Cuteness Has Arrived!

It is a good day today. The sun is shining and the birds are chirping – a perfect spring day. Just like the day we brought Owen home from the hospital. Yes, we decided on the name Owen shortly after he was born. He arrived at 8:27 pm on Saturday April 19th after a few scares while in labor.

Around 4 am on the 19th I started to feel some contractions, but I didn’t think much of it because I was able to fall back asleep. When we woke up we went on about our day as usual and took a walk. During the walk I was starting to get stronger contractions that were getting closer together. Once we got home around 1 pm the contractions really started to get painful. After about 3 more hours of laboring at home we decided this was the real deal, and we headed to the hospital.

Once we arrived at the hospital they checked how dilated I was. I was far enough along that they offered an epidural right away. I didn’t take the epidural right away because I still wanted to walk the hospital a bit. That lasted a little under an hour before I decided that I had labored enough on my own.

A little side note on getting the epidural: I felt some pressure while they put it in, and a bit of a cooling sensation. It was an odd feeling but I am glad that I did it.

Not 15 minutes after I got the epidural my water broke, and with it we found out that Owen had already passed his first bowl movement (known as meconium), which is not a good sign. Along with having meconium, his heart rate dropped drastically I was immediately given oxygen and told to get onto my hands and knees (good thing I took all of those yoga classes) to try and keep his heart rate up enough for delivery. They then rolled me into the OR.

At this point Tony was taken away to get scrubs on, and I was thinking that I was about to have a C-section. Luckily his heart rate came back up by the time we arrived in the OR, and I was able to deliver vaginally. Unfortunately they did have to use a vacuum and an episiotomy to get him out a little quicker.

He was screaming before he was even fully out, which was music to my ears (a little less-so now). They plopped him down on my chest, and at that moment nothing else mattered. Tony cut the cord, and Owen was taken off for a few minutes to get cleaned off and ready to get back into my arms. Owen was 8 lbs 8 oz and 20 inches long with a full head of brown hair and dark blue eyes. I am not sure where he got all the hair from, but looking back at pictures of me when I was born I had a lot of hair too. So if anything I guess he at least gets that from me. Otherwise I think he looks pretty much like Tony.

Of course I have been posting a bunch of pictures on Facebook, but here are a few of my favorites:

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Maternity and Nursery Pics

This is going to be a short post because I am exhausted. We didn’t sleep much last night because I kept getting contractions, but right when we were ready to go to the hospital they seemed to slow down and then stop. False alarm :/. So we pretty much slept a total of three hours last night.  At least we were able to watch the Mad Men premiere at 3am. I really thought the little man was ready, but I guess he doesn’t want to meet us just yet. I downloaded a phone app (Contraction Counter) that will help me keep track the next time it happens.

We were able to do a bunch of cooking this weekend, and now our freezer is stocked with some meals for when we are walking zombies and don’t feel like leaving the house. We made some dinner and breakfast food to have on hand. It took awhile to do, but I think we will be happy that we did it.

Yesterday our good friend Laura took some awesome pictures of us and the nursery. I am glad we were able to do this before the little man arrived. I posted a few of my favorite ones below.

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Hospital Bag

Any day now the doctor said, but she also told us to be prepared to go 41 weeks. Eeek! 41 weeks seems a ways away only being 37 1/2. Nobody really knows when he will decide to show up. Now I understand why some moms schedule these things. It is hard not knowing the date. We just have to be prepared to run off to the hospital when the time comes.

One thing that I feel good about is the hospital bag. I have the things I need, along with the baby, and Tony threw a few things in too. I have a few nursing tanks, pajamas, a robe, sweat pant outfit, going home outfit, slippers, slipper socks, throw away undies (in case I don’t like the hospital ones), sleeping bras, and a nursing bra.

I also packed any toiletries that I thought I might be able to use and that would make me feel better showering with. I might throw some makeup in when the time comes. Along with the toiletries, I packed some dermoplast spray, tucks, and some nipple cream. I didn’t know much about these things until some new moms got them for me. They should be a big help for post delivery.

For baby I don’t have much. I packed a few sleepers, socks, scratch mittens, receiving blanket, nail clippers, lotion,halo sleep sack, and a changing pad with a few diapers. Hopefully that is all he will need.

Some extras that I packed were some lollipops, hard candy, and gummy bears. I want to grab some more snacks before we take off. I also plan on grabbing my kindle and phone charger before we run out the door. I am not sure if I am going to bring my own pillow or not. I will write it on the list and see how I feel that day. This week we will install the car seat.

Here are some pictures of what I packed. New moms, did I leave anything out?

 

 

Baby Items

Baby Items

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Snacks, notebook, pads, and changing pad.

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Essentials

 

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Comfy Clothes

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Hospital Bag