Thursday, November 22, 2007

She's here!!!

Arabella has arrived! She was born November 2 at 4:23pm! We absolutely love our little cutie! She is precious and so adorable! Labor and delivery was a very surreal experience. We went into the hospital Thursday night. I had been having contractions pretty steadily and we called the on-call doctor (who happened to be my doctor...what a blessing!) and she wanted us to come in. Well...you know how that goes, we get to the hospital and my contractions slow down. So we were given the option of either walking around the hospital for an hour or they would send us home and give me something to be more comfortable. We chose to walk. After the hour they put me back on the monitor and checked me again. It was at this time that Arabella's heart rate dropped for a 3 minute period for no reason. I was laying in the bed doing nothing! Well, this was enough that my doctor wanted to admit us and induce labor. We really didn't expect this and thought we were going home. Not so!


After almost 20 hours of labor we were ready to start pushing. Well, Arabella had other ideas. Her heart rate dropped 2 times out of the 3 that I pushed. Both times we had a flood of nurses running into the room to offer additional assistance to our labor nurses. The care was amazing and exceptional! I cannot say enough about them! After the third push and heart rate decelleration, the nurses were prepping me to go into the OR. They wanted me in there just in case. At that point I knew we were going to have a C-section. Within about 10 minutes or so I was in the OR and being prepped for surgery. Another 10 minutes later and Arabella was born! She was beautiful and came out with a nice, big cry for everyone!!!
We are so blessed to have her here with us. We've been spending the last couple weeks getting adjusted to our new little one and adjusting to little sleep.

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

19 comments:

Kelly AKA Emmiestamps said...

Congrats she is gorgeous!!

Lorie said...

Congratulations! She is just beautiful! Enjoy your first holidays with her!!!!!!

tracy said...

What a sweet little angel. Welcome Arabella. She's beautiful Alana - looks just like you!

{{HUGS}}
Tracy

Tracy said...

What a sweet little angel. Welcome Arabella. She's absolutely beautiful Alana. Looks just like mommy!

{{HUGS}}
Tracy

Lisa's Blessed A Latte said...

She is sooo Sweet...I've had 4 c-sections...Make sure to take time and let your body heal.

Hugs,
Lisa B <><

Jane said...

Awww...she's gorgeous. Love the picture with her eyes wide open. Sorry about the scary experience - but glad it all worked out well and that she's here safe and sound.

Jane

Sencie said...

Alana, she's absolutely beautiful!!!! I'm so happy to hear she has arrived and that you and she are both safe and healthy!! Enjoy every moment with your new little one!!! : )

Lovetostamp6 said...

Read your post and saw you had the baby. Just wanted to say Congratulations on the wonderful news. Hope mommy & baby are doing well. Best wishes for you and your family.

Jennifer :)

Ruth Newman said...

Congratulations! She is a beauty!!! Enjoy her every day....mine just turned 13 and I enjoy her MOST days! LOL

Welcome to SBS2, by the way. I look forward to getting to know you and seeing your creations as well as more pictures of this beautiful little girl!

Melissa M. M. M. said...

She`s just fresh out of heaven! Congrats! What a little sweety and Arabella is such a lovely name. Hope you`re recovering at record speed, :0) Mel

AnnMarie said...

Awwwwwwww!!! What a doll! Congrats! Welcome to the Sisterhood Blogging group! So nice to meet you!

The Lucky Clucker said...

Oh my goodness! She is beautiful! Congratulations fo all of you! NOW - GET SOME REST!! if possible....and welcome to the Sisterhood!
Bonnie - The Lucky Clucker

Crissy said...

What a cutie! Congrats on the beautiful addition to your family!

Also, welcome to the Sisterhood! I look forward to seening more of your work and getting to know you.

Wife2TJ said...

She is absolutely beautiful!!! -Samantha (fellow Sisterhood2 Blogger)

mommy magallanes said...

Congratulations!! She's a cutie.

And welcome to the SBS2.

Flossie's Follies said...

She is adorable.

ScrapMomOf2 said...

OMG, she's gorgeous! Congratulations! I'm a new sister, and I'm not added on the side (just wanted to let you know). I was one of the later additions! I'll be back often!

kathleenh said...

What a precious little sweety! Congratulations!

Aimee said...

Congrats... she is so adorable...