Introducing Andrew David Rapp

Our son, Andrew (or Drew) David was born on June 19 at 8:21pm. His stats were 7lbs 7oz and 21 inches, one ounce lighter than his sister at birth and a half an inch longer. All three of us fell quickly in love with our “little man”, as Kate calls him.

The labor experience was so much smoother and quicker than my first. Despite him being posterior and a lot of back labor contractions in the days and weeks before he arrived, active labor was only 4 and a half hours, my epidural worked this time around, and he came out in just a few contractions, about ten minutes of pushing total. Compare that to an overnight induction, 12 hours of intense active labor, a worn-off epidural and almost two hours of pushing with Katelyn….yes, this second-time mom is very grateful.

Recovery is a little slower for me thanks to his quick entrance into the world, but that has meant lots of couch snuggles. So far we seem to have another happy, sleep-loving baby. His big sister adores him with enthusiastic love. The first thing she asks when she wakes up is for “Adrew”. We are learning to be gentle with him, and also how to help mommy by getting diapers, throwing his dirty clothes in the laundry basket and giving him his pacifier.

All told, this first week as a family of four has been everything we prayed for. God has blessed with two beautiful children and also with friends here in Pasadena and from our church community who have helped us so much in the absence of family this first week. Now we can’t wait for Grandma Henreckson to arrive on Tuesday!

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