If you remember the first time Alex & Doug graced this blog, it was for the birth of their first rainbow baby – Declan. We also shared the story of the unexpected loss of their first son – Dougie – there if you’d like to check it out. Now, 3 years to the day later, I was honored once again to document the birth of their second rainbow baby – Tatum Paul. Their story is so inspiring, and such proof of God’s beautiful plans for us even when we can’t even begin to comprehend it. As with Declan, Tatum’s pregnancy was a complete surprise – and he even shared a due date with his older brother, Dougie. Then, at one of their first appointments, her doctor scheduled her induction for Nov.21 – which was the exact same day 3 years ago that Dougie was born! Alex & Doug joke that Dougie wanted to make sure they always have cake on his birthday 😉
Thankfully Alex had a smooth pregnancy (chasing a busy toddler around all day made it go by super fast!) and super smooth delivery this time around. She was scheduled to go in at 5am on Nov.21 to start the induction. The first couple of hours were pretty chill, she was all hooked up and just relaxing. At 11:30am, she was 2cm and they broke her water. At 1pm they started pitocin and by 2pm she was 4cm. She texted me at 2:51pm to say she got her epidural and would be checked again in an hour and would let me know if I should come then or not. Thankfully I had already left my house to get gas on the way because Doug texted at 3:45pm to say she was complete and to get there ASAP!! I made it into her room by 4:15pm just in time for her to start pushing. She pushed for less than 10 minutes and daddy was able to deliver a his tiny, sweet boy into his mama’s arms at 4:31pm. There was a huge sigh of relief and lots of tears when that baby let out his first scream
Good Sam now does immediate skin-t0-skin time with mama as long as the baby is fine (which is awesome by the way!), so little Tatum wasted no time and was literally latched within 5 minutes! He got lots of quality time with mama before he got weighed and checked out. As soon as he was all bundled up, big brother Declan arrived with grandma to meet his new brother. He wasn’t quite sure what to think (as to be expected from a 2 year old boy), but he was very sweet wanting to touch Tatum and give him his gifts. I hear he’s gotten a little more comfortable with Tatum since he’s been home and will be hearing the word “gentle” for the foreseeable future haha!
SO happy for you guys! Those brothers are going to be so much fun
Welcome Tatum Paul | Born November 21, 2016 at 4:31pm | 6lbs. 3ozs. | 19 3/4 in.