Sunday, May 20, 2012

2 Weeks Old

At two weeks old, Little Sarah has beefed up! At her Dr. appt, she had not only gained back all of her birth weight, but added a few ounces, too. She is now 7lbs, 10oz.

I think it's strange when I tell people she's "14 days old." It seems like she's been with us forever! She's fit right into the family and we all just adore her so much...especially Brookey and Will. She's a pretty mellow, calm baby. She can sleep through everything which I guess is a great skill for a third kid...she pretty much has no choice! Aside from a night where she had a little tummy trouble, her sleep patterns have been good. She wakes up around 2am, then again between 5 and 6. She goes back to sleep after the 5/6 feeding until I wake her up to take Brookey to school. She naps most of the day and I wake her to eat every 3 hours. Right now, she just can't handle too much awake time. The swing, bouncy and playmat all overstimulate her, so we haven't used them at all.

A friend of ours came over this weekend and took a few pictures of her, so hopefully they'll turn out cute. I have never done newborn photos before so it was a fun experience. I just snapped these with my camera because I felt like dressing her up :) I have forgotten how fun girls are!!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Welcome Baby Sarah!!!!

She's finally here!! A SHE!! I have to admit, I can't believe "it's a girl!" But couldn't be more thrilled!! Sarah Marie was 7lbs, 6oz and 19 inches long. She was born at 1:35 in the afternoon after less than 3 hours of labor and one push! More on that later :)

Brookey is so excited to have a sister, she may have peed her pants when we announced it was a girl :) Buddy on the other hand, took a bit of time to warm up to the fact. My parents said he refused to look at the pictures we texted from the hospital and was quite angry when he found out the news. Then he screamed at Brookey for "making it a girl." Poor Little Boy.

However, after a day of visiting with her and now that she's home, he is just the best big brother!! Every time he sees her, he uses his little baby voice and says, " so cute!! Tickle! Tickle!" It's hilarious. And he's being a great helper, without my even asking. He wants to get diapers and wipes and help feed her. I think he's found his nurturing side :) I told him today, "See, having a little sister isn't so bad, is it?" To which he replied, "No, it's not bad. She's so cute!" Preciousness!!!

The birth a joke--we went home when she was barely 24 hours old! I'll post her birth story soon--it's pretty short!!

Ready to go home at 25 hour old!
Big sis is SO proud!
Sleeping Peacefully

Sarah's "Birth Story"

As I write this, Sarah is just now 2 days old and we have been home since yesterday! What just happened?? Did I really just give birth??

As of mid-last week, Sarah was a "planned" delivery. I was contracting and all of my dialation and effacement stats were prime for a scheduled induction. I really wanted to go into labor on my own, was feeling fine and could have definitely been pregnant another week or so. However, I worried about Brooke and Will and where they would be, and how I didn't want to bother anyone in the middle of the night! I was also worried I wouldn't make it to the hospital in time :) So when my Dr told me he was on call at the hospital all weekend, I decided to put my mind at ease at schedule an induction so my parents could be here with the kids.

Induction horror stories are rampant (the "evils" of Pitocin, etc), however, my story is pretty darn rosy. I think mostly because my body was already primed and READY. Goes something like this:

9:00am: Check into the hospital
9:30-10:45: Fill out paperwork, read my celebrity trash magazines, Scott and I wonder if I'll be able to have a margarita by Happy Hour (5pm!). I think it's unlikely.
10:45: Low dose Pitocin started
11:15: Start feeling contractions, pretty painful!
11:45: Dr breaks my water
12:00: Holy crap, contractions every 2 minutes, pain!! Nothing THAT horrible. It sucks though, I'm not smiling anymore. Where's the epidural chick?!
12:30: Got the epidural...ahhhhh......
1:13: Nurse: "Maybe I should check you, your contractions are really close. You're wait....10!! Get the Dr!"
1:25: "Um, I think she's coming out..."
1:30: Dr. arrives, I push once and...
1:35: Sarah Marie is born

Zero "tearing" or stiches and I was/am in virtually no pain afterward--even after the epi wore off. The most pain was probably just the site of the epidural, but that's pretty much gone now.

It's only Day 2, but Sarah is a champ so far. Totally fallen into a 3 hour schedule (I have to wake her to feed her, though). Her first night home was good, too...she ate at 10:30pm, then woke up at 3:00 & 6:00am to eat. She makes all these funny little noises at night, so I think I'll have to move her away from my bed a little but I slept pretty well last night! Probably better than when I was preggo and certainly better than my night at the hospital.

I'm sure she'll "wake up" in the next few weeks and it will be more challenging, but right now, I am enjoying every moment of this newborn stage!! We're all so in love with her!!!

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