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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Home Sweet Home

YEA, we're home!!! =)

We actually got home yesterday(Sat.) around 2pm. I'm just now getting to blog though. Boy is our house busy now:) Lil' Chris is starting to adjust a little bit better today. Yesterday he would cry every time my husband stepped out of the room:) It takes him a little bit to get used to new things. Today he has been doing much better! He even helped me feed her a bottle!!

I just realized that this is our first family pic!! All 4 of us, except you can't see Ayla at all;) We'll try to get more pics of us all later. What a good big brother though, huh? Second day home and he is already helping feed her=)

As for the birth, it couldn't have gone any better!! My water broke at 10am and the contractions didn't really get bad until about noon. Then I got the epidural around 2pm and went from being 5-6 cm to 10 cm in about 5 minutes!!! The guy who did the epidural didn't even get out of the room before I felt her slide right down into position. The nurse checked me...and then she called my OB and said "Hurry up...we have a baby coming soon!!" I couldn't believe how quick I went to complete! Next thing I knew, I pushed one set of 3, another set of 3 pushes, my OB said something about using the vacuum and I said no (she used the vacuum on Lil' Chris) and gave it my all on the next push and she was out!!! She had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck once, but no other problems... that is for Ayla anyways.

I on the other hand had some extra bleeding afterwards that never went away. So at about 11pm my dr. came back to do a D and C. I was so scared, b/c I was all alone. I just kept praying and praying that everything would be fine and nothing bad would happen. I had to get a spinal epidural which made me numb from the waist down so that my dr. could go in and scrape anything out that was left in there. Which she did find something, either a blood clot or a membrane. They sent it to the lab to find out. I was just relieved that they were able to find something so the bleeding would stop.

So all throughout the night I still kept bleeding, which worried me more. At one point, I asked the nurse..."What will they do next if the D and C didn't work?" She never answered me, she just said they would call my dr. and see what she wanted to do. So of course that made me worry more. Needless to say, I didn't get much sleep that first night. I was dreading the news my dr. was going to give me in the morning. Luckily when my dr. came to check on me in the morning, she said that it looked much better and that I could finally get my IV taken out and that I would be fine!! I was so relieved, I felt like I could finally take a breath. I could tell my husband was relieved too when I called him with the good news.

Anyways, back to Ayla being born...
When they handed her to me for the first time...I just starred at her beautiful lil' face! I couldn't believe she was ours! God has blessed us with so much over the past couple of years...first lil' Chris, and now lil' Ayla. Isn't she just beautiful?

We have our first dr's appt on Monday with the pediatrician, b/c she is a little bit jaundice. She also lost 9 oz in the hospital. I'm actually glad for the early dr's appt. A CF mom(and a new mom) is always curious about weight;) Am I right?? I'm praying that her first dr's appt. doesn't go like her brothers first dr's appt. Click here to read about it. (I'll finish his story some day;)

So I asked what we can do to help with the jaundice and they said to just keep her well fed. Since I don't think she is getting enough through breast feeding, we have also been giving her a bottle after breast feeding. She actually drinks the whole 2 oz every time!! It's too early to tell if she is having any signs of CF yet. But I'll keep you updated and let you know if I suspect it. So does anyone have any more advice about her being jaundice, b/c I have no clue??

Also, I was told that we may get the CF test results back by the end of this week!! They said that if there is CF in the family already, then they put a rush on it. So hopefully I will have some GREAT news for you by Friday...please continue to pray for no CF!

I was surprised to see the lil' things my husband did while I was in the hospital. I walked into our room and on my night stand was a picture frame with me and Ayla. It says, "Like mother like daughter, the nicest compliment there is." Isn't is so cute?

And then when I went into Ayla's room, he had a picture frame of her on her dresser...isn't he the cutest husband ever to do all this and surprise us? He's the best husband and daddy ever!! =)
Well, my lil' sweet baby girl is calling me:) I will update more later and get some slide shows going. I just wanted to let you all know that we are all doing great and that I am recovery great from the birth and D and C. Thank you all for the prayers for Ayla and I. It means so much to us all. Please continue to pray that the CF test results come back quick and are negative.

Thanks again for all your prayers,



Cindy said...

So glad that the birth went well, and yes, she is beautiful! Also glad that the D&C took care of your bleeding problems!
Keeping you guys in my prayers for a CF clear test!

Jessie said...

She is such a beautiful girl. I'm sure that chris will be you little helper.Im keeping you in my thoughts that she is CF free.

