Finally – he's here!

Momma's boyThe last few weeks have seemed to last forever, so we’re thrilled to announce that our baby boy has finally arrived!

So, can you please finally tell us his name?
Jaylen Nathaniel Kern.

And how’d you pick the name?
We’ve had the name Jaylen picked since before we had Hope when we were deciding on boy names before we knew that she was a girl. Nathaniel was chosen due to it’s biblical context, and much like Hope’s middle name (Elisabeth), it means “gift of God” – which is exactly what he is.

So how big was he when he was born?

Thankfully, only 7 pounds 8 ounces. He was 20 1/2 inches long. Though he’s bigger than Hope – we think he’s just the right size!

And when was he born?

We are so fortunate that he was born the day between Jason and my 10th wedding anniversary and my birthday. Jaylen was officially born at 4:42pm on Friday, October 12th, 2007.

That must have been fun spending your birthday in the hospital, right?
Sure, honestly he’s the best birthday gift I could have received!

So what does Hope think about being a big sister?

DSC_0098.JPG She’s thrilled. She loves to hold him and helps whenever we need it. She’s adjusting amazingly to all the changes that come with being a big sister. She was so cute this morning as we were admiring her little brother, she reassured me by saying, “I think you’re going to be a good mommy, Momma”

So seriously Amanda, what took you so long to update us? We figured we would have heard the news on Friday!
Yes, we can joke – but I seriously do not have my laptop connected to me as some of you might think, especially during delivery, recovery and caring for a newborn. It wasn’t until last night that I had the energy to post pictures.

All joking aside – we are curious to hear how you’re doing since having Jaylen?
Not too bad, just recovering from the typical things that come during post pregnancy – but I’m starting to regain my energy and eager to get moving around again.

We’re a little anxious to see pictures of the guy, where can we see pictures?
As always, I’ve been posting pictures in flickr. We’ve made some public, but many are private and only available to those that we’ve listed as a contact in flickr. If you haven’t joined flickr yet – go join so you can see the rest of the pictures!!! We also hope to post a few videos to share with you all soon – so stay tuned.

Do you have anything else you want to tell everyone?
We can’t thank everyone enough for their support. It’s overwhelming and very reassuring to see all of the care, support and generousity that has come our way these last few months.

Is there anything else we can do?
Well, if you still haven’t voted for me for that scholarship you can take a minute to go vote! Sorry, I couldn’t resist. The voting deadline is October 28, 2007.

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October 14, 2007 - 2:38 pm

barbarapeterson - He’s beautiful. What a wonderful family you are blessed with! Congratulations

October 14, 2007 - 4:00 pm

DAMARIS DEGEN - Congratulations…and now, the fun begins :)

October 14, 2007 - 6:05 pm

Colette - Congrats my friend! You and the baby look great! Did you have a natural birth and how long were you in labor? Usually the second child comes faster than the first. I am so glad both are healthy. Get some rest and I will see you at the wedding on Jan 1, 08

October 14, 2007 - 6:13 pm

Starla - CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! He is soooooooooooooooo adorable :) We are so happy for all of you!!!! I can’t wait to hold him :) Hope a big sister WOW!!!!!!!!!! :)

October 14, 2007 - 7:00 pm

Amanda Kern - Thanks!

@ Colette
I wouldn’t quite say natural – I definitely had a lot of help from the good ol’ epidural. Unfortunately they had to redo the epidural halfway through labor, which I think was about 6 1/2 hrs – ad a whopping 2 pushes…

October 14, 2007 - 8:09 pm

kristy pennino - …and happy birthday to you, too!!

October 14, 2007 - 9:01 pm

Tyson - Congrats Amanda, that’s amazing news and I am very happy for you!

October 14, 2007 - 9:03 pm

Lorena - Congratulationssssss

sooo cute the baby… really really cute and adorable…

God bless you…

Happy birthday too :D

October 14, 2007 - 9:21 pm

Wendy Johnson - Congrats on the baby Amanda. Hope looks like a helpful and loving big-sister with her new baby brother!

Have a wonderful 6 weeks off. We miss you at school!

Warmest Regards,
Wendy and Morgan Johnson

October 14, 2007 - 10:00 pm

Angela Scarlato - I’m so happy for you. Congratulations!

October 14, 2007 - 10:05 pm

Lora - CONGRATULATIONS AMANDA! Wow! It seems like yesterday I got the email that you were pregnant. He is adorable! :-)

October 14, 2007 - 10:06 pm

Holly Smith - CONGRATS AMANDA!!! (and happy birthday to you too!) He’s absolutely beautiful, and I love the name! but even BETTER…he shares a birthday with ME! haha :) get lots of rest and enjoy the time off!

October 14, 2007 - 11:41 pm

k. simari - awww! Amanda he is precious! i really like the name you chose its not a very common name, i love that. I was looking at the photos and Hope really looks happy. She is going to really have great time with her baby brother, it looks like she is already showing that she is protective, just by her body language in holding him. I think it is the sweetest thing ever! God bless you and your family, and Hope would be the best one to know, that you indeed are a good mommy. :) :) :)

October 15, 2007 - 12:03 am

Jonathan - Gratz! Thats awsome!! I’m very glad everything went well :D

October 15, 2007 - 7:45 am

Candace Crowe - My congratulations to a wonderful mom, dad, and sister!!! Life is indeed very full of the amazing wonders of God. Keep going the distance.

Much love and admiration,


October 15, 2007 - 10:11 am

Daissy - …where to begin, there are so many good things happening for you and your family, I so happy to hear that you all doing fine:)
Happy B-day to both of you and congratulations for being so strong for your family.

Note for Jaylen: Welcome to this side of the world kido! Enjoy:)

Note for Hope: Make mommy proud and teach your brother all your artistic talents, you guys will make a great creative team!

Last note: Don’t forget that I’ll be here if you need me:)


October 15, 2007 - 10:15 am

Kenny Roy - Congratulations!! I can’t wait to meet him!!

October 15, 2007 - 10:29 am

Cameron Moll - Congrats to both of you!

October 15, 2007 - 11:55 am

aida - Dear Kern Family,
Congratulations on your new gift!!!!Enjoy every little minute, second because as some of us know, time flies by.
See you soon!!!

October 15, 2007 - 12:33 pm

Kimberley Klein - Congratulations Amanda!

October 15, 2007 - 3:30 pm

Lisa - Congrats Amanda! He is so adorable!! Hope will make a GREAT BIG SISTER!!

October 15, 2007 - 7:04 pm

big rick - congrats!!!!

he’s gonna get all the ladies :)

October 15, 2007 - 7:15 pm

Adam Dill - Congratulations on the growing family :)

October 15, 2007 - 9:59 pm

Mandy Bee - Yay! Finally! :D


October 20, 2007 - 4:16 pm

Nejha - Congrats Amanda! he’s adorable

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