Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Oh, baby!

I tried so very, very hard to tell you all this on Monday, but the hospital had such a slow internet connection that I couldn't. 

But this is what I wanted to tell you. I went in for my regular non-stress test on Monday morning and that night, I got this:

Eden Heather Jacobson, born 10 p.m. on March 8. 7 pounds, 20 inches, and perfectly healthy.

They induced me because my ultrasound showed that the amniotic fluid was way too low. It should have been at least an 8 (I don't know 8 what) and it was a 3 (but I don't know 3 of what). So they said, "Hm. We're walking you over to have a baby."

So I called Kenny at work and said, "I know when Eden's birthday is going to be," and I was right.

Anyway, they started the pitocin at 1:00 and I had Eden at 10:00 on the dot. The contractions before the epidural were brutal. Then they gave me the "happy-dural" and I played Settlers of Cataan with Kenny and my friend Jaymee until they told me to push. And don't hate me, but I only had to push through 1 1/2 contractions and that was that. (I'm not telling you about the excruciating pressure on my tailbone for the hour before that where I was convinced that the baby got confused about where she was going to come out. And about how the epidural didn't help with that so much. You're welcome, DeNae.)

I have two blond boys so I was taken aback when baby Eden came out with a head full of dark hair.

Anyway, in the first picture she looks just like every newborn picture, but she's really pretty. I'll get up some better pictures later.

We're already home and the boys are goofy for her. We were mostly ready for her, so that's nice, but my sister flew in this afternoon for a couple of days to help us fill in the gaps.

In the mean time, I'm feeling good and trying not to think about all the sleep I'm going to be losing over the next three months. I'm just watching this baby girl sleep and loving her.

P.S. Four of you guessed March 8. Using ye olde random generator, the winner is: Laura Moffit! I'll be in touch soon about what you win.

48 comments:

TheOneTrueSue said...

YAY - Congratulations Melanie! She looks absolutely adorable. Hugs and kisses to you and yours... (Now go get some sleep!)

*MARY* said...

Congratulations! She's adorable, and I love the name.

charrette said...

Oh my goodness, I'm so glad I stopped by to say hello tonight! I'm so happy and excited for you I can hardly stand it! I love her name (even though you told us you were going to name her Eden months ago)...it seems even more fitting now that it belongs to that beautiful picture of innocence you're holding.

So I'm guessing you're coming to Storymakers for sure now...what with an early baby and all...

Love to you and your sweet family --

LisAway said...

Yay! I'm so happy for you! Home already? Awesome. Hope you are feeling well. That's a big little girl! (big in weight, not so big in length). Super sweet.

Kelly O. said...

I love her too! And you! Tell Kenny and the boys I am happy for them. Glad that all went well except the tailbone thing. And I do resent you just a little, for the pushing part, but I will get over it. Congrats. Happy Happy moment!

Maureen@IslandRoar said...

Oh my goodness, congratulations! May she continue to bring you such happy surprises her whole life!!

Susan said...

I had that same problem with the amniotic fluid except they didn't catch mine. Thank goodness Adelaide was induced two weeks early anyway. When they broke my water, want to know what happened? Absolutely nothing. There was nothing in there. Not even a trickle of fluid came out. Scary, stuff. So glad baby Eden is okay. Congrats, Melanie!

Anna said...

Congrats. I'm glad everything is going good.


Also, yay, I guessed March 8th. So even though I wasn't the random winner, I still feel proud for actually guessing right. :)

InkMom said...

Yay!

From the top of her head, she looks uncannily like Miscellany.

I'm convinced girl babies are just prettier than boy babies, because my boys were good looking, but this last one? She's gorgeous. And I'm not ashamed to say it.

Congratulations, and good luck with the sleeping thing. Even though I know that reality is truly, awfully, going to hit.

And I say yay! for very little pushing. I actually laughed my last baby out. A little Ha! and there she was. Good job, Mom.

Love you!

Amateur Steph said...

Congrats Melanie! And hooray that she was early!

Kristina P. said...

I am so happy for you! Congrats, Melanie. She is gorgeous.

Becca said...

Oh, Hooray. I love babies. I would gladly come and snuggle her for about 48 hours if, you know, you needed a nap...