Alicia said...

She is so beautiful!

Carrie said...

She is so precious! I know you are so happy to have her here. You have a sweet family!

Zoe Isabella said...

She is Beautiful!!! Congratulations again to your entire family!
As far as the jaundice, set her by a window as much as possible, the more indirect sunlight, the better!

I will continue to pray for no CF!!


My Three Sons said...

Welcome home!!! Ayla is a beautiful baby.

My oldest son Coltan was jaundice and the doctor told me to put him in a onsie and set the cradle in front of a window that gets lot of sunlight. In just a couple of days, it made a huge difference. It really isn't uncommon for babies to be a little jaundice in the very beginning. If it is more severe, they will send you home with a light. I wouldn't worry and I will pray for a ver sunny day for the next few days for you.

Take care and give both babies hugs and kisses from us.

Kaci and Carson

Just Jenkins... said...

so precious! i can't wait for my lil' girl to get here! we'll keep you guys in our prayers!

Anonymous said...

Yes M she is beautiful. Lil Chris looks so big now. Keeping her in sunlight is best. Josh had to wear an ultra violet ray vest for a week or so. It is very common in newborns. Keeping Ayla & lil Chris in my prayers. Mom

Anonymous said...

Oh M :-( I'm so sorry you had to be alone for all of that... of course we are never really alone, but I know you must have been so scared! I wish I could be there for you! I hate that you are so far away! Ayla is so beautiful... just like you :-) I am always praying! Call me tomorrow if you can... I want to hear more details.

Love you!!!


Barb said...

I am so happy for you! She is perfect.

Our son was jaundiced too (this was in 1989). We had to go for the awful pinprick on the heel everyday for about a week to test his blood. He wasn't eating enough because he (and I) were having trouble with the breast feeding. We switched to formula and everything was fine after that. Of course my pediatrician was not happy that we switched to bottles but I was happier and so was our son.

God bless...

Barb N. from work

The Smithson Family said...

She is precious! I hate to hear about the D and C, but I am glad that they did something while you were in the hospital. I had the same thing happen with my first child, but I had already gone home. I went back into the hospital for 5 days when he was a week old! It was horrible! I had a fever of 104 and was put on tons of medication! Some of the placenta was still in my uterus. I don't wish that on anyone! You might have felt alone, but God was with you when they decided to do the D and C!
Congratulations and have fun! It goes by so fast! My husband is like yours...it is so nice to have a husband that puts so much thought into the "little" details!

Anonymous said...

She is beautiful! I love the new header! Sending lots of prayers and hugs! Congratulations!

Alma said...

Oh M she is precious, precious, precious! So glad everything went well after the D & C.

Praying about the test results. I'm here if you need to vent!

I know very little about jaundice - sorry :( I do know the sunlight will help.

Take care ~

Aunt D. said...

Hey Girl! Great post! I love the new header & I can't wait to see the next slideshow you guys put together! I hope you're taking it as easy as you can & tell Chris those picture frames he put out for you were the sweetest things ever! Can't wait to see you guys in a few weeks - I'll let you know as soon as everything is booked. Kiss the kiddies for me!

Tooter's Mommy (Courtney) said...

Congratulations - She is so beautiful! We will pray for the CF test to come back negative!

What a sweet husband you have!!!

Zoe Isabella said...

Hi, I hope you all are getting nicely adjusted to having that sweet little girl around! :)
I was wondering, are they just doing the 'newborn-screening' test for CF or did they go ahead and do a gene test? If they just did the 'newborn-screening', in case you didn't already know, they get alot of false-positives with carriers. I hope they did the gene test.
I hope you are feeling good now...get a lot of rest! Snuggle with those babies....


The Liberto Family said...

Glad to hear you all are doing well. What a good looking family. Lil Chris is going to be a good big brother. Sorry to hear you had problems after birth. Glad they got you well. Enjoy your baby girl. Still praying for NO CF!

Julie said...

She's just beautiful! I'm glad everyone is home safe and happy. Seamus loved looking at the pictures of Lil Chris and Ayla.

Susanna said...

Congratulations!!! I'm so glad to hear that things are very normal for Baby Ayla so far. Don't get too stressed about the first weight or two even my nonCF kids lost up to a pound in that first week or so. Give little Ayla (and Lil' Chris too:-) lots of kisses. You have two beautiful children. Lots of love and prayers, Susanna

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