Sunday, November 23, 2008

Day Ten: November 22nd
Mommy dresses me funny when Daddy is gone

Day Nine: November 21st
Taking a little snooze and stretching at the same time...she's an amazing multi-tasker
Day Eight: November 20th
No picture for today :(
Day Seven: November 19th
Hanging out with loved ones

With Gram
With Pop Pop

With Tio Duane and Tio Jo

Day Six: November 18th
Playing Peekaboo at 2:30 am

Day Five: November 17th
In the froggy position on Daddy's chest

Day Four: November 16th
We also had a "rehearsal Thanksgiving" dinner at my aunt and uncle's house, so I've included pictures of that.

One of my favorite pictures of my little angel

Aunt Melissa and Cousin Emery checking out the newbie to the family

Cousin Dakota trying really hard to be careful

Gracie with Great Grandma (Sorry, I don't know how to rotate this on here!)

Showing off a battle wound from her sweet lil nail
Day Three: November 15th
Finally time to go home!!
Day Two: November 14th

Day One: November 13th

She's here!!!

Our Grace (Gracie) Amara Kitchen was born on November 13th at 5:00 pm (on the dot!). Her due date was the 24th, but we went in for an appointment on the 11th and the doctor thought that I might have pre-eclampsia because I had elevated blood pressure. He said that I needed to do some tests, and if that was the case they would induce me on the 14th. The next day, after getting the tests done, they said that plans had changed and they would induce me that night!!! We were a bit in shock, but we were just trusting God.

I check in at 6:00 pm on the 12th and was put on Pitocin and magnesium something or other. I had an epidural at 1:30 on the 13th because I had been contracting for so long and knew that I might not be able to push once the time came because I was so tired, especially since I was only at 3 centimeters. Once I got the epidural, things really progressed and I started pushing at 4:35. I pushed for 25 minutes and out came our beautiful baby girl weighing 6 lbs 10.5 oz and 19 1/4 inches long!! It was an AMAZING experience and I wouldn't change a thing.

Because of the magnesium, I had to stay in the hospital for a few days, so we finally got to come home on the 15th. Gracie has done amazingly well, even letting mommy and daddy sleep a bit! We both finally caught on to breastfeeding, and daddy is a wonderful diaper changer, so we've got a good thing going!

Her first pediatrician appointment was on Tuesday, and she had already grown one quarter of an inch and gained back almost 2 of the 7 ounces she lost in the hospital. The doctor was very impressed and said that babies very rarely gain that much in that little time, especially breastfed babies. So we were very encouraged!

I'm hoping to take a picture of her every day and post them on here as soon as I can, but please bear with me as I'm a little busy getting used to being a mommy!

Hope you all are well and that you enjoy these pics of our sweet little blessing.