He's here!!!! Introducing our brand new baby boy:
Born September 1, 2010 at 12:41 pm. 9 lbs 5 oz. 21 inches long. Here is his very first photo...Yes, you read that right-over nine pounds! Hes a biggie. Just look at that double chin:) We were not expecting him to be so big! I was measuring right where I should be, but I should've known better. I measured small with the girls and they came out close to 8 lbs. And I was experiencing a lot of discomfort and difficulty walking towards the end.
So, heres a little bit of the labor story(skip if you don't care, but I want to write about it:). I was scheduled for induction on the 1st and woke up in labor. So no pitocin needed, he came on his own(which is what I hoped for). I was already a 5 when we arrived at the hospital. An hour or so later I got my epidural(an hour too long-it was getting painful and I make it a point to try and experience as little pain as possible. Thats how I roll.). They checked me right after the epidural and I was an 8, a couple of hours later, it was time to push. With Aubrey it took awhile, her being my first baby. With Ella and Cali, I wouldn't say I pushed more than 15-20 minutes, so I was expecting this time to be easy too. Well, it wasn't. I wasn't having a lot of progress with the pushes and was feeling exhausted and discouraged. Finally when he was getting closer to making his appearance the doctor and nurses say something like, "This is a big baby!" We were thinking maybe 8 1/2 lbs(the girls were in the upper 7 lb range) but then the nurses said, "No, more definitely more than 8" and sure enough when he was weighed, he was over nine pounds. So, that explains the hard time getting him out-I'm no wimp! I knew there had to be an explanation:) It was about 45 minutes of pushing which felt like forever, but at least it wasn't 2 hours like with Aubrey. He had a bowel movement during labor so when he was born they had to take him away immediately to suction him out really good before he breathed in his first breath, which scared us a little bit. I didn't hear him cry for a while:( And I didn't get to hold him right away either which made me sad. But then finally he did cry and that sound was wonderful. He also had low blood sugar and a fever so he had lots of pokes and tests during our hospital stay but he was a trooper. He never cried. And he is fine now. He still has a little bit of jaundice but not too bad. And he also has a hematoma on his head, from him being so big. His poor little head was squished so hard:( But the doctor said it will go away in a few weeks on its own. His nurse said he was the winner for the biggest baby of the day(8 babies were born that day at the hospital) and the mildest mannered, which was true. He is an angel. His first day or two, he just laid and looked at us, slept and ate. Barely a peep. Then he had 2 days of crying that I can only attribute to his circumsion and the fact that my milk hadn't come in yet and he wasn't getting enough. He seemed to be always hungry and very upset. But now, thankfully, he is back to his good ole self. Sunday he woke up a new boy again. Sweet, sleepy, barely cries, and just plain perfect. Already sleeping 4 hour stretches at night and mama is happy:) Recovery after pushing out such a big kid has been a little bit difficult, but I'm feeling better with every day. Every bit of it is worth it when I'm looking into my little sons eyes. I'm so in love! Here are more pictures of Ammon's first 2 days: his birth to leaving the hospital. . .