he's here. the most beautiful boy that ever graced the planet is here. he was 8 pounds 9 ounces and 21 inches long. he was born at 12:43 p.m. he has a perfectly squishy face and light brown hair and sweet little lips and squeezed-shut eyes. oh, and a big nose. he nurses like he's never done anything but nurse. he ate minutes after his birth for 20 minutes on each side! i was worried about inducing, but i'm glad i did. five-and-a-half hours -- just 4 pushes -- is a labor i can handle. the only drama was when i got my epidural. it hurt way more than i remember and after i got it my blood pressure dropped way down. 89-over-36. i don't know much about blood pressures, but i know i felt like i was gonna pass out and throw up at the same time. i got a shot of ephedrine though and things were quickly restored. i remember being happy after ellie was born, but i was so extremely exhausted that i don't remember much else. with gray, i was euphorically happy. like, for hours. it was the most wonderful feeling. he is the most wonderful son i ever could have asked for. here are some pictures courtesy of crystal and her fantastic camera skills. so much more to come.