Friday, February 26, 2010

Life with Miss Jossilyn

Miss Jossilyn is now 10 days old and is just the apple of this entire family's eye. She is our little diva, our princess and the light of her Mommy and Daddy's lives. We love her. The boys have taken to her very well – especially John who was equally nurturing and adoring when his baby brother was born. Matthew has more of a "take her or leave her" attitude, but shows interest if and when he wants to.

My days are a blur of feedings, feedings and more feedings, while sandwiched in there somewhere I somehow manage to get the kids dressed and fed for school as well as a few other household chores. I'm healing up nicely from the c-section, but still in some pain. I bruised really badly from the surgery, which I did not do last time. The bruising is almost as painful as the incision! But I'm doing really well overall, and I'm working to get Joss settled into her Baby Wise
routine, as well as finding my own rhythm with three kids. We'll make it!

Jossilyn is proving to be a very easy baby! (I'm holding my breath until we're at least 3-4 weeks in.) She is
super laid back! So much so, that it's hard to believe she came from my body. I'm anything but laid back. She just goes with the flow and lets us hold her or move her around and she's completely unfazed. She has such a sweet personality (from what we can make of it at 10 days old) and loves to snuggle and be held close to the chest. She only cries when she needs something or if she needs a little extra help getting a bubble out. She loves to be rocked at night during nighttime feedings and her little eyes stare up at me while she's eating. As tired as I am, I can't help but stop and be awed by this little miracle that I prayed and longed for. She is absolutely precious.

My Mom stayed with us the first week and helped out with the boys. They were loving having Nonnie all to themselves! When Jossilyn came home from the hospital, they still demanded she read to them, even though her hands were a bit full. =)

When Jossilyn was 3 days old, we walked over to the park behind our house so the boys could play. She didn't mind being outside, but she hated the wind. I mean hated it.

We gave her her first bath. She did
not care for it. At all.

Birth Story…(sort of)

Welcome little one!!!! Miss Jossilyn Claire made her entrance into the world on Tuesday, February 16, 2010, at 10:26 am CST. She weighed 8 lbs. even and was 19.5" long with an APGAR of 9.9. She could not be more perfect!

Most of you were aware I had a scheduled C-Section which had been scheduled for about 4 months. It was supposed to be at 12:30 pm CST. The hospital called me on Monday and asked me to be at the hospital by 9:30 am on Tuesday because my Dr. wanted to move the C-Section up to 10:30. Okay, no problem… they could move it up, just so long as they don't push it back. =)

Later that day, I got a phone call asking me to arrive by 9 am, but they didn't say why. Okay, no problem. So Tuesday morning, Mom, James and I dropped the kids off at school and headed up to the hospital. at 9:01 am, as James was unloading the car in the parking lot, I noticed I had a voice mail. It was the hospital asking me to arrive by 8:00 am because they wanted to do the section at 9:30 am. WHAT?!? We raced upstairs and as soon as the elevator doors opened, a nurse quickly asked, "Are you Dr. McDonald's patient?!?" Uh-oh. Turns out I was first on the docket and the whole OR had been waiting on me. Too bad they didn't clue me in on that a bit earlier(!).

I was prepped in record time and within 30 minutes, I was back in the OR getting my spinal. They gave me both a spinal and an epidural this time, but I forgot why. Last time I only had the spinal. We had begged an pleaded with the anesthesiologist to allow my Mom int the OR as well as James. I was pretty worried about James' ability to stay vertical during the procedure and I knew my Mom could. (She watched and photographed my entire section with Matthew!) He was really nice to bend the rules and allow her in! (They told us that
never happens, but they liked us, so the thought they would try it out.) Later, the anesthesiologist would tell us that was the first time he had bent that rule and that we had made it a very positive experience for him. Awesome!

While I was getting my anesthesia, Mom and James suited up in the hall. James would later admit he was incredibly nervous, though he was super strong for me and hid it well. =)

James would later tell me that when they finally brought Mom and James into the OR, Dr. McDonald had already started operating on me! Unfortunately, due to door placement, they had to walk right past the gaping hole in my abdomen to get to the refuge of the tent in front of my face. James said he got a little queasy, but Mom thought it was super cool. James immediately hid behind the tent, but Mom stayed off to the side so she could get a good view of the procedure. She took some awesome photos, but they are a little graphic, so I decided not to post them. However, here I am during the section. I got pretty woozy and nauseated this time – that didn't happen with Matthew – so I look a little drunk.

Jossilyn's first cry was such a miracle – they always are! She sounded so pitiful and I wanted to hold her so badly, but I was dry-heaving and they whisked her away so fast to get her vitals and clean her up that I had to ask the nurse if she was for sure a girl… I didn't get to check! After numerous people assured me that she was, in fact, a
she, I relaxed and waited for them to hurry up so I could see her little face. It was worth the wait!

She has a full head of medium brown hair that is about an inch long! She has James' feet, hairline and mouth, my eyebrows and dimples, and her Nonnie's nose. She is perfect in every way! She came out looking like Matthew, but 48 hours later, she was (and still is) the spitting image of John as a baby. She looks so much like John that sometimes it throws me off a little. Here are her first photos…

Monday, February 15, 2010

Tomorrow, Tomorrow…

It's here! Tomorrow is the BIG day! I am so excited and anxious at the same time. I'm not really nervous about the C-section. My last experience was a very positive one. I'm just nervous about all the change and adjustments, and worrying over what if something happens to me... yada yada yada. But I know I'm in very good hands and lots of people will be praying for me and little Jossilyn (whom I think will not be that little).

The section was moved up to 10:30am CST, and I have to be at the hospital at 9 am. I will Facebook a picture as soon as I get out of the OR. I can't wait to share my little GIRL'S face with all of you!! I won't be able to blog until I get home from the hospital, so until then, look for pics on FB.

Until tomorrow…