Thursday, January 12th was a very eventful day for my family!! My little sis Brooke and her husband Sean welcomed their third child Lucas Albert into the world.
It was a very long day!! I spent most of the morning and afternoon with Emma and Max just waiting. Emma wasn't feeling very well and I took care of her little stomach bug and was on pins and needles throughout the rest of the day. After my dad got home from work we headed to dinner and then to the hospital. We figured we had a little time but didn't waste too much because my sister has a history of very fast deliveries! She progressed very well throughout the evening and after a very good epidural her water was broken around 8:30 p.m. or so. She really wanted to have him on the 12th and not Friday the 13th. She also liked the idea of 1-12-12 as his birthday. His big sister's birthday is 3-8-08!!
I was so honored that Brooke and Sean asked me if I would like to be present for Lucas' birth. Let me tell you...it was the most amazing thing ever! I cannot even describe the excitement and energy in the room. It is something I will never forget. Having my own children were two of the best days of my life and watching my sister give birth simply took my breath away! It is so neat to truly witness a miracle!
Like I mentioned before, my sister was bound and determined to have that baby boy on January 12th. At around 11:30 p.m. we kind of figured it wasn't going to happen. But then, at 11:55 p.m. she called her awesome nurse, Joan to her room and told her she felt a lot of pressure. She checked her and called Dr. Hartman to come to the room. It was like a covert operation. I have never seen people move so fast in my life. At 11:57 p.m. Dr. Hartman said she was ready to push and at 11:59 p.m. Lucas Albert entered the world weighing in at 7 lbs. 1 oz and measuring 19.5 in. long. He had a full head of black hair and looked a lot like his daddy and big sister Allie! I got some amazing pics of right after he was born. (which I won't be sharing on here!!)
While the nurse was checking him out she noticed he was grunting. They decided to take him to the nursery for observation. Big brother Noah had to spend some time in the NICU because of his fast breathing and it looks like Lucas was following in his brother's footsteps. They did a chest x-ray and found that he also had a collapsed lung. I talked to my sis a few times yesterday and after last night's report Lucas is doing well. His lung is healed after receiving oxygen. He is still breathing fast but had some medication and is doing pretty well. It seems he is a fiesty little guy. We're all hoping he will be home in the next couple of days. He has a big sister and big brother who can't wait to love on him...not to mention his parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins too!!
Here are just a few of my pics from the hospital: