PUBLISHED: 5:01 PM on Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Palin family welcomes fifth child
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, welcomed the arrival of their fifth child April 18. The Palins were thankful that the Governor's labor began the previous day while she was in Texas at the Governor's Energy Conference, where she gave the keynote luncheon address, but let up enough for her to travel on Alaska Airlines back to Alaska in time to deliver her second son.

Trig Paxson Van Palin was born at 6:30 a.m. April 18 and weighs six pounds, two ounces. The Governor and Trig are both doing well and resting comfortably.

"Trig is beautiful and already adored by us," the Palin family said in a statement. "We knew through early testing he would face special challenges, and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives. We have faith that every baby is created for good purpose and has potential to make this world a better place. We are truly blessed."

The Palins have four other children including Track, 18, Bristol, 17, Willow, 13 and Piper, 7.