Wednesday, March 19, 2008

An update & a few more pictures

I'm feeling a bit more rested, now, & the nurse just arrived to take Grant to the nursery, so I thought I'd add just a few more pictures to the blog. I also promised a bit more of an update, so here goes... as I had mentioned before, I was to be induced yesterday morning at 6 a.m. I had really hoped to have labor start on its own in the middle of the night, but no such luck. When we got to the hospital, Arlie checked me & declared that I was 3-4 centimeters & went ahead & broke my water, hoping that labor would start on its own - which it did, but not without lots of walking the halls to get things going strong. By 8 a.m., contractions were still not very strong & Arlie told me that I was smiling too much. ;-) Thankfully, though, things really picked up not long afterward, & I ended up spending most of the rest of my labor in the whirlpool tub. (It's amazing how much the hot water helps to deal with the pain!) I surprised myself & ended up allowing them to give me a little Nubaine through the IV (I had an epidural last time b/c I didn't want to be loopy from the meds). I was surprised that just having that to take the edge off the contractions, made a big difference in my ability to cope - & I was also able to catch a few winks between contractions. Finally, they made me get out of the tub when I was about 8-9 cm because I was involuntarily starting to bear down through the contractions. Things progressed rather quickly from there, even though it seemed to me to take forever. I only had to push for about 20 minutes (compared to 2 hours with Ryleigh) before I was finally holding my sweet little boy. Everyone kept commenting about how roly-poly he is. His little thighs are so fat & his back has so many rolls & folds of skin, that it looks like a little bull dog's! ;-) He has brownish red fuzz on his head & doesn't really look like Ryleigh at all, in my opinion. He also has broad shoulders & big hands &, in our very biased opinion, he is simply beautiful! He's eating like a champ, even though he is starting to go through the sleepy phase. Ryleigh couldn't be more proud of her baby brother. She is just thrilled to death with him, & kept saying "My baby," over and over. Some of her other comments were "awww, cute!" "gentle," "I wanna hold him," "sweet baby," & "baby want binky" (every time he cried - I think she's picked this up from watching Cayden). Well... I guess I better wrap this up. Today is sure to be a busy day with lots of people here to see Grant & I should probably try to get a little more sleep before things start happening. Thanks for all of your many comments of congratulations!


Ryleigh & Grant meeting for the very first time.

Ryleigh, Grant & Nana

11 comments:

Jon Plank said...

Congratulations!

Brenda M said...

Congratulations! What a precious baby! Glad everything went well for you!

Jonathan Stratton said...

Congratulations Shari (and Jeff)!
Wish I could be there to see him.

Hugs, kisses, and Lots of Love to you all!

Uncle Jon

Doug & Kim Hoffman said...

Congratulations Jeff & Shari. We're happy for you. I know all about that breaking the water and walking the halls, waiting deal. It was much better when it happened all on its own with 3 of mine. I'm glad it's all over and now you can enjoy your little boy. He's so cute.

Myranda said...

So so so beautiful! All of you!

Congratulations! So happy for you!

sankey family said...

Jeff and Shari,
Our warm congratulations on adorable Baby Grant Logan - I love his name!
So glad that everything went well for you and that Ryleigh is happy with her new baby brother - so precious!
And happy congratulations to some pretty special grandparents, too!
Marc, Melodie and boys

Springer Family said...

Big sister looks 'in love'!!

Stephanie said...

Congratulations on your beautiful baby! So glad that everything went well.

Jeanne said...

Congratulations!!
What a nice little boy...
He weighed the exact weight that my first son weighed...
Best Wishes from us both..

Lori said...

Congrats on the new baby boy, they offer many different challenges than girls but are just as much fun! Glad your L&D went well, so nice that your Mom can be there to help you out! Grant is such a cutie!

Kara Plank said...

so exciting!!! love the name!