Sunday, January 31, 2010

Videos of Emma!

Here are a number of videos of little Emma. She is doing great and will already be 4 weeks old on Tuesday! The time has gone by way too fast!

Emma when she was first born...just minutes old!

Jack LOVES his baby sister!

Emma hanging out in her crib

Emma loves getting her hairwashed like she's at the salon! Too funny!

Emma just found her voice and started cooing...what a great sound!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Emma Sally has arrived!!!

Emma Sally, January 5, 12:52pm, 7lbs, 6oz, 20 inches long!

We are soooo happy to announce that our sweet baby Emma Sally has finally arrived!! I had an induction scheduled for Monday January 4th at 9pm. The doctor decided the previous week that if I didn't go into labor on my own before Monday evening, that we would induce since my blood pressures were going up and down. He said it was best to just get the baby out rather than risk me getting pre-eclampsia again. When I first went in my BP was high but I knew it was just nerves. The doc started talking about possibly putting me on magnesium sulfate if it didn't go down and then I started really getting nervous. She said she'd run some labs and see how they were. Thankfully they came back ok and my BP ended up returning to normal. They started the induction and by the middle of the night I was starting to feel some contractions. In the a.m. they let me get up and shower and then I got back in bed to start the pitocin to get the contractions to be stronger and more regular. Got my epidural around 7:30am or so when I was about 3cm. It was awesome...the contractions were starting to get pretty painful and with the epidural I didn't feel anything. By late morning I was starting to feel pressure in my bottom with every contraction and from my first labor, I remember that was the sign it was time to push. The nurse checked me and I was only 5. For the next 20 minutes I kept feeling the pressure and she said let me just check you again and I was 10 and ready to go. I couldn't believe I went from 5 to 10cm in 20 minutes!!! I then had to wait for another 20 minutes or so because the doc was in the OR doing a c-section...I was going nuts...I didn't really have to push but was just anxious to deliver! Finally the nurse said the doc would be in in a few minutes so I could start pushing. I only pushed for 13 minutes and into the world came our sweet Emma!! The doc got in the room about 2 minutes before she was born! Recovery went well and we came home this past Thursday. I feel great since being home and overall feel like I have much more energy and am glad to not be pregnant anymore!

Since being home we have just been spending a lot of time being together as a family of four! Jack loves his baby sister! When he first saw her, she was in her swing and he ran right over to her and wanted to hold her. He loves giving her lots of hugs and kisses and always wants to hold her. He likes touching her and pointing out her nose, eyes, hair, etc. We have to sometimes remind him to be very gentle though!!

Below is a link to a lot of pictures we've taken over the past week. I have a few videos and promise I will post them soon. Hope you all enjoy and we can't wait for everyone to meet our sweet little girl!!

Click here for photos of our baby Emma!