Monday, April 14, 2008

She's HERE!!!

Well, looking at my last post on 4/9, I've been terribly remiss in updating the blog ... but -- she has arrived.

Her name is Piper Alice and she was born on 4/10 at 4:03 a.m. She weighed in at 7 lbs 2 oz and was 19 1/2 inches long. Her delivery was quick and uncomplicated as far as birthing goes, I guess. We arrived at the hospital at 3:35 a.m. and then there she was!!! The doctor (not my doctor mind you - he was still at home - waiting for the hospital to give him an update on me) had just entered the room to examine me (because I really, really wanted an epidural!!!) and I told them I needed to push - the contractions were hard and fast - and I could feel her coming - they kept telling me to breathe through the contractions - not to push (not an easy task). The doctor peeked under my sheet to see what all of my fussing was about (he wasn't robed, gloved, or anything - everyone was just taking their own sweet time) and he said "oh" - then the husband looked too "oh" was what we got out of him too - the doctor was reaching for a robe and gloves within seconds and instead of telling me to breathe, telling me to PUSH. Two pushes and there she was. Painless, no. Quick, yes. Having a new little girl so quickly and without apparent incident: priceless. (The entire hospital visit, from start to finish is enough to write it's own entry about ... I'll get there ... eventually.)

The kids love her. Twinkletoes is holding her now. She would hold her all of the time if she was able. The first thing DinoBoy wanted to do was hold her when he got off of the school bus. They're trying to be very good with her. It's hard sometimes, because they think they are so grown up and can do whatever they want with her - but it's all good.

She's nursing and sleeping well. She's pooping like a champ and trying to get used to being on the outside with her brother and sister, as well as the dogs. Sudz could really care less that she's arrived, Jack is on the fence about whether or not he should give her a second thought and Guinness is just downright crazy. We didn't send home a blanket or hat or anything with her scent on it for the dogs to get used to ... but I don't think that would have helped Guinness any. He just wants to be near her all of the time and when she cries, forget it; he's a basket case. He needs to be in her face or in your way (like we'd take her somewhere away from him) to figure out why she is making those sounds! Eventually, I'm sure he'll settle down and ignore her like Sudz does.

I haven't uploaded my own pictures yet but I've made a slide show of pictures that others have taken. I'll update after I upload our cameras!

Off to feed the princess -- have a great day!


denitta said...

Miss Piper has the very best birthday EVER....mine! :-) So she's got a birthday I will never forget ;-)

She's beautiful Kristie.

Donna Lewis said...

Look at all that hair. Congrats and Welcome home Piper.

Roni said...

Congrats to you and your family! She is a beautiful baby. Enjoy and savor every moment. Don't have to remind you how quickly they grow up!
Take care,