The Baby of a Hero

by Birth Without Fear on November 11, 2011

“My husband Nick was killed in Afghanistan in September (and I wrote to you). I am pleased to finally be able to tell you that our son, Nicholas Tank, was born yesterday (42 weeks 3 days gestation) at 10:23 am. This was after a speedy 5 hours of labor, the first two of which I wasn’t really sure I was in labor, because it felt so different from my daughter’s.

He weighs 7 lbs 12 oz and is 22″. Much bigger than I expected! It is an amazing story that I’m sure he’ll be thrilled to hear one day. He was born about 10 minutes after we arrived at the birth center and almost delivered into the toilet. I felt like I had to pee, sat down and my water broke with his head immediately following. I was able to stand, but not walk, therefore I was holding onto the walls during delivery. The midwife caught him and handed him to me.

I noticed right away that he had my coloring and his dad’s big hands, but I didn’t know he was a boy until we walked to the bed a few minutes later. It was so intense and amazing! We are home snuggling and nursing and I feel pretty darn good.

Thank you to the BWF community for your thoughts and encouragement. I think Nick’s influence was in the fact that labor was so speedy and exciting. Today we took a picture of me, my mom, my daughter and baby Tankā€¦ there is a white auro near my head that I know is Nick being next to us. It’s our first whole family picture.

The name Tank is also Nick’s influence, he always said if we had a boy we’d have to name him Tank and this baby’s nickname has been that ever since so I had to make it his middle name!” ~Tasha

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