Sunday, December 09, 2007

Motherhood

Mommy - the title that has eluded me for so long. I can't even begin to describe how it feels to finally be a mommy! So far it has been everything I dreamed of and so much more. God is so faithful and has truly blessed us more that we could ever imagine. The past week has been full of all kinds of emotions. I experienced the happiest day of my life as Emma Kate entered the world on Tuesday, and then Wednesday my grandmother, Gan Gan, went to meet her Savior. It's kind of funny how God works, it was like life coming full circle. My grandmother taught me so much about being a wife and a mother, but more importantly she taught me what it meant to love the Lord with all my heart. I will forever be grateful for her!

Onto my sweet baby Emma Kate...her delivery was pretty uneventful and so much easier than I was anticipating. We went to the hospital at about 5:30 Tuesday morning and they started me on pitocin around 7:30. Dr. Burkholder came in around 8:30 and broke my water. After this I started feeling a few contractions and decided to go ahead and get my epidural before they got worse, and it's a good thing I did! I got an epidural around 9:00 and within about 20 minutes I had gone from a 5 to a 9!! We couldn't believe everything was happening so fast, but because I was progressing so quickly my epidural wasn't keeping up and I was feeling a lot of pressure. So the anesthesiologist came back in and gave me a shot of the medication to help with the pain. This worked right away, but it caused my blood pressure to drop so they gave me more medication to help with this and around 10:30 I was ready to push! After a few pushes the nurse said that all we were waiting on was Dr. Burkholder to get there. We waited for about 20 minutes and after Dr. Burkholder got there she was here in only a few more pushes at 11:08 am! She weighed 7 lbs. 8 oz. and was 20 inches long.

So far she has been the best baby!! She latched on immediately and has eaten like a champ from day one. We were a little worried because she had a crying spell the first night in the hospital for about 2 hours, but she really hasn't cried like that since. And she's such a trooper. We came home from the hospital Thursday around noon and then had to wake up at 5 o'clock Friday morning to drive to Amarillo for my grandmother's funeral. She did great in the car all the way there and back, in fact she didn't even make a peep. :) Saturday morning we had to take her in for a weight and color check. The dr. that we saw was concerned that she might have jaundice because she looked a little yellow. Unfortunately they called us yesterday afternoon and said her levels were high and that we needed to come back in Sunday morning to have them checked again. They never called us today with the results, but hopefully we will know something first thing tomorrow morning. At first I was really upset and worried about it, but from what I have read it is really common and I know that things could be a lot worse. I just hope we don't have to use the mini "tanning bed"! Speaking of beds, Emma Kate slept in her own bed for the first time last night! We had been putting her in there for naps and she did really well, so we just decided that we might as well put her in there at night too, and she did great! I guess I will quit bragging about my sweet baby girl and share a few pictures with everyone, I know pictures are more fun anyway! :)

17 comments:

April Carrasco said...

Finally a post about Miss Emma Kate. It is not like you have had anything else to do other than blog:)!! I am so glad she is here and she is doing so good. I love the side sleeping one. She looks so precious. She is changing!

Tom Sepper said...

Brice looks as scared as can be!

She's adorable! :)

Denae said...

I still can't believe how tiny she is! There better be more blog updates now that Emma Kate is here! :)

Jamie Mills said...

LOVE the pics! Emma Kate is beautiful! Congrats to you... I am so sorry about your grandmother. The circle of life is amazing... :) I can't wait to watch Emma Kate grow up before our blogging eyes! ;) Get some sleep!
~Jamie

cassandrasaganwebb. said...

What wonderful news! I am so happy for you! She truly is beautiful!

I am sorry to hear about your grandmother, though. You're right - you experienced life in a full circle. Amazing.

Hope you're doing well!

melissa deaver said...

YAY! I've seriously been stalking your facebook waiting for pictures! I'm so happy for you and Brice - God is faithful!

Melody said...

Can't wait to hold her again!

Chelsey's Chatter said...

Congrats Kristin! She is so beautiful!

I'm so sorry about your loss! The same thing happened in my family with my cousin. Her son was born the same day that our grandmother passed away. God took away someone very special in our lives, but He also gave us a new someone special!

Congrats again on Miss Emma Kate!

Ashley said...

Wow, you actually let Brice hold her for a minute! ;) She is precious and a true miracle. I am so thankful for her and can't wait to hold her again.

I am sorry that last week was so hard. I pray that your next few weeks are even more smooth.

Enjoy that sweet girl and go take a nap!

Honea Household said...

Oh Kristin, she is perfect! Thank you so much for calling me. That meant SO much to me and it was so good to talk to you! I hope her jaundice is getting better. You know you can call me about anything! Give her a kiss for me!

Janet said...

Wow Kristin! She is BEAUTIFUL!

Amy B. said...

She's so precious! I can't wait to hold her again. Need a babysitter yet?? I'm available!
I'm so sorry about your grandma. What a blessing she must have been to you!

mamjill said...

She is so beautiful, and I am so glad she's here. Love, Jill Moudy

Dustin and Allyson Wall said...

What a beautiful blessing she is!!! I can't wait to meet her! I'm sorry to hear about your Grandmother. Again, she is so pretty!

Kelli said...

Emma Kate is absolutely adorable! What a sweet little blessing!

Sorry to hear about your grandmother.

Proud Parents said...

Congratulations! I am filled with joy to see your beautiful girl. I can't imagine the long road it took to get to this point. How wonderful that your delivery went so well. Emma Kate is so very beautiful! Dr Burkholder was my Dr.,too.

Anonymous said...

nice newborn pic but lift her legs and show her p-ssy