one week (and 27 years)

Yesterday we celebrated week one with our precious baby boy. It's still surreal, but yet, so normal. I can't imagine, after just one week, not having him here with us. Although, I have great fears that within the coming weeks and months, something will go wrong (to back up my fears, not that I want to, a baby was recently lost to ACD [Landen's disease] after being home and fine for 2 months...something uncommon, but obviously possible). Joey has reassured me that he's fine, but that worry just will not go away. Nevertheless, I thank Heavenly Father for this special child and pray that he is here to stay.
3 days old

Yesterday we also celebrated my 27th birthday. Wow. Not to offend any of you who might be a bit older, but I seem so old! I don't feel old. In fact, I still feel like I'm barely hitting the "legal age." And 27 doesn't sound old. I think it's just that these past years have gone by so fast. And then I look at my children and just want them to stay just as they are, but yet, I get so excited when they learn something new and well just grow. I want time to stand still but yet, keep going. Is that possible? Anyhow.

Christian's labor went really well. In fact, overall, I will say it was the best labor and delivery I have had. We went in around 5:30 am (which was a stretch for me, as many who know, I am not a morning person), but the excitement and fear was enough to get me up and going. The nurse put in the IV, which was so smooth (the more I seem to experience something, the more I seem to fear it...) and then they started the petocin. Almost immediately the contractions started, but not very strong. Within a few hours, Joey suggested I get the epidural, before things got too uncomfortable (uncomfortable even to get one). I put it off for a bit longer, I wasn't really in alot of pain yet, but finally decided he was right. He has been through 3 deliveries too... Now, for those of you who do the natural labor, I salute you. I KNOW how painful it is, having been through 2 labors in great agony, I don't like pain. As I was mentioning earlier, the IV kind of freaks me out... So I geared up for the epidural and again, it was so smooth. (The only reason this birth beats out Marryn's is the epidural, for Marryn they had to bring in another anesthesiologist to try putting it in.) After that, Joey and I both took a nap before waking up to feeling the contractions on one side in one spot. That same spot I first felt them with Reganne's.... Called the nurse in, who called the anesthesiologist in, who gave me a little shot of extra "stuff". Worked like a charm. So then Joey headed out to get himself some food. The nurse came in soon later, the babies heart rate had sped up or down, I don't remember, but most likely from the "extra stuff" I had gotten. She check me, I was dilated to a 7. So she propped me up on my side, put me on oxygen (to give the baby a boost) and then had me call Joey back up. He has a bit freaked out when he came in, but all was fine. It wasn't long later they were calling in the doctor and within about 5 minutes, 2 contractions, baby Christian was out, 11:50 am. (Now, to go back to that pain stuff. Yes, his delivery was still painful. I still felt the pressure and burning, but it only lasted that short bit. I can deal with that.) They handed him up to me and I just started crying. He wasn't crying. I was trying not to freak out. Everyone (by everyone, I mean the pediatric nurse practitioner and respiratory therapist that was brought in because of our situation) kept telling me he looked great, but I was really freaked out. Landen didn't cry much. The girls screamed. But within minutes, he was crying. Not a ton, but he was breathing and crying. And nobody seemed panicked but me. They just kept guessing if he was going to weigh more than his sister (9 lb Reganne). And no he didn't. And no, he didn't have much hair either (the ultrasound lied). So he was fine. And I was fine, I tore, of course, but nothing else.
Baby in the Belly

Baby out of the Belly

Batman Baby(?)

I got to eat lunch soon after. Actually I got to eat 2 lunches. They mixed up my tray and had to remake my order, but I got to keep the first one too. And then we just hung out until my epidural wore off. They then moved me to Women's Care and we enjoyed the rest of the evening with our new baby boy and a steak and lobster "Celebration Dinner" (on the hospital). Christian slept great, going down for the night at midnight and not getting up until 6ish. Nursed well. I was really, really sore, but opted to go home the next day anyhow.

We brought him home and the girls have just adored him since. Even Reganne. We were a little worried about her (was sure she'd try to steal his plug, seeing that she still has hers...). We knew Marryn would be great, and she has, putting his plug back in when it would pop out, covering him up in his blanket, wiping up his spit up... Reganne just likes to sit in his carseat and swing in the swing. Although she pipes up everytime he cries, "Baby crying" with a sad look on her face. She did want to hold him once. And didn't want to give him up. It was so funny. She was sitting upright in our recliner, but as she held him, kept laying herself down and was soon "reclined" with her head up on one arm and her legs on the other. Jean took a bunch of pictures (I wasn't about to leave her alone to get my camera) so hopefully I can get some and post them. He is a great little baby, sleeps, nurses and poops. What more could we ask for!

