Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Two Weeks.

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind!
I don't even know where to begin.
Here are the pictures of Claire's first two weeks of life.
 Leaving the hospital.
I was pretty nervous to go home with a baby.
Good thing I had my Mom and Josh to calm me down.
 First time in the car seat and she wasn't sure how to feel about it.
{Happy...then Sad}
 Aunt Maddie and Gammy love our newest addition.
My Mom left last Sunday and it sort of broke my heart.
It was such a blessing having her here and I wish so badly that she lived next door to me!
Mom's are amazing!
We can't wait for her to come back.
 Claire enjoys her bouncy seat, but loves her swing
 Before her bath she was happy and sleeping!
I wasn't sure how to give a slippery infant a bath.
It really stressed me out.
 After her bath she wasn't happy anymore.
 But she didn't hate the lotion part.
 Nice and clean!
 She loves napping with Daddy.
 Well actually she just loves napping in general.
It hasn't been an easy two weeks, but it has been the most amazing two weeks.
I love snuggling her all day.
Can't believe how fast this is going by!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Claire's Birth Story

On Monday August 27th 2012 I went in for a regular weekly appointment at my doctors.
My blood pressure had been rising the week before this appointment and I felt like it was still pretty high when I went in on Monday.
Turns out it was still really high.
Too high actually.
Since I was 37 weeks and 2 days my Doctor thought I was far enough along.
He sent me right over to labor and delivery.
I wasn't allowed to even go home.
{Good thing I showered and washed my hair that morning}
I sent Josh home to get our hospital bag that I had ready just in case.
{Really glad I had that ready so early}
My Mom had come out the week before because my pressures were so high.
I'm so glad she was there with me the entire time!
While Josh ran home to grab some things-Mom and I headed over to labor and delivery!
It was a pretty surreal feeling knowing by the end of the day I would have my baby girl in my arms.
I was dilated to a 3 1/2 and 80% effaced when I arrived at the hospital.
They started me on pitocin at 11:30am.
I was feeling great even when the contractions started becoming more prominent.
I still wasn't in much pain.
My doctor came and broke my water at 1:15pm.
Soon after that I was feeling the contractions more and more.
I asked for the epidural at 2:00pm, but because of emergencies in the hospital they didn't come till around 4:20pm.
At this point I was dilated to a 7 and 100% effaced.
The contractions were very strong at this point and I was beginning to think I couldn't do this.
While I was receiving the epidural I had at least 6 contractions.
Trying not to move was so hard, but I knew if I stayed still I would be out of misery soon.
Josh never left my side.
He let me squeeze his hand the entire time they poked me in the back.
{I was seriously afraid of getting an epidural}
The minute the medicine kicked in I was a new woman!
I was able to talk again and laugh with everyone in the room.
{Next time I will ask for the epidural before I start feeling the pain}
There is no reason to be in pain when you can enjoy the experience.
At 5:30pm I was dilated to a 9.
At 6:30pm I was a 10 and she was already in the birth canal.
And according to the nurse...had a lot of hair.
It was time to push!
So that we did.
Every contraction I pushed 3 times for 10 seconds.
After 4 contractions my nurse told me to stop pushing because we had to wait for the doctor.
I was in mid-push and she says "okay we better stop, let me go call Doctor Young"
My thoughts: "Hurry up Doctor Young or else my Baby wont be able to breath!"
I'm not sure why I thought she couldn't breath if I stopped pushing, but it really freaked me out to know she was almost out and had to just sit there and wait.
Finally he came and I was able to start pushing again.
It only took 2 more contractions and her head was out.
I hear the doctor say "Shoulder...lower the bed."
Another Doctor started pushing on my stomach.
Her shoulder was stuck.
I was pushing so hard at this point.
I was so nervous her bones were going to break with how hard he was pushing on my stomach!
Luckily, it only took a minute and she was out.
Hearing her cry for the first time was unreal.
I immediately started crying.
So did Josh.
Her shoulder was fine.
Nothing broken.
Our little girl was here.
After everything I had been through the last 5 weeks of pregnancy I couldn't believe that she was here being weighed and crying.
She was 8lbs 8oz and 19 1/2 inches long.
...and more beautiful than I ever could of imagined.
Watching Josh with his daughter melts my heart.
I have fallen deeper in love with my Husband.
He loves her so much and is such a good Daddy.
I love the way he says her name when she is sleeping.
"Claaaire Beaaar"
I love the way he kisses her on the forehead.
I love the way she lays on this chest and falls right to sleep.
I love the way he comes home from work and says "Where's my baby?"
I love watching him watch her with such happy eyes.
Being a Mommy has been so surreal.
I can't believe I have a child and she is all mine.
It is scary at times and I have found myself freaking out on more than one occasion.
I question everything I do.
I want to make sure I'm doing it right, but I'm sure I'm not.
She is the best thing that has happened to me.
I feel whole.
I'm so lucky.
I have an amazing man who is continually showing me why I picked him.
Going through this experience together was something I will always cherish.
I can't wait to be his partner when it comes to raising this beautiful little girl.
I am so excited for our life to come.
Welcome to our family Claire.
We are so blessed to have you.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Can't get enough.

Of this baby.
The Hunting household has changed forever in the best way.
I can't stop kissing those cheeks.
Best idea we ever had.