Becoming a mother is a life changer, and has been the only thing I've been focusing on lately. But, I'm starting to get the hang of it and am ready to return!
November 22, 2010...9pm: Went into labor, slow progress, so we all went to bed (my parents, Marc, and myself) Check out the last picture before labor started...TERRIBLE!!!
November 23, 2010...1am: My water broke in my sleep. What a mess! Seriously!! We called the hospital to make sure I should go at that moment, and we headed that way. As we arrived at the hospital, Marc drove over the curb, between posts, and up to the ER drop off...LOL. We probably should have done a practice run so that we would know the best way to get there.
Hurting and exhausted...
8pm: After all sorts of waiting and complications, with my blood pressure through the roof, lack of pain relief from the epidural, 22 hrs of labor, etc....Ava was born!!
A few hours old...
All dressed and ready for her hospital picture...
She was born not breathing, but it didn't take long to get her to breathe. The midwife thought that she may have just been too exhausted (like me!) or that she may have breathed meconium in the birth canal since she was there for so long.
She was also born with jaundice, so we spent 3 days in the hospital initially to allow her time under the biliruben lights. Then, 2 days after we were told we could go home, we returned because the jaundice was getting worse. After a few more days we went home...again. This time, it was snowing :) Ava's first snow!
My sweet little pumpkin!
It has been almost 12 weeks, and life is getting more and more predictable. She's settled into a routine, and has been sleeping through the night for about 6 weeks now. I got some pictures last week, check 'em out :)