Tuesday, January 5, 2010

What a Merry Christmas, and such a Happy New Year

Our story begins Tuesday, December 22. It was our last night of "freedom", and we went out to eat at our favorite restaurant (that we have found here so far) to celebrate. We were scheduled for an induction Wednesday morning, being 41 and 1/2 weeks pregnant. One final prego shot; you can't get much more pregnant than this.

I will spare you ALL the nitty gritty details. The shortened condensed version of our story is that after 6 hours on pitocin, when a strong contraction would hit (which I wasn't feeling at all) the baby's heart rate would drop significantly. In a whirlwind of 20 minutes, we were told I was being pulled off the pitocin and it was for the baby's best interest to arrive via emergency c-section. I had a momentary complete breakdown. What was wrong with me? Why couldn't I do this? My sweet husband reassured me my body was completely prepared and capable for labor, but the baby was obviously not. A few positive things that kept me from hyperventilating: I would see my baby in approximately 30 minutes; not too shabby for having waited the last ten months. My doc used to be a plastic surgeon before he was an OB, so atleast my scar would be pretty. He had already perfromed 2 c-sections that morning!(these ones the women CHOSE), so I trusted he had a steady hand. In the end, we knew it was for the best. Come to find out, it most definitely was! The baby had the cord wrapped around his neck twice, so every time I had a contraction, he would basically yo-yo in my belly, trying to drop down, but couldn't go anywhere, thus dropping his heartrate. The surgery went well and quickly, though the baby needed immediate oxygen. I felt him come out, but we didn't hear him cry for a little awhile. We finally heard him (onset of more tears), and the nurse brought him over to us for about a minute before he was whisked off for testing. Nate then left my side to go with the baby, and I was glued up and sent to recovery. Nate did a great job of capturing lots of "first" moments for me, since I didn't get to see the baby for about an hour and half.

8 pounds, 10 ounces. 22 inches long. And huge feet!

The nurses kept calling him "Beefy", but he was still SO small to us.
It was pretty sweet to me to see the INSTANT daddy kick in. I absolutely love it.
When Nate gave me the baby, it was so surreal. I definitely remembered being pregnant, remembered the very odd sensation of the baby coming out during the surgery, but I was still having a really hard time grasping the fact that this new little man was mine.
After two days, and MANY phone calls from grandparents and aunts, we finally chose a name.
But according to my sisters, you can just call him Elf.
He was such a chunky little Elf! But a very cute and content one.

Since I've never NOT had a baby during Christmas time, I don't know how much free stuff you get. But the pink ladies at our hospital really went to town. He got 2 stocking caps, 3 stockings, an ornament, and a bunch of candy (cause that's exactly what infants need).
Most of Evan's pictures from the hospital are just this, a pointy little hat poking out of a blanket.
There were several babies born that week, and after surgery we were moved to a less than desirable room. Just in that the "bed" for Nate was so awful. It wouldn't be comfortable for a small person, and it most definitely was not comfortable for Nate. So...
I was sick of being in bed and would pace the room or take some time to sit up in the chair. Nate asked if he could use my bed for a little while, since I obviously wasn't. I gladly let him; I felt really bad for him. He would've been better off sleeping on the floor at night. I love this picture of my two guys snoozing away. Like father, like son.
I don't who those women are that have pictures taken of them after delivery and they look fantastic and beautiful.
But let's be realistic. I'm not ashamed to post this picture, because this is exactly how I felt. I think at this time, I still could not feel the lower half of my body. But I was so happy just to have my baby.
All the babies got their pictures taken in stockings to have put up in the hospital.
Glad they found one big enough for my beefy baby!
We were thrilled when we finally got the news on Christmas night that we could go home. Evan, on the other hand, had experienced a little too much too quickly I think. He had to wear actual clothes, get put in car seat, etc.
He hated the car seat the drive home from the hospital. Good thing it's only about 5 minutes away. We are pleased that since then, he has not cried at all getting in. He loves the car ride now.
Nate's sisters sent me this gorgeous bouquet. The best part was the sign that said, "It's a girl!" Too funny. Thank you, Ridgecrest Flower Shoppe.
As long as his hands are up by his face he is happy.
He likes to stare at people. It creeped me out a little bit in the beginning, now I absolutely love it.
He has been holding his head up on his own since about day 3.
Another position where he loves to just stare.

Grandma flew in Christmas night. It was such a special Christmas to have her and the baby here.
She brought with her many magic Grandma tricks for keeping babies satisfied.
Evan had pretty severe jaundice and lost a lot of weight.
Here are his skinny little bones a few days after being home. We tried to bake out the jaundice in the sunlight. He LOVED the sun. A true Californian boy, I guess.

He chunked up quite a bit after the doctor told us to feed him as much as possible whenever possible.
His cheeks are starting to get rosy, instead of yellow. This is his latest wake-up face. To me, he's saying, "Ah, mom. What now?"
Grandma and pediatrician say he is very alert for a newborn, which is so fun.
He tends to make very funny faces when being put in the car seat.

