Sunday, August 30, 2009

welcoming Zeke

My grandson Zeke is here!

Lauren headed to the hospital on Thursday afternoon for an induction of labor. Saturday morning at 4:59, Ezekiel Jacob Vitale was born; 7lbs, 5 oz, 20 inches long.

As you can imagine, his getting here was quite a journey, to say the least.

Lauren endured a long, painful labor, an epidural, two hours of pushing, and then a c-section when she developed a fever and the baby refused to move down. Turns out he was "sunny-side up," which makes delivery difficult. His heartrate was high, and disappointingly, she really needed that c-section.

We were worried already, but then they took her into surgery, began the procedure, and she began to experience pain. They had to put her completely under. Her poor husband was asked to leave the OR - and Lauren's sister and I waited with him worriedly.

Thank God - all ended well, with the arrival of our beautiful baby boy!

He and his mama are doing well now. I must say I am so incredibly proud of Lauren. She was so courageous and patient - so strong! And my daughter Rachel was such a wonderful coach to her sister. She never left her side, never wavered in her encouragement. Lauren's husband made me proud, too. He certainly loves my little girl.

Being a part of this child's birth was such a precious experience. I've been so incredibly blessed with my family. I can't wait to see the blessings in store for them!


Mary Lou said...

Congratulations grandma and grandpa(again)! Congratulations Lauren and Giovanni! Rest well Lauren and let others help out. Just love that baby!

SQUELLY said...

Congrats!!! He looks beautiful! Hope your girl has a chance for some rest and recovery now.

Urban Mom said...

aaaaawwwwWWWWWWWWWWW! How cuuute!

Sorry to hear that the delivery was so difficult, but am glad that all are well. Here's to as much rest as little Zeke will allow!


Colleen said...

Congrats! He is beautiful!

Kim H. said...

Oh God is so good! Welcome baby Zeke!

And you tell Lauren you've got people out there in the blogosphere that are so PROUD of her! That's a long time to labor, and as a first time Mom, I'm sure it's much different that what she hoped for.

I'm hoping from here on out it all goes smoothly -- and I'll be praying for the two of them as they get to experience sleeplessness like never before!

Hugs Grandma second time around!

Kate Wicker @ Momopoly said...

I'm late in congratulating you, Lauren, and your entire family. Cover that sweet boy with kisses.

God bless you all!

p.s. I'm not surprised by Lauren's courage. After all, she has you as a mom.