Thursday, January 26, 2012

Welcome, Paul David, on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Things went very well for the three of us at St. John's Hospital. We couldn't have asked for more caring and attentive helpers! And now Paul's doing lovely and (seems to be) enjoying his new, little life with us!

After the two days with contractions at home, we finally called Dr. Anderson on Wednesday morning at 3am to say that things were progressed enough to come in - that 5-1-1 rule. We arrived at the hospital and settled in at 4am. Contractions continued all the way through until 1pm, almost far enough along to push, when Dr. Anderson decided to break the water. Then things developed quicker than they had for the next two hours, when little Paul decided he wanted out at about 3pm. He arrived at 4:50pm, bright red and healthy, and the next few hours were a blur of emotions, learning, bonding, and reenergizing. Paul's slept well, eaten well, and slept well some more.

Now, Thursday, Paul's first full day, is sunny, snowy, and let's not forget that this little half-Aussie, half-American baby boy was born (in Australian time, anyway...) on Australia Day - Jan 26th =). So, we're celebrating Australia Day MN-style, looking out from the hospital suite to a white landscape.

Welcome, Paul! We love you already =).
First photo:
First bath:
First snuggle with Daddy:

First Knoll family photo:
Home at last:


  1. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyy!!! I wanna reaaddd to him and snuggle and smooch him and make him listen to the current. Hey, i just realized Paul is a member of MPR... hahaha

    1. I scanned the MPR member card, but I can't insert a photo. It says "Baby Knoll" =). Thank you!

  2. SO excited!!!! Thank so much for the blog update. It has been so wonderful (and such a a treat!)being able to keep up with you, Dylan and Paul for the last 9 months. I can't wait to read more posts in the future about all of baby Paul's adventures!

  3. Congratulations! Lovely news. So glad you are all safe and well. Well done to Michelle for labouring for so long, and well done to Dylan too for being there and supporting. Good work team!
    Happy recovering Michelle, glad to hear you are being well cared for-you deserve it!
    Blessings and joy to all,
    Shelley, Timshel, Reuben and Grace.

  4. Huge congratulations from us, what lovely Aussie day news!!

  5. Wow! How exciting ... He is so small and awkward looking, but you both look very relaxed and happy and comfortable with the little man! He has a big Braud mouth!! And such dark eyes.
    You must be so proud and happy, and are well on the way to being super parents!
    Three cheers for you both! Hip hip hooray!

    Love Shalome and Fehraz xx

  6. Hey old friend! Congrats on your little boy. SO exciting! Enjoy these first weeks with your family of three and welcome to the world of parenting. "The days are long but the years are short" =)

  7. I don't know why i just looked @ Pea's site now.. i haven't seen these photos yet! <3 themmmmmmm IMMA SNUGGLE PAULLLLLL