Tuesday, April 6, 2010

We are pleased to announce...

We are pleased to announce the birth of our son Finn Riley Snyder (or is it Preimesberger?)!  Finn was born at 2:38pm this afternoon.  He weighed 7 pounds even and was 20 3/4 inches long.  We can't decide if he looks more like mom or dad.  He came out with curly brown hair, but some of his facial features may be more like dad's. See the photos to decide for yourself.  We are also pleased to report that he has been very stable to this point.

We started out the day thinking that we would have a natural delivery.  Initially, everything was going well, but at about 1:30 pm the physician decided that Finn needed to come out.  A c-section was performed, Finn received an APGAR score of 9 (yeah!) and he was on his way over to Children's.  The rest of the afternoon consisted of x-rays, a very thorough ultrasound of his heart, and generally getting him settled in his new home in the NICU.  Mom is doing very well recovering and had a chance to visit Finn for a short time.  The cardiologist stopped by and gave us an update on the diagnosis.  I'm sure that we will learn even more tomorrow.

I am probably forgetting to say a lot of things, but it is getting late, it's been a crazy day and I plan to be up for rounds in the morning.  We will try to cover the rest in later posts.  Before I go, I just want to say that Kelly and I have been absolutely amazed at the outstanding staff at both Abbot Northwestern and Children's.  They have gone above and beyond in so many ways today!



  1. You were, and are, in the thoughts and prayers of so many! Congratulations on this moment! Jan Wallin - ECSE

  2. Congrats to you all! Many prayers for strength and good health are coming your way! P.S. He is ADORABLE!


  3. Marcie RosenfieldApril 6, 2010 at 8:56 PM

    Oh my gosh, he is soooo adorable! Congratulations Eric and Kelly! I am so happy to hear the little guy, Finn, is doing well! Thoughts and prayers coming your way from California.

    - Marcie (and Chuck)

  4. Congrats!! Excited to meet Finn

    Shannon, Tony & girls

  5. Congratulations Kelly and Eric I'm so happy for you both...I can't wait to take Finn to Bunny's! Love, Kath

  6. OH you guys, he is beautiful. Look at those full lips!! I am soooo happy for you. Continued thoughts and prayers for Finn's heart. Love the name!! He looks like a Finn to me! Love him up from all of us at the DSC!


  7. Yeah -he's finally here and he looks so content. Kelly - you look great! We're looking forward to meeting him. Enjoy your sweet Finn!

    Kate and Steve

  8. CONGRATULATIONS! What a beautiful little man he is! I love the name! I will continue to pray, pray, pray and I wish you all well. Kelly, take er' easy and hope you heal well. God's blessings to you all!
    Diane Belisle

  9. Congratulations Kelly and Eric!!!! You have waited so long and he's finally here..what a handsome little boy, great name! Give him and hug and kiss from me, I can't wait to meet him!

    Krissy Keeney

  10. Kelly-Congratulations! What a beautiful little man. (You can call them beautiful when they're that little! ;-) Prayers coming your way for your baby and you, the parents, as well.

    God bless!
    Amanda Oster

  11. Kelly and Eric, Congrats on Finn. Take it easy Kelly, I had a C-section with Zach and needed lots of rest afterwards. I hope the surgery goes well on Friday. Finn looks like a fighter.
    Cindy Giusto (French)

  12. He is so adorable!!! We can't wait to meet him. I love your family picture!! Congrats!! We love you guys!! Kris, Ryan, Luke and Amelia

  13. WELCOME TO THE WORLD, FINN RILEY!! With that name and those curls, girls will be falling all over you! Congratulations, Kelly and Eric!

    janet callahan

  14. Congratulations Kelly and Eric on the birth of your beautiful strong little man Finn. Lots of smiling faces at work today knowing he is here safely and being cared for so well. Continued thoughts and prayers coming your way.
    Jean Johnson

  15. Kelly and Eric,
    Congratulations! What an adorable name for such a beautiful baby boy!! I am so glad that Finn is finally here and doing well:) We have been thinking about your family and praying for Finn's little heart to stay strong. I am so happy for all 3 of you!!! Continued prayers and positive thoughts coming your way for Friday! Make sure you get lots of rest, too, Kelly:)

  16. Congratulations!!! I saw on Facebook that your little guy arrived and googled your blog. I hope thats ok. Finn looks beautiful and I love his name! Our family will keep him in our prayers. He definitely looks like a "strong little man."

    Nicky Vilter

  17. Eric and Kelly!!
    I'm so happy for you guys!! He looks adorable! I'm so glad everything has gone well so far, that's such a great start!!! You will all be in my thoughts and prayers!
    Love, Monique Dannewitz

  18. Rumpelstiltskin looks FABULOUSLY adorable!!! Hmmm...I supposed I shall have to start calling him Finn. Congratulations, Mom and Dad! Heartfelt hugs! Welcome Finn Riley!! ;-)

    Sharon Bassett

  19. Congrats guys. Finn is a great name. We hope mom and baby are doing well. Take care.

    All of us in ATD

  20. Congratulations!!!!!! Love the name, too!! Thinking of you,

  21. Welcome Strong Little Finn! Congratulations Eric and Kelly...your son is beautiful! Your family continues to be in my prayers.

  22. Congratulations Kelly and Eric! You have yourselves a beautiful little boy. Please know the three of you will not be far from our thoughts in the days and weeks ahead.

    Much love,
    Monica and John Markson

  23. I'm so excited for you! Finn is a beautiful boy and I'm expecting he will continue being a "strong little man" through the procedures ahead of him. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you move ahead to the next steps.
    Carol H.