February 4, 2009

Almost a week

Everyone says you'll be so tired after you have a baby. I was always like yeah yeah. I believed them but didn't comprehend how tired and exhausted you really get. I need my sleep to function and I haven't been getting nearly enough. Therefor my blog has been neglected. Leighton will be a week old tomorrow. She is eating like a champ and doing really good. Chad and I are loving having her here. I'm going to catch up on some pictures in this post so you can all see a little more of our sweetie.

The Birth Story

I went into my weekly Doctors appointment last Wed. to get my final check. He decided to send me for an ultrasound because my stomach was measuring small. The ultrasound techs went through the whole process and then told me to wait there. They came back in and had my Doctor on the phone who told me that my baby was measuring only 34 weeks and that we needed to have her today. He said to go home and get ready and head over to the hospital. I was freaking out and pretty scared because I didn't know what all of this meant. I called Chad and told him to come home from work and called my mom and told her to start heading up. Once we got to the hospital at 3pm on the 28th they calmed us down and hooked me up to everything to get the process rolling. It was a really long night of just waiting for the dialation process to happen. Every time they would turn up the pitocin Leightons heart rate would go all nuts so they'd have to turn it back down. Finally at 3am on the 29th I dilated to a 10. I pushed for an hour and a half when they finally called my doc and said that she was kind of stuck. He showed up at 5pm and decided that because of my bone structure the only way she was going to come out was by putting some suction cup on her head. At 5:27 am our little Leighton was born. They only expected her to weigh 5lbs at the most so were pretty excited when she came out at 6.7lbs. She had had a bowel movement while in my stomach so the NICU team had to be there to make sure everything was okay. It got a little intense at some moments but giving birth is the most amazing experience. I was able to share it with Chad, my mom, and grandma. Chad was so scared that he wasn't going to be able to handle it but he did so well and is such a proud dad.

I think we both look a little scared. Lot's of sleepingWhoops she had a little accident on Grandma.

17 comments:

Christin said...

Oh she is getting cuter and cuter! Good luck with the sleep thing.

Autumn said...

Congradulations!!! We are glad to hear that everything turned out okay. What a beautiful baby girl... I know what you mean about not getting enough sleep and being tired.

Rachel K. said...

She is so adorable. I love all the pictures! If you need a helping hand with anything (cleaning, laundry, whatever...) let me know!

scott and melanie said...

She is so cute. Your birth story sounds like my sisters. She just had a little boy on the 26TH. Congrats on a cute little girl.

Burke family said...

What a cutie! I'm glad everything turned out okay. I definitely feel your pain about the sleep deprivation thing. The first month or so is just kind of a tired wonderful blur. It's just a good thing they come so cute. :)

Matt & Jen said...

She is so sweet! I'm sure you were both a lttle nervous, but you will be amazing parents! Have fun on your new adventure! Let Erica & I know if you need anything :)

Megan said...

way to go on labor and delivery. isn't it so scary, exciting, fun, hard, and awesome? enjoy her while she is little...they grow way too fast.

Lydia said...

Yeah! That is awesome, well not the entire thing, obviously, but awesome that she is here and healthy. What a cutie! We are so happy for you guys.

Crystal said...

Elise, she is absolutely adorable! I am so glad everything turned out okay. Congratulations!!

Jess and Heather said...

you did awesome elise! and you are going to be such an amazing mom! i can't wait to come and see you guys when we're not sick anymore:(

Skyler and Chelsea said...

Oh - she is too cute! I bet you guys are just so happy to have her here!

Monica said...

She is so adorable! And you look great Elise!

Lori said...

That was quite the story. You had my heart a going. She is so precious.

My first boy, Braden, had to be suctioned too. I didn't like that idea. But after trying to push for over an hour, hard pushing, I decided okay that wasn't such a bad idea.

I am so glad everything went okay. I know sleep is hard to come by. Turn off your phones when you lay down, and definitely sleep when she does. Congrats!

The Gulls said...

she is so cute. congrats again.

Janet said...

Wow - so it seems like you and Natalie have babies the same way. Do we really need all that drama - it would be just as exciting without it you know!! :) She is such a beautiful baby!

Natalie said...

Seriously Elise! I feel for you! I had both Kennedy and Nathan that way. I measured 34 weeks with both. Be on the alert for the next one.:o) I am so happy that you all are doing well, and she is beautiful. Nathan was 6 lbs 7 ounces also. As you can tell by his pictures... they grow up way too fast!!! (He will be 4 months on Tuesday!) How did that happen. I hope you can enjoy every moment even with the sleep deprivation. Love ya!!!

Nicole said...

Congrats! She is so beautiful!! I love all her hair! Good luck with being parents! It truly is the best gift of all! She is so adorable!!