Avett Hill Reynolds is FINALLY here! We are so proud and excited to annouce that our sweet little boy arrived on July 28, 2012 at 11:05 PM. He weighed 7 lbs 9 oz. and 19 .5 inches long. We wanted to share all the fun details of the past 2 days for you all, Avett's Birth Story!
Since this last Thursday, I had been having pretty serious contractions going up to about a 7 in pain and last about 1 minutes in length for various increments of time from 3-10 minutes. I knew that within the next couple of days Avett would be joining us, but I had no clue that having these contractions continually like this was going to be as big of a deal as it was. I was pretty much in the beginning stages of labor 3 whole days. On Friday night, the contractions became very strong and very close together. Not being able to sleep the whole night because of the intensity and closeness of the contractions, Thomas and I decided at 3:00 Saturday morning we would truck it over to the hospital because I was VERY sure that Avett would come that morning. Well, once in the car and on our way the increments of time that the contractions were coming in began to separate further out, making Thomas and I very discourage and almost positive that they would send us home, but we went ahead and went so we could see how far along I was and to give us an idea of what were were looking at time was. I was 3 cm. dilated, 80% efface, and minus 2 station...therefore, no baby for a good while. At 6:30 we went home and hung out with Addison while having some massive contractions, lots of tears, nausea, disappointment, and questioning what to do! 8:00 in the evening came around and Thomas convinced me that we needed to just go back up to the hospital because of the amount of pain I was in. When we go there, all the of the same nurses and staff were there, and I was PRAYING that I had changed somewhat, because I did not want to be that crazy lady! When they checked me I was 6 cm, 100% efface, and 0 station. I was soooo thankful! They admitted me and got us checked into a room within an hour. In that hour, I was dilated to an 8 and they broke my water. 45 minutes to an hour later I was ready to push. I pushed for about 15 minutes and our little boy was out! The early labor was a huge beating and took forever, but active labor, thankfully, only lasted a few hours. I did not have an epidural or any pain medication and I did not have to induce, so I feel very happy that I was able to complete my goal with Avett's birth!
Avett came out sooo quiet. He cried about for about 5 seconds and then was done for the rest of the night. We did not hear him make a sound. He was so happy and content laying skin to skin with me when he came out and even when moved to do his weight check, bath, etc., not a peep! He has been so wonderful. Some of the things that have happened in the hospital: Breastfeeding wonderfully, slept great 1st night, started spitting up mucus and had to have his stomach cleaned out from the delivery..no more problems, PKU test, 2nd night was harder because during PKU they had him under a warmer and then came back to our room and was very cold...lots of bundling then he was happy and content, circumcision went well Monday morning, got to come home by 11:30 Monday morning.
Since Avett has been home this morning, all he has really done is slept. He is very out of it from the meds given for the circumcision. He took a bath tonight and was not really a fan, but man he sure does smell good!
We are so thrilled that he is here! He is absolutely beautiful and already so good. Addison has been such a loving big sister and wants to be with him always. Things will definitely be different around the Reynolds' house from now on, but we are so up for the change, the challenge, the excitement, and all the ups and downs that are coming our way! We are a happy happy family of 4!
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