So, once again I have been absent here for awhile, but this time I have a really good reason why.......
My sweet, little Elliot Shane was born on the morning of January 26th. He weighed 7 pounds 2.4 ounces and was 20 inches long. I've had a feeling this whole pregnancy that this labor might go quick and I was right! I had my weekly check-up on Monday and I was around 3 cm. I told my doctor that she was more than welcome to do anything that she felt she needed to do that might help get things rolling down there. I was full-term and big! I woke up Wednesday morning around 4:30 a.m. having mild contractions and remember just hoping that things wouldn't kick in for a few hours. I knew that that was the day. I really didn't want to have to wake up my other children so early in the morning to tell them I was in labor. lol Silly, I know. Things started picking up around 6 a.m. and not much longer than that I decided I should tell my husband that we probably should think about going to the hospital soon. We left the house around 6:45 and got to the hospital at 7. It was pretty funny when we got to the hospital, because we walked in and I told them I was in labor and had just come in w/o calling my OB first. I know the lady was thinking that I probably didn't know what I was talking about. But, my OB had told me that if I thought I was in labor to not bother calling her, to go straight to the hospital and that they would call her when I arrived. I think she trusted my mother's intuition and that I probably knew what was going on since it was my 5th child. lol They get me in a room and finally check me around 7:15. I was 7 cm! That's when the craziness began and nurses started scrambling all over to get me dressed, hooked up to the monitors, my IV in, and then answer tons of check-in questions. By then, my contractions were getting strong and every couple of minutes. My doctor arrived (in quite a hurry because I know she thought I was going to go fast, too! lol). She broke my water at 8:24 and it wasn't long before I told her I needed to push. She was glad, because Elliot's heart-rate started to go down after she broke my water and they had put me on oxygen. I pushed once and she told me that I had to give it all I had on the next push, so I did and little Elliot arrived! The cause of his dropping heart-rate was due to the cord being wrapped around his neck two times. How terrifying! My OB told me that if I hadn't of been a "super pusher", I would have been rushed in for an emergency c-section. So, thank you Lord for giving me "super pusher powers"! Elliot perked right back up and his APGAR score was 8 and 10. The nurse told me that she's never seen a baby get a 10 before. He looked perfect and is absolutely amazing! He is the most mellow little man I've ever seen. He hardly ever cries (I know, things change!) and just love to be held and snuggled. He also is a good sleeper and sleeps well in his little baby bed. Most of my other children did not sleep well on their own and would wake up as soon as they were laid down. Not Elliot, you can move him around anywhere and he stays asleep! lol He's the exact opposite of my little 3 year-old, Gracie. She's super talkative and high-maintance and he's super quiet and mellow. Needless to say, we are all in total love with our new bundle of joy!
The photo above was taken when Elliot was one day old. He's laying on a quilt that I made for him a couple of months ago and I will share all about it in another post! I will also be sharing some more blankets that I made for him with you all soon.
Now the fun part.....for me.....is to try to work in some daily creativeness while taking care of a newborn and a 3 year old. I wouldn't think too much about it, if I didn't know how important it is for me to be creative and make things. It helps keep me sane and when I go for days and days without doing something creative, I can really feel it. And, it is not good! I get grumpy, anxious and just not a happy person to be around. ;-)
I hope you all have been doing well. There is so much going on and so much I'd like to share. I just hope I can get on some sort of a schedule soon, so that I can do all of those things that I'm wanting to do. Plus, this weather.....ugh! I am SO ready for Spring!!!!! It has been so miserably cold here in the Heartland. It's been so cold that I just haven't been going anywhere. I can't stand the bitter cold! And, now that Elliot is here, it's been just too cold to take him out, too. It's been white with snow for months and I'm ready for green!
Take care everyone and stay warm!