Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Two weeks ago today (part II)

At 10:30pm on June 21, Alex and I arrived at the hospital, ready to have a baby. Pitocin was started, my water was broken, and I tried to sleep in between hourly, sometimes half-hourly, checkups.

By the next morning, I had made some progress, but not a lot.

Still (somewhat) mobile in the morning.
I look extra big here - it's the monitors, I swear!

After realizing my water wasn't actually broken and correcting that, things started to move a little quicker. And finally, at 7pm, I was ready to push. But my little guy had no interest in moving out, and after two and a half hours, it was decided that we needed to resort to forceps.

And at 10:23pm on June 22, 2010, almost exactly 24 hours after we started, our little guy - William Clement - made his way into the world. Will arrived at 8 pounds, 7 ounces, 21 inches long. He is absolutely amazing in every way.

William: (Germanic) Ardent protector - a lovely name for an oldest sibling
Clement: (Latin) Merciful, mild, gentle

Will is also named after my father - Clement William - who passed away almost three years ago. My dad didn't love the first name Clement, but I think he would approve of this revision.


  1. kathleen!!! i'm BEYOND excited for you!! can't wait to follow you in this journey ...

  2. Our little guys almost share the same birthday! :) (Parker's b-day is 6/21.) I'm so happy for you and your beautiful family! Wishing you all the best as you get to know your new addition. :) Congratulations!!

  3. love the revision, beautiful name & story.