Avery is doing great today. We're still in the hospital, with plans to take our baby girl home tomorrow! Avery is off the monitors now and is doing really well. Here are some shots of Avery's first hours with us.
The labor was SOOOOOO much better this time around. After having pretty regular contractions on Wednesday night, we headed into the hosital around 1 a.m. They deemed I was actually in labor by 3 a.m. and admitted me. I only had to endure the contractions until I was four centimeters dilated. After that, they hooked me up with the epidural and some pitocin and the rest was easy! My epidural actually worked this time, and it was heaven! I dilated pretty fast and started to feel intense pressure. I told the nurse and she checked me to find I was fully dilated. The doctor came in, and ten minutes later, she was here. Two pushes! I couldn't have asked for better. And I feel great now. I was up walking within an hour and the nurses have asked me to slow down several times since. :)
Abby Kate LOVES her little sister! When she first met her, she was giddy with a nervous laugh and just couldn't contain her excitement. It was such a precious moment. She is so gentle and sweet to her. I have film of AK holding Avery, but didn't get a picture yet. But look at that face! She is delighted at the new addition to our family.
We are so thankful to have Mimi here to help. She arrived a few hours after Avery was born and has been taking great care of Abby Kate and enjoying her new grand-daughter as well. Thanks also to our friends, Lexie and Mike, for letting AK stay with you during my labor/delivery.
We are so happy and look forward to the days and weeks and years ahead with our beautiful family of four!