A little vacation

May 11, 2014
Paul and I decided to stay the full 48 hours after having Ruby.  The thought of going home to a house of chaos, wasn't very appealing.  So, we enjoyed our little mini vacation with each other and Ruby, while Holly was dealing with the crazies.

We watched movies, played games, napped, ate, chatted, and of course snuggled Ruby.  

Paul also charmed all the nurses with his baby knowledge, helpfulness, and all around awesomeness.  I had multiple nurses comment on how great Paul is and even one tell me that he is hot, I of course had to agree. 

The kids came to visit again and actually got to hold her.  But, it was so nice to say "10 more min and then Holly is taking you home" when they started bugging me.  

Macey stayed an extra hour without the boys though and it was nice to just get to hang out with her and hear about all the things I'd been missing.  Plus, the wheely stool provided a lot of entertainment.

Funny thing about Macey...she was the most excited about having a baby girl, but then the most scared of the baby. I know she likes her though because she's been telling her friends all about Ruby, she gave me a whole booklet of coupons for Mother's Day and they all have to do with helping with Ruby, and she wants Ruby to move to the basement with all of them.  She is just genuinely scared of newborns and getting spit up on...I know how she feels. :)  

The best part about 2 nights in the hospital though...sending Ruby to the nursery for the night and only having her brought to me for feedings.  Except for the time I told them to just give her a bottle at her next feeding, cause I was tired and didn't want to be woken up. :)

Thank goodness for great nurses, an amazing doctor, and the best hospital around. 

Now it's back to the real world, well almost, I am not on my own quite yet. 

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You go girl! Way to work the hospital stay in your favor. I'm in love with little R already.

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Ruby, ruby, ruby

May 10, 2014
I finally made it to my induction date!  For those that are interested here is a play by play of the day.  

For some reason I was pretty nervous, more than the other times I'd been induced.  I think part of it had to do with the fact that I was only dialted to a 3 verus my other 3 pregnancies where I showed up at 5cm, at least.

My fears started to diminish the moment I walked into my room, I saw on my board that I had my favorite nurse, Carrie.  With Miles and Crew's pregnancies I was at the hospital ALL the time and Carrie was my nurse 75% of the time.  I was even happier when I found out that she only does a few deliveries a year and specifically requested me when she saw me on the list. 

6:30 check into our room
6:45 Carrie comes in and gets my IV started with pitocin
7:00 gets the anesthesiologist before the other nurses grab him for their patients
8:30 first anesthesiologist gives up after many, painful and uncomfortable, attempts at getting my epidural in saying this has never happened to him before, but I won't be getting an epidural for this delivery, he says there's no room to place it.  
8:35 Carrie gets a hold of another anesthesiologist, that was in surgery, and has him come try. (one of the many reasons why I love her).
8:40 2nd anesthesiologist tries and gets it, saying this could be the last epidural I'll be able to get, as it was very hard.
8:50 express my undying love for both the new anesthesiologist and Carrie
9:00 Dr. Baxter comes in to break my water

11:30 Finally hit 6 1/2 cm and my nurse assures me I will beat all the other laboring moms that came in that morning. 
12:50 I'm to a 10!  And the excitment starts
1:05 Start pushing
1:15 everyone starts laughing at the giant squished up cheeks of baby girl
1:20 4 painful pushes later, she was here.

9lbs 7 oz
21 inches long

Everyone was shocked at how huge she was and her giant cheeks.  I won for the first and biggest baby of the day. My nurse and I were pretty happy, since we are both quite competitive.  :)

Due to her giantness, her glucose levels were very low and she was having some respiratory problems, so they took her back to the level 2 nursery.  Paul went with her and since I was getting bored in my room alone, I got up and walked down there about 3:00.  Best epidural ever.  

5:30 kids come visit with Holly and Trina and chaos insues.  

6:00 finally get unnamed baby girl back from the nursery.  Everyone is beyond excited to see her.   

Crew shocked us all with his instant love of baby and just wanted to hold her. 

 Sadly, the nurses didn't want the kids holding her because she had trouble breathing when she would get disturbed.  So, they all just got a good look and hoped they'd get to hold her the next day. 

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I gasped at Ruby's birth weight! I'm sorry: Jack was 9.9, so I know how those huge babies work a number on ya. But so, so worth it every second once they're out. I'm so glad you were able to get an epidural. Why can't they get any more in? I don't understand that, but maybe that means no more babies? ;) Hang in there, and love that little lady. Congrats!!!

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