Friday, February 1, 2008

Ava Rae...

Ava was born on Thursday Jan. 31st at 9:15pm. She weighed 8lbs 7oz and was 20 1/2 inches long. She is doing well (knock on wood). I went in Thurs. morning for the induction and found out that I was already at three cm. They started inducing around 11:30 and after awhile it really started kicking my butt. I could not believe how fast the contractions were coming on. I was having them every minute and a half and they each were lasting about one minute (how fun!!!). I decided to go ahead and get the epidural, which may I add was an absolute life saver once again. They checked me again around 7:00-7:30 and said I was now at a seven. Around 8:00-8:30 I started to feel some pressure and joked around with my mom and Nate that her head must be on it's way out. The doctor came in again right before nine to check me and when she looked she said "Oh my, her head is right there." She broke my water and set everything up, got everyone there and I started "pushing." It took about 2 minutes and she was out...I pushed for maybe 15 seconds...let me tell you that was even easier than when I had Kaden and I didn't think it would get any better than that.

They put Ava on my chest and then took her over to where the bed was setup to clean her off and make sure she was stable...SHE then we were able to hold her for about 30-45 minutes or so. It was absolutely unbelievable. Ava is doing great right now...she is breathing on her own and without oxygen (knock on wood). We have been able to hold her and kiss her. I am so grateful for everything. I pray that she continues her strength up until, through, and after surgery. We still do not have a date for surgery, but I guess it is for some time next week.

I did get discharged from the hospital, after some begging, because I missed my little Kaden so much and he was begining to get upset that mommy was not around. He was not allowed back into the maternity ward so we weren't able to see each other. My parents and Nate brought him to the waiting room this morning and I went out there to made me almost cry when he saw me. His eyes got bright and he got so squirmy and basically jumped into my lap. When I had to go back in he kept shaking his head no...sooooo I promised him that I would come back to the Ronald McDonald House today to stay with him and that is what I did.

I will continue to try and keep everyone updated on Ava's progress. Thank you all for your prayers and support.


Isabella said...

Yeah!! I am so excited for you. I have been checking about every 15 minutes for an update. Micah even called from the road to see if I had heard anything. So you have been heavy in our thoughts and prayers. We are still praying for a speedy recovery from surgery. Both cardiac surgeons are awesome. We are soooooo happy for you. I just can't say it enough. So I am sending lots and lots of prayers and love your way. And don't forget to take care of yourself.

Jess said...

Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you all!! Ava is as strong as her mommy is!! I can't wait to see pictures of her! We'll keep praying and just know you are always in our thoughts. Big hugs and kisses from Halle and I to the whole family!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!! you have no idea how excited and happy i am that everything went so well and Ava is doing great! I can't wait to see her! Adam and I will come visit soon. He's been fighting a cold so we're definitely waiting for that to be completely gone! Can't wait to see you all! miss you! love you!
Jen & Adam

Gabi's Mommy said...

I cannot tell you how much of a relief it is to read this post. Thank the Lord that he has done so much so far for your baby girl! We will continue to pray with you and be with in thought! You are in our hearts and prayers! If you can try to sneak a quick picture in we'd love to see this beautiful little miracle.
Stay strong, we love you:)
Micah, Jason, Gracie, Angel Gabi, and Kinsley

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad Ava is doing well and relieved that your delivery went smoothly and quickly! And you got to hold her :) so awesome.
We'll be thinking about you all and little Ava as she nears her surgery date. Give Kaden a hug for me!


Anonymous said...

It is so good to hear everything is going well! I pray for you all every night!!I cannot wait to come and see her !!I got your test message with her picture she is absolutly adorable and I am so glad for you and Nate that you were able to experience it all and got to hold her and love on her! I know after talking to you Monday I truely BELIEVE GOD is goign to make this round easier on you!I know it is so hard to want two kids at once but I am so happy for you that she is stable right now so that you can spend time with KAden too! Please let me know when the surgery is !Our plan is to come up next weekend !!I cannot wait!Congratualtions and LOVE YOU ALL TONS !!Give both those babies lots of lovings from aunt Whitney adn cousin Koltan and Treytan! And my guess was right 8#:) anways at least she was littler than Kaden :) OUCH!!But a big healthy baby!Take care love you !!Sleep lots and we will see you soon!!! Whitney

Anonymous said...

Congrats Nate, Amy, Kaden, and Ava!
I'll keep praying for all of you!
~Love from Nate's cousin Heather~