Wednesday, February 4

our baby boy

Facebook is blocked at the hospital, so right now we are relying on updating our blog which imports to FB. Thank goodness for that little feature or nobody would have any info until Thursday!!
so on Tuesday we went to my regular appt. at 11 am. I was dialated 5-6 cm and my dr. said enough already! we are having this baby! She sent me over to the hospital (essentially through the hallway which was awesome!)
we were so thankful that my mom was here because we didn't have any of our stuff, most importantly our camera! it was so great that she was able to bring everything to us.
The dr. said I only needed a bit of Pitocin to get things going. That started at 1 pm. By 3 pm I was starting to ask about that epidural! The strange thing is the contractions were all in my hip bones, which I wasn't expecting! I didn't even have them in my stomach area. The epidural kicked in by about 4 which was wonderful. Then things slowed down a little as they tend to.
The hardest thing at this point was that I was so hungry! Since I didn't expect this to happen today, I had only eaten 2 muffins at 8:30 am. I was so famished by late that night that I didn't feel like I had much strength.
Fast forward to 7:00, I was fully dialated, but the baby was not low enough for me to start pushing. So they adjusted my position and let me sit a while longer. About 8 pm they decided I should try pushing. After an hour and a half we weren't making a whole lot of progress which was somewhat discouraging. I felt the dr. was getting frustrated with me for not doing it "right". (She later apologized when she realized why :)
So at 9:30 pm they decided to turn my epidural way down unfortunately!! Then after another hour and a half of pushing, Graham FINALLY made his grand appearance (11:05 pm)! It was pretty rough there at the end especially, quite painful, but we are just so thankful that it's over and that he is a healthy little boy.
So the big surprise was that the little guy turned out to be a massive 10 pounds!! My dr. had estimated him to be around 7 lbs! So that is when everyone realized why it was so hard to get him out! But the blessing is this - my dr. told me that if she would have known he was 10 lbs. she probably would not have let me try to push him and would have taken me right to c-section. So I am SO thankful that I was able to avoid that and it was possible to have him on my own.
finally holding my little boy
not so happy!
snuggling with daddydaddy changing his 1st diaper!
he also put on Graham's shirt upside down which was hilarious!love our sweet little man!


Mark and Stephanie Stonis said...

Congratulations! I am so happy you can finally hold him!

Tim, Kristen & Megan said...

Congrats!! That is so exciting!!

party of eight said...

he is so cute i am getting the giggles... i love him! wow, 10 lbs!!! how did that happen?! yay! he is adorable! i am so happy you did not have to have a c-section.

who would have ever thought you two would have a 10 pounder! wow, i am so so delighted about the WONDERFUL news... and i love your hair! you seriously look great after such a hard labor! yay!

i will be praying for you as you adjust to life with your newborn toddler. i am so glad your mom is there! mom's are the BEST!

love you,


Sean and Charis said...

Congratulations! He is absolutely adorable!!! 10 lbs! that's amazing! Ohh! I can't wait to hold him!
Love you guys!

Bonnie Blakeney said...

HOLY COW congrats you guys, Kelly, amazing work. Don't you feel like a superhero?! I'm so glad you got to do it your way too...and that he's healthy. Hope you're getting some rest and that your recovery will be quick. I can't believe he's 10 lbs.! Love those chubby cheeks.

Seth & Bethany Heijermans said...

Hooray! He is beautiful Kelly & Andrew! And Kelly, you deserve a special reward for blogging already : )

Katie Barker said...

Oh he looks so sweet in that last picture! Congratulations on your family of 3!!

Mark and Anne Brumbaugh said...

can't wait to meet him!

Joel said...

Congratulations! You Super Woman! You have bragging rights for a lifetime! Thank you so much for sharing your story and for the pictures. Can't wait to actually see and hold him.

Bethany said...

Congrats, Andrew and Kelly!

Kristin said...

Congratulations!! I can't believe he was 10 lbs; glad all went well.

Rob said...

Way to go Kelly - so pumped for you guys! Let me know when I can stop by with a meal!


Sean and Charis said...

Jack loves looking at Graham's pictures. He is wondering when you are going to come and drop him off!!!

skB said...

yay! He is such a handsome boy! So glad that he is here safe and sound. And Kelly, you are amazing!

katie said...

graham is the cutest, most adorablest little boy EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! jack is so adorable too! those two are gonna have so much of fun together!

Abby Hilton said...

Congratulations Andrew and Kelly. Graham is so adorable! I know you're so glad he's here! We're so excited for you guys.

Luther's Stein said...

What a cutie he is! Great work mama! I am sure like you said, not easy (at all!) but worth it all!
So glad he is on the outside now :)