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My New Grandbaby has arrived! Meet August Shepherd Rodgers (new update on baby included)
Here is our dear little grandson, August Shepherd Rodgers. Isn't he beautiful?! He weighed 10pounds 2 ounces!! I can hardly believe it. Elisabeth had a very short labor, so short that the midwife didn't arrive until after the birth. Apparently another midwife who was nearby and a good friend, Erin, came over right away to help Andrew and Elisabeth. The labor was a 'whole' 45 minutes long! I know just what that feels like. I drank cod liver oil too to help start labor with my first home birth and it lasted about 35 minutes. Yes it's over quick, but the labor is VERY intense! Basically, you start out in transition. There's nothing much really leading up to it.
Elisabeth, with her best friend and doula, Rachelle Davis, while Lena meets her little brother.
Lena woke up after all the fuss was over to greet her little brother. She was mesmerized and gave August the sweetest little kiss. The Seago family was also there and Rachelle, who usually helps with the delivery as a coach, stayed close by to be a help to Elisabeth.
Lena helps Grandma cook breakfast.
After a while she decided to wander around a bit and helped me cook sausages for Elisabeth for breakfast. I had brought eggs, homemade bread which Rebekah had made the day before, cantaloupe and some really good fresh sausage links. Elisabeth loves good sausage and that's why I wanted to have it on hand.
We got the call at 5:30am. I'm not sure when the official time of delivery was, but the midwife and assistant were there still cleaning things up and checking on Elisabeth and the baby's health. There has been some concern because August's temperature was a bit elevated and his breathing is a bit rough. When Tim and I left this morning, they had decided to visit a doctor in the area and just have a quick check up to make sure everything is ok with the baby. He may need some oxygen. Please keep him in your prayers.
|Proud Daddy Andrew (my son) and I with August|
Our whole family is going over tonight to bring Andrew and Elisabeth dinner and visit with the our newest grandson. It's so wonderful to be nearby! I so wish I could have been there for Matthew and Amanda's births, but we could not afford to fly there right away. Nicholai was already several months old before I got to see him for the first time. I posted a video of him on the article (day before yesterday) dealing with Mange because it showed Percy, our dog, inspecting Nicholai who fascinated him for some reason.
After awhile, I passed her on to Grandpa Tim so I could slice the bread and warm it up. Elisabeth was able to eat it right before she and Andrew headed off to meet the doctor.
I'm sure I'll have more photos to post tomorrow so...stay tuned...and
UPDATE: Hi Everyone, I'm babysitting Lena overnight so Andrew and Ebeth can keep a good eye on August. He had more breathing difficulties and they had him on oxygen for a little while at the house.
But Andrew called an hour ago and said his oxygen level was stable now and he seems fine. Wow..this is hard to type with a little helper in my lap! She really wants to move the mouse for me. :o)
I'm very sorry that August was having so much trouble, but so glad I can keep Lena and make the overnight vigil of keeping a close eye on him easier for the kids. I think Rachelle is with them too. She was there when I went to pick up Lena.
Rebekah and Jacob dropped their Beef Stroganoff off. That is one awesome dish! I had not made it from scratch since we got married. Tim was oohing and aahing. Lena ate meat, noodles, and greenbeans with applesauce for dessert. She's allergic to milk--so no sauce.
Andrew feels like they are out of the woods now..but it will be a long night for them. I'm not sure if Rachelle is staying overnight with them, but if so, that will be great. She's extremely capable. :o)
Keep August in your prayers and thank you so much for all the well wishes! You are such sweet bloggy friends!