Christian with Big Sis Marryn
As for me. I'm doing great. I seem to heal very well and quickly. In fact my mom called one day asking what I was doing,
"Should you be doing that?"
"Why not?"
"Well, you just had a baby a couple days ago."
"Oh, yeah..."
And yesterday (yes, on my birthday) I spent a good portion cleaning and vacuuming out our van, washing all the carseats and covers and resituating them to accommodate our newest member. (You would think that would be an awful way to spend a birthday, but when I got into the car later to go out to dinner, it made me so happy to see it all clean!) I've lost 25 lbs so far (of the stinkin' 50 I gained...urr) and will probably only drop another 5 within the next week or so, then it'll really slow down. I'd say I don't know why I gain so much (50, 40, 45 and now another 50) but then I realized, as I ate cookie dough out of the tub for breakfast, that I know exactly why I gain so much...
My surprise Cold Stone Cake (with cake batter ice cream, yum!)

The Best Birthday Present Ever!
Reganne dressed herself again (Dad's hat and socks, Reganne's bloomers)

11 happy thoughts:

megan said...

Thank you so much for sharing that with us. I am so glad your labor went smoothly and relatively pain free. Christian is just beautiful. Your girls are just adorable and what a lucky little guy Christian is to have them as sisters. Happy Birthday! 27 isn't old. Embrace it. I love the last picture with you and the best birthday present ever. You look stunning (really not fair to those of us who look like train wrecks for months and months after giving birth). But really you look great and I am glad to hear everything is going well. ~Megan

Elaine said...

That was so fun to read Kelsey, and I cried just a little too...your fears and worries...oh how happy that Christian is healthy and well!! I gained 51.8 lbs...eek!! And I still have ten to lose, but I am finally feeling more normal, Sadie is almost 8 months old!! Anyway, what a wonderful and beautiful family you have!!!

christy said...

those pictures are just so cute especially the last one, i love it when kids dress themselves. it sounds like things went well for you during labor no major complications. happy birthday too. don't worry about being 27, but i totally know how you feel about not feeling old and just barely legal.

Emily said...

Oh Kelsey, I'm a bit emotional myself. I'm so relieved for you that he is healthy. And beautiful, not to mention your cute daughters, and YOU. I agree with Megan that one pic of you is stellar. What a hot mamma. Hang in there these first few months...I think they are by far the hardest. Love you.

Annie M. said...

Oh Kelsey, he is SUCH a cute baby! I just want to kiss his little cheeks! You guys should have like 50 kids because they are so stiking adorable. I'm glad to hear that everything went well with your labor too.

Annie M. said...

I mean your kids are *stinking* cute, not *stiking* cute!

Page Family said...

Congratulations! He is beautiful. Kelsey, you look to good to have just had a baby!

Kim said...

He is so adorable! I'm so glad things went better for you this time. I'm so relieved he is here and everyone is doing well. We love you tons! We can't wait to see him (and you)! Happy Birthday again! You look amazing you little hottie! I'm loving your hair! I wish I looked like that after I had my kids instead of looking like I just barely won a fight.

Amparo said...

Your baby is soo beautiful. I am so glad I came across your blog. By the way, you look so beautiful. I am so glad everything has turned out well for you and your family. Definitely cherish the time you have with your beautiful baby boy, they don't last. Anique will definitely miss Marren once pre-school starts. She always asks why she's not at primary. Anyways, congratulations!!

The King Family said...

You are an amazing woman! You are one of those that just gets up and goes even after having a little one. YOu should have been a pioneer. You look so happy and so cute!

Our Family Happenings said...

So, I was going to leave you a comment on here a while ago...but I think when I started Jasmine got hungry or something. Your little family is so cute. I love reading your blog..it seems like the more I read it, the more I think we are alike. Too bad we didn't hang out more when you were around. I hope everything is still going well for you..and Happy Birthday to you too! I loved what you said about cleaning your car out, because that is exactly how I feel. There is just something about a clean car that makes one happy! Good luck and keep posting cute pics of your family!