Lucas James – “The Man”
Meet our first son… Lucas James! I know it’s what all new parents say, but he’s really amazing. He was born August 3rd, 2011 at exactly 5:00 pm. It was a long hard day especially for Andrea as we got to the hospital at 4:00 am. And she was dialated to 10cm by noon and pushing for 4 hours before the doctor finally said we’d better do a c-section. (I think he was just ready to go home, haha) Honestly, Andrea was about exhausted too.
You always hear people talk about how amazing it is to hear your child cry for the very first time. You kind of prepare yourself for it, but it just doesn’t comprehend until it actually happens. We were in the operating room, so we didn’t get to see him emerge, but Andrea was alert, and I was totally holding it together until a tear rolled down her face when Lucas wimpered for the first time.
Shortly after that they got him pretty much cleaned up and wrapped him up and handed him to me. I’ve never been one who likes to hold babies, but man was I ever ready to hold him! It was so odd looking at Andrea, and then looking at him. I would look at Andrea and see “us” and I would look at Luke and think “him”. He really didn’t feel like ours in that very first moment. But when I held him and was able to hold him cheek to cheek with Andrea… it all was just perfect.
Andrea actually didn’t get a chance to hold him for about an hour or so. They had to close her incision back up, and Luke and I went to the nursery for standard tests and measurements. He laid there taking it all in for the first time. Just staring up and crying everyonce in a while. I was able to be in the nursery with him for a while and was always able to calm him down.
He weighed in at 8lbs 2oz. 21 inches long and a full head of hair.
He’s really amazing. Hard to believe its real still. Next step is to get out of the hospital. Andrea has some extra recovery time due to the c-section, but the doctor said she should be able to get out of here by Saturday at noon. I sure hope so. I’ve had about enough hospital living. New nurses every shift with new ways we “should” be doing things. Its wears on the patience when the 4th different person shows up and lays down a new law.
Thanks for all the prayers and support. We definitely couldn’t have done it without the folks that were here, and all the people who have helped us and provided for us everything we could possibly need and more. We are blessed to have the most amazing family and friends we could ask for!
Oh yeah, here’s a link to a photo album with a bunch of pictures. Look for this album to grow and grow along with baby Lucas!