Sunday, October 24, 2010

She is here!

Well our precious bundle of joy is here! We are so excited for our new addition and are enjoying all the cuddle and snuggle time we can. To start, we would like to thank all of our family and friends who have prayed with us throughout this pregnancy for a successful VBAC because it was! We are so grateful to not have to worry about the C-section recovery.
For details: Madelynn Jo Bishop was born on Tuesday October 19th at 5:38am. She was 7lbs. 10.8oz and 20.5 inches long. If you are not interested in details just skip to the pictures!
I had been having pre-term labor since Saturday night and needless to say it left me quite sleep deprived. On Monday night harder contractions started at about 11pm then by midnight they were coming around 2-5 minutes apart. We decided to call the hospital and let them know. They said to come in so we got all of our things and headed out the door. (This was such a surreal moment. It happens in movies all the time but it is strange when it is really happening!) Before we left obviously we had to get someone to our house to watch Bailey. Oddly enough all the people we had lined up for the evening were deep in sleep. Thankfully our neighbor was able to come on short notice and sleep at our house.
We were admitted into the hospital and I was at a 3! Yipee, all on my own. I felt so blessed. The doctor said he would not start me because we were trying for a VBAC. We got all situated and I started moving quite quickly. I got an epidural and it was wonderful despite the violent shaking. Luckilly the shaking went away after about an hour. A few hours later I was at a 7. Throughout this the doctor came in a few times worried because Maddie's heart rate was up and down. However, she calmed down again and things were going well. At about 4:45am the doctor came in and my labor had slowed a lot. I was to an 8 but wasn't making much progress. He said if I didn't have the baby in one hour he would do a C-section because there were too many variables. I prayed and prayed and prayed. Miraculously at 5:38am she came into the world crying. This is one of my favorite moments as a new parent is to hear her first cry.
She is a very healthy and content baby. She has dark red hair, it almost looks copper. When we were getting her dressed to go home I put on a pair of socks which were 3 month size and they were too short!! Our little girl is really long and skinny.
Bailey is doing well with Maddie. She is quite protective of her and worries when Maddie cries. Gratefully she is not that interested in her at the moment which makes things a little easier. She loves to give her kisses and point out her different body parts. I think her favorite is her belly button. It is so fun to be a family of four. We again are so grateful for the prayers and support of wonderful family and friends. As so much has happened in this past week, I plan to do more posts in the next few days when Grandma and Papa take Bailey out on daily adventures. More to come in the next few days.


Amelia said...

Hey congrats! She's beautiful! Can we do anything to help you guys out? Food? Babysitting? Anything?

Alison said...

Congratulations Jules! She is so beautiful! I can't believe her hair. I love it. You look great! Good Luck! For me 2 was an easier transition than one. Hope she is a good baby for you.

laura said...

congratulations! what a pretty little girl!

Sharon said...

She's gorgeous! Congrats on the successful VBAC. I was lucky to be able to have 3 of our 4 by VBAC. Our oldest didn't know which direction he was suppose to come! Recovery from a vaginal birth is much easier that a c-section. I hope things continue to go well for you and your family!

Jill Revell said...

Congrats! She is adorable!

Dave & Sherri said...

Okay so how is it that I am just now seeing this post??? That's terrible! LOVE LOVE LOVE the pictures! Keep them coming! She is amazing and you did a spectacular job. I'm so happy it all worked out as well as it did!
love you tons!! xoxo

Chris and Beth Will said...

We're so excited! She is beautiful, it was fun to see her "in person" on skype.
We can't wait to see her in real person.

The Mahi Family said...

She is sooooooooooo CUTE! Congratulations!! Thanks for keeping up your blog, I'm a friend of Dave's from HS. Please tell him hello from Nancy... beautiful family!!