Friday, June 19, 2009

...and we're done?

I am happy and relieved to report that baby number five has made her grand debut. I know you are all just dying to hear the gory details so I will oblige.
Seriously, if you are not into birth stories you can bypass this post. Mind you, my blog oft times serves as my journal and this is one of those times. Bare with me.
So, Tuesday morning I had my thirty-nine week doctors appointment. I talked Chad into going with me so that we could discuss the option of induction (my doctor had proposed this if I got to thirty-nine weeks and there was still no baby).
The doctor did all the regular things checked the heartbeat and checked for progress. I was three centimeters dilated and eighty percent effaced. She asked us if we were interested in being induced which at the time I was unsure of...having never been induced before. She sensed my hesitation and pointed out that my uterus had not grown the previous two weeks and that if we decided against the induction she would send me in for an ultrasound within the next few days just to make sure things were okay. Chad and decided to go ahead and shedule the induction (for June 18). We figured if the baby was in fact not growing it would be best to just get her born. Our doctor agreed.
Just before we got up to leave the doctor asked how the baby had been moving. This was the turning point of the day.
I mentioned that I couldn't recall any movement yet that morning, but figured it was because I had been racing around nonstop so I could make it to my 9:30 appointment on time. She suggested that I go have a stress test done just to be safe.
I dragged Chad and Beckham (who had somehow weaseled his way along) downstairs for the stress test and during that time learned that my amniotic fluid (normally between 8 and 22 centimeters) was low...between 3-4 centimeters. The nurse finished the test and suggested I head down to labor and delivery. I got myself registered and settled in a room and waited to hear back from my OB as to whether or not she wanted to just go ahead and induce right then..which she did.
By this time it was around 11 or 11:30. The nurse gave me my IV and Chad ran home to drop Beckham off and grab the suitcase and camera(s). At this point of my long-winded story I must give props to my shiz-a-listic sister and her shiz-a-listic family who took all four dears without any advanced warning. Kay, back to my rivoting narration.
Chad got back to the hospital around 12:30 and the nurse was just hooking me up to my pitocin drip. I started having regular contractions almost immediately and by 3:00ish was already five centimeters dilated and ready for my epidural...the most blessed juice on earth I might add. The OB came in around 4:00 to break my water at which time I found out that I was complete and ready to push. I had one contraction and out baby came. Honestly, after having a nearly nine pound baby she probably coulda just walked out on her own, but...
She looked like such a little peanut, but was 7 lbs. and 14 oz.; 19 inches long and sporting a little bit of strawberry blonde hair...which I eagerly welcomed. Granted it's all in the back...a newborn mullet if you will, but I'll take whatever I can get. We Brendle/Ashman's come from a very long line of baldies. Besides, it's nothing a massive flower headband can't cover up.
The peanut stuggled a little in the beginning to breathe, but everything turned out just fine. She was so quiet and beautiful and Chad and I are completely in love. The kids are too though they have a very "rough" way of showing it. Things will be interesting with "three" moms in the house.
The dear has yet to be named, but to have named her before leaving the hospital would just not be the Brendle way. Hopefully she'll have a proper name by Tuesday...that's when the paperwork is due.
I'd like to conclude by saying thank you to everyone who called, texted, emailed, facebooked, and/or left messages. We are lucky and blessed to have family and friends like you. Too bad I'll be hittin' you all up for babysitting soon.

See a little bit of hair. I wasn't lying.






Chad swears Mick Jagger's the dad.

12 comments:

Mike said...

She is beautiful and look at you mom you look fabuloso! What an awesome looking family you have.
Hugs and Kisses

Niecia

Afflecks said...

So cute! I'd love to take your kids any time... once I have a house to bring them to! Congrats! And take it easy, girl!

crush said...

YEA!!! We're so happy for you guys!! She is adorable and you look so good for just giving birth, hello!!! Can't wait to hear what you name her! Hang in there!

Mandi said...

Awwww shes so beautiful! She is so tiny and sweet! I love her already- Dylan, baby Brendle and baby Gardner will be the best cousins ever! Hope to see you soon- Dont worry I will call before I come over....

Malea said...

I was totally riveted. Since I'll never being pregnant again, it's still fun to hear about you renegades who keep up the production. Oh happy day, can't wait to find out what the name is.

6deans said...

Congrats Erika...she is SUPER cute. We are leaving tomorrow for Orlando but when we get back I am for sure coming to see your cute addition and your new house...can't wait :)

Wes and Megan Bell said...

she is so adorable! I am so glad I got to hold her. Almost made me wish I had a newborn again...almost.

Lauren said...

So cute, and how in the world do you look so wonderful after giving birth?! Congratulations! Can't wait to hear what you decide on the name.

brittanyc said...

Hooray for the arrival of Rowan!!! She's a beautiful, perfect baby. I hope all is well with you. Congrats!!
Britt

Ashlyn said...

She is so cute! I can't wait to come and see her again in a week! SEE YA!

chel wakley said...

Congrats. She is darling. And look at you. You look great and you just gave birth. Can't wait to hear her name.

Jodi Simon said...

no posts forever and now i have so much to indulge in. thanks for sharing. i feel as if i was there. sounds rather pain free allbeit just a bit scary maybe for a second. she is beautiful of course. congrats.