Introducing Jonah.

One of the things that has been the most fun about being pregnant for me, is that I’ve been able to experience it along side my big sister.  Sisters being pregnant together seems like such a special treat, and I feel so blessed to have had Rebecca as a resource and friend through all of the many ups, downs, and changes.

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Growing up, she was three years older and always full of advice and stories of what was to come for me down the road.  So it seemed fitting that she would be pregnant first, about 20 weeks ahead of me, and ready to fill me in on the amazing journey that is pregnancy.

Hard to believe that thirty years ago we were babies ourselves, and now we are the ones having babies. 

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After 42.5 weeks of pregnancy (17 days overdue!), 36 hours of labor, and 6 hours of pushing, the first new arrival to our family is finally here. 

World, meet Jonah.  He weighs 8lbs 12 ounces, and I already love every single inch of him.

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He is a lucky little guy, with a wonderful set of parents.  Not to mention grandparents and aunts who are dying to meet him as soon as possible!

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His mama deserves an extra congratulations for what she went through to bring him into this world.  After what seemed like the world’s best pregnancy (no sickness, no fatigue, etc.) she paid for it with a pretty grueling labor, that ended with a 2-hour emergency surgery.  But when all was said and done, both Rebecca and Jonah were safe, happy, and together.

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I can’t wait until I can hold him in my arms and tell him how much I love him.  It is times like these that make living far apart so tough.

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What an exciting week for our family!  Hard to believe that Casey and I will be doing this ourselves in just four short months.  We assembled our crib last night so it’s definitely starting to feel like it’s coming sooner than later now.  In the meantime, I’ve been attempting to work on starting our registry, and running into all sorts of frustrations with making decisions on what we need!

For a fun slideshow look at the first half of my pregnancy, check out today’s Babble!

Thank you for all the many tweets, comments, and well-wishes for Jonah’s arrival.  I hope he is feeling all of our love!