Monday, December 28, 2009

Hattie's First Christmas

We had a wonderful Christmas this year spent with Family and Friends. Because Sean's siblings were all going to be out of town for Christmas this year with in-laws we celebrated the holidays a little early together with all the Packs and had such a wonderful time. On Christmas Eve we spent time with my Grandparents and the Phelps family and had a fabulous dinner! On Christmas morning we opened gifts with my family and had a yummy Christmas breakfast. Hattie loved her first Christmas and got a lot of new books that we can read to her over the years along with a few other fun things. In the afternoon we went over to Sean's Grandma June's to have some more Pack fun. Here are some pictures from all of our Holiday celebrating.

At the Hospital

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Hattie's Arrival

Labor & Delivery

Contractions hurt. They REALLY hurt! It's pretty funny because up until my due date I had never had a contraction and I was begging to just feel something, ANYTHING! Well at 2am on the 15th I started having some cramping and by 9am I was definitely feeling that something. We went to the doctor that day at noon and he checked me and I was dialated to a 1.5, said that I was progressing and set my induction for the 16th at 5am.--but Manhattan had other plans. By 5:00pm I couldn't bear the pain any longer and we decided it was time to go to the hospital. They took me back and set me up on all of these monitors and of course I wasn't really contracting like I had been and I was so scared they weren't going to admit me. They checked my dialation and I was at a 3 and I they also checked to see if my water had broken...apparently it had and I didn't really realize it?! Maybe I was too focused on the pain, I'm not sure. They also figured that she was in the posterior position because all of the pain I was having was in my back. They called my doctor and he said to take me back. By the time we got to room 112 the anesthesiologist was there ready to give me my epidural. I love epidurals :) Then they just wanted to wait and see how quickly I would progress on my own. Well as we waited Hattie's heart rate started getting really low and I could tell that the nurses were getting a little worried. One nurse went out to call my doctor and came back in with a dose of Pitocin to make things go a little quicker. Because her heart rate wasn't rising they had to put some monitors on her head as well as put some fluid back in because they thought she may be resting too much on her umbilical cord. The fluid did the trick! Her heart rate started rising and I just kept on dialating. After a couple of hours my nurse came in and checked me and I was at a 10! She said that Dr. Judd was on his way and his entourage had already arrived. As soon as Dr. Judd came in he got the forceps out and asked me if I was ready to see my little girl in 90 seconds. At 1:25am and 3 short pushes later she was here--all 6lbs, 10oz, 20in of her! The entire experience was so incredible and I didn't even feel a thing! I am just so grateful that the fabulous Dr. Judd uses forceps or else I would have had to have a C-section. Sean lit up as soon as he saw her and he was able to cut the cord and also helped give her her first bath. Manhattan has blessed our lives in so many ways and we feel so blessed to have her. My heart is full of love for my family and I couldn't have asked for a more perfect Christmas present. She really brings the true meaning of Christmas to life.

Monday, December 21, 2009


Manhattan Grace has arrived! She was born at 1:25 am on December 16. She weighed 6lbs 10oz and was 20in long. She is the best Christmas present we could have ever asked for and we feel so very blessed to have her in our lives. More details on labor and the like to follow...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Well, today is Manhattan's due date and early this morning I started having contractions. I already had an appointment scheduled at 11:00 am the doctor said that if I don't have our little precious tonight that he will be inducing me tomorrow at 5:00 am! We will see what happens! As I write this my contractions are about 5 minutes apart and lasting over a minute. I'll be sure Sean keeps everyone posted :)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Final Days...

This is how I'm feeling right now...

Everyone says that the last couple of weeks are the hardest part of pregnancy and I always thought that it couldn't be that bad. However, now that I'm experiencing it, I must say that it is THAT bad and maybe even worse! Everyday it is getting more and more uncomfortable just for me to do normal daily tasks and I seriously cannot wait to be done with pregnancy. On a more positive note I have to say that I am so blessed to have had a great pregnancy with absolutely no complications and there are only ten days to go until Sean and I get to welcome a beautiful little girl into the world. We are so very excited and cannot wait to meet her!