Me llamo Rocky

Our Baby Boy Has Arrived!

On November 4th at 5:01am our son, Enzo Russell was born.  He weighed 8 lbs 4oz and 21 1/3" long.  He is happy, healthy, and cute as a button...

After having a rollercoaster of contractions throughout the week, I finally went into labor at 1:00am Sunday.  Five hours later, Enzo arrived into this world.  He was delivered naturally thanks to 3 of the most important things: My rock, my angel, and a hand massager.  My rock being my wonderful husband, who stood strong supporting me with his quick thinking, hard working hands, and supportive words of encouragement.  My angel being my sister-in-law who never once left my side, reminding me how to breathe, concentrate, and enjoy the entire process, encouraging me to be strong and reminding me that everything was ok.  And the hand massager?  Well, with all back labor (once again) that thing was my saving grace, making contractions just a tad bit less painful.

The moment Enzo entered the world, all of our lives were forever changed.  I would love to write about every detail of the experience, but it would make for a rather lengthy blog, and I just don't have time for that, so time to share some pictures :)

Aunt Heather getting her hands on Enzo for the first time...

Later in the day, Uncle Derek (who watched Eva while we were delivering) picked up Granny from the airport and headed over to hospital so they could all meet Enzo.  Dana and I were excited and nervous about introducing Eva to her new baby brother, wanting to create the most perfect moment.  Our anxieties turned out to not be necessary, for Eva was very kind, gentle, and excited to meet him...

Granny immediately grabbed hold of her new grandson, loving on him instantly...

And, Uncle Derek couldn't have been a more proud uncle...

After letting her baby brother be passed around, Eva wanted her chance to hold him all by herself.  Of course I was a little nervous, but so proud of how well she did.  She was so loving, looking after him and telling him about all his body parts (doing "this little piggy") to all of his toes.  The moment was absolutely priceless...

After an exhausting 32 hours at the hospital, we were finally able to go back home and start our life as a family of 4 and 1/2 (half being Rocky).  Rocky was first to check out Enzo, sniffing him and giving him a few big stinky kisses. 

Then, Enzo brought a gift out for Eva to open, thanking her for welcoming him so nicely, letting her know that he was not trying to take over, but add to the family.  She was very grateful and had fun opening her new gifts as Enzo looked on...

She got a new doll that came with a bottle, diaper, diaper bag, wipes, diaper cream, a paci, and a potty chair.  This way when mommy would be taking care of Enzo, Eva could have her baby to take care of at the same time.  She loves the gift and loves doing what mommy does, taking to the idea immediately...

The adjustment is going well so far, especially since I have 4 extra hands helping with everything that needs to be done.  Eva is asking for more attention (as anticipated), but is still in love with having Enzo around.  This morning, she immediately asked to hold her baby brother all by herself.  These moments will never get old for me...

Since I have a few more minutes to spare and many have asked about our name, here is a little background.  Dana and I read a book "The Art of Racing in the Rain" during our honeymoon.  A character in the book was named Enzo.  We liked the name and have saved it in our minds for the possibility of a name for our boy in the future.  In the beginning of the pregnancy we had another name chosen, but then were reminded of Enzo and considered it as well.  After meeting our son, we looked at him and thought Enzo was most fitting and so he was named.  His middle name is Russell, which he shares with his Bopa (Kenneth Russell).  We have always known that we would use that for a middle name for our first born son, so that was something that didn't even need to be discussed or debated.

In the end, we are so happy, blessed, and excited that our son has arrived and he is now all of ours to enjoy :)

P.S.  For anyone in San Diego (or from anywhere else), we are open to having guests, please don't hesitate to stop over and meet our little guy.

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