Monday, March 23, 2009

2 1/2 weeks!

*Warning... Proud Mommy ahead...Picture and info overload. :)*
Well... Sorry it's taken me so long to update. I've gotten a few "hate calls" telling to I need to get on the ball :) haha... I have found though that my usual "Me" time I used to have is almost completely nonexistent now-a-days. Hopefully life will get more into a schedule in the next couple weeks... It's all worth it though. :) We love our beautiful baby girl so much!!
Jeff and I went into St. George on the 4th to go to the doctor and found that I was a 3 and 70% effaced, and having irregular contractions... But still wasn't kicking into full labor. Since I live two hours away from the hospital, my doctor said he felt more comfortable about inducing me that next day then having me drive through Zion in labor... (Which was totally fine with me!) :)
The hospital said that they would call anywhere between 5 and 6 am to have me come in. So Jeff and I woke up, got ready to go the hospital... and than waited... forever! :) I was actually having contractions pretty regular by this point... So By the time they called at 9:30- I was pretty excited to get down there!
Before we left for the hospital:

I got in at 10:00 and they started me on the pit. Sheesh... That stuff is not very fun! :) My contractions were so hard already! I wasn't really making that much progress (Still just a 4 at 2:00). So I opted for another epidural- which I almost had a mental breakdown over. They freak me out so bad! I asked him to give me the lowest possible dose, and he just kind of laughed at me and told me that he hated to do that because he would just be back later... But I hate the feeling of being numb- so I told him that was the best option for me.
In between contractions, acting happy... :)

At 3:00 I was a 5, and by 4:00 I was ready to push! (SOOO much faster than Dallin!) Also- by this point- my epidural had warn off a lot, and pretty much the only thing that was really numb was my right leg... but I loved it! It was enough to take the edge off, but I could still feel every contraction pretty strong, so I knew when to push, when to not push (so there was less tearing), and I could feel her coming out. It was perfect!! She came out in a few pushes (They actually told me to stop pushing because the doctor wasn't there yet- so hard!)

But she came out at 4:20 pm... I beautiful little girl with tons of dark hair! I actually started giggling when she came out because she looked so chubby to me compared to Dallin! I couldn't believe she was here! The nurses thought it was funny that I had just had a baby and that I was giggling... but I think I was just on so much of a high! And the labor and delivery was just so great!
First Moments Together:

During labor, they noticed her heart rate started to drop... Luckily she came out just 45 minutes later... because this is what they found when she came out:

Her cord was in a double pretzel knot! The doctor told us to take a picture of it because it doesn't happen that often without more complications. We were very blessed to have her come out perfect! :)
Brotherly love:

That first night in the hospital, we kind of had a scary experience. I finally got to sleep around 3:30, and she was supposed to wake up at 4:30 to eat... So at 4:05 I kind of stirred, but realized I still had a few more minutes to sleep... But right at that moment, I heard her choking next to me. I jump up and grab her, to find her kicking her head back because she couldn't breathe. I yelled at Jeff and called the nurses... and they rushed her away, saying that it was a "blue baby" alert. Jeff ran down with them, and I was just all alone in the room. Finally, after what felt like forever, a nurse came in to tell me that everything was now ok. She had choked on a bunch of amniotic fluid that wasn't ever sucked out from her. The rest of the day we had to watch her because every time she lay down she would kind of choke. They sucked another 6 ounces out of her before we left too! Kind of scary! But we were very blessed.
At the hospital with Daddy, and Getting ready to come home:

The next few days we stayed at my mom's house in St. George. I was pretty spoiled. :) I love having a mom to make all your meals and bring them to you all perfect on the plate, do 20 loads of laundry a day for you, and give you motherly advice when you're a hormonal mess! :) I love you mom! And thanks for being so amazing!

The next few days we had to get her Bilirubin levels checked a few times, just because she was a little high, and we went to the lactation specialist at the hospital because she was struggling a little bit with nursing... But overall- things were great (especially compared to the experience we had with Dallin that first week)!
Basking in the Sun:

Dallin has been really good. The first few days were definitely adjustment days for him. When she was crying the second day home from the hospital, he came in holding his ears and he said "Awison is too woud! Will you put her back in your tummy now?"... :) But overall he's been so great! He's really cute and loving with her and is always trying to make her happy. He's always telling her: "I'm your brudder! And you're my sistur!", and he tells her "shhh baby" nicely when she's crying.

We Love our baby girl! And I can't believe she's already almost 3 weeks old!! At the same time, it really feels at times like she's been in our family forever! Here's a few more pictures of our sweet girl the last couple weeks:
In the arms of Daddy:

A proud brother, and her Great-Great-Grandma Ilean!

