Ella is now the big sister to her brother, Elijah. Eli was scheduled to be born by repeat c-section on November 29th. But he was too excited to wait. I went in for an ultrasound and nst last friday. I was getting them twice a week because of the gestational diabetes. Eli had been having a high heart rate during the nst's for weeks. But his baseline was okay and he was usually really active. I had been to labor and delivey twice for monitoring because of his heart rate. But it would always come back down and they would send me home. Friday his heart rate was extremely high, going up to 220. It was staying up even though he wasn't as active as usual during the test. My doctor told me it was time to get him out to go straight to L&D. So I rushed to L&D, scared to death that something was seriuosly wrong. Three hours after my appt was scheduled that morning, Eli was born at 12:15 on 11/11/11. He came out screaming and screamed the whole time they worked with him. It was the biggest relief and the most amazing sound. I was sobbing and laughing at the same time. Eli had no problems with his heart rate after he was born and no problems breathing even though he was a few weeks early. He weighed 6lbs 9oz and was 20 and a quarter inches long. He looks like his daddy and his big sister. The first time they showed him to me I couldn't believe how much he looked like Ella when they handed her to me. Up until the moment we were able to put him in his carseat and take him home, I still had a hard time believing this was real and he was going home with us. The last week has been crazy. Taking care of a newborn has rocked our world! I never imagined a little baby could keep you so busy. But we are so thankful for each feeding, wet and dirty diaper and cry. Everyone keeps telling me that this stage will pass soon. And even though we are so tired, I don't want it to pass soon. Eli is such a sweet baby. He is very laid back for the most part- he gets that from his daddy. We stare at him all the time and still can't believe he is here. The only thing that could make us happier would be if his big sister were here too.
I love you Ella and Eli!
Here he is!
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