Sunday, July 1, 2012

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Welp, it turns out that giving birth is really hard.

Today is my birthday and I have received countless texts and calls and Facebook posts and I am so grateful for each one of them. Thanks for your love!

Foster is doing an amazing job eating and sleeping...but mostly sleeping in the daytime...which I hear is normal. Today for my birthday, he got me the gift of actually sleeping in his pack and play on two different occasions. Now to hope that he will do it during the night. 

For those of you who are wondering about the name Foster Isaac we chose Foster because it is Andrew's Granny's maiden name and Isaac we chose because of Sarah and Abraham waiting on their precious boy, Isaac...and it means laughter, which we love! 

So, I have been horrible about responding to messages (which I know that no one really expects me to) because I am having a harder time recovering. My blood pressure spiked during labor and they had to put me on magnesium sulfate, which kept me from having seizures, but stops the labor and causes you to feel like you have the flu. So, they had to increase the pitosin so that labor would not stop. 
So there I was 12 hours into labor and feeling like I have the flu, my skin aching, throwing up ice chips, and feeling the pain of the contractions. (little did I know I would have a few more hours of this).

So skip ahead to having the baby...which I did. Welcome the sweetest moment of my life when Andrew looked at me and said "I love you so much" followed by a push and him telling me, "Its a boy"!...bring on the tears. and then they put Foster in my arms! dang. 

So, because my blood pressure was so high, I had to stay on the magnesium sulfate for 24 hours after delivery...So for the next day I still had all the symptoms of the flu.
from there, the process of healing has been hard and I have had to take it extra easy so as not to upset the blood pressure issue. 

This afternoon, I feel a bit more normal. Thank you God! 
It is super helpful that I have great family who have given us a ton of time to recoup (talk about 3 hour naps and lots of refills on my water) and a sweet little boy who makes me giddy. We have also had a ton of wonderful friends who are making sure we are eating and have all we need to manage. 

Andrew has been my hero! Best husband ever, as usual. He is so supportive and encouraging and tending to my every need. He is amazing. Tired, but amazing! haha! 

So, what you all really want to see...here are a few more pics of the sweet boy. 
in the hospital
Foster ready to come home! 
Andrew as a baby, I think Foster looks like him. 

Baby and Daddy!
Uncle Thomas came to visit! I think they like each other.

me and my baby! 
Thanks for all the prayers and the birthday wishes! Love you all! 

4 comments:

I'm Jenn said...

I especially love the last photo, he is so adorable!

Sara U said...

Suuuuper duper cutie pie, Sarah. I concur that mag sulphate is the DEVIL. Had to have it when I had Caleb. Pure evil. Hope you are feeling tons better soon!

Darla said...

Oh my goodness!!! Love love love the pics. He is just beautiful. I knew he would be...you are his mama and Andrew is the daddy! Sorry about the labor ordeal! Wow! The end result is Foster!!! Woohoo! Can't wait to see him!

Jessica said...

Sarah--You don't know me, but I am a member of your father in laws church your blog and your journey is amazing! I have spent the last few minutes reading through your blog and you are a soul to be treasured! Congratulations on becoming a mother! Thank you for sharing your spiritual journey, loving marriage and family with us. I have to tell you that I was at the Christmas Eve service, at the Hamilton UMC, saw you was struck by your beauty and now know that it is not just on the outside but true inner beauty. Keep sharing your journey and best wishes!