Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Introducing Baby Amelia

Baby Amelia Juliet has finally arrived!

She was 21.5 inches, and 9 pounds 11.4 ounces!

On the last day of January, at a week post dates, I went in to be induced. I was at 2cm when we started the pitocin at 10:00 a.m., by 4 p.m. I was at 3cm. It was at this point the questions of whether this whole thing was not going to work again came up. But I had already gotten things lined up for the next week, so we kept going. At 7 p.m. I was finally at a 4 and my water was broken. By 7:30 I wimped out and asked for an epidural, by 7:50 I made them get the anesthesiologist back in and up the dose. I began shaking and feeling nauseous, I was given an oxygen mask, which I admit to having torn off more than once, but the nurse didn't get it and kept putting it back on. By 9 I was at a 9. This is when my husband said, if I waited three hours we could have a February 1st baby and that would make the date easier to remember. I said that I wanted the baby out now. I began pushing at 9:30. The nurses' shifts changed at 11:30, and I accused them of turning off the epidural. They promised me they hadn't. The doctor was called in at 11:58, and said we didn't have time to break the bed down, go. She emerged. The time was 12:00.01 a February 1st baby. As my husband points out this is very cool because her entire birth date can be expressed with three numbers. 2-1-2010, at 12:00.01.

Kevin brought all of the kids in to see us the next day. Seth's reaction was a hysterical giggle of delight at seeing his mama after a day and a half, when I drew his attention to the baby he said, "it's baby 'Milla," in a nondescript tone and then turned around to drive his train across the edge of the bed.

Logan wanted to see her, but his first question was if my stomach was smaller now and he could sit on my lap. He wanted to hold her, and did so for about three seconds before handing her back. He then began to describe everything about her that was small, small eyes, small ears, small hands, and small "this part," he said forgetting the name for wrist. He was also amazed that even when I was holding her and talking to others I still knew he was getting into things behind the curtain. "How can you know what I'm doing always?" He asked.

Brennen looked on quietly (yes, Brennen/quietly-same sentence) and held her for for about a minute gazing at her. He made the comment later, "She is not inside you anymore."

Aubrey asked all kinds of questions, did it hurt, did I cry etc. She held her baby sister in between each of the boys, and when it was time to do the hearing test she went with her and was very happy to report that she past. She told me that someday when she had a baby, she wanted a healthy baby girl, just like her.

Kamron smiled and looked. He held her about a minute and then gave her back. He wanted to know if I was all right now. He also said he missed me so much, he said it was very weird, because he sees me always and he hadn't seen me in so long.


Huhtala Family said...

Yay! She is beautiful! I love your husbands comment of "just wait 3 more hours..." That labor sounded scarily familiar :)

I loved reading your kids reactions! How wonderful that you were gone for a day and a half and they missed you that much.


Kierstin said...

YAY!! Congrats! You're a trooper. I hope the recovery is coming along faster than the labor. Hope to see you soon when the weather warms up.

Shi said...

Awww! Congratulations Melissa! I am so happy for you. You have such a special family. :) Miss you!

Rachel said...

Finally!! Congratulations! I'm glad that everything went well. She sure was worth the wait!! Such a cutie! Can't wait to meet her!

Anne said...

Congrats!!! She's beautiful. Now rest up and get some sleep!!

Kristen Davis said...

Congratulations!! Aubrey finally got her little sister... that's great. She is beautiful and sooo big. I wish I could be there, I'm planning a trip around the end of this month. So excited to see you all and the new baby.. say Hi to Kevin and everyone for me. Take care.

Postak Family said...

WOW!!! I'd say you get WOMAN of the year after that labor and delivery! I am so happy for you and your whole family. All the best to everyone! Love, Elizabeth