The Arrival of Amelia

Thursday, July 18th
8:13am
6 lbs
19.5 in
Amelia Grace Aschman

When I woke up Wednesday morning I started thinking back to when Claire was born.  This is the exact day gestation that I had gone into labor with Claire and she arrived the following afternoon.  I wondered if I would be so lucky again to have the baby early.  Well it appears my uterus does not like inhabitants after this date because by the evening I was pretty sure I was in the early stages of labor.  I was having contractions every 15-20 minutes and they were pretty strong.  Drew went to bed with no problems (what a surprise) but my contractions hurt so bad I couldn’t sleep.  So I stayed up – all night.  At around 3:45 am I noticed some blood when I went to the bathroom and I knew for sure that I was in labor.  I called the doctor and she told me to come on it and it sounded like we would be doing my c-section first thing in the morning.  We called my parents and asked them to head down so someone would be here with Claire.  It was 6am when we finally walked into the hospital since we had to wait for my parents and finish packing our hospital bag.  (Oh, and Drew insisted on stopping by the Starbucks drive through thinking it was going to be a long day).

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Pardon the dazed look (remember I had been up all night) but this is the last picture of me pregnant!  Walking into the hospital!

When the nurse was walking me up to the maternity wing she told me that every room was full at the moment so they were going to put me in the triage room to make sure I was in labor.  I was hooked up to the fetal monitor and by 6:20 she brought in an IV and said that I was staying.  I told Drew to run out to the car and grab the camera bag.  At 6:40, while Drew was out at the car, the nurse came in and said I was scheduled for my c-section at 7:30 am.  EEEEK, that was only 50 minutes away!  Now the nerves started to set in.  I was about to have major surgery but I was also about to meet my little baby.  It was such a wonderful thing that we didn’t know the sex of the baby because the excitement of that was the only thing holding me together.

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I got all prepped for surgery and was wheeled into the OR where they gave me my spinal and sent Drew and my mom in.  At this point the nerves were at bay (the spinal hadn’t paralyzed me – I wiggled my feet immediately to check!) and I knew it would only be a few more minutes until we met either Amelia Grace or Bennett Robert.  I was bummed that they wouldn’t let Drew take a video this time but at least my mind was much more clear that I actually remember this delivery on my own!  My doctor was out of town but I really liked Dr. Christensen who ended up delivering for me.  I was so excited when she said, “alright dad, what is it?” To which Drew replied, “It’s a girl!!”  I was so excited, I just wanted to see her but they immediately took her to the side to towel her off and do her apgar assessment (she was an 8).  Drew got to stand over with her and watch but it seemed like an eternity before they brought her over to me.  I got to hold her on my chest for about 5 minutes before they took her off to the nursery for her bath.

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Drew went with her and my mom stayed with me.  The worst part of the whole thing was while they were stitching me up my arms started shaking uncontrollably.  They said it was because of all the hormones.  The next hour or so is pretty foggy for me.  I don’t really remember finishing up in the OR or being taken back to the triage room (still no actual rooms available) but I do remember when Drew brought her back from the nursery and I finally got to really take her in!  She, of course, was perfect!

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Still waiting for Drew and Amelia to come back.  I was starving but all they would let me have were ice chips and a popsicle!

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The first day she seemed like such a stranger to me.  Who was this new little creature?  But by the second day I was so enamored with her.  I could just hold her for hours.  I have continued to fall more and more in love each day.  Her little expressions constantly make me laugh!

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Big sister came up to meet her Thursday evening and Amelia was so thoughtful, she had bought some presents for her!  Claire calls her “Milna”

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Claire was pretty unsure of her and was happy to just look…

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…and try to hold her hand

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We tried to let Claire hold her but Amelia started crying and it scared Claire!

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Hearing test – she passed with flying colors!

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My newest love!!

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The first of many snoozes with dad

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The hospital stay was pretty uneventful.  The only issue we had was with her billirubin levels.  They cleared to an acceptable level a couple days after we got home with some sunning outside.  While we were in the hospital  we had visits from Grandma and Papa, Grammy and Pap, Leenie, and of course big sister Claire.  We were there from Thursday the 18th to Monday the 22nd.  It was good to finally leave!

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Lastly, these are my beautiful earrings that Amelia got for me.  I love them and can’t wait to get out of the house and wear them!!

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2 Comments

  1. Posted August 7, 2013 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    I loved reading your birth story and seeing all the adorable pictures of Amelia!!! And those earrings are GORGEOUS! She has good taste already 😉

    Congrats again to all of you, love you guys!!

  2. Linda maughan
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    The Story of Amelia what a wonderful beginning and the story will just get better each day. She was so incredibly beautiful right from the start. ” I was there to hear her borning cry…” I am truly blessed.

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