Hello! It has been a loooong time! There is a good reason though…we welcomed our sweet boy, Henry Linden Watson, into the world on May 29th at 10:33 a.m. He is perfect!
I thought I would share some pictures and tell you a little bit about his birth.
My water broke in the middle of the night on the 28th which was our 5 year anniversary. We had plans to go to out that night, but those plans quickly changed. Instead, we enjoyed a delicious dinner from Zoe’s Kitchen.
I wasn’t totally sure if my water had broken, but we decided to go the hospital just in case. Interestingly enough, I tested negative for my water breaking, so they discharged us. As we were walking down the hallway, it was clear that my water had broken, so we went back to the same room to take the test again. Yup. I was right. My water had broken. I was admitted and watched over night.
They decided to induce me in the morning because the baby was at risk for infection if we did not get things going. I really didn’t want to get an epidural, but, alas, at the 12th hour I gave in. For me, pitocin made my contractions really intense and REALLY close together. I needed some rest. I was getting to take a nap when I started to feel pressure. If you can believe it, I was 10cm dilated just an hour after I received the epidural. 45 minutes later, our sweet boy was born. It was a pretty emotional experience. I instantly started crying and so did Tyler (it was the third time I had seen him cry :)).
Here is our first family photo…
Here he is all cleaned up (so far this is my favorite picture of him)…
Henry weighed 6 pounds 3 ounces and was 19 inches long which is great for a baby that is a month early! The only issue he had in the beginning was low blood sugar, so we had the option of giving him formula to get his numbers up or we could go to the NICU. We chose the formula. I really didn’t want to introduce formula or a bottle until much later, but we did what we had to do. Luckily, his numbers went back up within 24 hours, and 48 hours later we came home!!! We were very thankful for the 2 days in the hospital. We learned so much!
The first night was pretty rough because we did not know his cries yet. We are pros now. Hehe. Anyway, here is what he looked like after his first night at home. We, on the other hand, did not look so peaceful. We were up because he was fussy, and I think I checked to see if he was breathing at least 10 times!
We are adjusting to the lack of sleep, but he does sleep well when he sleeps. Thank goodness! We know this is temporary and part of the job. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
One thing is for sure, he loves his daddy and Grandma Marty.
My mom has been here for a week and will stay this week as well. I am not sure what I would do without her. She has cooked our meals, cleaned the house, bonded with Henry, and made me take naps. I sure do fall asleep fast now, and I am getting very good at power naps.
As for me, I am feeling great and healing nicely. I attribute it to the healthy lifestyle I followed while I was pregnant. I took a 20 minute walk today which felt amazing!
I will check back in again in a week or two. The days go by so fast with a newborn (the nights are another story…haha).
Have a great week!