Thursday, April 29, 2010

Introducing Niles Helge Tangen

It was worth the wait. A beautiful little brother to Jonas arrived on 4/29/2010 at 5:36 pm. Niles weighed in at 9lbs 3oz., and 20 and 1/2 inches. Sara is doing well and was amazing as usual. Niles came out a bit quicker than expected and had a hard final passage. The St. Mary's staff and Dr Ederer did a wonderful job to get Niles into this world after some difficult minutes of not breathing. He has been doing well since than and has been real active and alert for a newborn.

Sara pulled out an old classic preparation tactic to give birth to Niles, her pre-racing breakfast, a half bowl full of cheerios. It definitely did the trick. She was a bit hungry and shaky afterwords so she downed a chocolate malt, a veggie burger, some salsa and fries.

So far so good on the name choice. Niles was chosen based on the the name's roots to be a passionate champion of love, joy, knowledge, and discovery that exist on this planet. Helge was chosen as his middle name to honor the name, love, support, wisdom, work ethic, and Norwegian heritage of Niles's grandfather, uncle, great-grandfather and beyond for many preceding generations.

We appreciate you spending a little of your digital clock-time to share our family's joy of our newest addition and will post the meeting of the two brothers when it occurs tomorrow in the next couple of days. Peace and Love to all.


  1. You guys make pretty babies! Sure can tell he's a late term - not a wrinkle! You look great S.T.!

    Rest well!


  2. Ohmigod -- congratulations to y'all! The minutes of not breathing must have seemed like an eternity. Leave it to a Tangen to be a trooper and triumph. Loved the videos. So cool to be able to part of this wonderful event. Can't wait to see the brothers meeting for the first time!

  3. Congrats!!! I like the name Niles.....I spent 32 years teaching in Niles, MI. :) Hope we'll get to meet him soon and see Jonas in action as "Big Brother". :)

  4. Congrats Tangens!

    Sara- owieeeee!!! 9lb 3oz!!!!!!! Nice work, and hope you're recovery is speedy.

    Kristy & Matt