Saturday, January 5, 2008

Jack Preston

I am excited to introduce the blogging world to Jack Preston our newest arrival! He was born Wednesday, January 2nd at 3:59 p.m. Can you believe he arrived on his due date? He was 7lbs. 8 oz. and 19 inches long and he looks a lot like his older brother Keegan.

Wednesday morning I had a scheduled doctors appointment at 8:45 and when I was checked I was dilated to a 5. She asked if I could feel any contractions and really it was nothing different than I was feeling for the whole month since my false labor. She gave me no other option than going up to the labor and delivery floor right away. I was so excited because as of that morning I was growing more weary of the wait. When she broke my water at 10:30 I was dilated to an 8 and still was not feeling any strong contractions. Of course, about 30 minutes later they came on very strong and the epidural was just in time! :) My labor slowed down because of my small pelvis and I had to push for 3 1/2 hours. The doctor was unsure if Jack was going to be able to be a vaginal delivery, but praise the Lord he gave me the strength to make it through. He was almost 2 lbs bigger than Keegan! The Lord had his hand in all of this, and He had it perfectly planned that I would be at the hospital at the right time. He kept reminding me of the verse that says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything present your requests to the Lord" My requests were answered and my whole delivery experience was smooth.

Soon after Jack was born, Keegan came into the room. At that point, I was unable to sort out all my emotions. I could not believe that I had two children and somehow my love and attention had to be distributed evenly. Keegan ran to daddy and when asked to see Jack and kiss on Jack, he just laughed. When asked to kiss mommy, his little bottom lip protruded out. I am not sure Keegan knew how to deal with his mommy in a strange place with lots of things connected to her. The next day he came back and got into bed with me to play. He got over the strange factor and we were able to enjoy time together. I never thought that emotionally this would be so hard, but it is getting much easier and Keegan is doing very well with the long-staying visitor in our house.

Jack is such a bundle of joy and my love has completely doubled. He has a very calm spirit and the only time he cries is when he is hungry. He looks like his older brother but has his own distinctiveness. He might actually have dark hair, but we will have to see. Jack was very healthy and came out eating like a champion. We have had no problem with breastfeeding and bottle feeding. I am hoping it continues to be as smooth. There is a huge difference in having a baby at 36 weeks and a baby at 40 weeks, and for this it was worth the extra cooking time!

I will post some more pictures later, but here are a couple pictures of our little Jack. Believe it or not, everyone else has taken more pics than I have, so I have to collect them from everyone who was at the hospital!




Here is Keegan's baby picture, just to see the similarities...


If you think about it as you read this blog, continue to pray for adjustment at the Sanders house and that we can beat the odds. I believe that God can make it an easy transition if we just ask. In that too, I know that I don't have to be anxious, because he is in control! Thank you for praying for us in the last couple months! This is another reason why blogs are awesome...you have many prayer warriors!

24 comments:

Pwood said...

Oh how beautiful! You made me cry when talking about being a mom of two and when Keegan came in the room. Thanks for posting. I was so excited to get the news that Jack was here! You are in my thoughts during this transition and of course I can't wait to see more pictures!

Sunni at The Flying Mum said...

I'm so, so happy to see Jack! I've been stalking your blog to see him since I heard he was born!

Congratulations! And we'll be praying for the transition & newborn nights!

Dana said...

Congratulations Michelle! How beautiful! I'm all verklempt over his picture!!!

Happy Birthday Jack Preston, welcome!!!

FordeFam said...

Awwww!!! So precious!!! He has the same birthday as Zoe!!! :) I'm sooo excited for you guys!!! He's adorable!!! It's so weird because I have two girlfriends who had their babies on my birthday and you had yours on Zoe's!!! How fun is that! Congratulations! I'll pray that your transition will be smooth now that you have 2 munchkins! I know you'll do great!

Joshua Murrell said...

Congratulations! He is beautiful and does look a lot like Keegan. It is so good to hear that Keegan is adjusting well to his baby brother. I will be seeking your advice on this in the coming weeks. Love you, friend!

Amanda said...

I will be praying for you, sweet friend! What a precious family you have. I have heard from so many moms that the transition to two is easier than the transition to having your first. Hopefully you are going to find out that it's true! I love you!

Lynsey said...

Sander family! We are so excited for you. Jack looks beautiful. God is so good! Take care and we'll be in touch soon.PS more pics please :o) xxxx

The Juarez Family said...

Congrats - he is so handsome! Ya'll are very blessed with two awesome kids!

Kim

The Reeves Family said...

Congrats--so happy to hear the news. I've been waiting!

A is for Audrey said...

michelle,
i love him already! it was so good to see you the other day. i will be praying!

Nancy Mon said...

How happy you four must be. Jack is a cutie and you are right, he looks a lot like his big brother. Praying for you and it will be a while before I mark that off my list. Love you!

Kelly Bowman said...

Congratulations, he is adorable! We will be praying for y'all as you transition to a family of four!

Anonymous said...

It was so fun to be there for the birth of Jack! Glad to hear that Keegan is adjusting well. Can't wait to come see all of you in person!

LMS

Kristin said...

YAY!!!! He is so beautiful! I am so happy to hear how incredibly things are going in your house. Your two little boys don't even know yet how blessed they are to have each other. God gave them each a bestie for life!
We are definitely still praying for you guys!

watsyface said...

michelle,
i am so excited for you guys and the adventures that await! when i am up with landry at night, i will say a special prayer for you, knowing there are some sleepless nights ahead for you too! congrats friend!

Courtney said...

oh my gosh.... congrats to you and your family! how exciting and he is beautiful!

Woody said...

Cari called me and told me when Jack arrived. So thrilled for you! He's beautiful. Buy a special gift for Keegan like a big brother t-shirt and let him get diapers for little brother Jack. He will be a huge help to you. Can't wait to see more pics.
:)

Kelly said...

What a wonderful way to start a new year! Congrats to you guys!

The Kaufmann Krew said...

CONGRATULATIONS! He is beautiful!!!!
Keegan will get adjusted and used to having him around and will love him, Im sure. God is merciful!
I pray he continues to be a laid back baby. Chloe is laid back, too. And it has been a HUGE blessing!

Karie said...

congrats! he's beautiful!

Jessica Martinez said...

Welcome Jack!

Michelle he is beautiful! And he does look like his big brother!

Janelle & Ella said...

I am so excited for you guys!! It was so great getting to talk to you for so long the other day. I hope that you are having an awesome day with your two boys. Keegan is going to be such a sweet big brother.

Lauren said...

Oh my gosh, what beautiful babies, both of them!! Congratulations!

lowerys said...

michelle - he is beautiful! he does look so much like keegan! it will be neat to hear stories about his personality as it develops. my prayers are with the sanders family, and CONGRATULATIONS!