Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Rebirth

Willa Ravenna Fleck was born this morning at 2:43am. Pertinent stats: 21.75" (55.25cm) long and 9lbs 13.2oz (4.46kg). I'm not lying, look at the scale. That's a big baby. Start to finish was about 22 hours of labor, but things went relatively smoothly. It's been a long couple of days for Clan Fleck.

Shot of the proud new dad exhibiting proper logo placement. This shirt quite literally freaked out our admitting nurse. Not entirely sure why. Maybe it's the 666 license plate. I guess it's a good thing April talked me out of wearing the "I'm with Big Dummy" t-shirt.

Here's a family shot. Sylvia is quite pleased to have a little sister which is a very nice surprise for us. April is even more pleased to no longer be pregnant and she looks damn chipper for having been in the thick of labor just 9 hours earlier. (Yes, I took two CRC shirts to the hospital. I packed at the last minute. It just happened that way.)

Angela, our birth companion for Sylvia's entry into the world, came back for round two. I can't begin to say how much her presence and support meant to us. Thank you again, Angela.

Mommy and Willa getting some necessary rest. Willa seems to be a pretty laid back soul. She took to breastfeeding immediately after the birth. She's alert and looks around a lot, studying her surroundings, trying to figure out who all these weird people are. It only gets stranger from here, kid!

Thanks to all our friends for the well-wishes and support. I've slept a couple of hours in the past two days. I'm headed off to bed. I'll be sure to post more annoying "friends holding the new baby" shots tomorrow. Nighty-night!


Jim Thill said...


Snakebite said...

Congratulations to everyone!

pj said...

Congrats! Good luck to you and the family.

snackeyp said...

Congrats John & April!

mark said...

Great to hear. Hopefully April gets a bit of time to rest, she certainly deserves it.

The Dude [LFoaB] said...

New Baby, New Life, New Things, New Joy, New Gifts, New Experiences, New Diapers, New Poop...

Joyous: all of it [well, most of it].

Blessings to you and your wife on Your new life.


Megan said...

Sweet! I knew it was a girl! Awesome name. Congratulations!

Andy said...

Dude, she kinda looks like Seth Nesselhuf. I mean, I'm sorry...but it's just the way of the world.

Only 10 more to go.

Congratulations, John and April. Best wishes from Pamela and I.