Mason Dylan Cozzens was born! Kassidy struggled, fought, and clawed her way through the natural birth of our 10lb9oz baby boy throughout the day on the 18th and late into the night. Finally, about 10 minutes after midnight the boy popped out and the era of no sleep began.
I awoke in the wee hours of wednesday morning to the sight of my beautiful wife sitting contentedly next to me in bed with a notebook in hand, calmly writing down the time that each of her contractions started as well as the duration. Having lived through the pregnancy with her, I informed her that it probably wasn't contractions and she would take a huge poop later in the morning and they would go away. When I finally realized the baby was on its way, I promptly scheduled several meetings and interviews for the coming day so I could leave Kassidy in her mother's capable hands to get through most of the day of pain and agony before heading to the hospital. When the timing was right and Kassidy couldn't stay home any longer, I rushed home and we headed out to Reston Hospital. We got there around 5 pm and went straight into the room to start having that baby. We were lucky to have 2 nurses who understood and fully supported Kassidy's desire to have the baby naturally (with no epidural and DEFINITELY no c-section). Kassidy wanted so badly to do it naturally that we had even skipped our final sonogram the week before so the doctor wouldn't know how big the baby was going to be and order a c-section!
During several of the most intensely agonizing hours of my life, I prayed pretty much constantly that Kassidy and the baby would be ok, and to thank Heavenly Father for putting me here on earth as a guy. I will leave out all the gory details and skip the the part where the baby came out, I cut the cord (spraying blood everywhere) and everybody finally left Kassidy, Mason and I alone to smile cheesily at each other and say how happy we were that he was finally here.