Our sweet little girl made her appearance Monday September 26th at 6:31pm. Despite being 4 weeks early she weighed 6 lbs 2 oz and was 19.5 inches long. This post is a little late because apparently having babies isn’t simple for us. As happened with Caden I got a serious case of Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension (PIH) on top of my already high blood pressure. My doctors had been monitoring both me and Kennedy very closely particularly in my last trimester. I had 4 ultrasounds in 3 weeks! The Friday before she came my levels started looking off but I wasn’t quite 36 weeks so I was sent home for the weekend with the plan to deliver on Tuesday. Luckily being the planner I am, and knowing I was getting worse quickly, Adam and I left for my doctors appointment on Monday morning prepared to deliver the baby that day which is exactly what happened. Because of the complications I had another cesarian but I was able to avoid taking the dreaded Magnesium Sulfate I took last time. Mostly I begged and pleaded to only give it to me as a last resort so I could remember the delivery (the first 24 hours of Caden’s birth are a complete fog). Thankfully my body cooperated the last few hours while we were waiting for surgery and I remember holding my baby girl for the first time
Adam’s sister, Liz, came in on her day off to be our L&D nurse. She delivered Caden also!
See, no Mag!
Caden came in before they took me back. He wasn’t so sure about me in the hospital but he enjoyed exploring.
Such a sweetie!
Here she is! Our little alien!
Her apgar scores were 9!
My moment I wanted
I LOVE this picture of Caden with all three Grandmas blowing Kennedy a kiss!!!
And here she is!
We got to hold her for a few minutes while I was in recovery but she was grunting which is bad so the nurses took her on to the nursery for evaluation. The general nursery then sent her to the NICU. The concern was that her breathing was labored and her lungs may not be fully developed. This is very normal for 36 week old babies and having a c-section increases the risk more. It wasn’t until late the next morning that they got me unhooked enough for us to go hold her in the NICU. She had a feeding tube in for 2 days so I wasn’t able to breast feed her, but towards the end Adam and I took turns giving her bottles.
Adam spent a lot of time holding her in the NICU since I could only sit for short amounts of time without my blood pressure acting terrible. I love this picture of them! She is so alert and staring straight into her Daddy’s eyes!
She was also having a difficult time maintaining her body temperature. Luckily we had little fleece sleepers and warm blankets to wrap her up with. Plus she just looks cute
Finally after 2 days I get to nurse her. She did well!
On the third evening she was released to the general nursery and we kept her in our room as much as they would allow. Caden came up to visit with his new sister!
Isn’t she sweet?
Her going home outfit! She was very fussy so the paci was necessary! She only looked this cute for the wheelchair ride to the car. Once we got in the car we had to bundle her back up so she wouldn’t get too cold. They made her pass a car seat test where she sat for an hour and a half and maintained her own temperature before they would release her!
Here she is the next day at home. She is 5 days in this pic.
It was an adventure but we feel so blessed to have this precious new life God has entrusted to us! She just couldn’t be anymore perfect!