Hello, Finley!

It’s strange but true: I spent Labor Day 2015 actually in labor! All day on Monday I had intense contractions, and then at night they got even closer together. We checked into the triage area at Iowa Methodist in downtown Des Moines around midnight, and for a moment we thought we’d get turned away because I wasn’t far enough along and the contractions stalled. But then after an hour of walking around the hospital (while Levi slept in the car) I was dilated enough to be admitted with painful contractions spaced a few minutes apart. Go time!

In the actual delivery room, I labored for about six hours and then we finally met Finley. Our newest treasure, Finley Charles Byers, was born at 8:40 a.m., weighing 6 lbs., 15 oz. and measuring 19.5 inches long. We were also incredibly lucky to have one of our team of midwives at the ready, and Sea did a fantastic job coaching and delivering our new bundle of joy.

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The only thing we’re waiting on now is for Finley to catch up on his breathing and eating habits. We got some quality time with him after the birth, but just when we thought we’d get away scot-free with a standard labor story, he mixed things up. It seems he inhaled some amniotic fluid on his way into the world, so he got a new room in the NICU where he is currently being monitored. He looks fantastic (like a second Isaac!) and we’re hopeful that we’ll all be home by this weekend.

We’ll let you know what Isaac thinks when he finally meets his little brother. Prepare for cute pic overload!

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3 thoughts on “Hello, Finley!

  1. Laura and Levi ,
    Congratulations !!!! Beautiful and healthy baby you have. What a trooper you are for walking all over the parking lot while he sleeps. That was funny!!! I will assume the girls might take a trip to visit you. But if they can’t because of their schedule , I will need your address to send something….

    Love Jane and Ron

  2. Congrats to both of you. And Isaac too! Did anyone guess the exact date of Finley’s birth? I was only off by two days. If I had gotten all my guesses right, would you like to know the name I would have chosen? I know you do. Drumroll please………Jesus (pronounced in the Spanish way) Mohammed. Wouldn’t you too have loved that one?! I guess Finley Charles is acceptable. 🙂
    We’ll be down very soon to see him. We’re out of town this weekend, but maybe the next weekend? I’ll call you soon.

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