Welcome Baby Alton

After 18 hours of induced labor resulting in no more than 4 centimeters of cervix dilation and a very tired Katie, the baby's heart's impersonation of the stock exchange just wasn't funny anymore. He just didn't have enough amniotic fluid to keep him and his umbilical cord cushioned during contractions. Low amniotic fluid is why we decided to induce in the first place. (Induction was all but insisted upon by numerous doctors.)

So at 11:50 am (PST), on October 24th, Alton Pendragon McMullen was born. Healthy and pretty cute. In the operating room, a nurse shouted out that his birth weight was 3485 grams (7 lbs 10 ozs), and that's the official weight that got recorded. But! When he was re-weighed twelve hours later, the scale said 3895 grams (8 lbs, 9 ozs). The nurses were shocked. Did Alton gain 11 ozs in 12 hours? Nope. That's impossible. The nurse who re-weighed Alton (on two separate scales) concluded that a number must have been transposed in the operating room. Someone shouted out "3485 grams" when they should have shouted out "3845 grams" (8 lbs, 8 ozs).

Mother and baby are doing fine. I'm recovering well. He's learning to breastfeed like a hungry genius.

He does look a little old-mannish, but not too wrinkly or alien. He is already starting to hold up his neck a little. And he has beautiful eyes.

Thanks to all of you who sent out warm wishes and prayers. We can't wait to introduce you to our son.

Here's Dad bonding with his little son with some skin to skin contact.

One of Alton's proud grandmothers.


Blogger klydelanta said...

great looking kid!

did you cut your hair for the occasion?

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Heidi said...

These will work very nicely to introduce your little man to Church! tomorrow! Thanks for all the details of his birth. Glad your mom was able to be there. Can't wait to meet him in person!

8:22 PM  
Blogger Rob And Son said...

Yippee! A sweet little baby boy~
You three look super happy!
We are missing you tons- let him know how much his Aunt Meg and Uncle Gabe love him;)

11:40 PM  
Blogger Abbi said...

I love you baby Alton! What a sweetie. So glad he's here. Congratulations. Hope you both get some rest.

12:29 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Congratulations, Katie and Brian! Oh my goodness...he is so stinking cute!!! Looks like Momma! And Alton is a GREAT name!!! I will be praying for recovery and adjusting to your new life as parents!

12:49 AM  
Blogger sooprgrll said...

How wonderful--he is so beautiful and you three all look amazing! We can't wait to meet him!!!

11:50 AM  
Blogger activated charcoal said...

Wow- he already looks so smart! Holy crap- I really have a hard time absorbing the fact that you made a human! Congratulations Katie! He and you and everyone look happy and beautiful.

5:19 PM  
Blogger thisisntjimmy said...

beautiful happy people! more than 2! He does have wonderful eyes.

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Kristen said...

Welcome, Alton! Has your mom sung you the "stand tall like Robert Wadlow" song yet?

Congratulations, Katie and Brian!

6:20 PM  
Blogger Talluto said...

Lynn and Bobby, you have a great looking grandson. Congrats to Katie and Hubby

7:25 PM  

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