The OR scale was off, so he was approximately 7 lbs 3 oz and 19 1/2" long.
The picture doesn't do him justice. His features are small and perfect, like a little china doll (he's going to hate that description later on, but that's the best I can do!)
Yes, I'm already in the babymoon phase, and loving it!
His arrival into the world, however, was not as problem-free as I would have liked for it to have been. I am thrilled to report that I never once experienced any panic attacks (thanks be to God!), but I had (and continue to have) serious issues with low blood pressure and anemia, which is making this an interesting adventure.
How does 76/37 sound for a blood pressure reading? Yeah, the doctors and nurses were loving it, too. Kept checking me over... and over... and over again to make sure they had those numbers right. Yes, they did and no, I wasn't passing out.
The anemia is the big problem, however. It is making everything difficult at the moment, and just sitting up is proving to be more of a challenge than one would expect.
Still, he's here... I'm here... and in spite of the difficulties, we're doing well. My dh, as I expected, is doing a phenomenal job running the house and homeschooling the kids. All of the children are pitching in and taking over many of the household duties, as well as lining up every few minutes or so for another chance to hold the baby! As dh told them over supper last night, "Mommy's job is to feed Joseph and get better. Our job is to do everything else." And they are doing it well!
I couldn't finish this post, however, without issuing a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has jumped in to help, from The Wanna Be who watched my kids Thursday through Saturday and somehow managed to drive them to the hospital to meet their new brother, take them to a water slide, feed them, etc (she's amazing!)... to Malia and her son who came to visit me (and bring Indian food!) in the hospital
and watched my children on Sunday so dh could bring me home... to Maureen for setting up a calendar of meals, and to all of the "church ladies" (as we call ourselves) who have signed up to feed us through August.. to Perrin and family who took my children in so I could get last minute stuff done... and the list goes on. GOD BLESS YOU ALL! I am so thankful to be able to call you friends.
And now, back to bed... I'm feeling a bit light-headed, as is to be expected.