Friday, April 10, 2009

I'm Here!

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!".

Hello Daddy

Hello Mommy

Dr. Weibell

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!

Beaming New DAD!


jenna.marie said...

i have been waiting for this post! congrats congrats congrats! what a sweet little {very long} boy! we dealt with jaundice too so if you have any questions let me know. it sucks. especially after not being able to hold him in the nicu for a week and then the freaking billy bed! the worst! and i LOVED ana! wasn't she the best?? she was one of my nurses too. anyway congrats on steele! good luck with it all!!!

Alex said...

I have to come see him! He's so cute! I never thought that you could tell which features a baby inherits from which parent when they are newborn, but he definately has your eyes and bretts nose. He's adorable :)

Jill said...

congrats to you both!! He is so cute!! Nothing like a newborn baby, I'm a little jealous!!

Travis and Teresa Wilson said...

He is one very good looking newborn. Congrats isn't being a Mom the best!

ryan. heather. macie. millie. said...

congrats! congrats! congrats! we are so excited for you guys and i can't wait to see him! :)

Holley, Dane Brien & Wesley Berry said...

Congratulations! I can't think of two more deserving people! Steele is incredible!

Best Wishes,
Holley Berry (Brett's cousin in North Carolina)

Jules said...

Wow, I hadn't heard until I looked at your blog, I need to talk to someone about that. My little Sydney had to go under the lights too, it was so sad and expensive. I remember when we put her in McKell and I started to cry and McKell was so hysterical Adam asked my mom to take her away from the house, drama.

Anyway we are so excited for you guys, he is a cute little guy. I hope his temperament stays the same. It could go either way. We can't wait to meet him.

Gabe & Melissa said...

Congratulations!! That's so exciting. He is sooo cute. I'm glad everything went well. I can't wait to see the little guy.

Preston & Shawnee said...

ADORABLE :) I've been waiting for this post!! I'm so glad to hear everything went well. You have such an optimistic attitude about labor and wanting to enjoy every minute! I'm just scared to death, ha. It was comforting when you said the IV hurt worse than the epideral though. He's just so cute! I hope everything is going okay with the billy bed, my sister-in-law had to do that with her little girl and it was way hard for her. Anyway, CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Lindsay said...

YAY!!! I am so glad that everything went well! what a cute little guy! I am so glad that you are experience went smooth! You will be a great mom! congrats!

K. Crisler said...

Oh my gosh!!! I cant wait to see him. He is adorable. CONGRATS!

Nic & Trudi said...

Congratulations!! We can't wait to come see you guys on Tuesday!!

Carrie said...

He is soooo adorable.

Toni S. Cook said...

Congrats! I've been waiting for this post to see pics since I heard you'd had your little boy! He is very cute!

The Howards said...

Congrats you 2. I have been checking your blog to see if you had him. He is adorable. I totally agree with you i thought that the iv was worse to. Kate was also under lights forever hers was border line before having to go back to the hospital, but in one day it went from a 19 down to 10. I know its so hard to have them under lights because i had to do it to, just make sure that he is always in the bed it will go by so much faster. Anyway so happy for you guys. Hes a cutie

Kelly Boyle said...

Congratulations you Guys! He is absolutely Beautiful. Way to go! I can't wait to be able to see him. I am hopefully coming the end of May for Julie's baby. I hope I will get to see you guys and the rest of the Brady Bunch. Love ya tons!

Rachel Leigh said...

Your baby is adorable! Congratulations!

Frampton Family said...

Oh Emily! I'm so happy everything went all right. Steele is so sweet. He is such a beautiful baby. Good luck in the next while.

Masters Of Disasters said...

Congrats!! I am so exited for you, you have wanted a baby for forever! He is so cute!

ARRON N' L!SA said...

i'm glad you guys got to come to our house, it was good to see you and steele. hope to hang out again soon.

Katie said...

Congrats!! I absolutely love the picture of you looking at him in your hospital attire. I swear I got tears in my eyes. I saw Sarah yesterday and she said that he is such a good baby. I am so happy for the two of you. (P.s. I hope you liked the sign I made...better later than never right?)