Let me say that again.
Less than 24 hours later and we are the proud new parents of Henry Owen Northcutt. Born at 4:59 PM on December 21st, 2004 Henry weighed in at a trim 5 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 16.5 inches tall.
Marla’s labor started in earnest at around 11 AM and progressed pretty rapidly. I left her in some discomfort, but only 4 cm dilated, at around 3 PM to take Emma to The Tabor’s for the rest of the evening.
Everyone – doctors and nurses included – expected the labor to be long, with nothing happening until late in the night.
That long, drawn-out labor was not to be! Marla and Henry make a good team so just an hour later (4 PM) as I arrived back at the hospital they pronounced Marla fully dialated and Henry +3 station.
An hour more, just two pushes from Marla and – biggity bam! – there was Henry.
He is, of course, gorgeous and perfect in every way. He was surprisingly alert just a few minutes after birth and would look our way when we called to him. (His ears clearly work.) His tiny little fingers and toes are amazing. I can’t wait to nibble on them once we get home.
Emma and I are home for the night to try and get some rest and then we’ll be back to the hospital early in the morning to hang out with Mommy and Henry.