Saturday, May 8, 2010

Eye Candy

Anyone up for some Mckinley-flavored eye candy? Well, ready or not, here it is.
Today has been quite different than yesterday. I got a lot of good sleep last night and finally got a shower in this morning. It feels great.
Pre-shower family picture.

Kristen has spent the last 2 nights here in my room with me so Brandon could get some good sleep at home in bed. What a trooper!

Brandon can not get enough of his daughter!!! It is so stinking cute.

It's no different story with me.

Who are we kidding? EVERYONE is in love with her.

Yesterday, day 1, was FILLED with non stop visitors and a perfect happy sleeping baby. Today, day 2, was exactly opposite. This room has been DEAD and Mckinley has been crying a LOT today and last night.
I tricked her in to holding her own binki in her mouth. It worked for at least a few minutes.

Ahh, I finally showered and it felt so good.

One day Mckinley will be big enough to take pictures of us so we don't have to do the self portrait thing, but for now, we're still going strong.

Here she is again with her eyes open.

Up until just a few minutes ago, this is how I found the other 2 members of my family.
I know I still haven't told the whole birth story, and I may never get around to it. So here's the short story.
The hospital was supposed to call us between 5:30 and 6:00 in the morning on Thursday to come in and get induced. They wasted no time and woke us up with a call at 5:28. We got ready as quick as we could and made it to the hospital by about 6:20 a.m.
Got all checked in and changed and finally got the pitocin started at 8 in the morning. Brandon thought we might have a baby around lunch time. I was hoping for something before late afternoon.
Nothing happened for about 4 hours, I was having contractions, at first I couldn't even feel them, then I started to at least be able to recognize them, but they weren't painful. The doctor came in and broke my water around 12:30 I think. Some of you know I had a LOT of fluid in my belly and let me just tell you, it made for some crazy times over the next few hours.
Anyway, breaking my water did make the contractions pick up. They started getting pretty painful. Once I couldn't talk through them, I had the epidural. Here's where the story gets long and boring. Basically over the next TEN hours or so, the following happened. Sometimes the epidural took care of the pain. Sometimes it didn't. Sometimes the contractions were good and consistent, sometimes not. Sometimes Mckinley's heart rate was good, sometimes not. So we fought all these things and tried to get everything right, but I was dilating super slow and there was nothing we could do until I got to a 10.
There was talk of a C-section. We didn't have to go that route though. Finally at midnight I started pushing. Pushed for an hour and then got a little episiotomy and she came right out. And the rest is history. What am I forgetting? Probably a lot. Oh well. It's better than nothing. Please excuse any typos you see. :)
Oh, I guess I should say that we are very lucky and grateful that nothing was wrong with Mckinley. She didn't have to go to the NICU for anything. She has been breastfeeding pretty good which I know is a huge blessing as well. We are so grateful to have her here and to be experiencing this miracle we've been waiting for so long for.


Jon and Kari-Lynn Tarleton said...

she is adorable. i love the dark hair. i'm glad things are going so well. i love watching jon sleep with our babies. i'm sure you will more of those times :) cherish it.

Randy said...

I am bawling. She is here. She is perfect. She is beautiful. She is a miracle! Happy MOtHER's DAY!

Randy said...

P.S. It's not Randy it's Tami.

Erin S. said...

congrats you guys!! she is lovely.

Lucky to be the mom said...

We could not be any happier for you! You'll be marvelous parents - and I'm willing to bet that "Mckinley watching" will quickly replace many of your previously favorite activities :)
Love, The Ferrins

Ryan + Jess said...

Yeah! She is here and you are both healthy! A little miracle...

congrats you guys. We love you!

soccerfishy33 said...

Are you blogging in the hospital? love it. Pictures are great...but still don't do her justice. You and bran did a great job! She is a babe. Congrats again!!

nora.lakehurst said...

You can post Baby eye candy ALL Day I dont get sick of them.

Jamie said...

Happy Mother's Day! What a way to spend the day.
Love love hearing about your birth story and your in-vitro story. so fascinating. I'm so glad you got your miracle here safely.

Jensen Family said...

congrats! she is beautiful!!! glad everything went smooth :)

Trent & Emily Davies said...

I love the father daughter sleeping pictures. So precious!!

RMCarter said...

How interesting... I was reading my blog posts from last Mother's Day and I noticed your comment. You had just experienced your first IVF cycle that was not successful. I clicked on your name thinking, "I wonder how they're doing now???" and I find these pictures of your beautiful daughter! Congrats!!! It is so nice to see you holding the miracle you've been waiting for. I hope *this* Mother's Day is everything you've dreamed of and more!!!

Stacey said...

What a great Mother's Day. I am so glad that you have a baby to celebrate it with. She is still so adorable and I love the little daddy daughter time. Water breaking is definitely a weird feeling. I'm glad we got to hear the story of how everything went down.

Joanna said...

Congratulations!!! Happy first Mother's Day. I'm so happy for you guys. How much did your little girl weigh?

Jake and Mal said...

She is so adorable! Thanks for letting us visit today! I didn't see any resemblance (I'm not one to see it unless its way obvious) but the picture with her eyes open definitely reminds me of you Stephanie. She's a good mix for sure and way cute!

The Ensign's said...

AHHHHHHHHHHH!!! She's here she's here she's here!!!! YAY!!!!! I'm soooo very happy for you guys and she is a DOLL. Seriously sooo adorable. I'm so glad that you didn't have to have a c-section after all that. With my 2nd all they had to do was mention the word c-section and I was at a 10. You guys are going to be such wonderful parents. Hopefully I'll be able to meet this little girl next time we're in town. Congrats!!!

Dallin + Shellee said...

Congrats!! I'm so happy for both of you guys. You guys are going to be great parents. She is so cute and I'm so glad I was finally able to meet her.

Congrats- we love you guys!

Meghan said...

Happy Mothers Day!!

Blake ~ Amber ~ Noah ~ Jade said...

Congrats Stephanie!!! She is sooo darling! I love the bow in her hair already :) I seriously still have your gift sitting here. Things have been CRAZY around here since we found out we are moving, but I will get it to you before I move :) Keep posting pictures, shes adorable!!! Hope you have a speedy recovery!!!!

Kris said...

Yay! So excited that she finally made her entrance into this world. I was worried about you and was about to text you because I hadn't heard anything, but I resisted the temptation. :-)