I’ve been enjoying our family so much during Jason’s 2 weeks off of work, that I completely forgot to post that our sweet Julie Joy has arrived!
This time was different than my other two deliveries. We scheduled the induction for Friday the 25th (5 days before our due date), arranged childcare for the boys, woke up early, stopped for a little breakfast, and went off to the hospital to have the baby just like if we were heading to a hotel for a vacation. It was totally weird.
This labor was also super fast. With Jeremy my back labor started on it’s own around bedtime and he arrived about 13 hours later after I had an epidural, my water broken, an episiotomy, and vacuum assist. Oi! With Jesse my water broke on it’s own in the middle of the night and he arrived around 8 hours later (just before lunch) with only a single dose of Nubaine to take the edge off.
When we got to the hospital I was 3 cm dilated at the top of my cervix and 4 cm at the bottom. Julie was induced at 8 am when the doctor broke my water and our favorite nurse started a pitocin drip. We were super lucky that this time we were assigned the same labor & delivery nurse that we had with Jesse. Nurse Wanda is incredible and was as great this time as she was two years ago. By 10:30 am I was 80% effaced and 5 cm dilated all the way through. Contractions were coming regularly 4 1/2 minutes apart; uncomfortable but not painful yet since I was still knitting and chatting through them. An hour later we were 90% effaced and dilated to 7 cm. I gave up the knitting because I was making errors but I could still talk through the pain. One more hour at 12:45 we were 100% effaced with rough contractions less than a minute apart. I was starting to get a little shaky and dizzy in between the contractions so I asked for Nubaine to get me through the transition phase and save enough energy to push. One more hour passed, half of that spent pushing, and our precious girl was born at 1:44 pm. I must admit, I was ready to give in right there at the end and asked if it was too late for an epidural but Jason and my two delivery nurses assured me that her head was crowning and there was no time.
Our Julie Joy was 8 lb 5 oz and 20 1/2 inches long. She is the smallest and shortest baby that I’ve made so far. And here we had been worried that she’d outweigh her brothers. She’s petite, perfectly fitting the 0-3 months size clothes, and has gorgeous long fingers and a lovely head of dark red (auburn-ish) hair. So far she is a champion nurser as well. She took to it immediately and nursed so deeply right away that my milk came in the first night instead of waiting almost a week like it did with Jesse. We just love her to bits!
At her 2-week check-up, she had grown 1 1/2 inches and gained over a pound weighing in at 9 lbs 7.5 oz. She’s doing really really well. She’s still a really sleepy baby, but she wakes up every 2-3 hours to eat so we’re just counting our blessings that we have such an easy-going third baby.
A friend of mine needed a baby to practice some photography on for a class she’s taking so I volunteered our Julie. Erica took some very nice pictures, this is one of my favorites. She’s wearing a vintage dress that my mom sent to me, it was one that I wore as a baby.
And now, several more pictures from the past couple of weeks….
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1. Jason holding his daughter in our recovery room.
2. Jeremy visited later on that evening and held his sister.
3. The first “pretty” picture of Julie with her eyes open.
4. Jason holding our two littlest the day we came home from the hospital.
5. Sweet Julie girl at 6 days old.
6. Apparently she’s tired of me taking photos of her. 😉