Update: Photo of Trig and more information added.
Originally posted April 18th: Although not due until May 18th, the governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, gave birth to her fifth child today, Friday, April 18th, at 6:30 am. Trig Paxson Van Palin weighed in at 6 lbs, 2 oz when he was born at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. Trig is a Norse word meaning "true" and "brave victory." The name is in honor of his great uncle, a Bristol Bay fisherman, while the name Paxson comes from the well-known snowmobiling area in Alaska, which Sarah and husband Todd Palin love.
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Sarah, 44, had her water unexpectedly break (just a slow leak ofamniotic fluid, she shared) while attending an energy conference inTexas, but checked in with her doctor, was able to stay, deliver a 30minute speech, and then get on a plane to return to her home state intime for the delivery (which ended up needing to be induced) early thismorning.
Sarah said that while she did not tell the pilot or flightattendants that she was 36 weeks along, she did not hide her conditioneither
The family initially released a statement saying that Trig has "special challenges," but did not specify what they are. However, on Monday, April 21st, they said the baby has Down Syndrome. Sarah and Todd’s statement reads,
On Monday, Sarah shared that she "initially felt sad" when hearing the diagnosis.
The pregnancy was announced in March. Trig joins siblings Track, 18, Bristol, 17, Willow, 13, and Piper,7. Sarah said she does not plan to take a maternity leave, but isbreastfeeding, will bring her son to work with her, and plans to takesome days of for his pediatrician appointments
Thanks to CBB readers Sarah, Shay, and April.