Friday, November 13, 2009

Introducing...

Olivia Anne! Born at 7:03am on October 31st. Weighing in at 7lbs 11oz. and 20 3/4 inches long.

This is a little over due and these pictures are only from the first 5 days (she will be 2 weeks tomorrow), but it's better late than never!

Well, here's a little summary of what happened (minus most of the gory details)...so if you don't want to know than just scroll down to the pictures but for my journal purposes I wanted it written down somewhere. This pregnancy had been definitely the most difficult of the 4, closer to the end I was having a few problems with swelling and high blood pressure. They were sending me for extra check ups and non-stress tests to make sure everything was still alright. On the 30th I went in for another little check up. My blood pressure was high again (about 160/100), my feet were extremely swollen (what pregnant woman can't say that right??) and I was feeling a little out of breath. The Doctor sent me straight to the hospital to be put on the monitors and possibly be induced!! (WHAT?!? not quite what I was expecting) So, I checked out and called Josh to tell him what we were doing. Zachary was at preschool and Elise was at a play date. I made a few phone calls and arranged for the kids to have extended play dates (with the option of a sleepover), packed my bag VERY quickly and rushed to get Zac from school and drop He and Thomas off. Once we got to the hospital and were hooked up, my blood pressure was the lowest it had been in a month!! I was starving (it was about 4:30pm) so Josh grabbed me a sandwich from the cafeteria but before I could finish the first half the Dr came in and gave us our options. She said we could induce tonight, come back in the morning or on Sunday if we wanted. We weren't sure what to do at first, but since we had already arranged for the kids and shipped them to their friends houses (and due to a mix up Josh didn't have the next week off like we had planned) we might as well try and get this party started and try to get it done before midnight (we didn't want a Halloween baby if we had a choice...). Since my last 2 labors had gone pretty fast we thought we could do it (because it's up to me right?!).



So, they hooked me up to an IV and started the pitocin at about 6:00pm. I hadn't had this before, in the past once they broke my water the labor started and progressed pretty quickly. I had a FANTASTIC nurse that kept asking the Dr to come and do just that but they wouldn't...until 5am on Saturday!! I was finally at 5cm at 5am so they agreed it was "safe" . Well, like in the past once they did that I progressed quickly. I was at an 8 in about 15 minutes. I had decided I wanted to try and go natural with this baby and up to this point had been fine. With how fast I seemed to be progressing we didn't think that there was any time to "re-think" that decision. After about an hour and a half I had made it to about a 9-91/2 and seemed to be stuck. With how the baby was positioned I couldn't progress any more. At this point I had been awake for about 24 hours, I hadn't eaten in about 15 hours and had been having contractions (about every 3-7 minutes) for almost 13 hours. I was unraveling pretty fast so the Dr decided to take things into her own hands (literally!). We didn't realize Olivia was coming face first! The Nurses described it as "she came out with her face pressed against the window"...which is why her face is so bruised! It was quite the ordeal but one little look at her and it was all worth it. She is such a sweet baby! We love having her in our home. She loves to be held (and we love to hold her!). I LOVE LOVE LOVE that sweet, newborn smell!

You can see her little bruised face here.


videoThis is the first time the kids came to see Olivia...you would have thought it was Christmas!


A VERY proud Daddy!!



One of the delivery nurses brought us a hat for our little Halloween baby.




All ready to go...

Just relaxing at home.

14 comments:

Cindy W said...

oh man, SO SWEET Shauna! Congratulations to you guys!!! I'll bet your daughter is so excited to have a little sis!
Take care!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations you guys!! She is adorable. The video of the kids at the hospital is so precious!

Leslie said...

Congratulations! She is very cute. Hope you are able to get some rest.

J and C Stubblefield said...

Way to go! Laney did the same thing to me too...all natural too, and darn it she was face up and I got to 91/2ish and just hung out there for 2 hours! But in the end it was worth it...Olivia was just so excited to see the world she was not going to enter it face to the floor! Ha! (and neither was laney) Stubborn girls are the best! Glad it went (sort-of) well! And yes, #4 was my worse preggo to, #5 was much easier :o)

Skye O. said...

I was sobbing through your video! Nothing better than welcoming a new little spirit into your home. Thanks for sharing! You have such a sweet little family.

Summer said...

So sweet! I just want to hold her! Congratulations. You and Josh sure know how to make really cute kids. Miss you guys!

Vickie said...

I've been checking your blog for pics and am so glad to finally see your sweet Olivia. I'm sorry it was such a big ordeal.

Jess said...

Congradulations you guys!!! She is beautiful! The kids seem excited. Love the name. That sucks you had to be induced! Hope you're doing okay.

Tim and Ashlee said...

Oh she's too beautiful! Love all her blonde hair! We wish we lived closer to give her a hug. Kinsey has sent a package in the mail for her new little cousin so keep an eye out for it!

Sylwia said...

she's adorable, congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! If (and I do mean if) we have a girl, we are going to name her Olivia (had the name for YEARS). I LOVE LOVE LOVE her name. And I think Anne should only be spelled with an "e", too! I love that name as well (girl #2, right? Ha!). Thanks for sharing her/your story. It truly is amazing how these little ones make it into the world!

Jeff & Alison C.

Anonymous said...

PS: SHE IS BEAUTIFUL!!

Jen B. said...

Congrats to your beautiful Halloween baby girl! What fun! And Elise's wish came true. She just knew you needed a little baby girl in your family :-)

Anonymous said...

She's beautiful Shauna! Lots of hair! Becca would be jealous. Congrats you guys!
--Binny