Steele James Brady
I can't describe with words how awesome this past week has been. Our dear sweet Steele has been amazing! The little guy is doing great and I can't believe he is already here. What a miracle this entire experience has been. (More pictures to come from this past week at home.)
Name: Steele James Brady
Birthday: Saturday, April 4th
Time: 2:41 am
Weight: 8 lb. 5 oz.
Length: 22" (I know, right?)
Body Features: HUGE hands and LONG arms (Brett's Grandpa Brady's hands and arms), Brett's lips, my chin and eyes (I think they might be brown though), Brett's nose, and I think he might have dimples (can't tell but I can barely see them sometimes).
Hair: More than I thought and brown
Temperament: Outstanding! He is the worlds best baby (my mom keeps saying "Just wait....").
Why the name Steele?: Brett is big into Skiing and has several ski videos. There is an amazing skier named Steele Spence. He suggested it to me and we loved it. We have had his name chosen since day one.
Labor & Delivery: I started having consistent strong contractions on Friday morning at 8am. They intensified throughout the day but I didn't want to get sent home. We finally went in after 5 hours of contractions 5 minutes apart. We went into labor and delivery at 5:30 pm and when I arrived I was 100% effaced and dilated to a 3. 45 minutes later they checked me again and I was a 5. I was admitted at 6:30 pm and was a 6 by the time I got my epidural. Everything was so amazing! I don’t know how else to describe it. I was so calm and just wanted to enjoy every minute. I progressed a cm an hour and then did "rest and descend" for two hours. I pushed for 35 minutes (wasn't bad) and he arrived at 2:41 full of life. Brett was great and helped me all along the way. Dr. Weibell delivered him because Dr. Judd took the weekend off. I was worried but he turned out to be a great Doctor. Our nurses made our stay at the hospital outstanding and we really didn't want to leave!
Health: All of his tests came back great except for his Billy Rubin (aka Jaundice). He was higher than they like to see so they gave us this little tanning bed thing for him to lay in at home called a Billy Bed. It has been the hardest part of all! He has to be in it all the time except for eating. He has to be only in his diaper and has to wear these sad little goggles. It makes my heart break every time he has to go in :( The good news is that the pediatrician said he could be all done on Tuesday. We never want to see that bed again! Thank goodness he is all better!
Getting my epidural! The IV hurt worse I promise.
2:00 am just before he arrived.
Welcome to the world Steele. Check out his hand!!! The first thing I heard Brett say was "He has HUGE hands!".
Our FAVORITE nurse Ana. She made our experience so memorable. She helped Brett through all the first time Dad stuff and me through delivery and recovery. We loved her!
Proud New MOM!