Wednesday, December 16, 2009

My daughter is a week old today!!!!

Oh, blog world, I am so very sorry that I have let a whole week go by without announcing the birth of the love of my life!! For some reason, I was unable to get online at the hospital, even though they have wireless, and with other things going on, I just wasn't able to troubleshoot it.

Alana Anna Aaryn M(lastname) was born on Wednesday, 12/9, at 12:25 in the afternoon via c-section. There is no way I could adequately put into words what I felt at that moment, so, I won't even try, at least not today when I'm a ball of hormones. Let's just say that it's like nothing I ever knew possible!

We ended up spending an extra night in the hospital for two reasons. The blood pressure issues I had in the weeks leading up to delivery continued after and, in fact, got worse. I was constantly monitored for preeclampsia, but, in the words of the doctor, on paper, I was perfect. All of my results were, not just good, but perfect. I just have this moderately high pressure that they can't seem to get completely under control. I'm under the care of a hypertension doctor now and they have adjusted my medicine a couple of times and we're watching it very closely.

But, having the spend an extra night in the hospital was actually a blessing in disguise because, the night before we were supposed to leave, Alana developed a fever and was sent to the NICU. Imagine how scary it is when a doctor comes into your room at 3:00am and tells you that your perfectly healthy baby has a fever, is being taken to the NICU for testing, and may need a spinal tap! Thankfully, by the time they admitted her to the NICU, her fever had dropped and never went high again. All of her test results came back normal, no spinal tap was needed, and they think the high reading could have just been a fluke.

They told me she would have to stay for 48 hours after being admitted, which would have been Tuesday, while I was going to be released Monday. I know it would have only been one night, but, the thought of leaving without her was devastating. But, thanks to a wonderful NICU pediatrician who stayed on top of all of her negative test results, she was released with me and we came home Monday night!!!

Yesterday was a whirlwind, so, today is really the first day I've had time to get online and post. I hope you'll all forgive me and I promise to get a couple of pictures up very very soon!!! She is so incredibly gorgeous and I am more in love than I ever knew possible!

Every single time Glenn and I walked out of a hospital over the last four years, and sadly, there have been way too many times, I said to him "next time we walk out of a hospital, we should be bringing home our baby". It didn't happen for a very long time, but, Monday night, I finally walked out of a hospital with my baby....and, after seeing her for the first time, it was one of the most emotional moments of my life!!!


Word Nerd said...

Congratulations!! I'm so happy to hear that she arrived and everyone is doing OK.

Anonymous said...

I am so excited for you and the newest member of your little family. I have followed your journey for a long time and it is amazing to me how you have persevered... and finally got the beautiful baby you so wanted and deserve. Mazel tov!

Dagny said...

//wipes away tears.

I am so happy that you finally got to do what you had said you wanted to do so many times.

Reading that made my heart happy. Not all the sad other times of course..but this time.

Lots of love to the THREE of you.


Familia Azul said...

I am so happy for you and your family! Enjoy this time Lisa...and beleive everyone who says it goes by real fast. Paige will be ONE on the 30th & I remember that walk out of the hospital as if it was yesterday. Enjoy this time....even the sleepless nights.
Congrats Mama!



words can't express. My joy. For you guys.

Michele said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for this wonderful news!

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Anonymous said...


I am so happy for you. Glad that everyone is doing well.

Anonymous said...

I have followed your Blog for quite awhile - You are so inspiring to me and my journey - I am SO happy for you- it put tears (of joy) to my eyes just reading your post- and put hope back in my heart. I look forward to your next post -with pics!

~Jess said...

Congratulations Mommy and Daddy!

Kami said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for all of you.

Emily said...

This made me cry the happiest of tears...
Congratulations once again!

Beautiful Mess said...

CONGRATULATIONS and happy 1 week! How exciting and crazy!

I'm so glad she was able to go home WITH you. YAY for amazing doctors. Enjoy that beautiful baby girl of yours.

Bee Cee said...

Ok you got me crying!! I am so so thrilled for you Lisa. This will be just the best Christmas ever for you - you deserve it. Love to you and yours.

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Amanda said...


& I LOVE your little girl's name. So beautiful!

niobe said...

So, so happy to read this! What wonderful news. And what a gorgeous name.

Good Egg Hunting said...

Here from LFCA -- congratulations! Enjoy your baby girl. :)

A Mom in Jacksonville, FL said...

Here from LFCA. MUCH congrats to you and your DH! (BTW--my name is Alana, my husband is Aaron and "Anna" is one of our favorite girl names. So of course I think your baby girl's name is extra special!)

1shosh said...

Oh Lisa, I cannot tell you how happy I am for you! I have been checking constantly for word of your little princess' birth - and here it finally is! Welcome to the wonderful world of motherhood - it is an amazing and beautiful experience, and no one deserves it more than you!

I can't wait to see pictures! Please email me if you ever need anything!!!

Brenna said...

Congratulations on your long-awaited miracle! I'm so happy for you and your family.

WiseGuy said...

Dear Lisa,

Congrats on becoming a mother...Alana is so beautiful...sending her tons of blessings.