Well, Ella Sophia just couldn't wait any longer! She entered the world on Sunday, January 23, 2011, at 7:17am!
Here's the story...
Saturday night I went to bed around 10pm, and then woke up at midnight cramping. Will was still up and playing a video game. I went out and told him I was cramping, and he replied with "You're kidding, right?" Haha! Nope. I debated on what to do. After I realized that the cramping was about 4 minutes apart, I called my mom and she came over to stay with Hayden while we went to the hospital. I called my dad too, since he'd gone to San Diego... AGAIN. (Yes, that may sound familiar, since he was in San Diego when I went into labor with Hayden!) When he answered, all I said was, "You're going to love me!" He said, "You've got to be kidding me."
We got to the hospital about 1:30am, and parked in the garage, but the main entrance of the hospital was closed, so we walked around the hospital over to the emergency room. I guess the walking did good, plus I knew they'd make me walk anyway. I checked into the labor and delivery triage and was monitored for about 15 minutes. They checked my cervix and I was dilated to 2-3cm. The Monday before at my appointment, I was barely a fingertip. She called the doctor and had me walk for a little bit. She told me that it looked like it was only uterine irritability though, and they'd probably send me home if there was no change when I got back.
Well, Will and I started walking and my contractions got more intense. After only about 10 minutes of walking, at exactly 2am, my water broke in the hallway! That was the weirdest feeling! I sure wish I had a camera to capture the look on Will's face! He yelled down the hall for a nurse and three came running! The put me in the room right where my water broke and said, "Looks like you're staying!" I couldn't believe how fast everything was happening.
We called my mom and she called my grandma and had her come take over staying with Hayden. We also called my dad and let him know what happened. There was no way he was going to make it back in time. They couldn't find a flight back until later. He was really upset. I also let my friend, Amber, of Amber Lea Russell Photography, know what was going on since she asked to photograph the birth. I'm really glad she got to be there since my dad and step mom didn't make it back this time.
My contractions were a lot stronger than I remembered with Hayden and things were going faster. I got my epidural when I was only 4cm this time, before my mom and Amber got there. The epidural made my blood pressure drop and made me get sick. That wasn't fun, but after it got better, life got better. I was able to talk and laugh with everyone.
I started to feel pressure about 7am and was checked. The nurse said I was complete and to try a practice push. She counted "1...2... STOP!!" She called Dr. Mainman and he got there quickly. Two, very easy pushes and my beautiful Ella Sophia entered the world at 7:17am. She had a very short umbilical cord, just like Hayden. Will cut the cord and then had to sit down and put his head between his knees. (He claims he was just hungry... :o) It's true, we were both exhausted and starving.
Ella weighed 7lbs, 6.9oz and was 20 inches long. She looks like her big sister, but has her daddy's lips, long fingers and long toes. Hayden loves her sister and gives her kisses all of the time. She's having a little bit of hard time adjusting to the changes at home though. We're trying to make sure that she's helping all that she can. I love my girls and I'm so blessed.
More pictures to come!
Ready to leave the hospital!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
You are a crazy 19 months old today! You are amazing and such a joy! You definitely are a drama queen though! You are so beautiful and smart! I love spending everyday with you! Your smile brightens my day and your running around the house makes me laugh! You love to lay on Leo and give him lots of love. Thankfully he takes it well! Gus just runs from you! You love to have Mommy and Daddy read all of the Ladybug Girl books to you, everyday... multiple times. You now have 7 teeth!! You just cut two molars and your left eye tooth. Right now, I can't imagine your smile with lots of teeth! I love your gummy smile! Mommy is cloth diapering you almost full time now. Daddy doesn't like it! :o) Oh well! You love dancing and singing to music! You are in love with your baby dolls now! You take them everywhere and give them lots of love. I know you'll be a great big sister any day now!
I love you Sweet Pea!
You love driving with Daddy!
Your first ice cream cone!
Trying on Daddy's work boots!
At the doctor to check on the baby with Mommy and Daddy!
Posted by Staci Strait at 4:41 PM
I actually turn 37 weeks tomorrow! I've been lazy with my blogging! Ignore the annoyed look on my face... Will wouldn't take a good picture of me, then I had my mom take one, she did and cut out my belly... So annoying that neither of them would take a good picture of me. My patience is thin these days.
Pregnant with Hayden
How Far Along: 36 Weeks
Size of baby: weighs almost 6 lbs, the size of a crenshaw melon (I don't know what that is...)
Total Weight Gain/Loss: gained 9lbs total
Maternity Clothes: pants definitely!
Gender: It's another GiRl!
Movement: all over the place, but slowing down since there's not much room left
Sleep: I need more.
What I miss: sleeping comfortably
Cravings: food... all of it.
Symptons: I know I've got the waddle. I'm getting more Braxton Hicks too.
Best Moment this week: Hayden turning 19 months today!
Posted by Staci Strait at 4:27 PM
Thursday, January 6, 2011
I painted Hayden's toenails for the first time today. Oy! That was a challenge! She was so wiggly! I think more of her toes got painted than her toenails! She was so interested when I did mine, so I figured I'd try to do hers.
Posted by Staci Strait at 4:50 PM
Sunday, January 2, 2011
My sweet Hayden Isabella,
You are now 18 months old. I can't believe that it has been a year and a half since the moment that I fell so deeply in love with you. You are the light of my life. You are learning and doing so much right now! You have such a big personality! You have mastered the dirty look and "no." Joy. You also think you can manipulate the situation by giving kisses. Sometimes it works... but we're not falling for it with everything! You've moved into your big girl room, all except for yourself! You love playing in there! It's so fun to see you light up every time you go back there! You got a kitchen for Christmas and love cooking for Mommy and Daddy! You play pretend really well already! You are still signing most of your words and seem to be picking up more signs all of the time. You are also talking more! You go to the nursery at church a little easier now and I love seeing you get so excited when we come in to pick you up and you immediately start waving, saying "bye!" and blowing kisses to everyone in there!
You are now 23lbs and 33 inches tall! You're in the 30th percentile for weight and the 84th percentile for height! Tall and skinny! Hopefully you'll stay like that, just like your Daddy! You are eating better now too! I think it's because you finally cut your 5th and 6th tooth. They are back ones, but not molars yet. It's taken you a long time to get your teeth! I sure do love that gummy smile and am really going to miss it when it's gone!
Here's just one view of the dirty look you've mastered!
You love cuddling to sleep.
Hopefully we'll get rid of the bottle this month!
You went to Winterhaven for the first time too! You were fascinated by the lights but didn't let that bottle leave your mouth for the whole hayride because you were really tired!
Here's your kitchen that you love cooking for us in!
You also got a new wagon from Grandma and Great Grandma for Christmas!
Here's my Christmas Eve girl! So excited!
Opening presents with Grandma and Great Grandma!
Ready for Christmas Eve dinner!
At church for the Christmas Eve service! You were so good and clapped and yelled "Yay!" every time a song was done!
With Grandma and Great Grandma!
Ready to go home and wait for Santa!
Now, here's the 18 month attitude that has emerged.
You'd think I was torturing her, but really we were getting ready to do some Christmas goody making!
You also slept in your big girl bed for a nap for the first time!
I love you and I'm proud of all you are and have done in these 18 months! I can't wait to see what else you learn!
Posted by Staci Strait at 8:58 PM