Peyton's first birthday

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Peyton has arrived!!

Well after all the raspberry tea, mexican food, and walking we were induced on July 11th (40 weeks and 3 days). I didn't think I'd go the full time and my body was physically done being pregnant--I don't think I could get any bigger!
We are having a baby today!

Our induction was scheduled for 6 a.m. and at 8:30 they broke my water and I immediately began feeling contractions. I think I just needed that extra push. Around 10a.m. I got my epidural--which was amazing!! How anyone would want to go through delivery without it I can't imagine. The rest of the time was just monitoring my contractions and dilation. I could feel some pressure but was not in pain, even though my contractions were pretty severe on the diagram. Peyton was the most active baby that they had their that morning, the nurse couldn't believe it (that's our daughter :)).
After the epidural
My contractions were so close together they turned the pitocin off and I was not able to move my legs very well because of the epidural so I asked them to turn it off  as I didn't want to have a longer labor because I wouldn't be able to feel anything enough to push. A little after 5p.m. I started pushing, they called the doctor in and within 2 contractions our little girl arrived at 5:57p.m.

7 lbs 8 oz 19 1/2 inches
It was such an amazing feeling seeing her for the first time. I carried her around for 9 months and we talked to her every day and now she was finally here.
We had a great support system with us, all the grandparents were there!

The first night:
We did not sleep at all! We were on cloud nine with our little girl here and of course trying to figure out  everything. The nurses were amazing and so patient with us. As new parents we had a bunch of questions and our night nurse, Heather, stayed with us to help us through it.

We also celebrated our 3 year anniversary-definitely the best gift we could have gotten.

Day 2:
We had several guests come visit this day. Beki, Nicole, Sam, Stephanie, Melissa, Ivy, Cam and Mrs. Doughtie..Peyton felt very loved!

The rest of the day was taking our hospital pictures and a hearing test (she passed with flying colors). That night we took the advice of friends and family and decided to use the nursery so that we could get some sleep.
Changing one of many diapers!
Friday, July 13th:
We got cleared by the pediatrician to go home!

We are so happy and can't wait to share more of Peyton as the days go by and our family of 3!