Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
My very good friend, Dorina, has been here this week helping out as we adjust to the extra work and a new schedule. The two of us first met over 10 years ago in Alaska. We are now separated by almost 4,000 miles, but have remained the best of friends. It has been so good to visit with Dorina this week. The extra help has also been wonderful and was needed this week more than I had expected. Thanks for coming, Dorina.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
William loves his baby sister a lot.
Our Family of Four
Look at that proud big brother!
William checks out Adelaide's tiny fingers.
Friday, January 15, 2010
We were planning on inducing labor as I came close to 40 weeks. This would allow me to go into labor in the morning instead of the middle of the night, making it possible for me to get a full night of sleep before labor started. We also knew that Adelaide was growing quickly, and by inducing a week early I could hopefully avoid having to give birth to a 12 pound baby. We had a plan set with my OB, and I was scheduled for induction at the hospital.
But then....I had one last ultrasound and OB appointment. The weight estimate: 10lbs 14oz. Ultrasound weight estimates can be off by a pound. So maybe Adelaide was just 9lbs 14oz. Or maybe she was really 11lbs 14oz. She was either a big baby, or a very big baby!
As we talked over the options with my OB, we decided that it would be best to have a c-section. All along, this is what I really, really wanted to avoid. However, the risks were too great for both me and the baby.
We went ahead with the c-section, and I am so thankful that the Lord led us in this direction. While recovering from a c-section was, and still is, more painful than recovering from my previous labor and delivery, it has also been a much more restful process. I was so weak and tired after giving birth to William 4 years ago that it took me months to recover. Those first four months are mostly a blur. I don't remember much of my son as an infant because I was too out-of-it. This time around I have been able to enjoy my infant daughter, and it has been wonderful!
Our newborn 10 pounds of joy!
I spent my time in the hospital resting and holding my baby as much as possible. We were there for three days. I would have left the day after Adelaide was born if they had let me, but three days was the minimum stay required for a c-section. My doctor knows that I am stubborn and would want to leave earlier, so she warned me going into it that she wasn't going to let me out for three days.
Adelaide gazing up at her Daddy.
William had to wait until we could bring Adelaide home before he could meet her. Because of flu season, no one under the age of 18 was allowed on the floors with babies. My next catching up post will tell about bringing Adelaide home to meet her big brother.