Monday, January 25, 2010

Meet Harper!!!

Well I'm finally getting a chance to post about our sweet girl!!
Friday 15th, 2010 I called my grandma in the morning to go to BabiesRus with me to use a coupon I had and walk the baby out. While I was getting ready I started having little contractions here and there but I didn't think much of them. By the time we got in the car I noticed they were every 5 minutes so I handed grandma a pad of paper and asked her to "write down the time when I tell you." Of course my grandma went into panic mode and thought I was going to give birth right there in her car. I kept telling her it was fine but when we were half way to Tukwila and my contractions were still every 5 minutes I started having horrible visions of my water breaking in my grandma's car and not making it back to Puyallup. I decided we could make it and I wanted to use my 20% off coupon darn it!! (I'll have you know I saved $52 on my video monitor by going and using my coupon!!) :) We got to BabiesRus, ran in, bought the monitor and raced back home. When I got home the contractions were still every 5 minutes but they didn't hurt at all. I figured I'd just wait it out until they hurt or got closer together and then go in. Luckily one of my mommy friends on thebump suggested I go in because her 2nd came faster. I decided then that we'd just go in and at least get checked so at 1:00 we headed to the hospital. I felt REALLY stupid walking up to the front desk of Labor & Delivery telling the lady "I think I'm in labor?!?" She looked at me like "Yeeeeah right!" and said "You could have called but since you're here we'll just get you checked." When I got back in the room and got checked I was 5cm, 90% effaced and -1 station! My contractions still didn't hurt at all though. Dr came in and broke my water. My "not so painful" contractions turned VERY PAINFUL in minutes! The nurse checked me a little bit later and I was at an 8. All I remember was one nurse quietly saying to the other nurse behind me "She doesn't have time for an epidural." Ummm not the words I wanted to hear right then!!! After a little more than an hour of this the anesthesiologist finally came in. Like the nurses said, I didn't have time for an epi but he gave me a shot of something in my back that did the same thing! It was awesome and I couldn't feel a thing! The minute he left the room the nurse checked me again and I was fully dilated and ready to push. My doctor came back and 3 pushes later at 4:30pm our sweet Harper girl was born!
Harper's pouty lip....
Gage's pouty lip! :) They sure have that down pat.
Dr. Edstrom
Telling Grandma Kay that her name was Harper Kay after her.
Heading home! I was soooo glad to be heading home! Gage had the flu a couple days before Harper was born and we all just happened to catch it the day after she was born. Lucky us. Mom, Justin and I were ALL knocked out with it. I just wanted out of the tiny hospital room and in my own bed!! It ended up being a 24 hour flu for us so we were all feeling better by Sunday!


Courtney Alldredge said...

Ashley!! Congrats girl I can't believe she is here already and I am glad things went smooth, besides the pain and she is healthy! What a perfect little family, I am so happy for you and Justin and Gage. Love the name too! Kiss that sweet little girl for me! I am coming to Wa for another appointment for Taylee the end of Feb. and I would love to come meet her. Get recovered and enjoy her while she is so little and cuddly!!!

The Ferguson Family said...

Ashley...what a beautiful story and what beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing. Now I need to invite myself over to see this beautiful baby girl!

Jen & Justin said...

SOO cute Ashley!! Good Work!! You are hillarious running to the store to use your coupon! hahaha

Shermans on Tapps said...

FIrst off - great job with the COupon Story - LOVED IT! Second off - glad you got "the shot" cause I too went like a storm and didn't get an epidural! Painful, but over quick, and recovered quick. THose 2nd ones do come out fast! Hugs to all!

Anonymous said...

She had Gages expressions! So cute!