I cannot believe our sweet Henry is here already! The past 39 weeks went by so fast.
Ben and I headed to the hospital bright and early at 6 AM. We arrived and checked into our room, 201. It was almost shift change, so we had to wait for the new nurse to come on to get everything started. Thankfully, it was my favorite nurse ever...Gail! She delivered Jack and I love her.
At 7:45, my Doctor came in and broke my water. My fluid was minimum. I was mentally prepared for him to come soon after, since his brother did....but nope!
Shortly after (8:05) the CRNA came in to start my epidural, sans drugs. We chose to do this last time too, and I'm so glad. The epidural experience was so much better this time around.
9:30 I started feeling the contractions and they became more painful. I was once again experiencing back labor, which is no fun. The CRNA came back in and started the drugs. Woohoo.
11:30 I was only 4 CM. Boo. However, I was having good pressure so at least we were making progress.
My parents and B's mom all came in to visit. We were all shocked that H wasn't here yet, but trying to be patient! I did my best to rest.
2ish: my contractions were stronger and closer together, I was quickly making progress.
|I love him!|
3 ish: PRESSURE....finally a 10!!! My nurse got the bed ready for labor and had my practice pushing one time. She immediately called the Dr and said "Now!"
|It's go time!|
3:31: One push/contraction later: HANK IS HERE!!!!!!
He let out the sweetest cry and was perfect. Dr. J looked him over and wasn't concerned. He was tiny but perfect.
He was immediately placed on my chest and I immediately fell in love. B was able to cut the cord and help the nurse "assess" him.
|Love at first sight!|
We spent a bit of time nursing and bonding before his big brother came in to see him! Jack was so great with him but didn't really want to sit on the hospital bed w/ me (probably thought he was having another surgery!). His great Uncle John (from NYC), Great Aunt Mo, Great-Grandmother, and of course Grandparents came to visit him!
|My WHOLE world!!!|
|Uncle John and Millie|
|Millie and Pa|
|Grandma, Grandmomma and Jack Jack|
|checking out his new brother...he did give him a hug!|
|I'm 2 for 2!!!|
Soon after he went to the nursery to get measured/weighed and eventually a bath. He couldn't get a bath right away, and we had to wait til 8ish to get him back to our room.
|his cousins escorting him into the room!|
|Uncle Bubba and the cousins|
My brother left, and Hank and I spent some sweet time just snuggling and trying to nurse (he wasn't really hungry). The Nursery nurse, Nancy, came in around 11 PM to take him back to the nursery for a few hours.
|I miss this.|
Unfortunately......this was the last time I was able to hold him and he was admitted to the NICU. More on his NICU stay and condition to come....