather your strength, then embrace and enjoy the adventure!
Cathy

alison@MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Way to go, Mommy! Sounds like everything went beautifully, and you have a perfect little guy there to show for it! Best wishes for these precious, new days and Congratulations!

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

Averill, he is perfect and you look beautiful. Congratulations to you and your family and enjoy this special time....looking back, there is nothing like it!

Sarah said...

Congratulations, Averill and Dave!!!! And welcome, little Graham!!! I was thinking about you on Friday and all weekend. So happy you posted an update for us. Glad things went well...he is beautiful (and love his name)!!!! Sorry about the loss of blood...make sure you take care of yourself. Enjoy these first few weeks, its a time like no other in your life!!!!! Amazing!

Kathysue said...

Averill, I am not sure why but I have big 'ol tears in my eyes, I am just soooo Happy for you sweetie. My youngest is 32 and I can still remember that day as you will have the memory of little Graham or should I say big Graham He is a big boy and what a beautiful baby he is. Rest lots and enjoy nursing that sweet little guy, nothing like it!!! I am just so happy for your family, xo Kathysue

P.S. I love this... said...

Congratulations and welcome to Mommyhood. Wishing you and your family continued bliss.

Kara said...

Congratulations!!! Rest up and enjoy your snuggley new one. :)

Laura@JourneyChic said...

Congratulations Averill! I'm so glad you had a good experience and are settling in with Graham! Love the name, BTW. He's adorable - I love the hair! Enjoy the downtime and snuggle up with your little one.

Nichole@40daysof said...

Congratulations!

Valerie said...

Congrats Averill! So glad your labor started naturally...that means he was ready to see the world. :) Rest, relax, and soak in every minute spent with Graham. Don't worry about blogging...we'll all be here when you get back to it no matter if it's a month or 4 months later.

A Loopy Life said...

Congratulations! He's adorable, and what a perfect name!

Patch said...

He's beautiful! Congrats!

Linda Leyble said...

Welcome Graham! My best friend has a son named Graham - he's a doll. I know you will be too! And you'll be blogging before you know it!!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Averill,
Congratulations on your beautiful son! The name is fantastic...take care and I look forward to seeing pics of him in his fabulous nursery!!!
xo,
~R

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

What a beautiful baby boy! Congrats to you on your bundle of joy and this new phase of your life. From what I hear, it's amazing!

Daniela said...

Congratulations! It is certainly an adjustment! We all go through it...Can't wait to meet the little guy!

Mrs. Chic said...

Congrats on your new addition - he's precious :)

Marie~Window Designs Etc. said...

Congratulations on your new name~"mom".
Welcome to this Beautiful World Graham!

Mary Catherine said...

Congratulations! Graham is so so cute!

Shanna said...

Congratulations! I love his name and he is absolutely beautiful! Best wishes.

Pink Wallpaper said...

so happy for y'all averill!! he is precious!!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

OH! Big beautiful boy! Congratulations - he's beautiful.

No one talks that much about the healing part. Maybe it's worse with bigger babies? Oliver was nine pounds and I sat on a bag of frozen peas for days. But you'll heal quickly and whatever pain you were previously experiencing will just - poof! - go away.

It's exhausting though. Your whole world gets turned upside down and some days you may feel like you're crying more than the baby. It's all normal.

And that little face makes everything worth it. Enjoy falling in love!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

You made my day ~ I'm beyond thrilled to see Mr. Graham's sweet face and know you both are doing well. He is absolutely beautiful and I'm of course loving his name. I can't wait to tell my Graham that there's a new wee-Graham living just down the road! I hope you get stronger each day and again, he's such a precious baby. Congratulations to you, Dave and to the grandparents. Nothing will make you happier than raising that bundle of sweet boy.
x Deb

stacy said...

congratulations, he is beautiful

Mary said...

Congratulations, what a handsome little man! Get well soon!!

Garden Forum said...

Finally! Congratulations! you have a beautiful baby! xoxo!

Tobe | Because It's Awesome said...

He's beautiful!! Congratulations to Mom and Dad!

Rene said...

Congratulations Averill! Enjoy that bundle of joy!

Sarah Klassen said...

CONGRATULATIONS, AVERILL!! Warm congratulations to you and your family on this beautiful addition! He is gorgeous—I love his features. So excited to learn more :)

Sending hugs your way, Sarah

Bromeliad said...

You had that baby already? It seems like just yesterday you told us you were expecting.

Congratulations. What a happy event for you and your family.

The Zhush said...

aaah! You're a MOMMY!!! He is beautiful!!! Wow! Congrats to all of you on this gorgeous baby boy!
WOW!!! (and PS: your master bedroom looks amazing...good thing you snuck in all that decorating before the world turned upside down..right?;) )

LindsB said...

CONGRATS!! He is just beautiful and you look amazing!! Oh, and I LOVEEEEEE his name- he is going to be quite the hottie! (yes I can tell just from his name hahaha)

Things That Inspire said...

Congratulations, Averill! What wonderful, exciting news. So glad Graham arrived safely and mother and son are doing well!

Can't wait to see how your life goes in new and exciting directions.

P.S. - I might have written this in the past, but a wise woman once told me 'the days are long, but the years are short'. I remember those nights, when it seemed impossible to get a solid hour of sleep....my oldest turned 13 today, and it really has passed like the blink of an eye!

Aesthetic Oiseau said...

A little delayed, but congratulations!!!! He's beautiful :)

Du said...

PArabéns mamãe, seu filho é um anjo. Muitas felicidades para a familia.
Bjs e até mais.
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Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

How did I miss this post? Congratulations on your perfect, beautiful son. Isn't incredible how much love you can instantly feel for your child. I wish you all the happiness in the world-and lots of uninterrupted sleep!

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