My two girls...
(posted by Juice Juicerson)
Today, I am the happiest and proudest daddy/husband in the world! I have a beautiful perfect baby girl and the most amazing wife (and warrior) in the world. Yesterday was a different story.
The night before, we stayed up kind of late watching a movie. We didn't get to sleep until about 1:00 AM. At 2:45, Jess's water broke. We grabbed our stuff (Jess was packed--I was not). We arrived at Evergreen about 3:10 AM. Jess was dilated about 4 cm.
Aside from our doctor and team of nurses, we also had our team of friends and family here supporting us. At any given time there were no less than a dozen people here (we tend to roll with big crowds). For whatever reason, we were all given the idea that we would be delivering at about noon.
By around 10 AM, she was fully ready. At that time we began pushing--several hours hours later and zero progress, we elected to go with plan B.
At about 4:30 PM after 6 1/2 long hours of intense pushing, gnarly contractions, and everything else we arrived at the ER for a C section. There was some trouble with the anesthesia and Jess was administered a general--completely knocking here out. I wish I could say that I felt confident and comfortable with everything, but that was not the case. To be honest, I don't think I have ever been so scared in my life. It is very hard watching someone you care so much about go through something like that and not having any ability to help. All I could do was hold her hand. And then...
At 6:17 PM Izzy was taken out and handed to a team of NICU doctors. I stayed with mom as long I could. After several minutes the doctors asked me if I wanted to hold my daughter. I reluctantly agreed. I admittedly was a little torn between mom and baby. It took all about 5 seconds, once I looked that little girl in the face, I was done. She was mine and I hers.
Mom was sewn up nicely and returned back to our room about an hour and a half later. Fortunately, everything went well. Baby and mom are both healthy. Mom is recovering and Izzy is absolutely perfect in every way (yes, she's already got me wrapped). I guess all's well that ends well...
Thanks to everyone for your prayers and well wishes. We all appreciate you love and support.
Name: Isabella Rae Andrews
DOB: June 24, 2009
Time of birth: 6:17 PM
Length: 21.65 inches
Weight: 9.5 pounds (yes she's a biggin)