4.25.2008

He's here and he has a name!


Jace Bradley Stoddard

April 23, 2008
7:21 am
8 lbs, 9 oz
21 inches


Tuesday around 5 pm, I started timing the contractions because I could tell they were pretty consistent and getting stronger. Brad and I walked around the block a few times and timed the contractions until midnight when we finally went to the hospital. Grandma Stoddard came over to stay with Cohen at our house. Brad was so skeptical, even though the contractions were about 4 minutes apart and increasing in intensity. He was sure they were going to send us home but I knew otherwise. They admitted us about 1 am and gave me the epidural by 2:30 am. The nurses thought it was funny how much the baby moved in my tummy. They couldn’t keep the heart rate monitor on him. Dr. Beck finally came around 6:45 am and broke my water. Jace was born in less than 5 minutes, after only 6 pushes.


Before he was fully born, the doctor commented on how much hair he had. It initially looked really strawberry blonde but looked more golden after his bath. There are some similarities to Cohen but he definitely has his own look. He is 9 oz heavier and 2” longer than Cohen at birth. We are surprised how big his hands are! Not just long fingers but really big "Wolfington" hands for such a tiny body! He was so calm right from the beginning, which was surprising considering how active he had been in my belly. He didn’t cry much at all even when the nurses messed with him.


As we were leaving the hospital, they told us that Jace failed the hearing test twice. They told us not to worry about it because he had just been circumcised an hour before and so he was really groggy. It’s also possible that he has lots of fluid in his ears, which is believable considering the ear issues we've had with Cohen. We're trying not to worry but it is a lingering thought in our minds. We have talked about the possibility of raising a child who cant hear and we have decided that there are much worse things. We talked about how limitations like that can really bring a family together, making siblings look out for each other and be more accepting of disabilities in general. We feel peaceful about it and are so grateful for how perfect and wonderful both of our boys are. Jace's hearing will be re-tested within the week.

25 comments:

Leah said...

YIPEE!! Can't wait to see him!! I love the name too!!! YAY!!!

Jennie said...

CONGRATS!!! I love the name! What a BIG BOY too! Can't wait to see pics! Hope you're recovering well.

Lauren said...

Congratulations Jill... can't wait to see some pictures. Hope you're all doing great!

Marie said...

Congratulations, Brad & Jill! We're so excited for you guys!

Abbie said...

Yea! Congratulations.

The Blakes said...

Congrats! Hope everyone is happy and healthy!

Auburn said...

Yeah! We just had a playdate at my house with Linz, Court and Kate, and you were missed. Can't wait until you are ready to venture out with Cohen and Jace (doesn't it seem super scary at this point?) I did take the two munchkins to the grocery store by myself this week, AND on a run, so it's doable ;o)

stephanie said...

we can't wait to see him!

Courtney said...

Oh so cute!! He looks just like Cohen to me...I can't wait to see him and see how you are doing!

A Letter To Kayleen said...

congrats! (love the name.)

little brothers are the best.

Melissa and Craig said...

How fun! Congrats, the long wait is over!! I love his name!

onehm said...

YAY!! Great job, Mama!

M. G. said...

Jill, he has Dylan's mouth. So does that mean he has Trevor's mouth? I saw it in both pictures. WOW. Soooo cute. Can't see his hair real well, is it light or dark? Way to go, 2 down ? more to go.

Meagan said...

That is such a tender picture of Cohen holding him. So cute!

Andrea said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! He is a CUTIE!!!

Can't wait to see more!!

Hope you're all feeling well :)

Jourdan said...

ohhh, so fun! Congrats you guys! Cohen is going to have a blast!

Great name! And how does your hair look so fantastic!?

Leah said...

Very cute! And I would love to take some pics of your new guy..the sooner the better....call me when you feel up to it!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jill and Brad. What a beautiful little man. He looks like Cohen did when he was new born. You look beautiful too. How do you do it? We love the name. Take good care. Cohen looks like a seasoned big brother already. Love you all.

Wolfingtons said...

What a cutie. Can't wait to hold him.

vegas WOLFINGTON said...

You had that ace of a name in you sleeve this entire time... I knew it. Your "we don't know any names" bit was calculated stratagem!

Good looking kid. Congratulations Sis.

stephanie said...

oh! he is so cute! love that big brother hug, too

melmck said...

congrats! hope all is going well!

Raysha said...

Congrats! He's a beautiful baby boy.

cj noble said...

JILL CONGRATS!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE THE NAME! JACE...THAT'S HOT, HE'S GONNA BE A BIG STUD! I LOVE THE PIC OF YOU, COHEN, AND JACE IN THE HOSPITAL BED, SO SO SWEET! CONGRATS ON YOUR NEW BUNDLE OF JOY, HE LOOKS SO SWEET AND YUMMY!

Lyndsay said...

He's a big boy! Congrats-- he is so precious!!