Welcome to the world, John Rapsilver!

Oatmeal and I welcomed our second child, a SON, into the world at 9:34am today, August 11, 2014.

He weighs 8lbs, 5oz, and measures 21 and 3/4 inches long.

Oatmeal has been contemplating names for months, as it was his turn to name our baby.  He chose the name John Rapsilver.  John is his father and his brother’s name, and in his words, “I wanted to name my son after the two men I admire the most.”  Rapsilver is the maiden name of his late grandmother.

I am literally filled with happiness as I sit and watch my baby sleep next to me.  I cannot wait to share the story of his birth with you, but for now we all need some rest.  Suffice it to say that our labor and delivery was quick and straightforward, free of any complications and full of support.  John was born right here in our bedroom, and we are both doing very well.  Thank you for praying and thinking of us.






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  1. Brooke Cranek says:

    Congrats to you and Michael and Poppyseed! I’ve been patiently waiting to see if you’ve had the baby yet! I love the name!

  2. The picture of Violet snuggling up to John is PRECIOUS!

  3. Jordan Philbeck says:

    Ahhh!!! I love these sweet pics and videos! He’s so precious! Violet is so proud!!!!

  4. Christina Rose says:

    Congratulations! Such great photos of special moments, many blessings to your growing family!

  5. Congrats! I’ve been checking your blog like a stalker and thinking about your family! So glad your baby is here and you can relax and get some ‘rest’! He’s precious!

  6. Karington says:

    He is so cute! That picture of her with him is sweet beyond words! And way to go you strong momma!

    Congratulations and big hugs to you all!

  7. Congrats! The video with Violet meeting her baby brother totally made me tear up. Too precious!! Can’t wait to hear the birth story 🙂

  8. Barbara vohs says:

    Congrats to you and your family on the birth of john. Just remember little boys fountain. Take care and god bless.

  9. Sara Johnson says:

    Congrats on the new addition!! I was so excited to see the gender and can’t wait to read your birth story!

  10. I am so happy for you!!! The photo of Violet in John gave me goosebumps. Love you guys!!

  11. Congrats Laura. He is so lovely and that picture of Violet snuggling him is just too good. So happy for your smooth, wonderful homebirth!

  12. The videos are too sweet! And Iove the picture of Violet holding John!! So happy for you guys. I can’t wait to meet him and hear about his birth story!

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