Thursday, June 14, 2007

He is finally here!!!

What a beautiful and precious little baby boy God has blessed us with!!! Camden Zachary Novak was born 7 pounds 10 ounces and 21 1/2 inches long...we don't know where he gets his height. He was born at 4:29 a.m. June 13, 2007. He has his mom's ears and his dad's cowlicks. His mother and I have fallen head over heels in love with him already!!

Let me just tell you absolutley amazing a woman my wife is. She was so determined and confident and relaxed through, in my eyes, some of the most unmatchable pain I can imagine. Even during painful contractions where she was unable to speak, she was an angel still saying "please and thank you" to those helping her after the contraction was finished. I put her name up for cannonization for sainthood with my connections at the Vatican. She began her induction at 7:00 a.m Tuesday morning and began having painful contractions at 3:00 p.m. She endured those progressivley stronger contractions for 9 hours before finally receiving an epidural at midnight when she was 6cm dialated and 100% effaced.

Family friend, Maureen Lyon was Hillary's Doula and was an pillar of strength and source of calmness for her and I both during the labor. Camden was handling all of the excitment with stride and his heart rate was strong and in the perfect range; however, after about 2 hours on the epidural Cam's heart rate shot up to over 180 beats per minute and Hillary started to have a fever. The nursing staff tried to lower his HR with oxygen, turning Hillary, shutting off the Pitocin (which was set at 26 mL/hr which is 6mL higher than typical)...none of these meaures helped. Hill was re-checked and was about 8-9 cm dialted and the doctor was called. The OB arrived and said let's not wait any longer, let's get him out of there. Within minutes, we were rushed into the OR for an immediate C-section because he was in distress. So, after all of enduring labor, Hillary ended up with a C-section and both her and Cam are doing fabulously. He is so perfect we just wanted to share this with everyone we knew and thank them for all of their prayers during this stressful and scary labor. The power of prayer is untouchable. We love you and thank you all. MANY MORE pics and update to follow!!!!!

11 comments:

John and Sue Anderson said...

We just want to say congratulations on your new little baby boy, it is such a huge blessing and miracle when the new life arrives. No matter how much pain you go through when they arrive it is such a wonderful feeling and one that you can never replace. We are so thankful you are recovering and doing well after the delivery. Please if you need anything don't hesitate to let us know. Congratulations again and we look forward to meeting your new baby boy.

Love,
John, Sue and Hailey Anderson

Team Heuer said...

Congrats to all three of you! Camden looks perfect! Hillary, you are beautiful!!! What a precious miracle you have!

Karen said...

Woooohooooo! It's about time! Congratulations guys. We can't wait to see him Sunday at Joel's first Fathers Day.

~matt, karen and daniel

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Justin and Kate said...

He is so precious!!! We are so glad he is finally here! We are so happy that everyone is doing great!!! Can't wait to see everyone again!!! We love all 3 of you!!!!

Cousin Justin and Cousin Katlyn!!!!

Shane said...

Congratulations! We are so happy for you guys. Cam is a wonderful and precious little boy. We can't wait to meet him!! We love you guys!

The Hodges said...

OH MY GOSH, I am getting weepy! Cam is so beautiful and Hillary....you shouldn't look so cute after just having a baby!!! :) oh my gosh we wish we could be there, SOOo much, i know i've said that alot but it's all I can think right now! he's so handsome, we can't wait to see you three this fall (that seems like forever away!!!!!) we can't wait though!!!! Congrats again....we love you so much and are SOOO happy for you guys. SOO happy. we love you, love jess brent and mason

The Hodges said...

OH MY GOSH, I am getting weepy! Cam is so beautiful and Hillary....you shouldn't look so cute after just having a baby!!! :) oh my gosh we wish we could be there, SOOo much, i know i've said that alot but it's all I can think right now! he's so handsome, we can't wait to see you three this fall (that seems like forever away!!!!!) we can't wait though!!!! Congrats again....we love you so much and are SOOO happy for you guys. SOO happy. we love you, love jess brent and mason

Debby said...

Congratulations to you both! Camden reminds me so much of you "go go" and he is so 'pretty' Hill is a sure thing too. I even teared up a couple of times, today especially, just watching you both as you listened intently at both your Pediatrician and your OB preparing all of you to be released home to begin the real journey. I look forward to watching Camden grow.

Misty and Dan are so very lucky to have this precious one as their first grandbaby. Congrats to all!

We love you.

Aunt Debby and (Uncle Ervin too)

Kelley said...

Because it is you, little Camden Zachary, that is unique and will bring something special to this world, so void of that very thing.

Congratulations!

jeanne said...

Congratulations Hillary and Joel! What troopers!! Hill you are one tough cookie! COngrats on getting through it and on your gorgeous little guy:) Hope you guys are getting some well deserved rest and my prayers are with you as celebrate this new cutie in your life!!! Love you guys!
Best, Jeanne

The Novaks...

Camden loves to smile, laugh, and be a busy boy. Kendall has her daddy right where she wants him!!