Our little one is here! He was born on February 23rd at 4:41am. Eight pounds and fifteen ounces!! For the record, I had a doctors appointment on Feb. 22nd and the doctor felt around and said "He feels like he will be about seven and a half pounds." Yeah right, lady. He is twenty one inches long and has lots of hair. It is actually pretty light, with lots of blondish in it. We came home from the hospital today. Kaiser is implementing a new computer system, so it took them almost four hours to fill out all the stuff to discharge us, but it happened in the end, and home we are.
I went into labor at about 10:30am on Friday, but it was wimpy labor, so I stayed at work until about one thirty, when Greg came and got me. We went home and packed the bags and got to the hospital at about three. That morning at my appointment (at nine) I was dialated just one centimeter, and at three I was up to three centimeters. It wasn't enough to admit me, so they asked me to go walk around the hospital for two hours. I was able to walk around for about one hour, and then I went back in. Dialated to four, but having constant contractions, so they admitted me. Again with the new program, so I didn't get officially admitted until about six thirty. It then took them an hour to set up my IV, which was sort of annoying. My arms are covered in failed injection site-bruises. I always thought i had such good veins, but apparently not. Anyway, I got the epidural at about seven thirty and basically nothing happened until they broke my water at about eleven or eleven thirty. Then I got to ten centimeters by one in the morning. Started pushing at one forty or so. He delievered at 4:41am. I was pretty sure he was never going to come at the end. I started crying and said "I can't do it anymore, I just can't!" and the nurse said "are you going to cry or are you going to have your baby?!" So, I had the baby. Needed a little help at the end, but the episiotomy did the trick, and out he came. Extremely cone-headed, but still precious!
They tell you not to push with your face because then you get big bags under the eyes and sores and stuff, but it is sort of hard to avoid. Or was for me. But, it doesn't matter because the face pushing got the most beautiful baby ever out!
There aren't any pictures of Greg and Charlie yet because we didn't really take any at the hospital due to my skin being so sheet white, I looked like I was on the verge of death. These were taken by my dad after we got home, and Greg was taking an extremely well-deserved nap. He stayed awake and kept Charlie from crying during several naps today. We did not really sleep at all last night due to our roommate snoring extremely loudly all night, and her boyfriend talking to their new baby loudly in Spanish all night. There are a lot more fun little anecdotes, but I am going to go lay down some more, so I just wanted to get some pictures out there. We are so happy and excited for our little baby!
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