Sunday, October 5, 2008

Introducing Andrew Nicholas Onken






Early Friday morning, October 3rd, Jamie woke up with small contractions at about 4:30 am that nonetheless kept her from sleeping. The whole day we spent walking, timing contractions, and breathing (plus a stop at Cheesecake Factory for some Buffalo Blasts). By roughly 5 am on Saturday the contractions had become 1 minute long and 5 minutes apart, so we packed up the car and headed over to the hospital. There we found that Jamie was not dilated at all and we were therefore sent back home. It was a somber 6 minute car ride.

The rest of Saturday was spent waiting for the contractions to become longer in duration and perhaps less spaced out. In addition to our lack of sleep it soon became apparent that Jamie was having some intense back labor, which increased our anxiety. It wasn't until 10 pm Saturday night that we decided to head back into the hospital. A quick check showed that Jamie had dilated to 4.5 cm, and we were admitted. By this time the pain in Jamie's back had become unbearable and an epidural helped ease that. It turns out that Jamie is a natural pusher and was able to give very productive pushes despite not being able to feel a thing. Her spirits remained high throughout the entire process and she even cracked off a few jokes in between pushes. Accompanied by both grandmas and Jamie's sister Lindsey, Jamie gave birth to a beautiful baby boy at 7:36 am Sunday morning, October 5th. He weighed 7 pounds 15 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long. And we're still deciding who he looks like. 


29 comments:

KManwill said...

Can you tell I've been waiting for these all day? I love him and can't wait to introduce him to Emrys! Congratulations to all 3 of you!

Alyssa said...

thanks

marisa said...

ohhh my gooDness, I'm so exciteD!!! Congratulations!!!! he's a BEAUTIFUL new aDDition to the fam!!! I love you anD can't wait to meet AnDrew <3. Miss you heaps!!! xoxoxo

Brian and Elizabeth Shelley said...

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!! He is amazing! The third amigo is finally here!

When can we come see this sweet boy???

We love you both!

Lindsey said...

We are so excited for you! You guys are going to be such awesome parents. Jamie, I am so proud of you. You were so strong the whole time and kept such a great attitude. What a beautiful boy!

juliancalebmomma said...

CONGRATULATIONS! What a supercutie! Yay Jamie and Nick!

Jen said...

Congratulations! And, great name!

A and M said...

I'm so happy, this made my day! He is adorable and I'm glad mommy is doing well.

Chelsea H. Taylor said...

YAY! Congrats, friends. Looking forward to meeting this dude.

lyndsey said...

so great! what a cute little guy. congratulations you two!! xoxo

stephanie said...

Oh my goodness - what a beautiful baby boy!!!!!!! I wish I could come hold him. :) Jamie, you are my hero for enduring contractions for that long - WOW. Congratulations!

J-Dub said...

He looks like an Onken in the first picture. But a mix thereafter.

congrats to all. jamie you are a trooper.

Stephanie said...

Congratulations, Jamie and Nick! What a beautiful, healthy baby boy. (Look at that proud Mama...)

Mo said...

Congratulations!!

Us! said...

Congratulations!! He is so precious! Enjoy him while he is so little, they grow so fast!! Love you!!!

Kathryn said...

Oh, I really like the name you gave him. What a beautiful baby. Congratulations.

Lynleigh and Jeremiah said...

Congratulations!!! So cute :)

Natalie said...

Congratulations! He is super cute. Jamie...you look great. I love what you did with is room.

marsha said...

congrats!!!.....Andrew is such a healthy beautiful baby boy! I'm sooo happy for you guys! Wishing you all the best! I'm gonna have to come by and see the lil prince! <3

Ali said...

Ahhh! Call me crazy, but Andrew looks a bit like...Skyler?! Just my opinion, which is generally not one to go by, but either way...congrats to two of the most amazing parents ever (I know you just started, but I also KNOW you're both going to be fan-freaking-tastic!). I love you both, and cannot wait to meet this boy!

Love always,
Ali :)

Ali said...

Ahhh! Call me crazy, but Andrew looks a bit like...Skyler?! Just my opinion, which is generally not one to go by, but either way...congrats to two of the most amazing parents ever (I know you just started, but I also KNOW you're both going to be fan-freaking-tastic!). I love you both, and cannot wait to meet this boy!

Ali said...

Ahhh! Call me crazy, but Andrew looks a bit like...Skyler?! Just my opinion, which is generally not one to go by, but either way...congrats to two of the most amazing parents ever (I know you just started, but I also KNOW you're both going to be fan-freaking-tastic!). I love you both, and cannot wait to meet this boy!

Ali said...

And I apparently am so excited that I posted the same comment 3x. Go me. If I knew how to delete some, I would. Sincere apologies. :/

Lora Kelly said...

YAY!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! He looks adorable and I cant wit to meet the little guy! xoxoxo

btw, love the name!! :)

Trisha said...

Congratulations Jamie and Nick! Andrew is so cute.

Jaymie said...

congrats you guys. sounds like quite a birth story:) and he looks like such a sweetie bear. wish i could bring you a meal (minus the haircut of course).

Sermon Family said...

Congratulations you guys! We're so excited for you! I can't believe he's here! He is gorgeous and looks so awake for a newborn!! I hope you're feeling good. Nice job on the post Nick!

Shanna said...

Congratulations! I'm so glad to hear everything went well!

Sum Sum said...

I love him already!! He is so precious & I can't wait to see who he looks like! I miss you guys and hope you are enjoying every minute of such a special gift...