Saturday, March 19, 2011

Adelyne Grace

Adelyne Grace was born March 9th, 2011 at 6:39 in the evening. She weighed 6 pounds 12 ounces and measured 20 3/4 inches long.

After 16 hours of pretty intense back labor, I opted for the epideral. So they moved me from the natural water birthing center up to the 3rd floor where I could get the good stuff. Getting the epideral was a bit scary since I had to remain completely still even during contractions but once I got it, I was a happy camper!

My water had broken on it's own and when I was 10 cm dilated around 5 o'clock, they decided it was time to start pushing. I had another "forebag" that the midwife had to break and when she did they discovered merconium in the sack. Since there was a chance this could get into the baby's lungs upon delivery, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was called into the room.

I had to push for about an hour. The stubborn little thing just wanted to hang out in the same spot. So, the nurse, the midwife, Matt and I would make small talk as we waited for each contraction so I could push. The 3 people from the NICU set by quietly and waited. Every once in awhile, one would peek over and tell me I was doing great.

Matt was a tremendous support through out the whole thing and when our little one finally made her debut, it was his job to announce the sex. Her umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck so it was hard to tell what was what. When it was finally determined that we had a girl, I cried. It had been a sweet baby girl all along!!!!

The NICU ladies took her to the warmer right away. Matt was able to cut the cord and they discovered that she had fluid on her lungs and would have to hang out in the NICU for a couple hours. They let me hold her for what seemed like a second and I got a good look at our sweet baby girl.

Only a couple minutes old

That night Matt and I were transferred to a postpartum room where we had to spend the night away from our Baby Girl. The next morning we received a phone call from the NICU letting us know that the fluid in her lungs was gone but she had an infection and would need to stay another two days. Bummer!

First night in the NICU and the only time she needed the breathing tube

They removed the breathing tube the next day but she had to keep the other monitors for the remainder of her stay.

The next day, after we finally decided on a name (we only had a boy name chosen), I went up to visit Adelyne, but since it wasn't "hands on time" I could only stare at her and stroke her head full of hair. During our next visit, they informed us that after looking at the blood work, she needed a week of antibiotics and monitoring to fight her infection. And so, our 7 day stint in the NICU began.

 She looks so small next to Daddy's hand

Poor little thing had to get an IV in her head

 They kept trying to put these ugly hats on her

 "Daddy, I want to go home"

 One of the nurses made this sweet sign for her

Last day to be in the NICU 

All of the excitement about going home knocked her out, either that or the sun was too bright.  

Finally home in her own crib 

Welcome home Baby Girl!

Spending Adelyne's first 7 days in the NICU was not what we wanted or had expected but we made it through thanks to loving friends and family who cleaned our house, kept us fed, sent encouraging words, lifted us up in prayer and just hung out at the hospital. We have been overwhelmed by everyone's love and support during this challenging time and were thankful that the infection was caught when it was and we were able to bring home a healthy baby girl.


Jessica Lynn said...

Absolutely LOVED this post! Congratulations on your sweet and beautiful Adelyne Grace. I just love that name :)

Denise said...

Your sweet post made me cry AND want a baby!! She is so precious Katie!

Denise Riggs

Coco Plum said...

She is so sweet. I am so happy for you friend!

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