Welcome to the world, Rodrick Demon! Java's c-section went well, all things considered. Rodrick is teeny tiny (weighed in as expected at 2lbs, 3oz) but thriving. Java is being treated aggressively with steroids (among other meds) and hopefully will have the blood pressure problem under control at some point today. I should point out that I have not found out if Rodrick's middle name will be pronounced as if he really is Satan spawn or in a different manner, such as "deh-mohn". Java's brother was the one passing on the info, so I won't know for sure until later.
Another big welcome to the world goes out to Charles David. Woohoo, you are finally here! Proud mamas Estelle & Jean have a big baby boy. Charles incubated way past his due date, deciding to stay in J's warm womb for a whopping 42 weeks and 4 days before making his way into the world yesterday. He weighs much more than Rodrick, tipping the scales at 11lbs, 6oz. You can read all about him at Estelle's blog.
Your lives are changed forever with the births of your first children. Your adventures have begun and you have instantly all transitioned from being not only women, not only mothers but teachers as well. To paraphrase an old quote, what you whisper while rocking your baby will take them through life. Just as your son is the center of your universe, you are the center of his. What an awesome privilege to be a mother. Congratulations!
"A mother laughs our laughter,
Sheds our tears,
Returns our love,
Fears our fears.
She lives our joys,
Cares our cares,
And all our hopes and dreams she shares."