Saturday, February 26, 2011

The New Guy's Arrival

We're very blessed. Late Thursday night our little boy was born at American Fork Hospital. He was 7lbs, 0 ounces and 18 inches tall. He's doing very well!

Rachel had labor pains/contractions about 15 minutes apart all through Wednesday night but was able to fall asleep for a couple hours after they subsided. I was surprised when she woke up later and said, "I think today might be the day." I think we both thought: 'What!? He can't come today! He'd be eight days early. We have too much to do between now and the due date. We'd planned everything out to have him NOT come today!'Rachel decided she'd be able to hold off a water break and closer contractions if she continued with her plans to go to her mom's for the day in Salt Lake. I had meetings in SLC that same afternoon. So when I arrived at Rachel's parents by 6 p.m., Rachel's discomfort had increased enough to the point where she decided we'd better head back home and make arrangements for my sister to come stay with the boys.
We headed to AF Hospital, arriving about 8 p.m. Rachel was dilated to a six. She got an epidural and progressed rapidly, delivering a healthy boy just before 11 p.m. He's been eating pretty well. We're grateful to have a nursery to send him to in between feedings at night!

The hospital has been super good to us. We really want to thank Bella Baby Photography for taking these pictures, too. Click on "View Photos," then type in password 0224babyshumway.
You can go there to view an auto slide show of the album.
Again, we're very fortunate to have him. There's nothing like experiencing the arrival of a new child.

13 comments:

Wendy said...

Congrats! He is beautiful, Rachel.

Wendy said...

Congrats! He is beautiful, Rachel.

Ginger said...

oh Rachel we are so happy for you guys! congrats, he is just amazing! does he have a name!sure love you guys! congrats again!

The Dials said...

Congratulations! He is so precious. I just want to come on over and snuggle with him. Love you guys!

Kendra Meyers said...

Congrats, Shumways! He is such a cutie! He's totally making the same face Ty and Shawn make in that last picture, makes me laugh. I was super surprised your baby came so early too; I know Rachel had things to do. Good luck adjusting to #3.

Kendra Meyers said...

A couple more things...our third babies are just 20 days apart! Exciting! And Michelle says your baby looks just like Shawn.

Laurie & Clint said...

Congrats Rachel and Ethan! Little un-named baby boy is adorable. You guys are so lucky to have him! Can't wait for our little guys to meet up one of these days. Hope you have a nice smooth recovery.

Brooksburg said...

Dang cute! Congrats to you and Rachel. I hope you can get some rest.

Ashley said...

Congratulations you guys! He is so cute. He looks a lot like Shawn. I loved all the pictures. How awesome to have his baby pictures that soon!!!

carrie and tanner said...

It's so exciting to see a new member of the family! He looks great! Those pictures are awesome too. Love that soft blue blanket. We're excited for you guys.

Kristi Cartwright said...

He's so cute, congrats!!!

Bethany said...

Congrats Rachael and Ethan! What a beautiful baby boy and gorgeous mama.

{marie} said...

YAY!!! SO happy he's here safe & sound!
He's gorgeous.... just like his Mommy!
Love you guys!