Welcome Cooper!Posted: September 22, 2008
Welcome Cooper Brandon Foley! Cooper entered the world today at 3:28 am on his mom’s birthday (and right on his due date)! Cooper is 7 lbs 8.6 oz and 20 inches long. We have posted pictures of Cooper and his family right after his birth on our photos page.
Susanne and I spent most of the day yesterday without realizing that she was going into labor. We slept in and then went for an hour and a half walk. Then we came home, made a nice breakfast, and cleaned the condo a little bit. Susanne was feeling some contractions throughout the day but we didn’t know if it was false labor or the real thing. We went for another, shorter walk in the evening and then the contractions started getting slightly stronger – we still weren’t sure if it was real labor yet.
Susanne’s parents gave her a gift card to Macaroni Grill for her birthday, so we ordered some curbside to go pasta and ate it at home. She couldn’t finish eating before the contractions got too strong for her to want to eat. Shortly after dinner, we decided we should start charting the contractions only to find out that Susanne was having contractions every 5 minutes around 8pm. We called our parents and our doula, Jen, and before you knew it Susanne was having contractions every 2-3 minutes so we decided to head to the hospital. When we arrived at the hopsital at 11:30pm, Susanne was 5cm dilated and 100% effaced. By 2am Susanne was fully dilated and starting to push. The pushing did not last too long – an hour and a half. So Cooper was born at 3:28am over Texas soil (in a baggie under the bed – sent from my mom – yes, Cooper is as close as you can get to a native Texan!).
Mom, Dad, and baby are doing well. We expect to stay at the hospital until Wednesday when we will head home to start our new life as a family of three. We cannot wait to show off our cute little bundle of joy. He has a full head of hair and could not be any cuter!