Monday, September 8, 2008

Benjamin

BENJAMIN BRIAN REEVES


So, it's been a while since we wrote. We were anxiously awaiting the arrival of our second son and I am happy to say he finally showed up. For an entire week before he was born, Valerie was having irregular contractions, so we got a little impatient. They only had to send us home from the hospital once, though (at 4 am on the day Benji was born), because we were not close enough to delivery. Val and I went back home (Vinson was, thankfully, at a friend's place) and spent a few hours timing contractions and trying to distract ourselves. We went back to the hospital around noon and Benjamin was born at about 2:15 pm on September 5th.

Vital statistics,
weight: 3.175 kilograms = 7 pounds
height: 50 cm = 19.7 inches

What a beautiful mother!! Val looks so good here and I honestly took this picture ten minutes or so after Benji was born. I would be lucky to live through labor, let alone come out of it looking like this!

Vinson and Benjamin got acquainted that evening. They hit things off pretty quick (and Vinson didn't hit Benji until Sunday, so that was a good 48 hours of peace). Vinson calls him "my baby" and loves pushing Benji around in the hospital bassinet-on-wheels.

We've got Mom seriously outnumbered now guys! Good thing she likes to camp and mountain bike and rock climb...

7 comments:

SD Fiddlers said...

Congratulations! Val, you look awesome. Hope you come home quick and enjoy your beautiful family.
We Miss You Guys!

Stacy said...

What a handsome little boy! Actually, handsome boys! I didn't realize you were so close to having him! Congratulations! We've talked about using the name Benjamin, too, so don't acuse us of copying if we do! :) I hope all goes well with the recovery and the new addition! Love you guys!

Karey said...

CONGRATS!!! What a beautiful family! In a few weeks, I hope you'll post details about your experience having a baby in the Czech Republic! Did you wear your slippers? ;)

JaimeDawn said...

Seriously Val you do look amazing in that picture. Even Jabon said it (without being prompted) which shows you how terrible I looked! Congratulations! I'm so happy for you! What a cute little family. Love you.

Stephanie and Co. said...

Hooray! What a great addition to your family. Good luck with being outnumbered. :) Congratulations again! I too would love to read details about the Czech birth experience.

Melissa and Doug said...

Congratulations! He is such a cute little boy. Good luck with everything.

Spencer and Kimberly said...

Congrats!! Holy cow, you look great Val! How exciting to have him here. Glad things went well!