We are thrilled to announce that Shepherd Louis Shafer was born on Monday, September 16th at 8:04 am. He weighed 7 pounds 11 ounces, was 19.25 inches long, and came into the world with an off the chart head at 14.5 in. He made sure we knew that his lungs were working for his first 30 minutes or so of life, but since then has been the sweetest, best baby. We are so in love.
I will never be able to describe how magical his birthday was for me. From the moment we checked into the hospital, everything was bliss. The team in the delivery room made sure all of my wishes were known and respected, including taking photos of him actually being born, getting to touch him while he was still gooey, and never having my arms strapped down so I could stroke his beautiful face. Andrew never had to leave his side, sticking with him through the OR, recovery, and first bath. I was able to nurse within his first hour of life. It was beautiful and amazing and everything a birthday should be. I feel so humbled to have had this experience with him.
Three healthy children. We could not be more blessed.