Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Baby Graham is here!

We are so excited to announce the arrival of our newest bundle of joy, Graham Hinckley Michaelis. The short of it is he was born on April 6 (5 days overdue) at 2:11 a.m. (*we have yet to EVER have had a child during the daylight hours!). He tied Nathan for our smallest baby yet at 8 lbs. 10 oz and 20 3/4" long. He is healthy and beautiful and both mom and baby are doing great.

You now have the choice to just scoll down to the photos of Graham or read on for details of the birth story. Kinda like one of those chose your own ending books. So exciting!
Monday morning at 3ish a.m. Matt and I headed into the hospital with contractions 6 minutes apart. I was crushed when they checked me and I was still only at a 1! They offered to let us walk around for an hour and then recheck before sending us packing. We did so, but it was obviously by the end of the hour the contractions weren't increasing so, as we thought, we were sent home around 6 (it amazed us how long it took them to send us home!).
Monday was a rough day, as the contractions were still strong but only 10 minutes apart...all...stinkin'...day...long! The same thing actually happened with Luke, so it shouldn't have surprised me. But, finally an hour after we went to bed, I decided it was real enough to wake my sleep deprived husband and have him take me to the hospital. Again.


This time I checked in dilated to a 7 and they told me I was definitely staying. Two and a half hours after arrival, out came baby Graham! Matt and I actually laughed looking back on the end of my delivery in that they gave me the go ahead to push, and then left the room! I am sure they were getting things ready, but Matt was motified to see a head and only the floor beneath it to catch it's fall! Luckily, everyone finally got their act together and things turned out fine.



We were so blessed to have my sister here to help with the kids (more details on her visit to come) and have had so many friends pitch in as well to help with the transition. Thank you! Also, my superhero husband took the kids away on a trip as I recovered, which was just amazing and I will gush about that in another post. But, for now, no more delaying - on to the pictures!!

Graham minutes after arrival! Yes, Nathan and Luke were also born with that dark hair...it sadly falls out and then after the awkward half-bald stage they turn out blondies.



The proud (though incredibly sleep deprived) dad of four boys!



A family of 6 - wow, it's crazy to think we have FOUR kids.



Each boy wanted to take their turn holding Graham and everyone seemed excited about his arrival. Carter is singing head, shoulders, knees, and toes, making sure we didn't get gyped any important parts!



Some close up views...





The boys can't keep their hands off him, in a loving way, and I love how this picture captures that as Carter couldn't resist reaching in and touching him while I was taking pictures.








Of all the kids, Carter is probably the most captivated with his new baby. He can't wait to touch him, hold him, and see him every morning. Carter, I am finding, has a soft spot for babies and animals, which is a very sweet side to my little firecracker kiddo.




Finally, to answer the question I know you all have: who does he look like? Well, to me he just looks like "his brothers", but I will let you determine yourself. In order, here are two pictures of each boy, ending with Graham. What do you think?

19 comments:

S and C said...

We're so happy for you! Congratulations on your sweet new arrival. Can't wait to meet him!

Melanie said...

Hmmm, I agree. He looks like his brothers. I can hardly tell them all apart! Congrats Autumn and Matt! Four kids just like that. Were our parents this quick?

Aubrey said...

Here is my official comment to show I actually leave them. The picture of Carter and Graham is priceless. The end

Christine said...

YEAH! We are so happy that cute little Graham is here1 I LOVE that name and he is just darling. I think he looks like Luke for sure! But how sweet that Carter is so captivated by him. I hope you are doing ok with 4 boys and I hope to stop in soon and take a peek of the little one. Love ya!

Hani and Amanda said...

He is absolutely precious!!! Congratulations!

Kristi said...

He is so cute. He already looks so alert. To me he looks the most like Luke. You two really have a cookie cutter thing going on.
I love the name too. I am sure he will fit right in with your pack of boys.
Glad to hear that you are all doing so great.

Brandan and Becky said...

Beautiful, beautiful baby. So glad he's here safe and sound. You look terrific.

Megan said...

Wow! What a beautiful boy! I am so happy for you and I can't wait to meet sweet Graham!

Aaron and Emily said...

He is adorable. I can't believe they all left when you were pushing. That's so weird. But I am glad everything turned out all right!

Kari said...

So cute, it makes me baby hungry!!

The Florist said...

Darling! Love the pics of the big brothers looking upon his sweet little face.

April said...

Congratulations!! Four days over due, I don't know how you survived. He is a beautiful baby.

In just a few months, we will be joining you with four kids in tow.(If it is four boys or three boys and a girl is to be determined.)

I just hope I look as good as you do after giving birth! (All of our so far have been born in the middle of the night as well.)

I also love that both our Carter's are the wildest of the bunch!

Horray for the fabulous Michaelis family!

lisa said...

oh autumn, he's beautiful!! congratulations on such sweet little one :)

Amanda Mallett said...

I cannot believe how many pictures with open eyes you got! I agree that he looks like Luke the most to me. I can't believe you were only a 1 when they checked you the first night - weren't you the woman that walked around at a 5 or 6 with other pregnancies?
Congratulations!

Megan said...

Congratulations!!! He is adorable. Glad you are both doing well.

Jenelle said...

Congratulations! We are so happy you and Graham are healthy and home. And that you have help!!! We can't wait to meet this newest addition!

Jacki said...

Congratulations! I am so excited for you!!!

Shannon said...

Congrats, Matt and Autumn! He's beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Oh My!! What a handsome little man!! I remember Lukie being a baby... I'm so happy for your awesome family! Miss youall :-)