Congratulations, Mama.

Andrew & Sarah Clawson said...

Congratulations Melanie! I love,love her name!Hope to see more pictures of that cute little one! Glad Amy Lou was able to come and help!

CaJoh said...

Congratulations! Maybe you can have a T-Shirt that says "I was a 3 (whatever that is)" Glad your delivery went well.

Carolyn V. said...

Congratulations Melanie! She is beautiful!

Jami said...

So beautiful, Melanie. Some of your best work yet! Congrats.

Karen said...

Congratulations!

Such a beautiful little face!

Chantele said...

Congratulations!! I'm jealous! I'm so ready to have my baby girl!:) I'm glad everything went well!

Heidi Ashworth said...

Oh, yay! Can't wait to see more photos. (The word verifier word is boodifyl--ha!0

Don said...

March 8th is almost as good as the 10th. Congratulations!

(And *whew* on the whole 1 1/2 contractions thing.)

Kirk L. Shaw said...

Congratulations, Melanie! Eden's beautiful!

Lara said...

Congratulations! She really is cute, and I'm so glad everything went well for you! Can't wait to see more pictures!

L.T. Elliot said...

Congratulations on your beautiful new baby girl! What a great sister to come in and help you. Love every minute, even the sleepless ones. =]

wendy said...

WELCOME Eden to your new family.
happy all went all

and I was so sure it would be on the 19th.

Happy Mom said...

Sooooo happy for you!!!! Go MOM!

Valerie said...

Isn't it nice to have it over? I love holding a newborn! Congratulations!

Kimberly said...

Congratulations Melanie and Kenny! What a sweet relief that they caught the low amniotic fluid when they did. I think that qualifies as a miracle. So thrilled for you guys!

Kazzy said...

Congrats to you and your adorable family. And can you stop looking so good all the time? Sheesh!

Wonder Woman said...

Congrats! This all sounds a lot like me a week ago -- suckiness before the epidural, "pressure" at the end, brothers that adore, and you just can't get enough of a sweet little girl.

Sleep. I think I remember what that is....

Again, congrats. So glad everything went well. xoxo

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

Gaaah! Yay. (Squeal.)

So happy for you. Lots of Internet love for your and your little one today.

Linda said...

I can not wait to meet her!!!!
Hugs and lots and lots of kisses!

Melinda said...

Whoo hoo!! Congratulations!! So exciting! She's beautiful!

Annette Lyon said...

Woohoo! Yay baby, yay mommy, yay epidural!

Glad all is well.

Charlotte said...

Congrats! I like that day, it is the same birthday as my oldest child.

crissy said...

Congratulations! New babies are so wonderful.

That Girl said...

I'm so jealous I don't want to say congratulations.

But I will anyway. ;o)

*I* think she's beautiful - amazingly alert for ye standard newborn photo.

My OB appointment is tomorrow. Maybe I can have mine tomorrow night? Maybe?

太可怕 said...

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Alison Wonderland said...

Yay for new babies!

Aubrey said...

I've been out of town so I'm just now seeing your awesome news! Congratulations-- she's beautiful. Glad everything went so well, and the fact that she got here early is just icing on the cake. Can't wait to see you both at Storymakers!

Erin said...

Congratulations! What a happy and exciting birth story (besides the issue with the tailbone). I hope you get some rest in between feedings...

Amber said...

Congratulations!!! YAY!!! I cannot wait to see more photos!! Sigh. My words are not accurately conveying my excitement for you.

Chaka said...

Congratulations!

Dedee said...

Congratulations! She's beautiful. Well done!

The Crash Test Dummy said...

woohoo! Congrats again!

myimaginaryblog said...

Oh, beautiful! I hadn't checked your blog for a while and just before I did I was thinking "Isn't she due pretty soon?"

It's been quite the season for baby girls (my cousin and a high school friend just had baby girls, too). My three girls are all around this time of year. It's a nice time for birthdays.

Shellie said...

Congrats Melanie! She's a beautiful girl!

Heather said...

SO happy for you, lady! Congratulations to you. And of course, I love her name ;) BOTH of them :)

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

congratulations on your darling baby girl!!! how wonderful!