What we did and when we did it. Sometimes.

What we did and when we did it. Sometimes. People, places and events to remember.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Introducing ...

Benjamin Paul Tomai
born July 30, 2011
2:11 a.m.
7 lbs, 4 oz
20 1/2 inches

I'll probably try to write up his birth story in the next couple of days. This was my quickest labor and easiest delivery by far - even though Emmett was out of town and missed the birth. Can you believe it? :)

Ben is a delight! Corrie and Evan can't stop giving him kisses or patting him or asking to hold him - and he seems to enjoy their company just as much. He's breastfeeding pretty well - he's a sleepy baby, so sometimes it's hard to wake him up for a feeding. He and I are finding our groove.

Ben has many of the clinical markers for Down Syndrome. We're expecting to get the official confirmation and diagnosis sometime in the next week. In the meantime, he received all sorts of tests at the hospital and now has appointments with a couple of specialists. The biggest concern right now is that he has a large ASD (atrial septal defect) - a hole between the two atria of the heart. We'll start addressing that with medicine, and then consider surgery when he's a little bigger (4-12 months old).

We're so glad that Ben is a part of our family. Right now, we're especially glad to be home from the hospital, so we can start doing life as a family of 5.


  1. You have a precious new baby to love and you are blessed! I will be praying for little Ben, you and Emmett through all of the tests and beyond. Love you!

  2. Can't imagine Ben being blessed with better parents. How special you are to be picked to raise him. I've seen my miracle and I'm happy you are a mom that will get to experience that too. Praying for you all and CONGRATULATIONS to ALL of you!

  3. He is a beautiful baby and he is blessed to be born into your family. I look forward to meeting him. I will continue to remember you and Emmett and the kids in prayer.

    Uncle Bert

  4. What a beautiful baby! And a beautiful post. Thanks for introducing us to Ben. We can't wait to see all the good plans God has for him!

  5. He is adorable! Wishing you all the best and hope to meet him soon.