Just when Bianca could not hold baby Landon in another second, Dr. O'Shea rounded the corner of room 236 and it was finally time to meet the little man! Truly, if we could all be blessed with such a perfect, uneventful birth, the world would be a beautiful place. Bianca pushed baby Landon out in just one push, and within mere moments, he was born at 8:34 p.m. weighing in at 5 lbs 15.5 ounces and 18 inches long.
Landon was so content almost immediately. He didn't cry much at all, and seemed to take everything in so easily. He looked around inquisitively at the world around him, and mostly, he gazed at his mom.
I was so happy to see Akron City Hospital Labor & Delivery unit encouraging skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth. Skin-to-skin contact - immediate connection between mom or dad and baby's naked skin - is nature's way of encouraging bonding between mother - and father - and baby. Multiple studies show that it helps baby regulate body temperature, heart rate, breathing and general adjustment to life outside of the womb.
While mom and baby connected through skin-to-skin, it was dad's turn to step up to the plate with cutting the umbilical cord.
Dr. O'Shea checked baby out from the comfort of his mom's arms.
And first-time dad, Derek, gazed in wonder at his newborn son.
Within moments, this new little family seemed easy and natural. Then, once things were settled, Landon's big brother, Noah, was allowed to see his baby brother for the first time. The look on his face is priceless. These are the very first seconds he saw his baby brother:
This is probably one of my favorite photos from Landon's birth. The joy in Bianca's face is so natural, so real, and it is beautiful to see.
Welcome to the world little Landon. You have an entire tribe of people who love you and are so happy you are here.