I should have made this post much sooner, but I have been really busy. Nathan and I are so incredibly excited to announce the birth of our son, Owen Bentley Rachul!!! He was born on January 19th at 3:09 am! He is perfect in every way and is the absolute cutest boy in the whole world! (I may be a little biased.) We are so in love with this little bundle and can't help but exclaim how cute he is every day!
Owen Weighed 6 pounds and 9 ounces and was 20 inches long. I began having contractions at three-thirty am on January 18th and so we went into the hospital at six. I was sent back home at nine since nothing seemed to be progressing. In fact I was told by the doctor that it could be another week until baby arrived. I was determined that this child was coming sooner so I went for lunch with my mother, sister, and niece and then I went and walked every aisle of Walmart. This is where my contractions got stronger and every time I got one, it seemed that I would meet up with a friend. Just so everyone understands, no one was aware that I was in labour so it was difficult to hide this during my discussions in the store. When I got home I called the hospital to see if I should come back. I was encouraged to and so Nathan and I made the trip back to the hospital at five in the afternoon. When I got there the nurse checked my progress and found that things were slowly happening so I was given the choice to stay or leave. I chose to stay since I wasn't willing to come back a third time that day. At ten in the evening I got my epidural (best thing ever!) and at midnight I had dilated to eight centimeters. At one I began pushing and at nine minutes after three Owen entered this world screaming at the top of his lungs. This was the best sound that I have ever heard! Nathan immediately exclaimed that he was a boy and that he needed a dirtbike! I told him the dirtbike could wait and cried in relief at Owen's beauty.
As soon as everything was cleaned up we called our parents. Nathan began his conversation at four in the morning by asking our parents how they were and if they would like to go out for coffee. Then he shared our exciting news and a few hours later we were visiting with family and friends.
In the last week we have seen so many changes in Owen. He has grown so much already and is developing his personality. We are beginning to develop a routine and are falling more in love with him every day. He looked just like Mason when he was born. He has many of Nathan's facial features and my fingers and legs. He loves to eat and always wants to help us hold his bottle. We are so very blessed and are enjoying every moment with him. God has given us a gift that we are very honoured to take care of!