Tuesday, October 20, 2009

sweet baby james

We have been home for over a week now and little James is doing great. My mom left yesterday and to say we will miss her is a huge understatement. She could not have been more wonderful or more helpful for the 2 + weeks she was here. Bryson's parents were also left yesterday and we are so happy they were able to come see the baby, even if it was a short trip.
We took James to the doctors on Monday (a week ago) and he had gained 8 oz since he left the hospital! He is such great eater, which is such a blessing since nursing was rather tricky with Daniel.
The birth story is a rather entertaining one- I still laugh when I think about that day, which was only a little over a week ago. I woke up that morning feeling normal (as normal as you can at 9 months) and my mother and I decided to take Daniel to Target to get the finishing touches for his Halloween costume and then to Chuck E Cheese to play some games. That night I noticed a few strong contractions, but I had been having fairly painful ones for over a week. I felt like I had been timing contractions on and off again for over two weeks, so this was nothing out of the ordinary. I was hungry, so I made myself a bowl of oatmeal and sat down on the chair to watch movie with Daniel and my mom. Minutes later I felt something that I can only describe as water balloon exploding under my seat and I knew right away that my water had broken. I was calm as I was sure I had plenty of time to get to the hospital, but my mom insisted that we throw the bags into the car and get to the hospital ASAP. We called Bryson at 9:59 PM to let him know that I was coming and to meet me outside the hospital to take me to the L & D floor (he was working a 27 hour trauma shift at the time). As soon as we got into the car the contractions started to become very strong, but I still thought we had plenty of time.
Bryson met us outside and we headed up to Labor and Delivery. By this time I was in quite a bit of pain. The doctor met us in the room and the first thing I said was that I wanted an epidural. He checked me and then said, "You are at a 10 and need to start pushing. There is no time for an epidural". I was pretty shocked and nervous but realized there was not much I could do at this point. He then measured my stomach and told me he believed the baby was around 8 pounds (which did not ease any anxiety that I had about not having pain medication!).
20 minutes later baby James was born at 11:02 PM, about an hour after my water broke at home. I think I in a state of shock when they placed him on my chest as everything seemed like a blur at that point. I was not prepared to have the baby so fast, but he could not have been more beautiful and I could not have been any more grateful to finally meet this adorable baby boy.
Luckily my mom had only got to the car when Bryson called her, so she and Daniel were able to come back up and meet the baby minutes after he was born. We were all shocked when the nurse yelled out that he weighed 9 pounds 7 oz.!! He was so (and still is) SO big! I think you will notice from the pictures that he does not look like a newborn, and definitely does not fit into ANY of his newborn clothing.
Despite the craziness of the night, the delivery could not have gone any better. Both me and baby are healthy and happy and we could not ask for anything more.
james looking very swollen, but still so adorable

the fam
cuddling with grandma bigler
bryson looks so proud!

i love his chubby baby legs and toes

the next day

the adorable outfit we took him home in (thanks aunt katy!)

daniel wanted to 'cuddle the baby' and was a little upset when we would not let him poke the baby's eye. luckily he has been very gentle with his new brother and usually ignores him most the time.

Friday, October 16, 2009

James Franklin is Here!

Our little boy made his entrance last night and both mother and baby are doing very well!

James Franklin Richards
Born Thursday, October 15th, 2009
11:02 PM
9 Pounds 7 oz.

We are in love!!

I promise to upload more photos and the birth story soon!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Picture Perfect

It took 2 different sessions (the first one ended with him throwing props at the photographer) but we finally got a few great photos of Daniel at the portrait studio. The photographer assured me that most 2 year-olds have a very difficult time, but I was still slightly mortified. Luckily he totally redeemed himself the second time as he sat there and smiled the whole time :)
I think they turned out so cute. Here they are: