Monday, July 19, 2010

Emma Is Here!

I am so sorry that it's taken me a few days to get to updating here! I have been under the influence of some really good pharmaceutical agents and not enough sleep. In fact, I hope this entry makes some sense as it is, but I figured I definitely owed you all some details and pictures.

After an uneventful c-section, our daughter was born at 8:24 AM on Saturday, July 17. She weighed 7 lbs., 9 oz. and was 19 inches long. She had a nice, healthy cry and her APGAR was 9/9. We were able to do skin to skin contact and nurse in recovery. . . for over an hour! The nurse couldn't believe what a little piggy she was!

We've been recovering in the hospital and they are taking good care of us. Emma is a rockstar with eating so far. She does have her days and nights switched and has given us a run for our money both of these past two nights - I definitely see a lot of sleepless nights ahead with my Little Princess. But her blood levels all look perfect and three pediatricians have declared her to be 100% healthy. What a miracle!

I am not doing quite as well (though I am still fine, just having a bit of a rougher recovery than last time). Turns out I have something called thrombocytopenia which has to do with the platelet counts in my blood. Fortunately, my levels are not dangerous and have already started rebounding, but unfortunately, I cannot have any sort of ibuprofen and my other oral pain medications are rather limited. The ibuprofen helps with swelling and inflammation, so I am left feeling a lot more pain than last time. I also ran a temperature last night, which means they are watching for infection. So, we'll be here another day, just getting my pain managed and following my labs.

Thank you again for the love and support. I can't wait to get settled in at home and give you the down and dirty birth story! In the meantime, here are more pictures to tide you over.

39 comments:

Laura said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful!

Rachel said...

Congratulations! She's gorgeous. Here's to hoping you feel better very soon.

HereWeGoAJen said...

IT'S ABOUT TIME!

Whoops, sorry, got carried away there.

She's lovely! Gorgeous, perfect, etc!

I hope the recovery goes smoothly soon!

Mommy Shoes said...

Congratulations!

Enough happiness said...

Congratulations!
She is beautiful. I hope your recovery starts to go better.
Take care.

cgd said...

She is beautiful, congratulations. i am so sorry that you are having a hard time. I hope you are feeling better soon.

Amanda said...

Congratulations on your beautiful little girl!!!

Maybe the complications you're dealing with are so you can have another night in the hospital (i.e. with help) with Emma since sleep will be in short supply when you get home.

Hooray for a perfect little girl!!!!

A New Beginning said...

She is precious!

Stacey said...

Congratulations, Katie! She is a doll. I love her cheeks! What a sweet and pretty baby girl. So happy for you and hoping that your recovery will go smoothly from here on out.

J said...

awwww...she is just beautiful!!
congrats!

Mel said...

Congratulations, girl. She is an absolute beauty. I am sorry to hear things have been a bit rough for your recovery. You guys will continue to be in my prayers and I am sending you all my love.
xoxo

The Hale's said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful!!

Adam and Julia said...

Congrats Momma. She is beautiful!! Welcome to the world, Miss Emma!

Ms. J said...

A giant MAZEL TOV to all of you! She looks great and WOW, so do you, Katie!!!

P.S. Remember to steal EVERYTHING you can from the hospital, hee hee ;o)

Kathy said...

Yay! Congrats to you, your husband and the proud big brother! :) Welcome to the world Emma! :) Soooo happy for you! I hope you feel better soon! Holding you all close in my thoughts and prayers as you adjust to life as a family of four (with lots of special angels watching over you from Heaven).

It is what it is said...

As others have said, what a doll!

And, you look great...so content, peaceful and serene (could be the meds + love combination :)

Looking forward to the birth story and big brothers introduction to baby sister.

Sending healing thoughts your way.

heather said...

Congrats! She's beautiful!

Debby said...

what a little mini me!so cute! glad to hear all went well. rest up mama!

Ms. J said...
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Amy said...

dude, she is PERFECT!!! love the pix and you look fab dispite being in pain....hang in there! can't wait to hear more! xoxoxo

justme said...

She looks just like you!! So beautiful! Welcome to the world, dear Emma!

Missy said...

Congratulations! She is just beautiful!

Surely said...

yay! mom and baby are sooo beautiful!! rejoicing with you! =)

Nicky said...

Congratulations! She's gorgeous.
Hang in there on the recovery. The first few days are the toughest.

Searching said...

Such a beautiful little girl! She looks like a sleeping cherub in the last one. So thankful she is perfect!!! Will be praying for your labs to continue getting back to normal and that your pain decreases!!

Adriane said...

She is beautiful - hope your fever is gone soon.

Becky said...

Congratulations!!!! She is SO beautiful :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats! Gorgeous baby!

Roadblocks and Roller Coasters said...

She is gorgeous! Thank you for the update as i was thinking about you guys! Congratulations! ((hugs))

manapan said...

Even in recovery, you manage to look great. And Emma is beautiful! Congrats!

Annalien said...

Perfectly gorgeous! Congratulations! Praying for your quick recovery.

Anonymous said...

I am so happy Emma arrived safe and sound. She is absolutely adorable! Big congratulations!
Kaha

~ Katie ~ said...

She's beautiful! Congratulations!

~Hollie said...

Beautiful Mommy and beautiful angel girl! Congratulations!

Mrs. B said...

I am so happy for you. She is just beautiful.

Beth said...

Oh, Katie....she is perfect. Congratulations to you and your family on the birth of Emma!
Hope you are on the road to recovery soon.

Blessings!

Geohde said...

Congratulations, I am so happy to read all went well and thank you so much for sharing photos,

xx

g

Elise said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

She looks exactly like you in that first picture!! So beautiful!