On Wednesday, November 16th, we headed into the hospital to get labor going. The doctor knew she was a big girl and my blood pressure was a little unstable. So we went in and they started me on some medicine to help things along. Both John and I got some sleep that night and contractions started getting really regular about 8 am. I labored along until about 2 pm when the doctor came back and broke my water. The epidural was a necessity pretty soon after that.
Once the epidural was in, I felt fabulous, and pretty much went straight to sleep.
At about 6:45, Christina, Brian and Everett stopped by to say hello. I was feeling great and enjoying their visit. Then I started to feel a little pain. And a little more. And then a lot more.
By 7:15, I kicked out our visitors and started making John rub my back and get the nurse. I had been checked just an hour before and was only at 5, so I had no idea what was going on. I told the nurse she needed to check me again. She obliged even though I don't think she believed it was necessary. But it was! I was complete and she ran out to call the doctor who was about 20 minutes away.
I hung on for the 20 minutes, and just as I started questioning if the doctor was ever going to get there, he showed up. He got all set up and I pushed 1.4 times (Dr's words, not mine) and Sadie Josephine was here!
She came out screaming with a full head of dark hair.
And she has been calm and peaceful ever since.
She got all cleaned up, and so did I. The nurse took her and weighed her. She was a whopping 8lbs 14ozs. When they first put her on my chest, I was guessing 7 1/2lbs. She seemed so small! I was wrong!! They said she was 20 inches long, but the next morning the pediatrician said she was more like 21-21.5 inches.
Luckily, since she was born so fast, Christina hadn't left the area. She was Sadie's first visitor. Followed closely by Uncle Justin. We were still in shock and baby bliss land at this point, so there were no pictures.
But by the time Grandpa Mel and Grandma CC were there, the camera was clicking.
These pictures aren't all in order. But this was the next morning when the kids came to meet her. They fell in love and were so proud to be big kids at the hospital taking care of their baby sissy. Julie was amazed that my tummy was not "super big" any more!
Then it was Andy's turn.
When Julie woke up she went right over to Sadie's dresser and picked out her outfit for the day. Complete with onsie, pants, sweatshirt, hat and socks.
We are so happy Sadie is here. Everyone loves her so much and she has been an Angel so far. The kids have been loving helpers, we could not ask for a sweeter little family.