Sunday, October 31, 2010

Another Blue Eyed Beauty

She's here! Alexis Michelle was born October 22 2010 1:26pm 7lbs 5oz 20 1/2 in.
Right before I was induced.
Little sweetheart decided she didn't want to come on her own. Hopefully that is a sign of being a very content baby -so far she has been- and not a stubborn one. ;) Jake took me to the hospital Friday morning 7am to be induced. (Thank you so so so much, Tanya, for taking our boys all day and then some!!!! That was a big stress off my shoulders while all the Grandmas are so far away.) As soon as I got settled in the labor and delivery room Jake left for school. Dr. Ting gave me my first and only dose of cytotec at 8am. After laying in bed, watching TV, and being monitered for over an hour, they let me get up and walk around to get the contractions going. Bonnie came to visit me, knowing Jake wouldn't be there. She thought I might need some company. It was unexpected and very thoughtful of her. She helped the time fly by. (Our Genesee friends take GREAT care of us! :)) Jake came for his lunch break and left before Dr. Ting could make it back to give me my second dose. Turned out I was all ready to have the baby and he broke my water. I knew it would be a short time before she came, so I had to call Jake to tell him he couldn't make it to his last class of the day. By the time Jake got back I was having really painful contractions. He noticed I didn't have any drugs in my IV. I just assumed that because the nurses at Portenuef Medical Center hooked me up with pain releif the moment I started feeling uncomfortable pain that I was already getting medicine through my IV. I told the nurse I needed nubain, but she told me the anesthesiologist would be there in twenty minutes and claimed that it wouldn't be good for the baby at that point. (I don't know what the heck she was talking about... I had nubain with both Grant and Andrew and nothing was wrong with them! I wish I wasn't such a pushover all the time. I should have insisted because it is my right!!) Anywho, when it was time for me to push, sure enough, the EPIDURAL specialist had not arrived and I was left to my own devices. This is something I swore over and over again that I would not do and ended up being a VERY painful thing - just as I expected - something I never want to experience again. Honestly, I never knew I could scream like that. However, GRATEFULLY, I survived AND it was quick!!! An hour after Dr. Ting broke my water, our precious darling was here. I will say, recovery was easier without the drowsy after effect of the epidural.
Her face was very bruised and vessels in her eyes broke because of the fast delivery.
Daddy and Alexis
Dr. Ting and Alexis
Out of the two boys we think she looks more like Andrew, though her face is rounder and lips are smaller. She has more hair than both of the boys had as newborns.
Alexis is a very good baby. She cries quietly and very rarely, only when she is hungry or cold. She typically only wakes me up once in the middle of the night to eat, then goes right back to sleep. I am so grateful for this. With three YOUNG kids and Jake in law school, I am blessed to have a newborn I can handle. :)
Side note: Thank you Laura for watching my boys for my last several checkups before Alexis came. I don't know what I would have done without you!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Baby Shower

I know, I know... it's not my first child, why did I get a baby shower? Well, it is my first girl after all... AND seriously we are just well taken care of here. Tania and Natalie insisted on throwing the shower. It turned out great. Fun people, fun games, wonderful gifts, yummy desserts, and AWESOME people... did I mention AMAZING people! Thank you Tania again! Thank you everyone. Seriously, we recieved adorable clothes and important baby items that we didn't have. They are all needed and appreciated! Thank you, thank you!