Saturday, May 19, 2007

Finley's Birth Story

I am so happy that we were able to get Finley here safely, quickly, and with only a few hiccups during his delivery. We went in early on May 1st to be induced, and as it turned out no one else came in to deliver the entire time I was there, so we had a very quiet stay. Our hospital has excellent nurses in their labor and delivery unit, two of which I had for my last two deliveries, and again this time, so I was thrilled to see some familiar faces. All of the nurses there were incredible and made my delivery and hospital stay so peaceful and the best experience. All was going well with my labor until I stalled out at an 8. The Dr discovered Finn had moved his arm up and his hand was on top of his head, which was preventing me from progressing any further (the Dr. explained it, but I won’t go into details here as it’s a little bit ‘TMI’ for a blog) and would also not allow me to have a regular delivery.
   Another Dr. was called in for a consult, and after about 20 minutes my Dr was able to get Finley to pull his hand down, and we were able to proceed as planned with a regular delivery, not the c-section that they were starting to prep me for, which quite frankly terrified me, but I would have done if necessary. And for another surprise, when Finn was born we saw that he had the cord wrapped around his neck three times. There were no decelerations in his heart rate at any time though so we had no idea, but it was because his cord was so unusually long that it never tightened around his neck during delivery. The Dr was surprised and said he rarely sees cords long enough to wrap that many times around and not cause complications, and I am just so thankful everything turned out so wonderfully.
   It was a great delivery, even though it may not sound like it, but it really was. I checked in at 6am and got my Pennicillin going, the Dr. broke my water at 9:10am to start my labor, and Finley was born at 1:08pm, so my labor ended up being only 4 hours from start to finish. And while Finley was 2 weeks early, he was ready to be here. And even with the little bit of drama during his delivery he still arrived healthy and strong. So all in all, my labor went even better than I thought it would, and we got our sweet little baby boy here safely, so what can I possibly complain about?

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Finley is 2 Weeks Old

I took Finley to the Dr for his two week check up today ( I know, he’s 15 days old today, but the Dr was out yesterday), and he is looking great! He weighed 7 lbs. 1 oz at birth and was 21 1/2 inches long. When we went home from the hospital he was 6 lbs. 9 oz. and today he was 7 lbs. 10 oz.  and 22 1/2, so we know he has been busy doing some good growing. We are still trying to decide what color his hair really is. When he was born it was really red, but then it looked like it was blond. Now it seems fairly strawberry blond, but that could change too, who knows. Finn has been my mellowest baby by far, and sleeps for 7 hour streches at night, is a great little nurser, rarely spits up, and he is not a fussy baby at all. Believe me, I know how it could be, and I am really enjoying every minute of this.
   I have a port-a-crib bassinet set up by my big front window (he only gets indirect sunlight, I don’t let him tan) and Finley does his napping in there during the day, and sleeps at night in my room in his co-sleeper (how did I live w/o one before, I love the co-sleeper!). I had read an article a while back about newborn babies mixing up their days and nights, which Finn was, and it said to have as much natural light in your house during the day, and in the evenings to keep it as dim and quiet as possible. Apparently the chemicals in the brain respond to the light, and it helps the baby get on a good sleeping and waking schedule and helps in un-mixing their days and nights too. I have to say it has worked like a charm for us, and Finn was doing his big sleeping at night in no time. Finley is the sweetest little baby, and he is definitely the main favorite around here these days. All of the kids love holding him, kissing him, and talking to him all of the time. I feel great, and I am just enjoying every minute with my kids as I can.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Not So Crazy

It has been like a whirlwind of activity over here, but not crazy like I worried it might be. And that is in large part due to my Mom. She arrived the weekend before Finn was born, and has so very kindly stayed to help us this entire week. My kids are in Mammy Heaven, of course, and it has made things so much easier when trying to deal with 6 children plus a brand new little baby, so I am forever grateful to my Mom for all of her kindness and help, she really outdid herself. My Mom had to go back on Friday to help out at the clinic for a bit, so she took Noah and Haven with her, and they got to have a fun sleepover at Heidi’s house which they have not stopped talking about yet. Saturday morning I took Finley in to the Dr for a newborn check, and he weighed 6 lbs. 9 oz. and his bilirubin test came back low, so he’s looking very good.
   I have been able to get some sleep, not tons, but enough so that I don’t feel like a total zombie. Finn wakes in the night to eat, but he sleeps for large chunks of time too, so I have been able to get some rest. Heidi and Gary went to Burley on Saturday for a baptism, and they stopped by here on their way home today and had dinner with us and let the kids have some fun. We had a great time visiting, and it was so fun to just sit back while the kids all played and had the time of their lives. I love these kinds of days. Craig has some training class for work he has to attend in Salt Lake this entire week, and my Mom will (very kindly) still be coming out here and helping out for this next week too, and I know I am looking forward to it maybe even more than my kids. I have really enjoyed the time I have been able to spend with her, and all of the fun we have been having. I would never have had such a wonderful and peaceful recovery if it weren’t for her. Thank you again Mom, we love having you here, you really are the funnest fun way!

Thursday, May 3, 2007

And the Pattern Continues...It's A Boy!

We are thrilled to announce that on Tuesday we welcomed a sweet little baby boy into our family.
Finley James Hilyard McKay
May 1, 2007 @ 1:08pm
7 lbs. 1 oz. 21 1/2 inces long
Finley has a full head of hair that at first looked red, but now we think it might actually be blond, it’s hard to tell just yet. I have posted tons of pictures in my gallery if you would like to see more (and we still have no idea how we managed to keep our pattern going and have a boy, but we will not be tempting fate again to see if we get a girl next, this really is our last baby). We arrived home today and have settled in quite nicely. Baby Finn is doing well and is a very sweet, mild little guy, a great little eater, and adored by his siblings. I will post more as soon as I get some more time. Also, a huge thankyou to everyone for all of your well wishes, congratulations, visits and gifts. We are so grateful for all of your love and we are thrilled that you could share in our happiness!