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Sam is here!

Sam_Sleeping What a day! We both woke up at around 5am. We stayed in bed talking for a while then got up to get ready to head into the hospital for the 7:30am induction. After checking in and getting everything set up, Dr. Manneh broke the water at around 8:30. Based on Julie’s past history of rapid labor, we were expecting to be done well before lunch. Well…God had different plans for us this time. Lunch came and went. Julie was progressing, but much slower than in past pregnancies. When we came in, Julie was at 3cm…by 1:30, she had only gotten to 6cm. However…

About that time, things kicked into high gear. She went through the classic “self doubt” signpost (I’ll try to get a link to that at some point). At that point, I knew that she wasn’t far off. The nurse checked her again…still 6cm. But the self doubt phase (characterized by the woman saying she “can’t do this”, is typically right before transition. Because I was aware of this (and because I had seen her go through the same phase with both of our daughters), I had the nurse check her again pretty soon after. The nurse got a surprised look…”wow, you are completely dilated.” Julie had gone from 6cm to complete in 15-30 minutes.

Right after birth, the nurses were all saying that he looked big…that he was definitely going to be 8 pounds. Once they weighed him, we were all shocked. 8 pounds 12 ounces. Based on the ultrasound from a few weeks ago, they were estimating that he was going to be just over 7 pounds at birth. Uh…really glad we induced early. He would have been well over nine pounds had we not.

AllMyKids Some may know the significance of the names, but others may not. Sam is named after my dad. My dad was my best friend growing up. I learned a lot from him about hunting, fishing, and repairing things. I worked for him during the summers, and most weekends we were either in the woods or on the lake together. My dad died of cancer when I was twelve…an event that had a huge impact on my life. There was never any doubt that we were going to name our son Sam.

Isaac is a Hebrew name meaning “laughter.” It is a name that has continued to stick out to me over the last few months. As we were nailing down the middle name, I kept coming back to it. When I would look through a list of names, I caught myself just looking to see if Isaac was on the list.

Thanks again to everyone who joined with us in praying that Sam would hold off until Tuesday. That was a huge deal.

Another big thanks goes out to our moms. My mom has done a wonderful job of taking care of our daughters while we have been at the hospital…a job that she did when Marybeth was born also. That is a huge blessing to us. Thanks mom! And Julie’s mom has been in the delivery room at the birth of all of our babies. She is a tremendous help. We are SO glad that they were both able to fly in for this birth.

November 4, 2008 - Posted by | kids, life, pregnancy


  1. Congrats!

    Comment by Matt Dewell | November 5, 2008

  2. Dear Jarvis, Julie and girls,
    What a precious addition to your already beautiful family. So pleased to hear that the birth went so well. I know you were both concerned about the Big Day. Now we have something positive to think about instead of the election. :(

    I am certain that by now you have adjusted to your new home and have found a new church family to worship with. We will continue to lift you up in our prayers.
    Take care of each other… every day is a gift.
    What about those Rebs, Jarvis :)

    Comment by kathleen and denny | November 5, 2008

  3. I’m so happy for you! I’m sure the girls are going to enjoy playing with their little brother as my sister and I did. After he came along, we left the dolls behind. =)

    I love his name. What a great tribute to your dad, Jarvis.


    Comment by Debbie Barron | November 5, 2008

  4. Hey Jarvis!
    Congrats on the birth of your son! We are so excited for you and the family! I apologize that I never returned your phone call or had a chance to say good-bye before you guys moved. Our twins were born 5 weeks early on October 4th, a surprise to everyone. But, they were perfectly healthy and life has been a whirwind ever since we came home from the hospital. Just wanted to say hi and that I’ve been thinking about you guys. Samuel is adorable!
    Amanda & Larry

    Comment by Amanda Stephens | November 5, 2008

  5. A big congrats to you and Julie on the family addition!

    Comment by Scott Welch | November 5, 2008

  6. Jarvis & Julie – wow! Congratulations! Susie and I are rejoicing with you over the birth of little (or not so little) Sam. God’s given him great parents in the two of you AND two additional mommies to boot. Enjoy and try to get some rest.


    Comment by Dan & Susie Brun | November 5, 2008

  7. Oh – Susie tells me we have clothes for you if you’d like them. Apparently we have both 0 to 3 months and 3 to 6 months. Let us know.

    Comment by Dan & Susie Brun | November 5, 2008

  8. YAY!!! So fun, Jarvis and Julie! As always, your birth stories are always interesting! I’m glad that he’s here and hope that you guys will have a smooth transition bringing him back home. So fun to see pics of the girls, too. AMAZING how they’ve grown!!!

    With love,

    Comment by Jodi | November 5, 2008

  9. Jarvis & Julie – Congratulations!!!! We are thrilled that your precious son is here! Three is a great number for a family!! ncb

    Comment by Nancy Boyd | November 5, 2008

  10. Wow! Congratulations and blessings! We love you guys. Lots of love to our little niece-lings.

    Comment by Lez & Heather | November 6, 2008

  11. Congratulations Julie and Jarvis! He is so cute and looks just like you guys. What a year for you all. Hope to talk to you soon. The girls look so proud of their little brother–they are going to be great helpers for Mommy! My kids say hello to them–Hello from Kyle, Kellan, and Kaylie!

    Comment by Sherri Smith | November 6, 2008

  12. Brother, it was great talking to you earlier. Wendy and I just finished looking at your pictures. Awesome to see Samuel and amazing to see how much the girls have grown! Glad you all are settling in well in chilly MN.

    Comment by Philip | November 6, 2008

  13. Jarvis and Julie,

    Congratulations too! My wife Yvonne and I had the name Sam as a possible name if God would ever bless us with a baby too. Very cool name, and neat that you are naming
    him after your Dad. I like the name Issac too.

    Wishing you all the best as you transition to your new life in MN.

    God bless.

    Comment by Kurt | November 7, 2008

  14. Congratulations to you Jarvis and Julie! What a lovely family you are growing!

    Comment by jeff huang | November 9, 2008

  15. Well I am surprised. 8 Lbs 12 Oz. Glad you did induce. He is almost as big as Julie already. I can see it now he will be 7 or 8 and be taller then her. On the flip side she will still be “MOM” and he had better listen to her. Congrats on your son. And God bless you with happines and joy through out the years. We hope to see you guys soon.

    Comment by Michael Hansen | November 10, 2008

  16. Bummer you didn’t get to call 911 with your “my wife has a history of rapid labor – please send a police escort” line.
    Congrats to you all, Jarvis. Sam Isaac Davis is a super cool name.
    Almost as good as Max Powers. ;)
    See ya, bro!

    Comment by Jason | November 12, 2008

  17. Hey you guys!

    Congratulations! We got another member of this HUGE family… I love y’all so much. i can’t wait to see him. He is so adorable.

    Love, cousin Brittany

    Comment by Brittany Davis | November 14, 2008

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