Monday, February 27, 2012

Reese @ One Week

It's hard to believe that our little girl is already a week old! She is the best baby :) She is sleeping well at night and wakes to eat every 3 hours (most of the time.. sometimes every two hours), she rarely cries, opens her big blue eyes to check out her surroundings and is lifting her head so well already! Mommy and Daddy are in love with our "little kitten" (nickname by Daddy).

Friday, February 24, 2012

Reese's Birth Day!

Monday, February 20th we went to the hospital at 4:30am to be induced. Doctor Gorman was happy to do an induction because I had what's called a "favorable cervix" which basically means I was dilated and thinned enough that breaking my water would likely put me into labor. It worked! Reese was due to arrive 2/29/12, so she was a few days early, but her lungs were ready and so was mommy's body!

I was in a bed by 5:00am with an IV started. At that time I was 3+cm dilated (and had been for a week already). The anesthesiologist came in and had the epidural in by 7:00am. I had a slight drop in blood pressure (which is very common) but our nurse Maria gave me some extra IV fluids and rolled me to my left side and got it right back up. I eventually had to roll to my right side because my left side numbness was much stronger than my right. Doctor Gorman came in to check me and I was 5cm dilated. At 7:30am he broke my water. They consider that the "beginning of labor." They started the pitocin around 8:00am to get my contractions going stronger and then we just waited.

Around 11:00am I had dilated to 10cm and was ready to push! We had to wait for Gorman to get downstairs. By 11:35am I was pushing! It took my 4 series of three pushes (Dr. Gorman stopped me after the first series and said "hold on, let me get a mask, I can see that this isn't going to take long!") and she was OUT! Yay for fast, easy labor.

Reese was born at 11:47am weighing 6 pounds 14 ounces and was 19 1/4 inches long. She is perfect and looks a lot like Brett :) She has dark brown hair and the cutest little eyebrows! We think she has a "Burgoyne" nose like Auntie Lauren's. 

All ready to go!

Here she is.. look at those long, skinny feet like Momma's 

first moments with Daddy

Precious girl

Daddy is proud!

First picture with Mommy and Daddy

Mommy's baby girl

Nana was so excited to meet her new granddaughter

Uncle Christian, Aunt Angela and Cousin Sage were there to visit

Papa Stan is in love too :)

Brooke was awesome and took pictures for us!!

Aunt Dixie was there for the birth.. she missed Brett's by 5 minutes!

WeWe loving on her baby girl

First family picture (Brett wasn't really interested)

Barrett brought a rose and a ringpop for Reese.. he proposed! We think she said "yes"

Reese and Daddy napping

Ready to go home the next day! We only had to stay 24 hours :)

Heading home in our new van!

PawPaw Bo came to visit the next day. He's a little smitten! 

We are so blessed and happy to be home. Brett is taking a little time to adjust to being a big brother but we will get it all worked out :) Reese is eating well now that my milk is in and sleeping about 3 hours at a time through the night. Awesome!

Monday, February 20, 2012

2012 Is Already Zooming By!

It's hard to believe that it's already the end of February.. I've been a neglectful blogger :( I have a feeling that it's only going to get tougher when Reese arrives! Today is the day, actually, which explains why I'm up blogging at 3am.. we have to be at the hospital at 4:30am and I just couldn't sleep any longer. I guess I just needed to tie up some loose ends! Here are a few pics from Christmas and beyond. We have been busy with Brett in his last months of being an "only child." 

Big boy is always in his undies.. and nothing else..

Opening gifts from Santa!

Ready for some fun at Nana's house too

A nearly impossible family picture

Dixie had her baby Barrett Asher on January 12, 2012! 

Having a healthy snack for a change

Hiking at Hobbs State Park with Daddy

The boy LOVES pinecones :)

And he loves to hike

Dad always tries to get some fun pictures on the trail

at the Mardi Gras parade in Eureka Springs 2/18/12 with the Jacques fam!

We got lots of beads and a little bit of candy