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Thursday, February 14, 2008

A Confession of Sorts and Some Pics

Well bloggy friends, GiBee asked me if I went the epidural route. And I readily confess that YES, I took the drugs. And all I can say is God bless that little man with the weird sense of humor. He may not have had the best personality in the world, but he sure made me feel better! To all those who have gone the natural route, God bless you, but I took the way out that God promised in hard situations!

Anyway, I'm sure my posting will be a bit sporadic over the next few weeks, but I will try to keep you posted on Alaena's progress! So today, I'll give you a few pics of my beautiful baby girl!

Pay no attention to the woman holding the adorable child. Look only at the cute one in her arms!

Raegan and Trace love their new cousin! And who could blame them. I'll just have to make sure that they know that Baby "Laena" isn't quite ready to roughhouse with them yet!

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

She's Here!!

Well, I'm a few days behind on my announcement, but it's been a little hectic this weekend. I went into labor this past Friday morning at around 4:30 AM, and I went to the hospital at around 2 PM when my contractions got to be 4-5 minutes apart. I was progressing slowly, so they sent me home to go through more of the early labor because they are dealing with a flu epidemic in the hospital and said it would probably be better for me to be home rather than the hospital.

To say I was disappointed would be putting it mildly. I thought maybe they were just trying to get me out of there. But then at 4:30 Saturday morning my water broke. So we went back to the hospital, and I got checked in to stay. A few hours later I had to be put on Pitocin because Alaena wasn't progressing things quickly enough. Turns out she was turned toward my stomach rather than my back making things happen slowly, but fortunately she flipped around, and I went from being 6cm to being 10cm in an hour.

So I present to you Miss Alaena Addison Smith, born February 9, 2008 at 8:49 PM. She weighed 7lbs, 11oz and was 20 3/4" long. And of course I'm partial, but I think she is absolutely gorgeous! What do you think?

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Talking to the Right Person Always Helps

Yep, I'm still hanging in here! So, she'll be a February baby after all. But hey, I love February's birthstone so yay for that!
Anyway, I haven't posted in several days because well, to be honest, you probably wouldn't have wanted to read my post! I went to the Dr. (if she can truly be called that) this past Friday. In short, I was tired from lack of sleep and in a lot of pain. And she pretty much asked no questions and didn't really give me much opportunity to ask any. She pretty much just wanted to get me in and out.
So I left out of there in a bad mood. And that's putting it nicely I think. Of course my anger got directed at you know, everybody but the "Dr" who had given me no answers. Which was wrong.
I had another appointment yesterday, and I saw a much better REAL Dr. He answered lots of questions and offered helpful suggestions. And my attitude is much improved. No, he didn't know when she would come. He pretty much said it's up to Alaena (who I have apparently made it very comfortable in there for!) But he said she could come anytime and offered suggestions to try to help me sleep better, excercises I could do, etc. He also put my mind at ease because he has my health and Alaena's health at his top list of priorities.
I guess talking to the right person always helps. My attitude should have been better regardless, but I did pray about it. Honestly I did, and I think God got me an appointment with the right Dr. yesterday.
So, today I'm just not stressing. It's all good, and she'll come when she is ready. Also, I slept better last night thanks to the good Dr's suggestions so, yay for that! Will keep you guys posted.
***As a side note, my Carolina Tarheels play Duke tonight. And I do believe it would be of God if Carolina beat Duke on the day Alaena was born, so I kind of have that hope. But if she isn't born today, I would just be happy to have Carolina beat Duke!! LOL!***