{p,h,f,r} Welcome, Baby!

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Meet our newest child! Henry David, born April 18, 10 lbs 15 oz and 22 inches long. That should do it for the vital statistics! Henry is our ninth child and third son, and made his debut nine days past his due date. Most of my babies have been late, several as late as ten days, so I didn’t think anything of it, really. I’ve already delivered several nine pounders without incident. Henry was a bit of a shock. :-)

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The children are head-over-heels in love, just like I knew they’d be. Of course, for a few days there, I was feeling a bit unloved myself, as each morning they’d greet me with a disappointed, “Oh, you’re still here? We were hoping you’d be at the doctor having the baby.” (photo credit: Delaney)

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Evie has been absolutely hilarious. This morning, when he spit up, she scowled at him and announced, “That’s bisgusting.” Last night, she ran away in horror as he latched on for a nursing. “Ah! He’s eating you breast!” She’s still not quite convinced that I survive the ordeal whole and intact, but she’s coming around, I think. She’s loves him anyway!

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So. Birthing an eleven pound baby. I don’t really recommend that! We escaped without a c-section, but his head was almost too big, and his shoulders did not deliver easily, and I pushed harder than I’ve ever had to push in my life to get that baby born. I’ve never been so sore after childbirth! Poor Henry’s face was bruised and swollen, and he was only able to open his eyelids Tuesday night. They’re bloodshot still from the trauma. I needed all the help I got, from the doctor to the nurses to my husband to my beloved prayer warriors, most of whom I’ve never even met!  (I love you ladies so.)   And Davey now feels quite vindicated in his insistence on hospital births. :-) Not that I ever quarreled over it; his peace of mind has been worth it, even if I’d rather be home.

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17 thoughts on “{p,h,f,r} Welcome, Baby!

  1. kristinab

    Congratulations!!! He is so gorgeous – and so big! I am quite impressed :)

    My first was 10lbs even and we ended up with a C-section… there was no way he was coming out the normal way. Even so he had a lot of bruising on his forehead from the time we spent in labor before the C-section. Thinking of how sore I was after my second baby, a little 7.5lb boy, I can’t imagine how much a big baby like yours would hurt!

    Evie’s reaction to him nursing is adorable :) Did she wean early enough that she doesn’t remember nursing herself?

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    1. Jennie Cooper Post author

      She was 15 months when she weaned, and I’m not really sure why she’s so surprised. She’s been interested in the fact I have breasts and she doesn’t for some weeks, and we’ve mentioned the baby-feeding aspect. Who knows what goes on in the minds of toddlers? :-)

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    1. Jennie Cooper Post author

      I know! Next time, I’m asking for the epidural as soon as I show up. 😉 Actually, though, I’m not sure I could pushed well enough if I’d had it.

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  2. Jamie Jo

    Oh, my goodness!! I loved this!! So happy for you all, he’s beautiful!! Silly me, thinking there would be a picture of his beautiful mama….how are you feeling now mama?

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    1. Jennie Cooper Post author

      I’m feeling a little better every day! Most of the soreness is gone, but even my bones were sore. I could barely walk on Tuesday, and I’m still having a little trouble lifting my right leg enough to put on some pants. :-) Sorry about the lack of mama pictures! Coming soon, I promise.

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  3. Kari

    He’s beautiful!! My sixth baby is six months old now, but his size was a shock to me! He was 8 lbs 15 oz! Out of my others the biggest was 7 lbs 8 oz. I know the feeling of being really sore. I felt I could barely walk for a few days after his birth. I hope you are feeling better and get lots of rest, if possible?

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  4. kellie

    Congratulations! He’s a doll! Our youngest was bruised with broken blood vessels in his eyes when he came out, but that was just because he came down so fast- I cannot imagine having to push out an 11 lb baby! Way to go, Mama!

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  5. Barbara

    Love, love that little boy! And love Evie’s comments. So funny!

    I hope you are feeling better each day. On FB you said he was 11lb 15 oz and I almost died — like pushing out a turkey. In fact, I used that term in the costume room at the dance studio in front of one of the teens and she visibly blanched — no honey, most babies aren’t that big. Big chickens maybe, but not turkeys.
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  6. Emily G

    Congratulations, Cooper family! Henry is perfection. He’s so wide awake, too! I love his name. My Henry is a Henry Gerard. :)

    Thank goodness you’ve had a lot of practice pushing out babies since there was so much of him! You are amazing. My first was my biggest…go figure…at almost 9 lbs and I pushed her for over three hours at the end of a 32 hour labor. I cannot even describe how I felt in the days following her birth, and thank God I’ve never felt that way again (though my twins were a closer second than I ever wanted…).

    I hope you are getting lots of rest and enjoying these newborn days! The Evie quotes were so funny. I love it when you get glimpses, albeit confusing, of what goes on in a two year old’s head.

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