Monday, March 22, 2010
Love and Luck
We have a new addition to the family! Sullivan Davan was born 8:58 am on Saint Patrick's Day. He was 3 1/2 weeks early, but weighed in at 6 lbs 2 oz and is healthy and very strong. He is 19.25" long. His big sister Ella was born on Valentine's Day, so it's kind of ironic we have another holiday to double task!
I'm still attending school full-time at Minnesota State University, Mankato. I'm very nervous and overwhelmed about finishing the semester though with two children while breastfeeding and commuting from an hour away. One day at a time! I spent my whole spring break waiting for baby. I had seen my doctor and found out I was dilated to a 2 and he told me I would be in labor within the week. I spent the whole week at home frantically cleaning and nesting to prepare. Well, the whole week came and went with no appearance from baby. My doctor told me to just continue with my regular schedule.
My last prego pic, taken the morning I went into labor!
I went to school on the 15th, feeling kind of crummy and very nervous that my water might break in the middle of art class, but nothing happened. On Tuesday, I felt crummy again, but no contractions. I went to Windom with my husband to get some errands done and shortly after getting home, my water broke. We went to the hospital and shortly after, my contractions began...steady and painful. They gave me medicine to see of they could stop the labor since I was early, but nothing helped. This little guy was ready to meet the world. Around the time I was dilated between a 6 and 7 I asked for pain meds. The nurses told me that because I was an early pregnancy, that they didn't want to give pain meds for the sake of the baby's vitals. While I dilated to about an 8 when they finally gave me pain medicine after I cried and told them I was going to get mean, break all the windows in the hospital and send my husband out to find me some illegal drugs. The medicine helped for about 4 hours and wore off...just in time to push! YAY! It was okay though, about three minutes of pushing and I had a crying, beautiful baby boy in my arms.
Jason and I admiring our latest creation
The last couple days at home have been good. We are all still in a haze and Ella is not yet sure what to think about the little guy. So far, she just avoids him. She was more excited when we brought home our pet lizard, Zilla. She'll be okay with time I'm sure. I'm starting to feel the crazy hormones take over, but physically, I feel great. I'm busy catching up on all my homework, but it is very hard to concentrate and find adequate time. We are enjoying our time as a new family of four and excited for the adventures and memories to come!
Eleanor checking out the new arrival at the hospital
Sully and I resting at the hospital