Thursday, February 11, 2010

Leighton Elizabeth Cross has arrived!

Leighton has finally arrived! She is this amazing little baby and we absolutely adore her. Despite a rocky beginning, she has really been the perfect little baby. We cannot believe how blessed we are.

Just to start at the beginning, it has been a long and crazy month. I went in for my regular check-up with the doctor at 34 weeks. When I mentioned that I had been having a few contractions the doctor decided to go ahead and check me. I ended up being dilated to a 3 and 70% efaced. So, my doctor wanted me to take it easy and call her if the contractions were more regular. Two days later I went back in because I was having more contractions and my doctor decided to put me on bed rest. Well, being so far away from family and having a 15 month old, bed rest is kind of an issue. Fortunately for us, my friends and family really came through for us. My brother Andrew came and stayed with us for a week and handled everything with Logan. He cooked/cleaned/changed diapers/put Logan down for naps and did everything he could to take care of us. He was great and Logan really enjoyed bonding with him. The fact that he would share fudge rounds, milky way bars, and Mountain Dew didn't hurt either. Then when it was time for him to leave one of my best friends Lacy came up to take care of us for the next week. She was amazing as well. She also became a live in nanny doing everything to take care of Logan to keep me from having Leighton too early. After her departure my mom was able to come up. By this point I had reached the 37 week mark and my doctor wasn't as concerned about having the baby early so she lifted the bed rest order. So mom was here for 2 1/2 weeks, which included the birth of Leighton. She was so good to Logan, Brian, and I. Once again having a live in cook/maid/babysitter/friend/mom is really a great thing. We have been spoiled. To top it all off, my dad is here now and he has been wonderful to us as well. I don't know what I am going to do when reality sets in and it is Brian and I without all the help...it will be crazy I am sure. Anyway, we have felt so fortunate to have loved ones who care enough to drop everything in their own lives to come and take care of me and my family is wonderful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

So, with my mom in town, me at 37 weeks, and the go ahead to have the baby - we were ready for her arrival. By this point I was dilated to a 4 and 85% efaced so it was now just a waiting game. Mom was doing everything in her power to help Leighton join us. We ate spicy food, did major mall power walking - but it didn't seem that anything was going to work. Finally on Tuesday, February 2nd - I went in for my weekly check-up and was dilated to a 5 and 90% efaced. So, my doctor decided to admit me to the hospital and help Leighton on her way.

Things happened so fast it was crazy. I called Brian and told him to meet us at the hospital and was checked into the hospital and in a bed by 1:00 that afternoon. At this point I was having contractions about 3 minutes apart. By 1:30 my water was broken and at 2:00 I had my epidural put in. By 2:30 I was dilated to a 6 and resting comfortably. At 3:30 they checked me again and I was dilated to a 9 so they called my doctor. My doctor arrived a little after 4:00 and we knew we were close. After two rounds of pushing Leighton's head was out, unfortunately for the two of us her shoulders got stuck. So, I ended up having two nurses up on top of the hospital bed with me pushing on my stomach to help maneuver Leighton out. Between the pushing of the nurses, pushing on my part, and the doctor doing some so called "cork screw method" Leighton finally arrived. This was at 4:34 pm. This delivery process really took its toll on my poor little baby. She had major facial bruising and was black and blue. She still looked adorable to me despite the fact that she looked beaten up. She was 8 lbs 8 ozs and 19 1/2 inches long.

We were in the hospital for the regular 2 days, but had to take Leighton in to see the doctor the following day to be checked out. Just like her older sister, when we went in for this check-up her bili-ruben levels were elevated indicating she was jaundice. So, they sent us home with the bili-blanket for phototherapy in hopes that we could drive it down. The next day we went back in for another check-up and her bili-ruben levels were high enough we had to check her back into hospital. So, just like Logan - we had another "blue light special" baby. Leighton handled this hospital trip better than I did. She didn't seem bothered by the lights, but Brian told her that this would be the only time he is okay with her hanging out in the tanning bed. We did get to go home the next day, but we have been back at the doctor every day since then getting her bili-ruben levels checked. Unfortunately, as of today they still haven't gone down far enough so we are still in the process of fighting this battle. Hopefully when we go back to the doctor tomorrow morning, the numbers will be lower. So, now that you have the story regarding Leighton's arrival and first week of life, here are a few pictures.

On a good note, Logan has been really sweet to Leighton. She gets upset when Leighton cries and loves to be around her (for small periods of time at least). She has been giving her kisses and rubbing her head and it is really cute. We feel so blessed to have such amazing girls.
PROUD PARENTS!!!
A poor little beaten up baby...
Logan sees her sister for the first time
Brian and his girls
Mimi with her only two grandaughters.
Such a happy little family!
First bath
Poor Jaundice baby (aka our blue light special) - back in the hospital under the lights.

Grandad meets LeightonLogan seems to be happy to have her sister home from the hospital...Loving their time with Grandad & Mimi

Sisterly loveBoth Mommy and Daddy's girls...