Thursday, September 1, 2011
August 29th- I call the hospital to see what time I am to report to the hospital. They tell me that I have a scheduled C-Section for 7:30 am and to report to the hospital at 5:30 am. That night we sent Liam up to Grandma Glo's. We finish packing and go to bed around 10:30.
August 30th- To be honest I don't think I slept at all. I defiantly woke up at 3:30 ready to go. I got up and straightened my hair and packed all the last minute things. We left the house at 5:00 and got to the hospital around 5:15. They got us into the room and talked with us about what to expect and how the schedule is going to go. At 7 I got into the operating room and received the epidural. Which wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. It did hurt, but the lady that did my IV had that needle digging in and it hurt worse. They got me numbed up and with Patrick by my side they delivered our Eleanor into the world at 7:46. She weighed 8lbs 2 oz and is 20 inches long. Right after the delivery Eleanor and Patrick went out of the room. They did an examination and found that she was having trouble keeping her oxygen up, her heart had a murmur and her glucose blood levels were down. They fed her immediately and took her up to the NICU. Between the time traveling to the NICU her oxygen levels stabilized and her heart murmur had disappeared. They said that it wasn't uncommon for some infants to have heart murmurs right after birth. They monitored her in the NICU for about and hour. I got to go and see her in the NICU. Then they took Eleanor down to the Mother Baby Floor and gave her her first bath.
We had a lot of family come and visit us. Liam, who is staying with Grandma Glo, came and got to see is new little sister. We got some pictures of them together. We would ask him where his baby sister is and he would point right to her. He knows she is out :)
We are so very blessed to have another life added to our family. She is adorable and very content. Her little gas smiles are just adorable and I love kissing her. Patrick has been so wonderful while here. I have been in quite a bit of pain (understandably) and he has done so much to help me. He is a wonderful husband.
Her name: We had her name whittled down to two names. Eleanor just felt right. I knew from the moment that I heard that name that it was meant for her. She is blessed with two middle names. Stephanie is after her Aunt Stephanie. Aunt Stephanie is such a charismatic, caring, sincere (and might I add well educated :D) person and hope that Eleanor will grow to have these wonderful attributes. Ann is actually after both of our mothers. My mother's name is Ruth Ann and Patrick's mother's name is Gloria Ann. What a perfect way to be able to honor both of our wonderful mothers.
We are going to be returning home on Friday and I look forward to starting the rest of our lives together as a family of 4!