Wednesday, October 12, 2011

First days home!

My sweet friend, Robyn, has generously let me borrow her camera to capture some of Samuel's firsts!

I am learning that the more kids you have the smaller chance you have to take a picture with everyone looking at the same time! 
I guess i spoke too soon about Samuel's tummy issues. Eric and I have been trying to talk each other into believing he is just having normal baby gassy issues and that this one is gonna be our "good" one! Ha!
After consecutive days of grunting, straining, crying and no dirty diapers we have settled in to the fact that the Lord has given us good experience to know how to love this sweet little guy!  At the drs. office today he joked with me that we only produce babies with bad tummies!   I love the kids" pediatrician and he is always encouraging and he reminds me that they all get through it and are completely healthy afterwards.  Right now i am trying to get him to gain weight....still not at his birth weight!  He also still has some jaundice issues(which you might notice in his tan skin!) and getting him to use the bathroom.

We still adore him and are so in love with him...just hate to see him so uncomfortable! Again...we have so much to be thankful for!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Introducing Samuel Joseph Ashley

Samuel Joseph Ashley
7lbs 8oz. 20 3/4 inches
Born September 30,2011
 9:46 am

Samuel's due date was October 23rd!  I knew I was getting close, but when my water broke at 8:15am on last Friday morn, I was in disbelief and panic!  Since my last two labors were extremely short after my water broke(like 1 1/2 hrs and 45mins) I just knew i wouldn't make it in time for an epidural and was just in tears by the time I made it to the hospital.  All of the nurses were so kind and really tried to do all they could do to get me an epidural.  By the time they got me back to a room there was a nurse anesthetist waiting for me and she wasted no time.  She was wonderful and was not scared to try one on my even though I have a rod in my back!
By the time the epidural took effect, my Dr. arrived and it was time to push!  I felt most of the contractions, but the delivery was the best one out of the four! And when they placed sweet Samuel on my chest it was all worth it!  We did have to stay a 3rd night in the hospital due to his bilirubin levels....but he is doing great now that he is eating well!  It was sad having him under the lamp since i had to leave him there as much as possible and hard to be away from the other kids so long.

The kids love him so much.  Each of them have their own way in showing it.  Naomi doesn't want to leave my side and thinks this is her baby! Jude is so excited about him but is so physical that i am afraid he is gonna squeeze him too hard or knock him out when tries to "pet" him.  Nathan is so sweet and considerate with him, not wanting to wake him up.  The first day home was hard with everyone trying to deal with the transition...but has been good since.  Next week will be the real test when Eric goes back to work.

For those of you who know my history with babies who have bad digestion, i am very hopeful this time.  He has had a little bit of issues, but i am still getting a good chunk of sleep in between feedings.  Keep praying!  

I don't know if it is because he is our last baby, but I am so in love with him and want to savor every moment!  I am so happy and thankful...i don't want to take this blessing lightly!