Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Family of 3!

Our sweet little Evelyn Hope joined our happy family on Monday!! We cannot believe how beautiful and perfect she is! I still look at her and can't believe she is mine! I never knew I was capable of loving this much! Our hearts are full of love and gratitude and just pure Joy! Jarom is the cutest dad EVER! Seriously, it warms my heart to see him look at her with so much love! He is a natural at everything and adjusting to this new lifestyle (so far) very well! I am too, it's just more fun to watch him be with her! He can't stop telling her how beautiful and perfect she is and how grateful he is to have her and how blessed we are! TENDER! I love my family SO much! I feel like I am in a dream and we are just playing "house" with this perfect little doll! It truly is a dream come true! We have waited so long for this! She is a perfect little eater and sleeper and pooper :) All the doctors and nurses are impressed with how well she is doing and how beautiful and pink her skin is! We got to bring her home today and we are feeling complete and absolute bliss! Everything I ever hoped for or imagined has come true! I could sit and watch Jarom hold her all day! He is Super Dad! And Super Husband! Anyway, Here are some pictures of our beauty and the birth story!

On Monday morning I woke up with a couple of painful contractions. They weren't frequent and didn't last for very long so I didn't think much of it. I got up and took a shower and got ready for the day. At about 9:30 I noticed that they were getting stronger and pretty painful so I decided to time them for an hour before I told Jarom. I didn't want to make him worry or get his hopes up, just in case it wasn't time. They were about 3-5 minutes apart, lasting about 50 seconds to a minute long. I called Jarom and told him that I was pretty sure I was in labor but I wasn't positive and didn't want to be wrong. So I called the Doctor and they gave me the go ahead to go to Labor and Delivery. I called Jarom and told him the big news and he rushed right home. We got everything together and packed up and said "when we come home, we will be a family of 3!" CRAZY! When we checked in to the Hospital I still wasn't sure if I was in labor or if they would keep us there. The nurse checked me and I was already at a 4.5 to 5 Cm Dilated! Saweeeet! So they let us stay. They got the IV in and checked me again an hour later and I was at a 6! Pretty fast! We were excited but thought that we would still have a while to wait. The contractions got pretty intense so I asked for an epidural when I was about 7 Cm. They got that in and taken care of and the nurse came in to check me shortly after and found that my water had broken! AWESOME! We were very pleased at my progress! A little while later ( and I really mean a LITTLE while) I could feel my contractions as if I didn't have an epidural or any pain medication, for that matter. YOWSA!!! So I told the nurse and she said "let me check you. Sometimes when you start to feel contractions with an epidural in means that you are fully dilated." I thought WOA! That's crazy! I don't think we will be that lucky. Sure enough, I was at a TEN!! WHAAAAAT?!?!?!! Are you serious? I felt like we had JUST gotten there! The anesthesiologist then came in to give me another dose of the epidural before I had to start pushing! The nurse went to tell my Doctor that I was ready to push. He said that for first time mom's he usually wants them to wait a little while and rest once they hit a 10 because they can usually be pushing for quite a while. The doctor came in to check on me right after that and the baby's head was pretty much right there and her heart rate was going down with every contraction so he said "this baby is not going to wait for us!" Seconds later, a big team of nurses and doctors came in and got everything ready for her to come out. They told me to start pushing and I pushed through 2 contractions and she was HERE!!! I still can't believe how fast everything went! We got to the hospital at about 12:30 Pm and she was born at 4:19 Pm! I feel incredibly blessed!!! She weighed 8 lbs (well technically she weighed 7 lbs 15 oz. but they just rounded up) and is 20 in. long and perfect in every single way! She is a champ at nursing and latched on with hardly any struggle! I am amazed at how perfect this little baby is! We love her more than words can explain! I am so grateful that things have been going so well and just hope that they continue to do so! Evelyn is doing great! I am realllllllly sore and tired but other than that, doing great! Jarom is just a champ all around! Taking care of both his girls! We are so lucky! Here are LOTS of pictures! They are all way out of order. Oh well.
This is one of his favorite things to do! Such a cute little Daddy!
Our first family picture!
My first time holding here (besides right after she was born and they put her on my belly)
Brand new!
About to get ready to start pushing!
Ready to go home! Great Grandma Lance made that blanket for her! We love it!


