Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Arrival of Sweet Adelyn

Nurse Jaime and Adelyn in her "plastic throne" as Dad likes to say.

Adelyn getting her antibiotics.

Nurse Sarah, taking Adelyn's temperature

Nurse Jill came to visit Adelyn the day after to make sure she was OK.

Dr. Piness, Emily's OBGYN, also came to visit Adelyn in the NICU

Our sweet Adelyn Elizabeth Luck was born on May 26th at 9:12pm. We have been wanting to post an update about her delivery, but it has been such a whirlwind of events over the past few days. Emily went to the hospital just past midnight on Tuesday morning for an induction where she was given oral medication to get things started. The actual induction of labor did not start until 9:30am when Emily's water broke and pitocin was started. Emily got an epidural at 1:00pm and by 6:00pm was fully dilated. At 6:30pm Emily started pushing and proceeded to push for 2hrs and 45mins before Adelyn was born. She had to push for so long because Adelyn was facing up for most of the time and there was a tight cord wrapped around her neck. Because Emily's nurse, Jill, noticed there was meconium (meaning Adelyn had passed her first stool in utero) there was a neonatologist, Dr. Yoon, and NICU nurse, Jaime, present for the delivery. The cord was wrapped so tightly around Adelyn's neck that Dr. Piness had to cut it right after her head was delivered, and she was given to Dr. Yoon immediately. Adelyn had a very hard time during the first few minutes of life and was not breathing because of the tight cord. She had to be given supplemental oxygen and was stimulated very vigorously. She eventually cried but continued to grunt, showing signs that she was not breathing well. Dr. Yoon decided it would be best to take her to the NICU to be watch more closely, which, although made us both sad because we could not have her with us, also provided us with comfort knowing she would be getting great care. While in the NICU, Adelyn was given and IV line in her left arm pit and two lines in her umbilical cord. She was given IV fluids and was started on antibiotics in order to prevent infection. She bounced back very quickly, and began breathing regularly within the first hour. She also pinked up well and her lab results, while abnormal at first, normalized over night. The doctors and nurses in the NICU were wonderful and allowed us to hold her that first night. Our hospital stay was very exhausting because in order to see our little one, we had to walk to the NICU. Emily had to walk down every 3 hours to feed her, and Steven had to go down with visitors in order to allow them into the NICU. We were very happy to show her off, though :). We would have loved to have our little one in the room with us, but were confident she was receiving fabulous care by the NICU team. They soothed her when she cried and we weren't there, and they talked to Emily in the early hours of the morning when she was feeding Adelyn. Emily and Adelyn's care in the hospital was fabulous. Adelyn and Emily were discharged around 8:00pm on Thursday thanks to the wonderful NICU team, and we all headed home around 8:30. We were very happy to be home, but were also very exhausted. That first night was great and Adelyn slept well. We, on the other hand, definitely slept like new parents, peering into her bassinet every once in awhile in order to make sure she was still breathing. Of course she was, and it was so exciting to wake up the next morning at home as a new family of three. Things have been quite busy since she has been home. She has had lots of visitors, and her grandparents and aunts and uncles were finally able to hold her over the weekend. She is still a little confused on her nights and days, and woke up several times last night crying because she wanted to play. Steven and I are overwhelmed, exhausted, and overjoyed and can't imagine loving something so small, so much!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Tummy Time

A little video of Addie holding her head up. Most babies don't do this for about a month. She is our little prodigy. Her Dad is very proud of her...

Pictures of Adelyn Elizabeth Luck

Adelyn Elizabeth Luck was born on May 26th at 9:12 pm
It was quite an eventful stay at the hospital, and I will post more about it later, but for all those who would like to see pictures of our little one, here are two websites where you can see her. The first is from my sister's blog and the second is a website we set up to add lots of pictures of her. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Ready Ready Ready!

I am 39+ weeks and soooo ready for this little one to come. I finished my last day of work on Saturday and do not want to spend any more of my maternity leave pregnant. It has been nice having time with Ashley and not having to work, but I am just ready to not be pregnant any more. I have been nesting hardcore, cleaning the kitchen floor on my hands and knees, weeding the back porch, planting flowers, and cleaning anything possible, but yet, no baby. I also have done everything possible, except castor oil, to try to get this little one to come: prim rose oil, pressure points, walking for miles, etc., but she still wants to stay put. I am hesitant to take castor oil because it's use is controversial and it makes you miserable in order to start contractions. It is not guarenteed to work, and I am not so sure if I am that desperate. If anyone has any other suggestions, feel free to let me know.

Here is a pic of my ever growing belly. It is feeling more and more huge every day!

And from behind...this little one is growing straight out!

I am writing a list of what we need to bring to hospital, and Steven was taking pictures. Good thing I am writing the list because clearly he wasn't paying too much attention to what I was putting on the list. We are ready to go!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Almost there...

We have started the count down! I have less than two weeks until this little girl's due date and I just can't believe it. Steven has been quick to answer my phone calls and often asks "Did your water break?" as soon as he picks up the phone. So far, there have been no signs that this little one is coming any time soon. I am working this week, but Saturday will be my last day before I start maternity leave. I am praying that the baby will come sometime early next week so that Ashley can spend as much time with her as possible before she heads back to Africa. If you think about it, I would appreciate your prayers for that as well. I know that God has the perfect plan, but it doesn't hurt to send your requests to Him!
We will be sure to let everyone know as soon as she comes. Thank you for all your prayers and support during this time. I just really can't believe she will be here soon!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

More Picture of the Nursery

I just finished the last touches on the nursery, so I thought I would post some more updated pictures. I even put a bookshelf together by myself! I think I impressed my engineer husband. Some of the pictures are dublicates, but this will give you an idea of what it looks like.

The picture frames on the wall have pictures of Steven and I when we were little kids.

The sign is from my Dad. It says, "Twinkle Twinke Little Star, Do You Know How Loved You Are."
Also, Dee and Sam got us the crib. Steven and I love it!

Ashley made the curtain for the closet. She did a beautiful job.

This is the bassinet that she will be sleeping in for the first few months. It was my bassinet growing up, and my mom and Steven fixed it so it will be perfect for our little girl.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Nursery and 37 weeks!!

Over the past few days, I have been busily trying to get things ready for the arrival of this little girl. Now that I am 37weeks, I am considered full term, so she could come any time now. I was blessed to have my mom and my sister come up to help me get the nursery ready and I am feeling much more prepared now. Here are a few pictures. We are still waiting for our glider and a bookshelf, but pretty much everything else is put together.

Here are some pictures of my growing belly. It gets bigger and bigger every day!
From the side:

From the back:

And from the front. I am carrying this little girl straight out in front of me. Sometimes I knock my belly on things as I pass by because I forget how far is sticks out!