Friday, November 21, 2014

More of Sailor's first days

Scott, Sailor and I spent a total of 5 days and 4 nights in the hospital which is by far the longest hospital stay I've ever had! Even though those days included some very painful moments (c-sections are not for wimps!) and sleepless nights (5lb 13oz babies nurse a LOT), we emerged from our stay with mostly fond memories of a quiet, restful retreat with room service and sweet Sailor snuggles.
She looks so much like Keaton as a baby!
Her perfect hair!
It's hard to believe that walking and even standing was such a challenge in those first few days. This was my first time walking after the c-section. We took a little stroll with Sailor around the 3rd floor.

On the morning I was supposed to be released, I spiked a fever, so the Dr. decided to keep me another night just in case. So, Papa and Grammie brought the boys up for another visit. Unfortunately, Mark was starting to get a cold, so he had to wear a hospital mask. He loves his sister so much!
Sailor got a visit from Pastor Don and his wife Nancy
Finally time to go home!
Sailor was quite popular in the hospital lobby. I guess anything that tiny covered in pink is bound to attract some attention!
On Friday night, we had a very special guest for dinner! My dad was in DC for a conference that weekend, so he took a cab to our house and got to meet Sailor on her first day home!
Papa and his 4th granddaughter!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sailor Meets her Family!

The next day, Grammie and Papa brought the boys up to meet Baby Sailor. Aunt Jenny and cousins decided to stick around one more day so that they could meet her too.
I  believe that Mark was the most excited to meet and hold her!
Keaton was a little skeptical at first. My little worrier was super creeped out by mom in the hospital bed (IV in arm did not help!) especially because someone slipped and said I had to get stitches. He was also very emotional because his cousins were going back to Charlotte right after this hospital visit.
Keaton eventually warmed up to Sailor but still kept a safe distance!
Most awesome big brothers!
Our first family pic!
Grammie's first time holding Sailor!
Poor Papa had a sniffle, so he played it safe with a mask!
Aunt Jenny and Caroline!
Sailor and her big cousin!
This very exhausted Mama was so thankful to get some snuggle time with her boy!
"Can I hold her again, Grammie?"

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sailor June: Birth Story

Our last picture as a family of four!
 On Monday, November 3rd, Scott and I got up and headed to the hospital for my scheduled induction. We arrived at 7:45 and I was all settled my bed with my first dose of pitocin by 9:15. I was only at 1cm and 0% effaced, so I knew we had a long road ahead.

As with my last two kids, labor progresses slowly. Scott got some projects done on the computer. I texted with friends and watched Revenge on Netflix. 

At 2:15, my water finally broke. When the nurse checked me, she could tell it was full of meconium (baby poop). I guess this is a fairly normal occurrence, but the amount that they saw worried my doctor. Normally only babies that are in some sort of distress will poop that much in the womb. But, her heart rate remained solid, so they continued to increase the pitocin until my contractions were pretty strong and 2-3 minutes apart. 

I ordered my epidural and was ready to do this. The hours began to run together but at some point that afternoon, the doctor checked my cervix and I was still only 3cm. Then around 6:00pm, the baby's heartbeat began dropping slightly after each contraction, indicating that she wasn't tolerating contractions well. They took me off the pitocin and gave me another drug to stop contractions altogether. The baby's heartbeat returned to normal, thank God. Then, the doctor came in to give me "the talk." Basically she said, we can either start pitocin again and see if the baby can handle it or we can proceed with a c-section and get on with this birthday party. She said that the meconium in my water combined with the dropping of the heart rate concerned her enough that she would like to see the baby out as soon as possible, and she suggested strongly that we proceed with c-section. Then, she left the room to let Scott and I talk it out.  I didn't realize how much I really DID NOT want a c-section until it was impending. I started crying knowing that we really had no choice. Scott and I prayed together and told the doctor we were ready.

Next was the frenzy preparing for surgery. Honestly, I was devastated and terrified and worried for my daughter. I felt like I had failed at labor. I know that sounds silly but it's true. Before I knew it, Scott was suited in scrubs, I was completely numb staring at white lights and 8-10 masked faces with sympathetic eyes. And then they were pulling out my baby girl. It was not magical. It was cold and sterile, awkward, and painful, and scary.  But, in the end, it was a birthday party, and Sailor was here!  Scott brought her to me, so I could see her sweet face and she was so beautiful. 
Thankfully, there was a whole team from the NICU standing by to make sure she had not swallowed any of the meconium.
Hearing her cry was the happiest sound!
Hi Mommy!
Scott and I were stumped on a girls name for months. We came up "Sailor" when we were touring the Naval History Museum in August. We found it fitting that she crossed the ocean from Hawaii in utero, so that Daddy could start a new job as a Naval Historian. Not to mention that we are living near the water and she can literally see boats from her nursery window! June is my grandmother's middle name.
I knew she would not be as big as my boys, but I never dreamed she would be less than 6lbs!
Our perfect petite little girl! This was the picture that Scott sent out to close friends and family right after her birth.
First time nursing in the recovery room.
She caught on very quickly!
Scott holding Sailor in the recovery room. She found her thumb! This was about 11:30 that evening. We were both exhausted. I was so afraid Scott would fall asleep and drop her!
Happy Birthday Sailor June Anderson!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Halloween Weekend!

Our Liebler cousins had fall break on Thursday and Friday, so they came to up to spend the holiday weekend with us and meet new baby cousin (still waiting...).  It's such a new fun treat for us to be driving distance from family. So many things could have potentially messed up our plans from sickness to the timing of baby, but it turned into a wonderfully fun weekend with family and cousins! 

Chasing around the marina. The fall colors are amazing right now!

Miss Caroline
Our neighborhood has so many fun Halloween decorations. The kids had so much fun exploring!

I'm not really sure what is going on in this picture, but it makes me laugh every time I look at it!

 We spent our afternoon carving  pumpkins and decorating spooky cookies and cupcakes! 
Scott had lots of helpers!

Pumpkin guts!

The pumpkin strings made for an extra scary Jack-o-latern!

And then we ate them!!
Trick-or-treating in our neighborhood was out of this world. The kids had a blast and scored some serious loot!

This is our "can we please get this over with, so we can trick-or-treat?" smiles.
Superman Mark and Queen Elsa Mary Elizabeth

Commander Cody Keaton
Katniss Caroline
Happy Halloween!