Everett wasn't sure what to think of her! He'll warm up to her soon!
Getting some love from Aunt Jenni!
CUTE hat from Aunt Whitney!
Aunt Courtenay LOVES snuggle time with Evelyn! Who wouldn't!


Emily said...

Oh my gosh you're making it REALLY hard for me yo not get in my car and drive up there!!! She's so gorgeous I just want to snuggle her so bad! I can't even tell you how happy I am that everything went smoothly and continues to do so... nobody deserves that more than you guys. Just enjoy her perfectness and try to get some rest when you can.

Love you so much and am so happy for you guys!!! Give her a kiss for me!

Danielle said...

SHE IS SO CUTE! I love her so much! I'm so happy for you guys. You are such cute parents. Your labor story couldnt be any more different than Amy's. Holy smokes. haha talk about polar opposites! You are so amazing and so beautiful in all the pics. Yay! I'm so excited to hear more about this precious babe. Love you!!!

Tyler and Kelly said...

Im can't tell you enough but CONGRATS! I am so happy for your family of 3!!!! Soak it up. They grow up toooo fast!

Josh and Lauren said...

Oh my gosh Steph! I am just so thrilled that everything just went GREAT for you! You totally deserve an easy labor and that beautiful baby girl!!!! What a wonderful blessing! Sure love you and Jarom and Evelyn!!! xoxo.

Mrs. Laura Kay Pettit said...

Evelyn is so adorable! I love all the pics. You can just feel all the love that was in the room just looking at the photos! Enjoy - it goes by so fast! Seems like yesterday my kids were that little!

Chad and Jessica said...

YAY!!! Congrats Congrats! She is SO beautiful and perfect, just like Jarom tells her. I'm so happy that you're all so happy and blissful. You deserve it so much! You guys are going to have so much fun. Enjoy!

lindsaymarchant said...

Congrats Stephanie! She is so beautiful. Yahoo. I am glad your labor and delivery went so fast too! That is awesome. I am so happy for you guys.

Miss Whitney said...

I have been waiting for this post! Stephanie, you look so amazing after giving birth, holy cow, you are a pro and I am so proud of you! Im so glad you had such a great experience , you and Jarom make one cute baby :) She is perfect and I love the hat on her! I cant wait until I get to see you and meet that precious little girl. I love you Steph and am so so so happy for you both, you deserve every bit of happiness that you are receiving! Loves!

Jenni said...

I looked at all these pictures like 10 times!! I love her so much!! When I look at her picture, I just want to come right down and snuggle her! I"M SOOOOOOOOO glad you guys live so close!!

Thanks for letting me hog her all the time!!!! I am so impressed with you and Jarom and your natural ability to be parents and love your perfect baby!

She is perfect in EVERY.WAY! I LOVE EVELYN!!!


Oh my gosh Steph! She is sooooo cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is so beautiful and perfect! I can't believe you have already played dress up with her! I STILL haven't put an outfit on her! I'm hoping to tomorrow. She is so cute! I CANNOT believe how fast your labor was!!!!!!!! And how fast you progressed! My story is so opposite of yours!!! You've got a great birthin body! Lucky you! One question.... hehehe- what the heck is that contraption on your face? haha. Is that oxygen? You are so lucky her skin was so pink and good- they gave us such a hard time about Madison's saying she was jaundice- it made my mom really mad- haha. WEll me too! I'm so glad that everythign is working out so well for you guys! She sounds like an angel. So glad the nursing is going well! I've got cracked nipples, airing out naked- my mom said between me being tan, and naked with huge boobs, she feels like she's in africa- haha. love you! so glad everythign worked otu so perfectly!

Carol and Bruce said...

Steph, thanks for that great up date! I'm so happy for your little family and that everything went so well. Little Evelyn is just beautiful and Jenni says more beautiful in person. I can't wait to see her and for your MOM to see her. Take you time and rest, rest, rest. Let every one who is willing wait on you:)
Much love!

Susan @ Second Chances by Susan said...

Congratulations! What an absolute cutie! I'm so thankful to hear that everything went so wonderfully! And, although I don't think any labor is "easy," I'm glad that your's went so quickly for you! Enjoy every moment with her and enjoy the visit with your mom!

Jill said...

Congratulations! Sounds like a pretty amazing labor and delivery! Except for the epidural not working. You're so tough! So glad she's here and thriving!