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! 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 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 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 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!


Carmen Goetschius 3:23 AM  

Congratulations dear friend!!! Welcome beautiful baby #3!!! I can't wait to hold him-- mid November I hope!! Shell, the pics of you and the fam are wonderful (You look totally hot by the way--how on earth do you pull that off?!?!? Have a baby and then pose for extraordinarily beautiful pics?!). Maybe that is just happiness. So glad you have lots of fam to take good care of you! Miss you dear friend!

Your other Car

The Mendes Family 7:40 AM  

Congrats on your new addition! He is so cute! Enjoy your time with your little one!

the Halversens 9:34 AM  

He's just beautiful! Thanks for putting in the effort to post pictures while still recovering. It is wonderful for the rest of us. I'm so glad all went well and am very happyf or you guys.


Camille and Bryce 12:23 PM  

WE MISS YOU GUYS! We wish we were there to see and embrace this little one. We are so excited for you guys and love you so much!

manders 2:36 PM  

Rochelle- Great job he is absolutely beautiful in every way. I bet its nice to have your little ones be such a big help. Congrats! love ya

Anonymous 3:30 PM  

Congratulations! Oh and Carmen is totally right, you don't look like you just had a baby, you are amazing!


Hilary 4:21 PM  

Yay! BTW, totally not unusual for your BP to tank after an epdiural. Noramlly we pump the fluid before hand -- but some nurses aren't so smart. Might want to remember the bleeding and remind your doctor next time so the nurses can have the stuff at bedside. :)

Becca, Bryce, Ty and Caden 8:41 PM  

He's beautiful! Can't wait to see him again this week!

Dan and Anne 9:49 PM  

Congrats! He is adorable! You look so good for just having a baby! I hope you are loving having him home.

chris...reese...paige 12:06 AM  

I'm dying not seeing him more! I want to snuggle and kiss and hold him. LOVE all the wonderful pics. He's are you and Trev (happy late anniversary), and so are the kids. Can't wait to come visit the new family of FIVE!!

Tyler Pettingill 8:00 AM  

Wow these pictures are so cute! I can't wait to hold him! Tell everyoenI said hello! talk to you all soon!


Jeremy and Karen 6:35 PM  

congrats to ALL of you :o) everyone looks so happy! hope you're feeling good and things are starting to settle a bit. wish i could be there to help you and snuggle that baby...
love you!!!

Hansen Family 7:01 PM  

Wow, I can't believe he's here already! Welcome Rylan! It looks like he'll be overwhelmingly spoiled by all!! Make sure you get in on some of that too! Aww..nothing like a newborn. Enjoy every minute.

rick & cheryl 8:01 PM  

Congratulations! He is very, very cute! I hope you have your zone defense figured out because they have you outnumbered now. We're glad that you all are doing well.

Adrienne Urvina 9:02 AM  

So Sweet! He totally looks like Carson and Addison. I am so glad that you had a good delivery. You look great. We can't wait to see him! Take care.

Amyhop 12:13 PM  

CONGRATULATIONS!!! He is beautiful and you do not look like you pushed even once, you look great! What a great family you have!

Erica (& Joe) 10:26 AM  

Congratulations! He is a beautiful baby!! And I love the name Rylan.

I must comment too, that your hair looks awesome! Whatever color, cut, style you are doing, its working! You looked amazing in those pictures, and I never would have guessed you were completely exhausted. Awesome job on the hair - it looks fabulous!!

Again congratulations to your family. Give the babe kisses for me and I cant wait to see him in person. Tell Trev hello for us - we miss you guys!

Jen I 6:46 PM  

Well you certainly don't look like you hadn't slept and like you'd been through a lot! You look beautiful in those pictures! Hit by a bus was exactly the words I used to describe how I felt after Cash. Let's hope by the third pregnancy that gets better. I had them give me Ambien the second night I was in the hospital and told them to let me skip a feeding. I was SO exhausted. It worked like a charm. He's beautiful!!! Congrats!

The Novakovichs 11:30 PM  

Congrats Pettingills! Welcome to the family of 5 club. It's so great to hear that he's here. And he's SO cute! I'm glad you're enjoying him so much. The newborn stage gets less stressful and more enjoyable with each one. We need to see you guys. It's been WAY too long.
The Novakovichs

TiAnn, Paul, and Kalispell Finn 8:03 PM  

What a beautiful baby boy! He looks so alert, most of the photos he has his eyes open which is unusual and so fun. He definitely looks like he belongs to you both, what an adorable little guy! Congrats!

Tara and Jamey 8:35 PM  

Congrats on the new lil' bean! He is adorable and I love his name! You look great also! Hope you guys are getting sleep!

The Knight Family 1:22 PM  

He is just adorable - and you don't even look like you just had a baby - Congratulations!

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