All cuddled after bath time:

Our Pretty girl:

Happy St. Patrick's Day: (Dallin made everyone know it was Patrick- like SpongeBob Patrick)
And last but not least, here's a random clip of Dallin "working out". I just thought it was cute:

Anyway- I know that was a really really long post. :) But I thought I'd let you know how everything went! I have a lot more pictures... But I'll save them for another day. :) Also- My friend Ann came and took some BEAUTIFUL newborn pictures of her... So those are coming as well! :)


Charlotte said...

How fun. Congratulations, and I'm glad everything is working out so well.

Aleisha said...

Hey Jenna Congrates, your baby is so cute! That's crazy about her choking, crazy because exact same thing happened to the my daughter (about the same time in the morning too) scary but I'm glad that everyone knew what to do. I had to be induced to-and man, I will never willingly do that again (especially without an epidural) I'm glad everything went so well for you! Congrates again!

Judy said...

We're happy to hear things are going well. She is definitely a cutie. It's so funny that Dallin wanted you to put Allison back in your tummy to make her be quiet. Kids think of the funniest things.

The Holdaways said...

Congrats Jenna! She's such a pretty baby and you have such a cute family!!

Lindsey said...

I have the cutest niece ever!! :D
We can't wait to come and see you guys over Easter!! And I love Dallin's perfect push ups... Such a strong little guy!

The Askeroth Family said...

She is so beautiful! She has the prettiest lips, oooh just looking at all your pictures really makes me want a girl! Jenna, the top picture of the two of you is SO sweet. I'm so glad she got here safely, that is always such a miracle to me. I hope you are managing to get some sleep!

Clint, Brielle, and Molly J. said...

Jenna, she is so cute! I love the pictures at the end with her little eyes wide open. What a sweet little baby girl.

Mallory Jo Searle said...

Hey Jenna! She is beautiful. It was fun to hear about everything. I can't wait to meet her! Lots of love!!!

Owen and April said...

Congrats Jenna! She is beautiful!

Jer & Mick said...

yay! i have been waiting for the story!! She is absolutely PERFECT! I'm glad everything went well. Cory did that same choking thing and still did when we brought him about getting NO SLEEP, simply because I wanted to be awake if he started doing it again! Good Luck!

Marisa Jean said...

Jeffs friend, Marisa, again. Your baby is beautiful, and your story is kind of scary. Between the choking (I can't believe they left you alone in the room...torture is what I would call that) and the chord, I would have been a wreck! I also love the phrases Dallin said. And finally, you look freaking amazing in ALL of your pictures. You look better during and immediately after giving birth than I do normally. Congrats!

Jared said...

By the looks of that knot Allison is going to be a climber. That is the Figure 8 knot and is used to tie into the rope before climbing. It's amazing that she can already tie it. She is also a really cute little girl. Congrats!

The Checketts' Chatterbox said...

She is so darling! Congrats! You are a way good Mom I must say! congrats! You are way brave to not have a strong epidural...I want to be knocked out! I'm a sissy when it comes to pain! Go you!

Bill and Emily Grant said...

Oh... this was fun to read! She is just perfect! I'm glad your labor went well and everything. I am getting very anxious for my own, but I can't wait for her to be here! Congrats again!

Taylors said...

congrats! I am so sorry I haven't called my kids have been sick with everything and I didn't want to pass it along! I will get you dinner one of these days but we are still coughing pretty bad so we won't come see her yet or get Dallin but when we are all better we will. She is so cute! I can't wait to meet her!

Marci ann said...

ahhhh she's soooo choot!!! i cant wait to see her again

Kristen said...

She looks so beautiful. I love the pictures of her awake. I hope that you will soon be getting more sleep and a schedule that works for you.

Nathan Corry said...

Thats wonderful! We are so excited to come back down and see everyone in a few weeks.

Sean & Lacey said...

Jenna she is BEAUTIFUL! I bet Dallin is a cute big brother. How fun, crazy that you have two kids! Yay!!!

Jessie said...

Awwwww. I loved your birth story! Allison is such a beautiful baby! Guess she can't help it with the parents she has. And Dallin is too funny! :D I'm glad all went well, and congrats again!

Chase and Nisha said...

Jenna, I loved reading about your labor and delivery!!! I am getting nervous about mine!!! Your a trooper!! I am so glad everything went okay, and you have a perfect, healthy baby girl! Congratulations!!

The Atkinson Family Blog said...

She is so beautiful! I am so glad everything went well! You look so great!!! You cute mom you!!

chicko.bagock.i.say(: said...

i honestly don't think she could be any prettier!! shes adorable. :)
i can't wait to see her!!
and i bet dallin is thee cutest big brother everr! hahha.
soo happy everything went great.
i sure do love you guys,
and your cute little family of 4:) :)