Evan spends his awake time strengthening his neck muscles and making mommy laugh with his silly faces.
How could you not love this face?!
I SO love being a mommy. He makes my world go round. Sometimes I forget how cute he is. I pick him up after his naps and fall in love all over again. Well, two nap times later (yes, I do measure time in naps now; I'm officially a mother), I've finished this post. It's my first non-motherly task in two weeks!


Rob and Mare said...

Sara i LOVE him!!!! He is absolutely beautiful! I love all of his funny faces. What a stud:) I really can't wait to meet your darling little Evan.
He's one lucky boy to have you as a mommy.

Kyle and Lacey said...

Congratulations, Nate and Sara! He is such a handsome little guy--I love his beautiful eyes! Parenthood is the greatest!

deidra said...

I wish we were able to experience your new addition with you. We're so happy for you guys and glad to hear you're loving parenthood.

I tried calling you one day, but quickly realized that your number was in my old phone, but I think I only made it to the Js before getting lazy and quit transferring numbers. So, my goals are two: 1) pack and prep for, then survive our Paris whirlwind. 2) get Sara's number and call her to chat! (Maybe you could facilitate my 2nd goal by sending me your number. But then again, I totally understand if you're too busy loving on two good looking boys!)

Nate-Julienne said...

What are you talking about. You look great! What a precious moment to capture all the emotions and feelings you had right then and there. Congrats! He is a doll.

Jamie said...

Oh Sarah, he is so cute!!! I'm so glad you blog so that I can see how you're doing and see your new little one. Congrats!
I can't believe he already holds his head up by the way...that's amazing!!

melissa and nathan said...

Nate and Sara,
COngratulations! He is precious and any mother who reads this post, tugs at their Mother Heart Strings. Sweet baby and good luck with the next few months. He seems wonderful!

~Jessie~ said...

Congratulations you two! I have been anxious to hear how thigns went and to see pictures of your little one. I love the pictures of Nate with the little one... he will be a great daddy. Good luck with the rest of the recovery and continue to enjoy the journey of motherhood.

Steph and Brady said...

Oh Sara, he is ADORABLE! I am glad that you guys are doing okay. It sounds like a crazy delivery. What a wonderful Christmas present. I hope you are getting at least a little sleep! He is SO stinking cute! I love those rosy cheeks! Congratulations!

Laurel said...

Congrats! That is so exciting to finally have him here. He is so cute and I am so happy for you guys. Being a mom is the best!

Rachel said...

I'm so glad you did a post! I've been dying for news and Stephen hasn't brought me any even though he sees Nate every day. I'm sure you are a pro-mom by now!

Three Men and a Janie said...

I love this entire post! Thanks for giving up two naps to get it done! I've been thinking about you guys lots and wanting to text you to see how things are going. Evan is a cute little guy!

Tell Nate that I wanted to come play with his new Ninja Turtles after Christmas. (I wonder if he still has those...Evan would like them)


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Carly said...

first of all- you do look fantastic and beautiful! i love his many faces...he's so precious.

Trish Duffin said...

He is so darling! What a joy Congratulations to two such lovely people!

hilary said...

oh i just love looking at all those pictures, he is so so adorably cute! that is so scary that he was tangled up in the umbilical cord, i'm glad everything went ok and that you are doing well!! congratulations!!

Teri Wadman said...

So I have been waiting anxiously for this post. All through the Christmas holiday I knew this cute little (beefy) guy would be popping out! So excited for you. You make me excited to have my own kids one day!

n8'swife said...

All of your pictures are great! He's such a cutie pie! I hope that things continue to go well. Let us know if there is anything we can do for you guys!

Michelle Bell said...

Love all the pics! He is so cute! I told you the feet would be gigantic ;). Congrats!

stacey said...

She's just bein' Miley...

MoRgAn! said...

Oh he is so adorable!!! What a little stink to already give you guys a scare!! I am so happy everything was ok and he is safe! Those faces he makes are so funny! He's so cute! Hope you guys are doing great! Congrats!!!

Kym, Shaun and Riley said...

I love that little man already!! I can't believe he's so alert! My favorite thing about a newborn is when they are actually awake! I just makes them so much cuter!! I love the picture of you kissing his nose. How precious!! He's so cute and I can't wait to meet him!

Megan said...

I know I just posted on Fb but I hadn't read this post yet. So congrats again! I am glad that he is healthy and well and that you are both recovering nicely. I loved your Grandma comment about the tricks. You make me giggle. I think it is funny that my Evan weighed 8lbs 10oz - they are going to be buddies. I know it ;) He is adorable. Congrats again!

Brad and Darci said...

He is darling Sara! Congrats to you guys. I am glad that you are both doing well and glad that you are loving being a mommy! I bet you are such a cute one!

Zack and Callie said...

Oh I just love him! He is adorable and seems to have quite a little personality already! I hope you're doing well recovering and everyone is healthy! Miss you guys!