After looking back at these pictures, you can tell she was a little swollen in the face
Sunday Feb. 24th Austin and I had a relaxing day, I was feeling good but extremely tired so we decided not to go to church and just stayed home and didn't do too much. We went to my parents and when we were leaving my Dad said lets get that baby tonight, and mentioned it was a full moon haha apparently that brings out the babies. I had been having contractions all week long, but this particular day hadn't had one contraction. Austin and I got home, got things ready for the next day of work, watched our Sunday evening shows and I went to bed around 10 PM. Around 10:50 PM I woke up and had to go to the bathroom, Austin was still awake watching TV. When I went into the bathroom I noticed my garments were wet... I thought it was strange because I was pretty sure I hadn't wet my pants. So I kind of sat there for a few minutes trying to decide if this was my water breaking. After about 5 minutes I went back into our bedroom and told Austin, "I think my water might have broken." Austin's face was PRICELESS. I wish I had gotten out my camera before I told him. He jumped out of bed and said WHAT??? You think? how do you just think, how do you not know for sure. I showed him my garments and said I don't know.. what do you think? haha he immediately started shaking, while I was rather calm. Not knowing for sure what to do, he called his brother who is a Physician's Assistant. He told his brother what was going on, and his brother recommended we head to the hospital immediately. I told Austin that was great, but I just want to jump in the shower and wash my hair really quick, because I hadn't washed it that day since we didn't go to church. Austin would not let me shower! He just wanted to get to the hospital. He did not want to deliver the baby in the car like his sister did :) So I changed my clothes, he unloaded the dishwasher and I straightened up some things in the living room, and we headed to the hospital. By 11:01 we were on our way, and I called my Mom to let her know. I wasn't having any contractions or anything until we got to about 30th street, but they were slow and not too painful. Austin shook the entire way to the hospital, while I was surprisingly still very calm. We pulled into the ER and walked inside. They had me get in a gown and lay in a bed in triage. First they had to do a test to "make sure" my water had actually broken and they told me I was dilated to a 3+. The first test they tried they were unable to tell if it had or not, so they had to do a different kind of test which involved sending a sample away to the lab. The nurse told us this would take about 20 minutes to get the results. So Austin and I just hung out in triage, while my contractions became a little more painful and strong, but still not awful. 20 minutes somehow turned into about 60+ minutes. The ER had gotten a little crazy, and there were several women coming in thinking they were having their babies too. My doctor just happened to have 3 of her patients there all at the same time. One was going in for a C-section, the other got sent home because it was false labor, and then me. Which we were just praying they would not send me home. We had prepared ourselves for this baby to come now. So after a long wait, the nurse finally came back in and said YEP your water broke. Lets get you up to labor and delivery. So they got us into our room, and we called our parents and let them know the baby was coming for sure. Then they started me on pitocin, because they said when it's your first baby and your water breaks on your own, they like to start you on pitocin to help labor go a little quicker. This was certainly true, as I was lying in the bed trying to fill out all the paperwork my contractions started getting very strong and painful. I sort of felt like a wuss because I thought I'd be able to hold out much longer before asking for my epidural but it felt like I needed it soon. My contractions were hurting pretty bad so Austin went to find the nurse to see if I could get the epidural. She said the anesthesiologist was in the middle of a C-section so it'd be just a few minutes. She said I wasn't being a wuss, because my water breaking and being started on pitocin is a double wammy. Those few minutes waiting for the epidural seemed like hours! Once he came in and gave me the epidural everything went great!!
Waiting patiently in the delivery room. Very excited! It's pretty dang early in the morning. Had to wake everyone up to come to the hospital
Proud Grandma of 8
not my best picture. They wouldn't let me wash my hair
Sorry we missed a few visitors. Brett and Amber came to visit, Uncle Blake, Grandma and Grandpa Hoffmann, Great Grandma and Grandpa Ballif ,Austin's uncle Lyle and lots of Austin's friends/co-workers from the hospital and Grandpa Vern was with us everyday. Thanks everyone!
She looks so chubby in this! I love it
Daily non stop heartburn was worth it, check out these locks/mullet
just finished her first bath, she loves having her hair washed!
Getting ready to head home
She looks so tiny in her carseat
Tummy time at home
She loves her little bouncer
We love zebra
she has such nice skin, I look even more ghostly
3 AM snuggle time with Momma
Lots of polka dots and a headband that is much too big
Cute little hands
Tenlee and Dad's favorite spot. I often find Dad holding her when she's supposed to be sleeping in her bed.