12.03.2007

Introducing...

Lorelai Hope!
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She's finally here :) We've all got a lot of learning to do, but we're so so so happy with her.

Last week on Wednesday I went to have a biophysical profile / nonstress test done to check everything out because she wasn't here yet. They found that my amniotic fluid levels were low. So on Thursday I went to the doctor's office and after checking me out, told me that the best option was to go to the hospital. My mom was with me, and we made a quick stop at the house and then went to the hospital. Dan met up with us there. And then we waited. And waited. Around 7 or so I was given a gel to help things along, then more gel around midnight. I started feeling contractions more but they were still quite manageable. It was more uncomfortable to be hooked up to the fetal monitoring and in a hospital bed.

Friday morning, we were moved down to the labor and delivery floor around 7:15. Once down there, I was checked out (4 cm woo-hoo!). Pitocin was started, more for augmentation rather than straight induction. The doctor broke my water and told us she was thinking that the baby would be born in the afternoon. My contractions were getting more and more intense. I did ask for the epidural and they were ready and waiting to go on that. As they started the prep for that the contractions were so intense and I felt like pushing. I was checked out again and found at 10:00am I was 10centimeters so I could go ahead and push! No epidural! OMG. Luckily the nurse who came in was great and got right in my face telling me to breathe or relax or push. Also luckily, 19 minutes later, Lorelai was born! When she came out the nurse, doctor and Dan all gave a collective "Woah" - she was HUGE!!! And had a whole lot of hair!! She was 9pounds 2ounces, 21 inches long.

All the grandparents came to meet her on Friday, and one of her uncles as well. On Saturday grandparents returned, along with my brothers and girlfriend. There were tons of photos taken. On Sunday we came home and began to try and wrap our heads around this new life. Dan is the best, taking care of me while I take care of her. He's great with Lorelai too - he's changed diapers and is pretty good at swaddling her. She seems to know what she's doing with breast feeding too - we're working on our team work.

And that's where we're at - it's been a crazy couple of days. But in the best way possible :)

35 comments:

Jen said...

She is just absolutely beautiful :) I've gotten all the pics that mom has sent and Betsy too and was just so excited to hear the news :) I'm going to be in CT this weekend and will give a call and maybe I can stop by and see her and you guys too :)

Much love to all 4 of you :)

Sonia said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Your daughter is beautiful. Best wishes as you get through the next few days!

Jen said...

Congratulations! What a gorgeous baby!

sarah lou said...

yaaahoooooooo! she's a doll! look at all that hair! and a beautiful name, too. :) congratulations to your growing family! :)

Violet said...

She's darling! Congratulations!

Teaandcakes said...

Congratulations!
She's beautiful!

Jenn said...

Congrats! She's beautiful!

alh said...

She's adorable! Congrats!

KnelleyBelley said...

I've been a lurker, but couldn't resist speaking up to say CONGRATULATIONS! Your daughter is a beauty. That hair! I love the name you've given her. Enjoy every minute!

jennsquared said...

Congratulations!!! She is gorgeous! She's going to have beautiful hair! :)

RC said...

OMG look at all that hair!!! she's beautiful!
and what are you doing stitting at the pc blogging already? go get some rest while you still can!

Firemanshunny said...

Congrats!! Look at all that hair. She is beautiful. Have fun with her. Make sure to get plenty of sleep whenever you can. (and way to go on giving birth natural. Especially with a 9+ lbs baby! Wow I am amazed!) Looking forward to many more baby pictures!
p.s. Love her name.

thepaintedsheep said...

She's beautiful! And all that hair! Congratulations!

Kaitie Tee said...

Congratulations! She's gorgeous!

Dana said...

Congratulations- she's beautiful! :)

Stariel said...

Congrats!

She's such a cutie! I had a lot of hair like that when I was born too. I bet all the bald babies will be jealous. ;)

Me said...

Congratulations! She's absolutely beautiful.

And wow, I am so very impressed - over 9 pounds and no epidural. And you lived to tell about it so happily. Absolutely amazing!

Miss Shine said...

Congratulations! She's adorable!

Lilith Parker said...

Congratulations!

Marla said...

Look at that hair! Congratulations on your new little one!

theatreknitter said...

You continue to amaze me. Can't wait to get home and see the little angel.
The countdown has begun.

Luv ya
b

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful baby!!!

God Bless

Cheesy

Julie said...

Fabulous news! Congratulations, she's beautiful!

Michelle said...

Oh, congratulations! She's so beautiful!

theatreknitter said...

She looks so curious in the picture. You gotta wonder what she is saying "Seriously, they keep sticking that silver thing n my face. I am like 24 hours old, what do they expect me to do. ?"

talk to you soon

Maureen said...

Congratulations - she's adorable!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! She is so incredibly beautiful. And that hair!!

I am due in two weeks and I will think of you giving birth to a 9 pound baby without an epidural as I wonder if I will get through labor and delivery. Thank you!

Sunflowerfairy said...

YAY!!! NEW BABY!!! Welcome to the world, little one.

Yikes. No drugs. Yikes. You are a woman of steel, can I just say that?

All I can say is, yikes.

Just remember that the next 2 months don't last forever. The sleep deprivation goes away soon, I promise.

eyeleen said...

she's adorable! Congratulations!

Life's a Stitch said...

Beautiful name, beautiful baby. Life as you have known it won't be the same - it'll be better.
Li

Melissa said...

Congratulations. She is beautiful and I love the name!!

Heide said...

CONGRATS!!!!! Let the games begin! :)

dragon knitter said...

what a little dolly! having kids with hair is great! (i've only had one "baldy" of my 4, and at 15, his hair is thicker than mine, and that's saying something!).

all that dark hair makes me itch to put her in yellow!

cori said...

she's beautiful! congrats!

Pam said...

Oh yay! Congratulations, and welcome to the world, Lorelai! So cute, and look at all that dark hair!

I hope she's doing well and letting you get a little sleep and knitting time! :)

Best wishes,

Pam

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