Sunday, December 13, 2009

Family Photos and Blog Entry for December 10, 2009

Rachel and Hailey Sleeping on the Couch
Hailey's Hungry Face

Hailey and Daddy Snuggling

Last week we were lucky enough to have Grandma Waite in town. She was an absolute lifesaver! I went to class as usual and Bruce had a busy week of class and preparation for presentations.

Sunday Bruce and I went to church while Grandma stayed home with Hailey. The doctors recommend that you minimize exposure the first few weeks, and since Grandma was here and it was possible, we figured we would follow their advice. They didn't announce the new baby in sacrament meeting, and since she wasn't with us most people were unaware, or were unsure if I had delivered, or if I was just hiding it well, or something anyway because when I announced it in Relief Society I got a number of confused and suprised looks.

On Monday evening Grandma watched Hailey so Bruce and I could go choose a Christmas Tree. Bruce insists on real trees, so we have the adventure of exploring the Christmas tree lots in search of perfection. Actually, we weren't too particular and ended up with a full, but short tree this year. We assume that our years of "quick picks" will come to a end as soon as we have a kid old enough to help choose. :)

On Tuesday I didn't have class so I collected some data for my research, studied, and ran some errands with Grandma. Bruce camped out with his team most of the day preparing for his presentation.

Wednesday was like Monday, full of classes and intermittent feedings.

Thursday was the final day of classes for the semester. I didn't have any classes, so I went to the midwife- who said my tiny tear from the delivery (not even big enough for stitches) is healing well, that my baby is adorable, and that I'm doing fine. Then Mom and I went shopping. In the afternoon I had a short class, then we all went to the bookstore. Hailey started fussing in the bookstore so I took her to the car to feed her. When Bruce and Mom finished at the bookstore, Bruce drove us to Brick Oven for dinner while I changed Hailey's diaper in the dark (I didn't want to distract him while he was driving). Hailey deposited a little gift on my lap while her diaper was off, but with the lights out, I did not notice until I was in the restaurant. I went to the bathroom where I scrubbed the poop off my pants the best I could and went back to the table for dinner. We all had a good laugh about it and enjoyed dinner.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Day 2 of Life: December 3, 2009

The delivery went well and I was feeling great, so we went home Thursday evening and spent Friday in the comfort of our own apartment. Grandma Waite watched Hailey while I went to class, and in the afternoon we did some shopping at WalMart and went to Scott and Lisa's house.

Hailey's Birth

I went ot the midwife for a routine visit at 40 weeks and they referred me to the hospital for a routine fetal non-stress test to confirm that baby was healthy and well. The test showed some abnormal heart beat patterns, which the doctor said was probably nothing, but just to be safe, they would induce me. So we rode the scooter back to our apartment, packed our bags, got in the car, and drove to the hospital. They began the induction around 1 pm (after a small annoyance that we were not preregistered at the hospital). Bruce and I impatiently passed the time with TV and card games, until the contractions started. I had considered birthing without pain medicine, but hadn't done anything to prepare, and after the pitocin kicked in and contractions started, I opted for the epidural. All went well thereafter.

Mom's plane arrived early the next day and a family friend picked her up from the airport. She stayed in the hospital with us for a few hours until I was cleared to go home.


Day 1 of Life: Thursday, December 3, 2009

Hailey Elizabeth Sommerfeldt
Born December 2, 2009
10:28 PM
7lb 9 oz
19.5 inches

Grandma Waite with Hailey at the Hospital