Friday, June 23, 2006

This Just In: Baby Harry Is Here!

This is one of Harry's first pictures. He was about 15 minutes old. Harrison Benjamin was born on Wednesday, June 14th at 8:40 am. He weighed in at 6 pounds, 4 ounces, and he was 18 inches long.

Here's Harry with Grandma Lynne.

Here's Harry with Grandma Karen.

Here is he is with Grandpa Gary and Uncle Jon,

and here he is with Grandpa Dennis.

As you can see, Harry's extended family made it in plenty of time for his birth, but his dad was almost not so lucky. Ben was in Minneapolis on business Monday through Wednesday. Because Sarah was 37 weeks pregnant, Uncle Jon came to Madison to hang out just in case Sarah went into labor. Monday and Tuesday, Jon and Sarah sat around the apartment, went shopping on State Street, ate tons of Monster Cookie Blizzards, laid out by the pool, and played Sim City 4 simultaneously on their laptops. Sarah was starting to feel silly, like she really didn't need a babysitter, when suddenly, at 8:27 pm on Tuesday evening, her water broke while she sat calmly watching "Last Comic Standing." Jon was a little creeped out, as you might imagine, but he quickly jumped online, asked her if it smelled like bleach, and told her they should go to the hospital, so a doctor could examine the fluid for signs of ferning. Sarah took his word for it, and off they went... Ben called, and Sarah told him that she thought maybe her water might have just possibly broken. It wasn't as dramatic as it is on TV, so she really wasn't sure. After a couple of hours at labor and delivery, Sarah found out that she was, indeed, in labor, and labor really hurts-- that's no joke. She called Ben, and he jumped in the car and arrived about ten minutes after Sarah got an epidural (the best intervention ever). All of the grandparents followed him, and Uncle Jon was off the hook. Phew! Jon stayed around until Sarah, Ben, and Harry left the hospital, and he decorated the apartment with tons of signs and baby stuff. It was the sweetest thing and made coming home a joyous experience. Thank goodness for Jon! He's the closest thing Harry has to a godfather.

Harry with Uncle Jon moments after coming home.

See the cute decorations in the background? This is the first picture of Sarah standing up with the baby-- usually, she is feeding him.

And this is the after effect of all that feeding-- milk face.


  1. Anonymous9:57 PM

    Sarah and en and also all are a wonderful family now, before you were a couple, but you are way beyond that now...what a lucky little boy to have such loving and wonderful parents..welove you all Grampa Jack and Bomma

  2. Anonymous12:19 PM

    Sarah and Ben - what a doll - NO, not you two - Harrison !!!
    I have him on our refrigerator - well, not him, really, but his precious picture. I know you'll be great parents and I know how excited you are !!!
    Enjoy your time together - can't be beat !!! Jim and B.