Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ravsten Woodruff Harris

Ravsten's Birth story

I was scheduled to be induced on Friday, March 16. I was so nervous and a mix of emotion the day before. I had a hard time going to sleep the night before and woke up early on Friday hoping my phone would ring. I was told that they would call me a half hour before I needed to be there. I got up and showered and was in the middle of blowing my hair when my phone rang. We hurried and finished getting ready my sister came and picked up Lexi and Tip and I headed to the hospital. It was so weird showing up ready to have a baby. The got me in a room at 830 started my IV and checked me and to my surprise I was already dilated to almost a 4.  My doctor came and broke my water at 9. The started my pitocin and I was really feeling good. Tip and I just sat there laughing and talking about how surreal it was to be there. I started to feel the contractions quite strong and intense pretty fast. So at around 11 I received my epidural. It was the BEST! I could still move my legs but I was in no pain! My family brought Lexi in after one for a visit. She was having a great time at the park and with her cousins. I could tell she was tired so at after 2 I told them to go drive around and let her nap. I was only dilated to a 7 at the time so I was sure I had time. So they left. About 20 minutes later I told Tip I was feeling some pressure. So we went and got my nurse. I apologised because she had just checked me and I was only a 7 but she said she didn't mind and lifted the sheet and said oh there's his head don't push. Not only was a I fully dilated, he was crowning. They quickly called my doc and Tip called my mom and sister and told them to hurry back. My doc showed up and my mom and Jami right behind him. I started pushing and struggled getting his head out. After 20 minutes or so at 326 pm my little guy was born. Right when he came out we knew he was big. Everyone before he was born was guessing 8 lbs or so, but after he was born one of the nurses picked him up and guessed 9 pounds 2 ounces. Sure enough that's exactly what he weighed and was 21 3/4 inches long! He is one big guy full of rolls on his arms and legs. He has LONG fingers and LONG toes. He has dark hair and olive skin with a little round head. He has Tips nose and brow. He doesn't look like Lexi at all. We fell in love immediately. He is So cute and fun! He is 2 pounds and 4 inches bigger then Lexi was. I am feeling it! I knew he was going to be big but I didn't know that big. I sure love him!  They brought Lexi as soon as we were both cleaned up. She was really hesitant at first. There were so many people in there I think she was just overwhelmed. I gave her a new baby right then so we both could have new babies. She loved the doll! After a while everyone left and they gave him a bath and I ate (I was starving). He nursed right away and did great. Because he was Large for Gestational Age they had to check his blood sugar. It came back on the boarder so we continued checking it every 3 hours for the next 12 hours. Luckily he passed every sugar test!

Words cannot describe how much love I have for this little guy. It amazes me how quickly you can fall in love with your babies. I know that Rav was meant to come to us at this time.I stare at him in amazement that he is part of us. I still can believe that he grew inside of me. I still can't figure out how he fit inside honestly! Child birth is such a spiritual experience to me. I am so grateful that Heavenly Father trusted me with 2 precious spirits! I am so in love with this baby boy!

Here is an overload of pictures...I'll post another post of Lexi getting to hold him and our days at the hospital.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

mixed emotions...

Tomorrow is D-Day! Holy cow I can't believe that we have made it! The last 9 months really have flown by! I am kinda in shock that we will be adding to our little family tomorrow. I have such mixed emotions today. Don't get me wrong, I am SO SO SO excited for this little guy to come into our home. I love him so much already. I can't wait to meet him. To see what he looks like. To make sure he is ok and healthy.  I am also very nervous. I have no clue what to do with baby boys! I'm praying he is a good baby. I am praying he is a good nurser. I had no trouble nursing with Lexi. I hope that he is just as good.

I am also so nervous to leave Lexi. We have spent so much time together this week going to the park and playing outside. She didn't feel good all last week. She had a cough, ear infection and runny nose. She is feeling better but still super attached to me. I am worried about being away from her. I have never spent a night away from my little girl. I am worried about her waking up in the night and needing me. Even though she rarely wakes up at night and Tip will be home with her. I just worry. I know my Mom and sister will take good care of her while I am in the hospital, and she probably wont even miss me.  But I just worry! (stupid hormones).

I just hope and pray everything goes smooth as possible. I know that life will be crazy for us now but I can't wait as well.  I am lucky to have a very supportive, hands on husband who will help me a hundred percent!  I am grateful to all my family who are traveling to help me. Also to all my friends who have asked to help and have been supportive of me.

Ok, I've now vented and cried a little. I think I am ready to be a Mom of 2!