Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hudson is here!

Well in the nature of having two kids, here is a little update on the arrival of Hudson...11 days late.

Hudson right after they handed him to mommy!

We had a scheduled induction with our little man and arrived at the hospital at 7:30 on Friday, October 4th. It was so crazy to have such a planned date (and the planner in me secretly LOVED it). We chose to induce because James started a new job this past Monday (Praise God for his provision) and it made the most sense to induce at 39 weeks due to job transition and insurance purposes. Anyways, when we arrived we got comfy in our room and met our amazing nurse. It took some time to get through getting checked in and going over the plan for the day. They started my pitocin and epidural at 9:30ish and because my doctor was called into an emergency c-section at Baylor Dallas (and we were at Baylor Frisco) they decided to start my pitocin verrryyy slow. It was kind of wonderful because James and I had that time to spend together and prepare to meet our son. My doctor arrived at 2:00 when I was 5 cm and broke my water. This is when labor really picked up. My epidural was great from the waist down, but I could definitely feel some of those contractions coming on in my abdomen. They started to get really strong and I had to move sides to level out the epidural. I was checked a few times and around 5:30 he said it was time to get everyone ready to push. The nursery staff came in and this is the part where I got so excited. It all gets so real in that moment when the room fills up with everyone who will be there when he is born. I pushed 3 times and he was out in less than 10 minutes. They laid him on my chest and it was so wonderful to hold him for the first time. With Ella, I knew I loved her right away, but I had no clue the depth of love I would feel for her as she grew and we got to know her. With Hudson, I knew what that love was like and of course started crying right when they laid him on me. 

Unthank...party of 4! 

Hudson got Ella a new doctor set and she put it to use right away! She was so gentle and sweet. 

As for big sister, she is adapting very well. She is a great helper and loves to bring me a diaper, paci, or wipe for Hudson. When she wakes up she immediately asks for baby and wants to see him. She has also given him his fair share of check-ups since she is loving playing doctor right now. We have definitely gone through the transition of Ella wanting my attention a lot, so we are carving out time that she gets one on one with each of us. It is so important to me that she feels loved through this process. 

Ella has wanted lots of cuddles and I have LOVED it! 

Hudson is doing good at night too. He is waking every 3-3 1/2 hours, but once he nurses he goes right back to sleep. I am enjoying this while it lasts because I know we will reach a stage where he wants wake time at night. He takes one 4 hour stretch usually from 4am-8am. Since sister is up at 7am, it doesn't benefit us too much but at least we know he can do it and hopefully it will be in the middle of the night soon :) Hudson is not a fan of the bassinet and for now prefers to sleep in his infant seat, nice and cozy. With Ella, I would have worried so much about this, but with Hudson I am grateful for sleep! 
Hudson at 1 week

Overall, we are adjusting well. Learning how to juggle two kids is definitely a learning curve, but we are thankful for both of our sweet babies. 

Hope everyone has a wonderful Tuesday!

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