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Newborn Porter

Gordon and I are so thrilled to announce the healthy and safe arrival of our fourth baby, Porter James Brennan, on Monday, September 16th at 12:55pm. He was a hefty boy, weighing in at 8 lbs, 9 oz but has turned out to be so sweet and calm. He hardly cries and when he’s awake is content to sit still and just look around. All I prayed for during this pregnancy was a healthy baby who would sleep more than Eddie and be somewhat predictable and so far, that’s exactly what he’s turned out to be. My milk has come in quickly, thanks to Porter’s hearty appetite and he has been sleeping 2-3 hour stretches which is all I can ever ask of him at this stage.

Labor and delivery were all sorts of different…unlike any other baby I’ve had. My contractions started up after I walked home from church on Sunday afternoon. They were on and off all afternoon, evening and into the early morning hours of Monday. By then, I was so exhausted and in so much pain that I decided to go to the hospital. I got there around 5:30am and left Gordon home to get the kids ready for school. My doctor was on call which I was thankful for because she is completely competent and I had just seen her in the office a few days before. Anyways, for whatever reason, my body was stuck and not progressing quickly at all, even though the contractions were steady (and painful!). Around 7:30, they started a little Pitocin to see how my body would react. Again, very painful contractions that weren’t doing much of anything at all. Gordon showed up at 9 and by then I was about to get my epidural. Things got significantly better once I couldn’t feel anything. Ha!

Around 11, my water broke on its own and things really picked up. The stronger the contractions got, the more obvious it was that my epidural didn’t end up working on one little section of my right side. At 12:45, the anesthesiologist tried giving me an extra big dose to try to fill the epidural space in hopes it would numb that one section but it just made my left side more numb. That was pretty crummy.

The doctor came in to check me at 12:50 and I was only at an 8, but within 30 seconds of saying that and getting me to roll from my right side to my left I was ready to deliver a baby. I’m not sure what happened with my body or what she saw, but my doctor went from being really calm to kicking things into high gear and getting all her stuff on to deliver the baby. Both my husband and I are like “wait, what? Delivering now?” and four pushes later, he was out. He didn’t come out crying or screaming, just very awake. Gordon and I were so surprised by how much blonde hair he had (swoon!) and how much he looked like our previous first three.

Porter’s actual due date was September 17th, but I had him 11 hours early on the 16th. SO close! But, Gordon reminded me that the first due date we were given at the beginning of the pregnancy was September 16th and then were given an adjusted due date of the 17th a month later. I completely forgot about this so maybe that counts? Regardless, I’m glad to have him out and not be pregnant anymore.

Below are lots of photos from our hospital stay. I ended up staying an extra day in hospital to get a few more sessions in with the lactation consultant and SO glad I did that. Last night was our first night home all together as a family of 6 (!!!)  and it felt so good to be home πŸ™‚

Anyways, thanks so much for sharing in our joy with us. It feels so good to have our family complete.

Lauren in a hospital bed

Lauren skin to skin with Porter

Newborn Porter

Newborn Porter

Newborn Porter

The kids looking at Porter

Eddie looking at Porter

The kids looking at Porter

Blake holding Porter

Eddie holding Porter

Yellow Cake

Gordon holding Porter

Eddie pointing at Gordon and Porter

Lauren talking with Brooke who is holding Porter

Sleeping newborn Porter

Porter\'s foot

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192 Responses
  1. Maggie Herron

    Congratulations to you and your beautiful family. What a perfect new baby boy addition. Sure love following your blog, pics, your stories and recipes. Take care.

  2. Emilee

    Congratulations! I loved all those beautiful pictures of you and your family. The epidural I got with my first child did the same thing–I had a spot that it didn’t work on and horrible pain right there through the whole thing. It was awful! I’m glad that everything turned out well in the end.


    Congrats on a healthy handsome little boy. Enjoy the quiet personality while you can. I can see with the older brothers, their eyes give it away, the wheels are turning, and they will get him into all sorts of things and trouble, typical of older brothers.

    1. Robyn Connelly

      congratulations so happy for you all. love the pictures. so glad the kids are doing well. enjoy because they seem to grow up pretty fast.

