Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Newborn Yummy

Isn't he just dear? The rest of us? ....we are adjusting....slowly, but adjusting. It is hard to force myself to get the kids going in the morning when the baby had a rough night (and we are talking about multiple rough nights, peeps). I am hoping Rylan's internal clock will get on track with mine soon! My friend gave me some good advice...no one has ever died from being too tired! Like I said, we are adjusting :-) But I still find myself wishing I could just stop time and keep him this little.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Baby Rylan

We've been home a day and half now. Life is a little crazy. I didn't anticipate how much the kids would be into this little baby....they can't keep their hands off him!! ...which has proven to be not such a good thing. So, we are trying to get some boundaries established. Grandma has been a HUGE help! Anyhow....here are the details and photos of the big day (just skip to the pictures if you aren't into all that labor and delivery info :-)

We got to the hospital at 6:45 am. I hardly got any sleep the night before...too much anticipation. Anyway, they got me all signed in and hooked up. I was measuring about 5-6cm before we started the pitocin at 8:00am. Then the epidural at 9:00am. After receiving the epidural, my blood pressure tanked...like seriously low. All the nurses and anesthesiologist were whispering and shifting me around and I was really dizzy and out of it a bit. So, they took me off the pitocin until my blood pressure stabilized, which it did after they pumped like 3 bags of liquid into me. Then we just waited. Like in my previous deliveries...not much action on the pitocin. Some regular contractions for awhile, then they would fade off. My doctor came to break my water around 10:00am...but decided not to because the baby was still at -1 station and they didn't want to break my water and risk the cord coming down before the head. So they decided to let me wait a little longer on the pitocin to see if he would descend a bit more. Then my doctor had a surgery...so she didn't come back until 1:30pm. I was about 8 cm, still at -1 station. So she broke my water while the nurse was pressing on my abdomen to keep the baby from 'floating' back up. The doctor left and came back at 2:00pm when I had fully dilated. We waited for a contraction and pushed 3 times, waited for the 2nd contraction and pushed twice --- and he was here. Seriously, he practically slipped out. Apparently, I am an excellent pusher :-) His sweet cry was a joy! He is my biggest baby (by 2 ounces and 1 inch). So, I am glad I didn't wait another week! He is perfect in every way. While they were cleaning him up the focus shifted back to me and some unexplained bleeding...again, more whispering by my nursers and more bags of fluid being hung and forced into me. I never really knew what was going on, but they got me all fixed up.
The kids came about 30 minutes later. Thanks to my sister, Charise, for coming down the night before with her daughter to take care of the kids all day so my mom could be at the hospital with us. They stopped by earlier in the day before the baby came...so they were really ready by the time he was finally here! They just ate him up...all smiles, oohs and aaahs, and giggles. My brother's family came too within the hour. Then I hit a brick wall...seriously, I was more tired then I have ever been...and starving. After my mom dropped off lunch, I just slept. I couldn't even hold the baby I was so exhausted...I think all due to the lack of sleep the night before! So they left me in labor and delivery for 4 hours to recover. My left leg took almost 6 hours for the epidural to fully wear off. That was strange. But by the evening, I was up walking around a bit. By far less pain in the recovery with this baby than my other two, for which I am grateful. I felt like I was hit by a bus with Carson. So, I am either tougher now...or just more realistic. We celebrated our anniverary with take-out Olive Garden and our sweet new baby.
We got released a little early from the hospital...could've stayed another night...but the hospital is just so UN-relaxing. The constant flow of action is just crazy. Why do they have to draw your blood at 5am? Then the picture people, hearing check, pediatrician, vitals check, pill doses, lactation specialist, my doctor follow up, anesthesiologist followup, etc, etc. etc. I was ready to leave after our mandatory 24 hour stay. So we left around 2:30 the next day.

We love having the little guy home! He is sweet as can be. We feel so blessed to have him in our family. There is nothing like a newborn, and we are soaking it in.

Parents for the 3rd time!

Kids see the baby for the first time!

Family of 5!

Dalley cousins!

Going home.

Sweet siblings!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Our baby boy is here!

Rylan Robert Pettingill
Born September 4, 2008 at 2:16pm
7 pounds, 3 ounces
20.5 inches

Mom and baby are great! Thanks to my talented and wonderful friend, Tia, for sending me these pictures she took yesterday!! I'll post more soon, but wanted to get something up ASAP!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

I'm going to miss being pregnant!

Okay, seriously, I am! At my doctor appointment today I was measuring 5 cm, still about 75% effaced, so I am being induced on Thursday morning! Hooray!! SO excited. I don't even mind that he'll be born on our 10th wedding anniversary...what a great present to have! But having a history of extremely fast labor makes me a little nervous about waiting any longer when I am already 5 cm, so Thursday it is. But I can't help but be a little sad about this pregnancy being over. I really have enjoyed the last few months...feeling our little baby move and being with him every second. After the yucky sicky stage in the beginning, I actually enjoy being pregnant. Who knows if we'll try for #4...I hear having 3 might just push us over the edge :-) ...so I have been really trying to savor the time being pregnant, watching my body change, having multiple ultrasounds, nesting and preparing for his arrival, and trying to be 'in-tune' with the pregnancy. Child bearing years are such a short little era in a life span, and I have tried to really appreciate and be grateful for the blessing that it is the last few months. Even Trevor has been super involved .... coming to all but 1 or 2 doctor appointments (and I have had a ton!). I have appreciated that he hasn't had the "been there, done that" attitude and is just as excited for this baby as we were for Carson almost 7 years ago. Rest assured that I am not immune to any difficult pregnancy symptoms. I have the aches and pains and other weird health issues that come along with pregnancy, but I really can't complain. I have been able to do what I have needed to do and can honestly say we are ready for him to be here! So, wish us luck! I'll try to post pictures as soon as we can!

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