Tuesday, February 3, 2009

William Leon

We're thrilled to announce the arrival of the newest Johnston Kid. William Leon was born at home on January 30th after about 45 minutes of labor. He weighed in at eight pounds, two ounces.

We had planned to deliver at home, with a midwife, which is how Margaret was born. I had a fast labor with Margaret as well (2.5 hours) and had always joked that I was glad we'd planned a home birth because she would have been born at home no matter what. But she took her time coming in comparison to this guy and I really don't think I would have made it to the hospital with William. My midwife lives right next to the hospital, in fact, and she didn't make it to me in time for the birth. Eric caught little William and other than both of us getting a little chilled there were no complications with this birth. I'm doing much better and recovering much faster than after Margaret's birth.

I've gotten the feeling from a few of you that you want to see pictures of our newest arrival. We're doing our best but, as you can imagine, life is a bit full right now. We took many pictures the day of the birth but these were the only two that were both clear and blog-appropriate. We will look for opportunities to photograph the little guy in the coming days.

William does not look at all like Margaret and Joseph. They were both born with full heads of black hair and were wide-eyed from birth. William has a trace of blond fuzz on a big round head and he doesn't open his eyes much. He was two weeks early and is acting it--he sleeps pretty much all the time. His temperament so far is very easy-going which is probably why I'm feeling as well as I am. He sleeps for a long stretch at night and naps well on his own during the day. He doesn't fuss much.

The older siblings are loving him to pieces. They both want to hold him and kiss him and snuggle him and sing to him and give him toys pretty much non stop. We'll see how they adjust in the long term but I think everyone agrees that William is a great addition to our family.


11 comments:

Beautifully Dunn Photography said...

YAY!!! Pictures! Joseph looks so proud! Adorable, can't wait to meet him :o) Love you all

Lauren said...

Congratulations Susan! You look wonderful and so does William! I love your big family!

ginger said...

Congratulations! I'm so glad you got the "just the two of you" experience. What a blast!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations you guys!! 45 minute labor??? You are truly blessed. Miss you all. Love the shot if Joseph in scrubs! So cute. Love john & Lauren

By The Time I count to 3 said...

Congratulations Johnstons!!!!! We are thrilled to hear about the safe arrival of William!
Hopefully William will continue being as easy going boy so the transition to three is smooth:)
All the best!

Aliadelaide said...

Wonderful news, what a gorgeous baby boy, thanks for sharing pictures. Enjoy, our youngest who nearly was a home-birth is 7,it flys by so quickly!

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations! Beautiful pics.

Anonymous said...

congrats!! it looks like big brother wore his scrubs for the occasion!!;)
LisaR in Peoria

Anna said...

Hi !!! I love the pictures!!!! Congratulations to you all!!! Pray for the transition time for all of you! Still praying for the job as well! Blessings Anna and Peter

melanie said...

Susan,

Congratulations! I'm glad to hear the birth was fast and you are recovering well. Between our family's "girl-boy-girl on the way" scenario, perhaps we should look into an arranged marriage with your kids in the future!

Miss having such like-mindedness around...

=), melanie

karine said...

Ok. So I'm a little late, just checking through blogs tonight! It's now the end of October but I wanted to say "wow" must have been exciting to have just the two of you at the birth! No chance that would happen to me, my third (born Aug 30th, had a huge head and weighed in at 11 lbs 2 ) it took longer to push him out than Oliver!
The kids all look great, we miss you guys! Karine