Thursday, February 10, 2011

Ruthie's first week

We got to the hospital early Thursday morning and it was FREEZING! Luckily we were at Gateway and had to walk all of 30 steps from the parking lot. I started pitocin at about 7 and Dr. Huish came and broke my waters at about 9 and things finally started rolling.
On our way

I was doing fine getting through contractions and the nurse came in to ask about an epidural at about 10:30. I told her I was fine for now, then the very next contraction about took my breath away. From one to the next they were all the sudden WAY more painful and coming every 2 minutes. So I said, nevermind, give it to me! It took about 30 minutes to get the anesthesiologist in there and ready.. They were coming every minute and he had to keep waiting for me to get though a contraction to give it to me.

For some reason the relief was not very immediate this time around.. It took a good 45 minutes to kick it, but I had a 'window' as they were calling it in my lower right side that I could still feel everything. They said it's rare, but can happen if the baby is laying in a certain way that blocks the medicine. So I was feeling everything in about a fourth of my uterus. It was much better than feeling it everywhere, but still so painful. They kept giving me boluses of the med and changing my position, but nothing was working. Finally about 2 hours later they gave me a shot of Fentanyl and it worked. I was so exhausted by this point and so drugged I was compleltey out of it. I got about a half and hour to rest when she said I was a 10 and ready to go. I seriously didn't want to do it, I didn't know if I could even push or even move my finger for that matter. They got me in position (with no help from me) and I started having horrible shaking. Dr. Huish came in and I was somehow able to push. I pushed though three contractions and she was out! It was the easiest delivery.

Those first moments seeing your new baby are amazing! It's so emotional and overwhelming. The whole time I'm laboring I'm wondering why in the world I keep doing this to myself. At one point I said I was never doing it again. Then she was in my arms and I would have done anything to have gotten her here, and every second of pregnancy and labor was all worth it.

We stayed that night and were so ready to come home the next day. Our nurse said she'd never discharged someone so fast.. she couldn't believe we wanted to go home so quick...the shorter the better with hospitals for us. The pediatrician checked Ruthie out and said she was perfectly healthy... and home we were.







She is very well loved and cuddled

Look who Ruthie makes look huge!!

Benson likes when she's awake and when she holds his hand. He holds her lots and always calls her Ruthie Jane. Bela just keeps asking where 'that baby' is all day. "Where's that baby mom?" She'll hold her for brief moments, but she mostly just wants to know where she is... I'm wondering when she won't be 'that baby' anymore. :)

She's been a breeze so far. Perfectly good, calm, and content. And INCREDIBLY sweet. I can't seem to ever want to put her down. I could nuzzle into her face and neck and stay there all day if I could. I love her faces, her tiny noises, her stretches, her smell, her eyes... I really LOVE the newborn stage. I think she's mostly her daddy.. she even has one dimple on her left cheek just like he does. :)

17 comments:

Auburn said...

she is seriously TO DIE FOR. Her little face is so precious. Enjoy those newborn cuddles. I swear they grow even faster the third time around!!! ha ha.

Cason and Marie said...

She is beautiful Avery! I want to hold her. She looks so precious!

Amy Bennett said...

Oh my, she is BEYOND beautiful! Congrats mama!!!

Shannon said...

So precious! Thanks for posting the pictures. Congrats to all of you!

Chris and Christy said...

She's so sweet Avery :) the thought of holding a newborn so fresh from heaven makes me tear up! Congrats on your healthy little girl!

Carrie said...

She's so beautiful Avery! I'm so glad she's here safe and sound! I can't wait for Mayci & Ruthie to be the best of friends! :o)

Wendy said...

So adorable! I seriously teared up looking at those pictures. I love the newborn phase too... they're so precious and innocent and PERFECT!

Courtney said...

YEA!! I am so happy for you guys! She is darling! I love the newborn cuddles too...I think I cherish them more with the third because I know they go so fast!!

Mandy said...

She is so beautiful! Congratulations! I love the newborn stage too and it goes by way too fast!

Matt and Jennae Porter said...

SO DARLING!!!! Wish I was closer so I could get my hands on that precious baby!! Mine is a giant already.

Dennison Family said...

She IS beautiful and perfect!! congrats!! I love her cute little head! Thanks for the pics and information. SOrry the epidural didn't take. 2 of mine didn't take on the right side for 1 hr. It was torture, but at least you only had to push 3 times! That is amazing!! Congrats!!

Rich and Miriam said...

She is so adorable!

The Collins said...

Oh my gosh she is such a dainty, little beautiful baby! She is so precious! I hope all is going well! Congrats! We miss you guys!

Brittany & Barry said...

She's PRECIOUS and PERFECT! Love it!!

likeschocolate said...

Congratulations on your new arrival! I am glad all went well with the delivery and that she is doing well!

Mimi said...

What a precious little one!! Congrats! I am so happy for you guys.

Alli said...

oh avery, she is ADORABLE! congrats!