  4. Carol

    Beautiful story and a beautiful treasure at the end of the pain. Grateful with you for a safe delivery. So happy for Eddie to be able to hold him! haha

  5. shirleygillooley

    Congrats on baby #4, my daughter loren is my baby #4 and her b-day is sept. 16.Is that what’s calld 7 degrees of separation?I hope he’s as good a baby as my sept.16 one////

  6. Dorenda

    Congratulations on your new addition to the family! He’s just as beautiful as your other precious babies! I pray everything goes very well as you adjust to everything.

  7. Stephanie

    Congratulations to you and your entire beautiful family! So thankful for your safe delivery and handy ew family member! Welcome to the world, little one!

  8. Lisa S.

    Congratulations to you and your husband! What a lovely family. By the way, I think the 16th totally counts as your due date! Way to make them just like the recipe says!!

  9. Harvin

    Congratulations hun to you and your beautiful family. So precious β™₯️β™₯️ Lil Champ certainly has so so so much blonde hair. Lovely pics and your heart is so full of love and joy. Stay blessed always.

  10. Courtney

    Congratulations to you and your family!! Baby Porter is adorable and love that blonde hair. That pic of Eddie going to give him a kiss on the head is so precious. Love the name, was that the family name from Gordon you were on the fence about?

  11. Rona

    Oh my goodness! He is so precious!!! Porter was born on my mom’s birthday!!! Lauren, I believe you and I have same birthday as well (12/29), but I was born many moons before you. Ha! Congratulations!

  12. Kathy Edwards

    Congratulations from Lake Chapala, Mexico to all your beautiful family. Porter looks so cute. Glad your home with everyone, feel better soon. Take some well deserved time to yourself.
    I really enjoy your blog and your recipes.

  13. Betty Fudge

    Hi Lauren and family
    Congratulation on the birth of you new son, he is handsome and you look stunning, just beaming along with the pics of all the children holding him, thinking baby has more hair than his dad, ha ha ha.
    Wishing you all the best and look forward to your family pic and recipes.
    Betty from Saint John NB
    Hugs to all 😘

  14. Andrea D

    Congratulations!! πŸŽ‰πŸΎSeptember 16th is a great birthday, my son Sawyer Jackson has the same one! He just turned 4 😍 So funny that Gordon thought he’d be born at noon and you said 2, he was almost right in between! πŸ’™πŸ’™

      1. Tom Charlton

        Congratulations on the newest member of the Brennan family! May all of your days be blessed! I’m sure Porter will be a great blessing to your family! He is absolutely adorable! Thank you for sharing your pictures with us. GBY FAMILY! πŸ™πŸ»πŸ‘ΌπŸ™πŸ»

  15. Jaime Cieszynski

    Congratulations on the safe and healthy arrival of Porter ❀️ I love his name. Does it name a special meaning or was it just a name that you loved?

  16. PatA

    Have been following your Family since Portland (virtually) and what an amazing journey! It is great the way the other three kids are welcoming their new brother Porter. Congratulations!!

  17. Autumn

    I know this is all about Porter and he is as precious as can be and love that full head of adorable blonde hair. But, my favorite picture is the one of you and Brook ❀ just love the way you are both looking at each other. Congratulations to you all!!!

  18. Donna

    Congratulations and thank you for sharing your birth experience! What a blessing and happy you had your Dr! Porter is so handsome and beautiful! You are amazing! πŸ’•πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽˆ

  19. Lorena B.

    Happy birth-day Porter!! You have such a beautiful family, Lauren and Gordon. Porter is so lucky to be loved by so many cool kids. Congratulations!!

  20. Robbie

    Great pictures. The kids all have sparkly eyes of excitement. Cherish these times …..they are little such a short time. Congratulations! You have a beautiful baby. X. 4.

  21. Lena Boyd

    Congratulations, the family pictures are showing how excited and happy the siblings are with their new baby brother. Blake is just beaming as All of you are. Porter is a beautiful new born, he seems interested in his new world.

  22. Joanne

    Congratulations on the new addition to the family I enjoy your post your recipe’s and specially your beautiful family went you post trips and the kids, you and the family enjoy
    your new baby bundle of joy πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™β€ beautiful blessings

    1. Victoria Treangen

      Agreed he is absolutely beautiful and perfect – good work girl and congratulations Brennan’s. Enjoy the baby magic. May his silent alertness and sleeping continue – chill baby.
      Love your T-shirt β€˜chips salsa repeat πŸ€£β€™
      Thank you for introducing us. Sleep and love to you all