Special Delivery

Rex Aristide was born on Friday morning. He weighed in at a whopping nine pounds, three ounces and I can’t say that I’m surprised–in the end I FELT like I was lugging around a small anvil.

Man looking at baby in hospital crib

Checking out our new man’s generous cheeks.

His name is a combination of things important to Hubby and I, but also a departure in some ways. Rex is the first non-family name we’ve used, but we thought it sounded right with the other three. Aristide is a very old family name that was used by early immigrants in Hubby’s family in the late 1700s. We thought it sounded nice with Rex and I loved the meaning: One of the good ones. I thought that was the perfect moniker for a little guy joining a great big mess of a family.


So, that’s the scoop. I would like to make a moment to recognize the many, many milestones that my family achieved this week:

  • This was our first child to arrive at the scheduled time.
  • This was the first child to leave the hospital at the same time as me.
  • First child to be breast fed.
  • First child to be walked out of the delivery room by my husband.
  • First child allowed to be in my hospital room and held by visitors.
  • First child in the nursery and not the NICU (look, ma, no tubes!)

While the twins birth was a huge improvement over Charlie’s, I don’t think I ever thought I’d have a simple delivery. In the back of my mind I’ve been waiting for them to find something, or for something to go wrong. My parents said the same thing as we sat talking in my recovery room. I have learned to handle a lot with regards birthing children, and I think I could have done it again if I had to. I’m really glad I didn’t, though. This was a new experience for this family, and a pretty great one at that.

woman holding new baby in hospital bed

Note: I don’t have a picture like this with any of my other children.

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  1. Oh Katy, your list of milestones brought tears to my eyes. My 1st two babies were away from me, so I remember cherishing the last two “normal” experiences. Knowing everything you’ve been through, I can only imagine how precious your recent experience has been. I’m so glad that you had a plain ol’ joyful birth and got to bond more this time around :) Congratulations!

  2. I’m SO happy for you. It was your turn for simplicity. Congratulations. :)

  3. Congratulations!! He is gorgeous!!

  4. Your note on that last photo says it all. CONGRATULATIONS.

  5. Katy

    He is beautiful! So glad he came home with you to meet his brothers!

  6. He is so handsome and so big!
    I’m very happy for all these firsts.
    Kiss your littlest man lovely cheeks for me!

  7. Congratulations to you all! Rex is so beautiful. I totally understand your happiness regarding a less complicated birthing adventure. I love that you got to hold him in your hospital bed.

  8. CONGRATS!!!! So so very happy for all of you. I am so excited that you were able to do so many things with Rex already that you were not able to do with the others. Can’t wait to watch him grow as we have the others!

  9. Love!! So glad you had a great experience!!

  10. SO WONDERFUL! And what a cutie Rex is–all that hair! Congratulations. And I’m so glad you got to experience all those firsts with him. Amen!
    d xo

  11. Katy,
    This had me in tears. I am so hoping that I will get to experience all of these firsts in 6 weeks! Congrats, he is absolutely gorgeous – but of course we knew he would be with his 3 handsome brothers 😉

  12. he is beautiful! So glad you had an uneventful birth!

  13. That is a WONDERFUL story. He’s adorable, as are you.

  14. Wonderful! Congratulations! I’ve been anxiously awaiting this post. So heartened to see you and BEAUTIFUL baby Rex together and doing well.

  15. Love the name!

  16. amen!

  17. than the Lord = amen!

  18. YAY! He is so cute Katy! and all that hair is gorgeous. YOu look amazing and I am thrilled for you all. What a lovely family you have! Congrats, mama!


  19. OOOH! Congratulations! He’s already smiling! he’s happy to be joining such a wonderful family! So glad you had an uneventful delivery and healthy baby!

  20. I just got chills reading this. I’m so thankful for you to have that photo and an experience like this, Katy. He’s adorable and he is a part of an amazing and beautiful family. XOXO

  21. Love this. So happy to welcome fabulous Rex!

    Here’s to boring birth stories :)

  22. KATY he is beautiful! Love the name! Congratulations to you and your family! love your list of milestones…so much joy. Hope you and your boys rest well!!

  23. Oh Katy!! I am so thrilled for you. I admire you and your beautiful family of BOYS!! so very much. Congratulations. This is perfectly wonderful.

  24. Hey there lil’ big guy! I have a student named Rex and he is seriously awesome, so mazel tov on the new boy and the AWESOME name!

  25. Melissa says:

    I’m so happy for you!! What a beautiful picture of baby and mama. I started following you soon after my third child was diagnosed as being paralysed from the chest down and I was looking for equipment and fell in love with you and your family. Congratulations on your healthy birth and on being such a champion all around. :)

  26. Congratulations again on the handsome new addition to your family! I love his name :)

  27. Paulette says:

    Yay!!! Enjoy your time with your new guy and I hope you have lots (and lots and lots) of help! Thankful that it went well for all of you!

  28. Great news! Very excited for your journey.

  29. Congratulations to you and your whole (ginormous) family!!! Rex is gorgeous!

  30. He is BEAUTIFUL! I love the name Rex with all of my heart.

  31. Congratulations! SO happy for you. I remember feeling like this when my daughter was born (after a very traumatic birth with my son and almost instantaneous diagnosis of a major birth defect)…”Ah ha! So this is what it’s supposed to be like!” THIS is what all the fuss is about.
    All the best to you and your beautiful family.

  32. Barbara says:


  33. Wonderful. Simply wonderful.

  34. And he is a full on week today!!! YAY!
    I am so happy for you that my heart is beaming!
    Big ((hugs))

  35. Congrats to you and the family Katy! I’m so glad that everything went well. You are such an inspiration to other moms!

  36. Congratulations! What a beautiful baby boy! So happy all went well and you and Rex were able to head home together. You have one gorgeous brood of boys!

  37. Congrats Katy! You are really outnumbered 5 – 1 now! Join the club. I have 4 sons as well.Adian is 10 and has colitis,epilepsy,colitis,autism,sensory processing disorder and cerebal palsy.Bryan,Colin and Dylan are 5.

  38. Katy, this made me teary-eyed. So, so happy for you and your list of milestones. Typing this with my almost-6-week-old on my chest and I, too, was able to have an uneventful birth experience. I know how amazing that feels after experiencing such trauma during birth. I’m just so overjoyed for you, having just experienced that myself. You and I now have two kids close in age (except you managed to have twins between! I bow to you!). Congrats to the whole family…you have four awesomely cute boys!

  39. Yay, Katy!!! He is beautiful and so are you. I am so thrilled for you and your brood of boys. Congrats, again!

  40. I am so happy for you to have experienced this sorta delivery… one without all the hubbub. I love his name!!! Very Regal.

    He is beautiful!! Next time can we shoot for a girl?

  41. Congratulations! Such a beautiful boy with head full of hair!!! (can you say gas anyone??? lol)

  42. This might be my favorite thing ever! And Rex? I LOOOVE it.