Sunday, April 27, 2008

Say Hello to Brooklyn!

Here are just a few pictures and videos...








Video #1 - First time with mommy...



Video #2 - Coming home for the first time...

I want make sure I remember everything, so today (7/17/08) I am documenting my experience. This is how it happened:

I was having contractions for several weeks (BH contractions really) but they began to be more and more crampy and closer together for the last week or so. The day before baby was born, I layed down about noon with pretty strong crampy contractions and they were coming every 5 minutes or so. I thought they would stop as they had before, but they continued for three hours. I recvd a call from Melissa who convinced me that it would be a good idea to go the hospital now as the admittance takes a while and then the epidural takes a while to kick in. I took her advice and called Matt at work to come home and take me to the hospital. I jumped in the shower; Matt was surprise to find me in the shower. He arrived home rather quickly expecting to find me waiting in the driveway. We got to the hospital around 5pm. They checked me and I was still a 4 dilation, but my contractions were consistantly 2-3 minutes apart. They just weren't strong enough to dilate me. They gave us three options before admitting me: go walking for 2 hours; go home; or be induced. We chose to go walking. We went downstairs at about 7pm and got a smoothie and ate some crackers, then we walked outside around the hospital district in downtown for the next 1 1/2 hours. Everyone we passed knew exactly what we were doing, because I looked as though I was having contractions. Back at the hospital, they check me again and I had progressed 1 whole centimeter dilation - so they admitted me. We labored from that point (9pm) till 5am - on the dot (when she was born). They did give me some pitocin to encourage stronger contractions, and then they gave me an epidural when the contractions starting really hurting. My water bags broke on their own during my labor. It as rather surprising as all of the sudden we heard a "pop" and my blanket moved, and then it was wet. I progressed to a 10 dilation around 3:30am and they left me at a 10 for a whole hour so as to make sure baby came down as much as possible before I pushed. I started pushing at 4:55 and pushed 3 times and she was out. They did use a vacuum to assist as they were concerned about my heart and did not want me to strain too much. She was very healthy (despite a slight gurgling, which they took care of in the nursery with some suction and oxygen) and she had latched on right after they rubbed her down and cut the cord. I did rip to a stage 2 (as they did not give me an episiotomy). I also ended up losing a lot of blood. My blood (hemaglobin?) level was at 7. They suggested a transfusion, but gave me a choice - I chose to wait it out, which was the right choice in the end. My recovery was long and hard as I was very anemic for several weeks afterwards (plus I still had PUPs pretty bad for the 8 weeks following), but with Matt home the first week and my Mom there for the next 3 weeks, I was well taken care of.

10 comments:

Don and Judy said...

What a DOLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
She is beautiful. The pictures and videos are great! They make it almost like being there. We are really getting the itch. She is definitely a Matt and Vanessa baby. Words cannot accurately discribe her. Her brown dress fits her room to a "T".
Love, Grandpa

The Ollila's said...

O.K.... I don't know quite what to say. Looking at these pictures of you guys make me cry. It is such an incredible time - bringing home baby - becoming a family. It is just AWESOME!!!! You guys are going to be the most incredible parents. Vanessa, let Matt spoil her rotten. You know he wants to. Just let him do it. She is Daddy's little girl. We love you guys and couldn't be happier for you. I can't wait to come and hold her myself.

I hope you are ready for another LONG night :) You might be surprised at how much you will actually enjoy being up with her at 2 o'clock in the morning.

Shantel said...

She is absolutely beautiful! I want one now!

Marc and Sarah said...

What a VERY beautiful baby! We can't wait to see her in person!!! You guys did very good and we are so proud of you...you guys will be wonderful mothers! We'll call tomorrow to chat and hope you begin to feel better quick.

Jason said...

Words are not sufficient. Thanks for the pictures and vids. We love you guys!

Jason

Angela Mundt said...

Oh My Gosh! She is such a doll....I can't wait to kiss those sweet cheeks! You all look so happy. Enjoy this special time. You are such a sweet family. Keep us updated!

Don and Judy said...

We have been mesmerized by the beautiful pictures. What joy and happiness a baby brings. The world just seems a little brighter and a little lighter now that Brooklyn is here. We love her! Watching your joy and happiness brings joy to us. Enjoy your time together this week.

travelinsuzy said...

congrats! she's beautiful! isn't it crazy and amazing and difficult and wonderful all rolled up into one?

the memea's said...

Brooklyn is so beautiful. Congratulations to both of you and your new bundle of joy!

LCFrohm said...

She's beautiful!
Such a blessing!!
Have a blast as she discovers all the new things this world has to offer.
CONGRATS!