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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Lizzie Ruth Bridges

Warning: lots of pictures

Lizzie Ruth Bridges

The family present at her birth

She hated her bath!

Callan is a proud big sister

The family hospital photo

Callan wore her big sister shirt to church

Callan waking up after a nap with me and Lizzie

She was glad to be done with her bath at home too!

Sleeping in the swing

Well, I am going to attempt to blog about Lizzie's birth tonight while I'm sitting at home. I am really missing Peak of the Week at church. I don't miss church much at all. I think I've been sick once in about a year and other than that unless I'm out of town I go. I love CrossPoint! But this is the life I have to continue for a few more weeks because of a new baby. I can't wait until she is old enough to get out and go places. I'm getting a little tired of being at home (I know it's only been a week). Anyway, here is the story.

I was a week overdue and was scheduled to be induced Wednesday, August 26th at 5:30 if I didn't go before. I had lots of contractions on Monday and Tuesday and ended up calling Queen Kathleen at the hospital to find out if I should go in earlier than Wednesday. She should if I could stand the contractions she would wait because it would only help me to labor more on my own at home. So I sat around all day Monday and Tuesday trying to take it easy. Callan spent the night with Will's parents Tuesday night so that she didn't have to get up early. We arrived at the hospital and Kathleen hooked me up to the monitors and asked me the million questions they have to ask. She checked me about an hour later and I was at 3cm. She started the pitocin on the lowest level because my contractions were already 4 minutes apart. At 8:45 they were bad enough to get my epidural. I was 4cm by now. By the way because of the contractions I think I would have been in labor on that day anyway so I wasn't as worried about having to be induced. At 10:00 I was at 6cm and still waiting on the doctors to break my water. I don't exactly know what took so long but they just weren't in a hurry. I was under the impression it wasn't going to be broken between 7-8 that morning but oh well. At 10:45 (only 45 minutes later) I was 9 cm. At 10:58 I was 10cm (water still not broken-funny story there if you want to know but can't post it b/c it isn't appropriate for the guys to read). Dr. Woodford finally came in at 11:05 and broke my water and Lizzie arrived at 11:11. I might have pushed 6 times. I laughed half of the time because of all the hair this crazy kid has. She came into the world weighing 8 lbs. 9 oz and 21 3/4 inches long. I was so shocked at how much she weighed and at the amount of black hair she had. Callan was only 7 lbs 3 oz and had just a little light brown hair. Of course now Callan's is blonde so I'm curious what Lizzie's will do.

Labor was great this second go around. Much quicker, calmer, easier. My recovery has seemed to be quicker as well. I have felt better physically but also mentally. So far she has been a great baby except for the sleeping at night part. She sleeps so much during the day and then at night she seems to have a harder time. She has had a hard time going to the bathroom as well (go figure if you've ever met my other child) so she seems to hurt more at night (don't know if this is possible or not). We went in this morning for her 1 week checkup and she weighed 8 lbs 3 oz. She left the hospital weighing 8 lbs 1 oz so she only gained 2 more ounces in a week. I was kind of surprised but I'm hoping once her potty issues get resolved she will eat even better and put the weight back on. Just an FYI we weighed Callan this morning too and she weighed 17 lbs 13 oz (at 17 1/2 months). She is still so small although she seems huge to us now that we have a new baby. She is healthy as far as we know and is eating SOOOOOOOOOO much better than she did about a month ago. I'm interested to see if Lizzie follows the weight pattern Callan did or if she will be bigger quicker since she started out so much bigger.

We are all adjusting well. Callan likes to pretend cry when Lizzie cries. I haven't decided if she is really upset and needing attention or just warning us that Lizzie is crying. She loves to touch her hair and also to hold her paci. She has never put it in her mouth though which is good. She also loves to look down in the sling when I'm "wearing" Lizzie and squeal when she sees her. Quite funny to watch! Will and I are both somewhat exhausted. My mom was here from Friday until Tuesday and I don't think I realized how much she did for us until she left. We both crashed today since we had the girls by ourselves and Lizzie slept the whole day so I didn't even really have to mess with her. Oh well, I guess we'll adjust just like everyone else does. We are just glad to be blessed with 2 beautifully healthy baby girls. I'll try to update more often but I don't get on here near as much as I did a week ago! Hope to see you all soon!
Cozy in the cradle
The girls in their cadillac going for a ride on the golf course!


  • Love the "cozy in the cradle" picture! What a beautiful baby girl! All that hair - I love it! I look forward to the fun times ahead when all the girls and kids are together at the park again. So glad everything went smoothly for you!

    By Blogger The Bowerman Blog, At September 2, 2009 at 9:39 PM  

  • Thanks for posting the story! I have not been able to talk to you since the birth really, so thanks for sharing. Lizzie looks a lot diff than Callan to me. (I know that Scarlett doesn't think so! HA!)Both girls are too cute!

    By Blogger Julie Y., At September 3, 2009 at 7:35 AM  

  • Cute post:) Love all the new pics! Hope ya'll get some rest!

    By Blogger Kayla, At September 3, 2009 at 8:53 AM  

  • I think it's so funny that Callan "pretend" cries when Lizzie funny!!! Cute pics, Mel :)

    By Blogger Katie, At September 3, 2009 at 5:26 PM  

  • So sweet! I love the double stroller! You'll really enjoy it! So glad little Lizzie 'Roof" (as Bonnie calls her) is here and she is such a beautiful baby!

    By Blogger Scarlett, At September 3, 2009 at 8:10 PM  

  • Great pictures! It was great to finally get to meet Miss Lizzie, and I still agree with Julie that she looks like you! She is perfect!

    By Blogger Ashley, At September 3, 2009 at 9:13 PM  

  • I loved hearing all about your new little one! She's a doll and I love the hair. I'm so glad things are going well with the two sisters...precious! Still hanging on to the sickies, but I'll be there pronto when they're gone. I'm so, so sorry I haven't seen her yet...I'm SO anxious! Love you!

    By Blogger Brooklyn, At September 7, 2009 at 10:42 AM  

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