Monday, September 23, 2013

Ardena Jenna Grace

Our precious little girl has arrived!  And we couldn't be happier having her in our lives.  It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks, so I'm just now getting around to writing about her birth.  It happened something like this...

...Monday morning on September 9th I went in for what I thought would be a relatively "normal" visit.  My c-section was planned for the 12th, and since my blood pressure had remained stable throughout the weekend I was pretty sure I could make it to the planned date on Thursday.  However, once I got to my visit and my doctor examined me he determined that it was Baby Day.  I won't go into too much detail, but the gist is that my body was already getting prepped for delivery, and my dr. didn't want my cerclage to tear.  Nuff said!  :-)  I was told to report to L&D at 11:30 a.m. and that I would have our little girl around 1:30 THAT day!!!  Wow, what a surprise!  We have yet to make it to any "planned" c-section date with any of our kids.  We definitely keep things exciting when it comes to having a baby, nothing goes the way we think it will!

I drove back home after my visit, excitedly calling various people on my way back that we were having the baby that day.  Aaron had to cancel the rest of his morning patients and drove home to get me and bring me back to the hospital.  My mom was already at home with the boys, and Nana (Aaron's mom) was on her way when we left for the hospital to come stay with the boys so my mom could come to the hospital and be there during the delivery.  

We got to L&D at 11:30 and I got all hooked up to the IV, had blood drawn, got put on the monitors and was prepped for surgery.  It was exciting being taken back to the OR.  It was the first time that the life of the baby was not in danger (unlike Eli's traumatic delivery and Johnathan's less traumatic but still stressful delivery).  Our baby girl was doing great, we just had to have her a few days early to prevent anything from happening to me.  So nice to be able to go into that operating room with excitement and joy!

As the surgery began I had my sweet hubby right beside me.  And at 1:53 pm I heard the most beautiful sound in all creation...the sweet cries of our newborn, healthy baby girl.  Oh what a moment!  I will never forget it!

Our precious girl began her life outside my tummy weighing in at 5 pounds 15 ounces, and stretching out at 19 inches long.  Dark hair, dark eyes and 100% Aldape.  She is darling, and yes, I'm partial, but I'm pretty sure she's the cutest little baby girl I've ever seen!  She is named after my Great-Great Grandma, Inez Ardena, her Great-Aunt Jenna (whose birthday she shares!) and after me!  I'm kinda digging the two middle names!  :-)

I'll post later about the boys' reaction to their new little sister!  They have been so precious with her and are so excited that she's finally here!


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