Monday, June 7, 2010

Welcome, Kathryn!

Kathryn's First Picture
I've been meaning to start this blog for a while, but time definitely got away from me, especially once Kathryn was born. My first few posts may be a little behind, but hopefully I'll catch up quickly! I'm excited about having the blog so our family and friends can "check in" on our life down here in Texas :).

So on to the baby stats: Kathryn was born on May 4, 2010 at 9:13 pm. She was 8.13 lb and 20 inches long. As soon as she was born she did a big stretch with her tiny little arms (precious!).

Being in labor happened much faster than I imagined. I was having small contractions every hour that morning from midnight to when I woke up for work at 6 am. When I got to work, I immediately called my doctor and they wanted me to come in to monitor the contractions. It turned out I was having small contractions and my doctor wanted me to go home and rest. She told me she thought I would go into labor within the next 24-48 hours, so I assumed I still had some time and was going to tell my work I wouldn't be back in. I went home and relaxed for a bit and then decided I could make dinner early so I wouldn't have to worry about it later. I started making a big pot of pasta e fagioli and the contractions began to get worse, but I continued to cut up the veggies and do all the prep work because my doctor told me if I could talk during the contractions then it probably wasn't the real thing...well, I could definitely talk and I had some choice words that I didn't have a problem voicing loudly, even if I was alone in the house :).

After writing down the times of my contractions and seeing that they were clearly getting closer together, I called E.J. at work and told him to come home because it was time to take me to the hospital! (Luckily I had just finished up the pasta e fagioli, which I packaged up and put in the freezer - it was great to have a meal all ready when we finally got home from the hospital!) We were at the hospital by 5 and my labor progressed pretty quickly and smoothly. I don't think I could have asked for things to have gone better. She was born just 2 hours and 47 minutes from her due date!

Before we knew it, our little baby was here and the doctor flipped her over and E.J. was the one to announce, "it's a girl"! It was so exciting to finally hear the surprise we had been waiting to hear for 9 months!

Proud parents!

Proud Daddy!


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