Monday, December 29, 2008

1 Month Old

Fiona is 1 month old as of yesterday. It has flown by. Fiona has become a much fussier baby. The evenings are a challenge now. Nathan bought a baby swing, which is magic. It gives us at least a little peace.

At 2 weeks we took Fiona to get pictures taken. They turned out really cute. These are a few of them:

We drove out to CO for Christmas. We got to spend some time with friends and family. It was a nice vacation and a great Christmas. We are glad to be back to our own beds though.

Fiona with Great Grandpa

Fiona with Great Grandma

Sleeping on Aunt Maggie

Aynsleigh, Grandpa Tim, and Fiona

Andrew, Aynsleigh, Anna, and Fiona

Hanging out with Uncle Tom

4 Generations

The girls

Family Christmas picture

Anna's family

Fiona's quilt from Great Grandma

On Christmas morning

Fiona and Grandma Teri

With Fiona's Great-Great Grandma Simmons
We had a nice Christmas with Nathan's family on Sunday when we got back, so we are celebrated-out.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

First Week Home

We had a pretty good first week home. We are all getting adjusted slowly. The dogs are doing well with the baby. Toby gets very concerned when the baby cries and is always checking on her. He has tried to play fetch with her a couple of times, but can't figure out why she won't throw his ball. Chloe couldn't really care less.

We are all a little sleep deprived, but Fiona sleeps pretty well most nights. Nathan got to take most of the week off of work to stay home with us. He had to go in to work a couple of days, so my mom and Rosanne came over and stayed with us.
On Friday night, it was Nathan's work Christmas party. We went and took Fiona. It was her first party. She was the star of the party and she did very well, sleeping through most of it. It was fun and nice to get out of the house after a week of staying home.

Toby checking on Fiona

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Fiona is finally here!!

On Wednesday night about 11 I started having regular contractions about 10 minutes apart. By about 12 on Thursday the contractions were about 4-5 minutes apart and strong enough that we decided to go to the hospital. We missed turkey dinner, but we thought we would at least have a Thanksgiving baby. She had other thoughts. At the hospital they monitored me and decided I was making some progress, but after an hour they decided things were not progressing fast enough. The doctor decided to start me on pitocin and break my water. After that things got much more painful, but they weren't moving much faster. I got the epidural, so I at least got a break from the pain. They were all sure things would move much more quickly now that I was more relaxed. The baby did not like the pitocin and her heart rate was dropping during contractions, so they kept having to stop it, but then my contractions would start to die off. It was an extremely long night, but at about 8 Friday morning the doctor came in and said I was ready to push. The baby was posterior, which is why I had so much pain the night before, so the doctor rotated her and we started pushing. I pushed until 10:45 and had not made much progress, so the doctor decided they would use the vacuum and if that didn't work, I would need a c-section. That was the scariest moment during the entire process. I pushed and they used the vacuum and finally at 11:39 am Fiona was born. Nathan even cut the cord.

Fiona Joyce Magdanz weighed 6lbs 14.5 oz and was 19.5 inches long. She has lots of dark hair.

It was amazing. I still can't believe she is here and healthy. She had the cord around her neck, which they think caused some of the problem getting her out. She also had a big bruise on her head from the vacuum, but that went away after about 2 days. They were concerned that she would be jaundice, but so far she has been doing well.
We went home from the hospital on Sunday and are happy to be home.

Home at last