Saturday, January 20, 2007
Avery Elizabeth Garmendia was born on January 4, 2007 at 2:17pm. She weighed 6 lbs 15 oz and measured 19 inches long. I was placed in the hospital for preeclampsia (basically high blood pressure) on January 2nd and they had planned to induce labor at 6am on the 4th. However, Miss Avery had a plan of her own and decided to just go ahead and start things around midnight. My labor was great.....I got my epidural really before I had any true pain and that was wonderful! I really was able to enjoy the experience. We had a few scares....the epidural meds made my blood pressure drop way too low so they had to give me a med to counteract that. Then, at around 4:40am I had a contraction that lasted over 3 minutes and Avery's heartrate dropped and they had to give me a shot in the arm to relax my uterus. But once my uterus relaxed, Avery's heartrate went back up and things were ok. That was probably one of the scariest moments of my life...to hear how slow her heartrate was and to have 2 nurses and the doctor rolling me around and scrambling to get her heartrate back up and having no control to do anything myself to help her. But, thankfully, things turned out just fine. I only pushed for 40 minutes and she was here! It was an absolutely amazing experience to see her and finally be able to hold her! I love her more than I ever thought possible.
She is a wonderful baby. She is so content and just has a great temperament. And, of course, she's absolutely beautiful! Louis and I are enjoying being parents and can't wait to watch her grow! She's 16 days old now and she's already changed so much! We took her to church last week and she did great. I'll try to update the blog as much as I can so keep checking back!