Wednesday evening, October 13th, our precious gift took her first breaths in this world. Her delivery had its bumps, but it truly was an amazing experience. I'm not sure how people can go through this experience and not believe in a sovereign Creator. God was so sweet to us during Ada's delivery. We were surrounded with family and friends. We had a great support system. If I could, I would do it all over again. If I sat here and typed every detail and every emotion I felt that day, this would be the longest blog post ever! So, I'll just hit the highlights:
We went in Tuesday evening around 5:00PM to be induced. Labor and Delivery (L&D) was really crowded, so we didn't actually get in our room until a little after 7:00PM. My cervix was still unchanged, so they gave me three doses of Cytotec that night/early Wednesday morning. Around 7:00 Wednesday morning I was finally dilated to a 2 and Dr. Daniel was able to break my water. They started me on Pitocin then too. I'd already gotten my first epidural (yes, I had more than one) around 4:00 that morning (I didn't want to take ANY chances of feeling pain)... but after my water broke and my contractions got stronger... my first epidural wore off (YIKES!) They aren't sure why, all I know is that I was really feeling my contractions... not the pressure, but pain. And.. I could move my toes and legs. So, they gave me a second epidural. This one worked better, but for some reason I could still feel pain with each contraction. Around 1:30PM they checked me and I was a seven and we were getting excited. At around 4:30PM I was a 9.5! Seriously? Finally around 5:30, I started pushing. Pushing was hard... my legs were totally dead and so heavy, and I couldn't really feel where I was pushing. But, I could feel my contractions to know when to push. I have to mention this because it's funny... I was so exhausted and out of it... not sure if it was from labor or from a narcotic they put in a boost they gave me in my epidural... but regardless, I was OUT OF IT! I was so out of it, that in between contractions/pushing, I was falling asleep! One time, they said I even snored! I would push, push, push, then close my eyes and lay my head back until I could feel the next contraction coming on. I pushed for about and hour and a half and then my nurse told me Dr. Daniel called and said I had 25 minutes then he was doing a C-Section. I think it was a ploy to get me to push harder, but whatever it was it worked. Fifteen minutes later, at 6:45PM, Ada Laine Weathers was born. She weighed 7lbs, 5oz, and was 19.5 inches long. I know I'm her Momma, but I have to say, that she was beautiful from the beginning. She's the spitting image of her Daddy, and she's such a sweet, sweet baby.
We've been home now since Friday, and so far so good. She's a great sleeper. She's eating great now... we had some trouble with breast-feeding, and made the decision to swap to formula. Let me just tell you that it has been one of the best decisions we've made. Mommy, Daddy, and Ada are all A LOT happier :) Although, right now as I blog... I have the lovely smell of cabbage leaves coming from under my shirt.. I guess there's a down-side to everything.
Here are a few of the little quirks we've picked up on so far in Ada's five days here with us:
- She lets out a high-pitch little squeal right before she starts crying... it's too cute.
- Her little voice is raspy and horse when she cries... again... we love it.
- She makes the funniest face when she stretches, and boy does she love to stretch.
- She's a great sleeper. Right now, she's napping a lot during the day, and still sleeping all night. I have to wake her up to feed her during the night.
- Jordan and I love when we kiss her on the cheek and she roots for our lips... we say she's kissing us :).. It's just our thing.
- She is a pleasant baby. She doesn't cry very often. Usually just during diaper changes and when she's laid flat on the floor. If she's in her bouncy seat, the bobby, or swaddled and laid down in the crib, she's perfectly content not being held.
- She loves to cuddle... she will nuzzle her little nose right in your neck and sleep for hours.
- She likes to be sung to, it calms her down, but she wants you close... almost whispering in her ear.
- We always know when we're about to change a poopie diaper... (by the way she's got no trouble in that department). Her face says it all, plus, you can totally hear it. She poots loud.
I'm sure I could go on and on, but I won't. I know I will never be able to put everything down on paper. Right now, I just want to go love on my baby girl and soak it all up! I know it won't last forever, so I have to cherish this time now. I'll leave you with some pictures of our precious baby girl.
Right before going in :)
THE BEST doctor in the world!
My brother and sisters and I...
I was SO exhausted, but SO happy!
Not quite one day old :)
Coming home... Do you like the signs in the background? Ada's cousins Hannah Grace, Noah, Lily made them for her :)