Olive Denise Adams
Born May 9th at 11:37pm
7 lbs. 14.5 oz. and 19.5 inches long
I (Michael) thought I could write something here while Carly and baby Olive are sleeping away. It is Thursday now and they've had a long night and need some rest, and I wanted to record a little of the experience.
|Carly and Katie|
On Tuesday, May 8th Carly was set to get induced. I had taken off work and my mom had flown in to watch A and P. We were ready to make things happen. Carly got all ready to go and at 7am we called the hospital they told us that they didn't have any open beds and to call back at 9am, then at noon, then possibly later in the day, and finally they said to call back the next morning. Instead of having a baby, Carly went to the fabric store to get fabric to redo the kids room. Later my mom and I redid our backyard which looks like we were on a backyard makeover show or something. I am super excited about it.
|Carly wanted to remember how P could just sit on top of her pregnant belly.|
Anyway yesterday morning we called the hospital and still no room in the inn. Apparently since Carly was getting induced she didn't even get the barn out back. So I went to work and Carly and my mom started work on the bumpers and and quilts. At 5pm I got a very excited call from Carly who sounded like she had won the lottery. We were going in.
We got into our room about 6:45pm , but I think the nurse's shifts end at 7, so we didn't see anyone until probably 7:20 or so.
They went through the million questions and maybe around 8:40 they started Carly on Pitocin and around 9 they broke her water. Then the epidural started maybe 30 minutes or so after that. Things were calm for a while.
Then the real contractions started and Carly realized that her epidural wasn't quite working right. Her legs and everywhere down there went numb like it was supposed to but she could still feel every contraction (so could I as she squeezed my hand off). She'd be hot during the contraction and cold in between, so I did my best to fan her and keep her comfortable. She just kept saying, "Why would anyone want to give birth naturally. This is so much worse than with Avery or Pierson." I kept trying to get her to scream, like I remember hearing some lady screaming in the hospital when Avery was born or like the movies, but Carly said that would have taken too much work. The anesthesiologist gave her a bigger dose of medicine, which helped to keep her right leg completely numb the whole night, but only slightly helped with Carly's painful contractions. Around 11 o'clock the nurse called the doctor and things were moving along pretty fast and he'd better hurry and come in. About 11:25 the doctor walked in and things were happening. Carly started pushing and after 3 or 4 pushes Olive's little head came out, followed by the rest of her completely purple body. With the exception of how purple she was, in my opinion, she was the most normal looking and prettiest baby of the three. Sorry Avery and Pierson, you're cute now. Or maybe I'm just getting used to how newborns look. Carly looked great too, just as beautiful as ever. Since Olive has been an unpopular name with some family and friends, I think we were hesitant to name her Olive, even though Carly and I both really like it. But on the drive to the hospital we talked about it and I said since Carly has dark hair now, I thought Olive would too. She agreed. We both said that we thought that if she did have dark hair than I guess she's meant to be Olive. As soon as I saw her hair, I thought she was a beautiful baby and Olive was the perfect name. Anyway here are a bunch of picture I took. Enjoy.
|Getting checked out.|
|Getting weighed. The smallest of the three kids at 7 lbs. 14.5 oz.|
|Carly loves little baby feet.|
|This must have been while I was asleep because I don't remember this at all.|
Since the birth things have been pretty relaxed. Olive has been a great nurser and has slept most of the time. This morning my mom brought Pierson and Avery to meet their new baby sister. I don't think she cried once; hopefully her calm, good nature will continue when we get home. Avery was so excited she could hardly stand it. She did a lot of her nervous giggle, but less than I expected, I actually think she was ready for Olive to come and couldn't wait to hold her. Pierson just kept saying, "oh she's cute". He would then smoosh her face with 10 kisses. They were both really good with her. Hopefully that will continue when we get home too.
|Avery hid in the same spot when Pierson was born. He thought it was pretty cool in there.|
|Avery held her like this while we talked for probably an hour. She's a pro.|
|Pierson thought the view of the ocean and the bay was pretty cool.|
Thanks for all the well wishes. We feel extremely blessed and happy to have Olive in our family. She is such a sweet girl already.