Tuesday, March 07, 2006

In which a new Blaschke comes into the world

Orion Elliott Blaschke was born 4:22 p.m. Monday, March 6. He weighed 7 pounds 4 ounces and measured 19.5 inches long. Lisa and I went in to the regularly scheduled OB appointment at 9:30, then went across the street to the hospital with relatively mild contractions 7 minutes apart. Since we were a few days past the due date, Lisa's water was broken at 11 a.m. to try and spur things along. The contractions did indeed intensify, coming 2-4 minutes apart. But by 3 p.m. effacement and dilation had only progressed a moderate amount, and the OB started hinting about using pitocin. Which Lisa absolutely did not want, having tangled with that nasty stuff when having Calista. Instead, we hooked up her breast pump for nipple stimulation. That did the trick. The intensity of Lisa's contractions shot off the chart, and by 4 p.m. Lisa was completely dilated and effaced, with urges to push. She gave birth, I feel compelled to point out, without any drugs, epidurals or pain killers of any sort. She's just macho like that.

So, without further ado, I present Orion and his daddy (that latter fellow didn't really do much at all during the festivities, other than cut the cord):

Here Calista and Keela meet their little brother for the first time (he's got Keela's mouth and Calista's eyes):

And here he is flying solo.

You may note the abscence of any photos featuring Lisa. Mommy's doing just fine, and recovering more quickly than she did with either Calista or Keela. But all the pictures I have with her and Orion are breastfeeding ones, so I'm going to wait until we get some pics that don't expose mommy to the whole world.

Now Playing: Mike & the Mechanics Living Years


  1. Congratulations, Blaschkes! That's terrific news. I'm glad everyone's doing so well.

    Shane Ivey
    (whose wife is also macho like that)

  2. Anonymous2:28 PM

    He's gonna be another good looking Blaschke "boy"! Congratulations Jayme and Lisa and girls and grandparents too!!!

    Aunt Karen

  3. Awesome! That's one good looking kid. Congratulations to the family!

  4. Welcome Orion, and congrats to y'all!

  5. Robin Hobb3:53 PM

    Beautiful kids all round, and a lovely healthy boy.

    Great name, too!

  6. Welcome to the world, Orion! With big sisters like Calista and Keela to spoil and take care of you, it's going to be a great life!
    Diana and Mark Hendricks

  7. Yay, a new Baby Blaschke! Congratulations to everyone. Hale and hearty is such a wonderful blessing.
    Melissa Tyler

  8. What a wonderful family! So... what genr e does he write?

    Austin SlugTribalist

  9. Congrats! You should be proud. My wife and I couldn't have kids. I'm jealous. You don't know how lucky you are.

    Well, maybe you do. You all are blessed.

    Lou (and Patricia) Antonelli

  10. Congratulations to all!

  11. Anonymous7:31 AM

    I am so happy for you guys! Give him a big kiss for me!
    Kristi Pinchback

  12. Anonymous8:14 AM

    Congrats to the new Momma and Poppa !!! - Galdrin

  13. Woo hoo! The seeding of the world by geek babies continues!

  14. Anonymous4:03 PM

    Jayme, congratulations! What wonderful news.

    Great pictures, too. :-)

    Catherine Asaro

  15. Anonymous11:10 PM

    Training him right already - letting Orion greet a certain 'namo' with a poopy you know what

  16. Keith Blaschke4:36 PM

    Congratulation Lisa & Jayme. Thanks for sharing the wonderful event. Howdy Orion & Calista & Keela, now ya'll outnumber mom & dad. Have lots of fun!!!

    Keith & Cynthia
    Kelsey, Brendon, and Haylee

  17. Candice10:31 AM

    Love the name Orion

  18. Hey, my first handsome great-grandson to go along with my two beautiful great-granddaughters, WOW. Don't wait too long to visit in Cuero while I can still hold him. All my love from Grandma