Thursday, July 31, 2008

Taking the advice from friends, we took a little nap.  Sara Beth was in the room, but she was napping too.  Around 6, Heather and I ate dinner, her from the hospital kitchen, and me from Jason's Deli.  Once we were done, it was Sara Beth's time to eat.  Unlike earlier this afternoon, she ate very well: twenty minutes on each side.  After that she was opened eyed and awake for the next hour so Heather an I were able to play with her! 

I know all dads say this, but she is the cutest baby ever.  Both eyes were open and she was looking around trying to make heads or tails of the world around her.

She also had her first dirty diaper, and it was a doozy.  Since Heather was still recovering, I started to change my first dirty diaper ever on a baby.  Fortunatly, the nurse came in the room right as I was getting started, so I passed the task on to her and dodged that land mine.  Maybe next time.

The nurses came in and took Sara Beth back to the nursery to take her temperature again and by the time she came back, she was fast asleep and has been asleep since.  We'll see how she does tonight for her 10pm feeding.

On a side note, I want to thank everyone who have done so much for us.  Prayers have been lifted up for us, food has been given to us, and Sara Beth has all sorts of cool baby stuff.  Heather and I are thankful for all of you and the love and generousity that you have shown us.

Back from the nursery

Sara Beth was whisked off to the nursery after we left the labor and delivery room.  We got her back at 2pm.  She weighs 7 pounds 15 ounces and 20.5 inches.  We tried giving her a feeding again, but she was very sleepy.  Only after we took off all her clothes and started rubbing her back did she wake up enough to complain.  She took a light meal and went back to sleep.  The nurse came to pick her up for some blood-sugar level testing and shots, and said her temperature was a little low so they are going to put her under a heater to warm up.

She's Here!

So a lot has happened in 12 hours.  Nurses kept comming in about every hour so I didnt get any sleep.  Heather didn't sleep either, but it was more because the medicine was starting the contractions.   Around 4am Heather preformed her blood pressure trick again, so we were moved down to the Labor and Delivery room so they could keep a closer eye on her.  At that time, she got the epidural so that she didn't have to worry about it later.  Once Heather was hooked up to all the monitoring devices, she went to sleep.  It took me a little longer to get settled in.  They like to keep those rooms well air conditioned, and apparently our room was right by the pneumatic tube system so every now and again a rumble would come by.  It sounded like someone was racing gurneys on the floor above us.

At about 8 in the morning, the nurse came by to check on how Heather was progressing.  She had reached 8cm dialated and her water was just about to break.  The doctor came in and broke the water, and the nurse told Heather to start pushing.  After about 3 pushes, she told Heather to stop pushing and that she needed to go get the doctor.   I got my first peak at some beautiful light brown hair.

The doctor came in with his whole crew and Heather pushed 3 or 4 times and the baby was out.  Pictures below. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A little excitement

So Heather is all hooked up to the heart beat monitor, and when she gets up for a second, SaraB's heart rate goes down to 70bpm.  All of a sudden there are 3 nurses in the room hooking Heather up to oxygen and a glucose drip, and getting Heather to lay on her side.  The heart rate comes back up, everything is fine, and the nurses all leave, but we've learned a valuable lesson: Heather doesnt get to get up until Sara Beth comes.

Hello World

Peter here.  Were at the hospital settling in for a short night.  The nurses come in at 5:30am to get us ready for the petosin.  Sara beth is going to come on her own tomorrow or we're going in after her!