Dylan is now one week old and he is amazing. The other kids still fight over who gets to hold him, and Will has a new cry, the I want Dylan cry. He is sleeping well and eating well, which makes Kiersten very happy. We all love him tons.
Well, we decided to try to get pictures of Dylan today. Of course then we realized that we should probably do the same for the other 4 kids as well since it had been over two years by our best guess since we had set foot in a portrait studio. So in a moment of temporary insanity we booked an appointment, bathed and dressed up the whole bunch, and ran off to Sears for a sitting. Two and a half hours later, with only a few bribes, we emerged with some really cute pictures. That turned out to be the easy part of our first trip out with all 5 kids. Wal-Mart was an experience that Kiersten has vowed never to repeat. I had to carry a screaming Luke out to the car with Parker pushing a crying Will in the cart as Kiersten went through the checkout with a newborn in her arms and Lily whining for Daddy. The funniest part was that Luke tried to cover my eyes so that I couldn't see where I was going, which only ended up getting him in more trouble. Now that we have recovered from our excursion, we realized that some of you might like to see the results of our big day out.
On Friday July 25th at 5:51 in the morning, Kiersten gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. He weighed 7 lbs 9 oz and was 21 inches long. After careful consideration we named him Dylan Clark Beauchene.
Thursday evening Kiersten began feeling lots of pressure around the baby and so we headed to the hospital as soon as I got home from work. A few hours later the doctor admitted us to the hospital and we were able to get our favorite room, the same room where Luke, Lily and Will were all born. At 4:45 the next morning, they broke her water and 4 minutes later the baby came out on the first push.
It is still hard to believe that we have 5 children. We are grateful for the help of our family and friends to keep up with everything while we welcome Dylan to our family. Kiersten and the baby are home now, resting and recuperating.
As it turns out, we are extremely blessed to have little Dylan home safe and healthy, as we found out that there were two true knots in his umbilical cord. That may sound familiar to some of you because Luke also had two true knots in his umbilical cord. We asked one of the nurses in the nursery if this was common and she told us that she only knew of 5 cases of any number of true or tight cord knots in 8 years of working at the hospital.
The other kids love Dylan and are anxious for chances to hold him and just to be near him. Even Will wants to hold him whenever he can. They just need to learn to always be gentle and to be quiet around the baby.
We'll post soon with more pictures and updates on how mom and baby are doing.