Tuesday, February 14, 2012

It's a GIRL!

INTRODUCING...Lucy Kanani KahumokuJanuary 19th, 2012

7 pounds 15 ounces

20 1/2 inches

Wille and I left early in the morning to be at the hospital at 6:00 a.m. for my induction. My doctor induced me at 39 weeks since Peter was on the big side. We were aiming for an 8 pounder, can't get much closer!

One of the beauties of being induced is the ability to plan. Willie took the day off of work and my mom flew in the night before. She stayed with the kids that morning and got the two big boys off to school and the younger two to a friend's house.

I was dilated to a three when I checked in and I was ready to go! Apparently not everyone shared my enthusiasm. My doctor called to say she would be by the hospital around noon to break my water. Noon?! We sat and waited and watched HGTV home decorating shows.I wasn't feeling anything but got my epidural early. I kept thinking how crazy it was that I wasn't even uncomfortable but getting an epidural. I worried I wouldn't know if it was working because I wasn't feeling anything to start with!

It was a rough epidural. For some reason she was having a hard time getting it in right? Not to mention she was talking politics the entire time and praising Obama. Pure torture. I knew Willie would be chomping at the bit but I kept praying that he'd keep his mouth shut while she had a huge needle in my back. My blood pressure dropped once the epidural was in and I got to have oxygen. Fun times! (and it messed up my hair...) but it was completely smooth sailing after all that drama.

I suppose the epidural was working because I didn't feel a thing the entire time. Just a few pushes and our beautiful baby daughter was born. The cord was wrapped around her neck THREE times but after a quick snip, she was hollering and fine. They handed her right to me and I was overcome with emotion. A sweet baby girl to love!
She got some oxygen while she was being cleaned up. She was alert and so awake after she was born. It was amazing to see her looking around wide-eyed. Lucy ties Nathan for smallest baby weight. Only 7 pounds 15 ounces. PERFECT size!She looked right at me when I would talk to her and see that tongue? She caught on quickly with the feeding too.Can you believe I have a daughter?!Willie and I were both smitten at first sight. A happy mama and her baby girl. Right after she was born Willie said, "It really is a girl!"Willie is such a good father. I think she already has him wrapped around her finger...

I'm grateful my mom was able to be with us to welcome our newest member of the family. I thought a lot about my Grandma Truman (who passed away in November) as I held my fresh-from-heaven baby. It was bitter-sweet remembering how much Grandma loved the babies and would always help me after they were born.We counted fingers and toes, just taking in the wonder that a newborn baby is. She has dark hair and beautiful dark skin. I think she is by far our darkest baby.
Kathy brought the boys to the hospital and they were excited to see their little sister. She is such a blessing to our home. Jacob (8), Joshua (7), Nathan (4), and Peter (2) love "Little Lu" so much!My mom was able to stay a few days (although it's never long enough) and care for the boys (movies, eating out, See's candy). I will never forget coming home from the hospital with my new pink bundle and seeing a stork balloon tied to the fire hydrant out front going nuts in the wind and snow.My little lady has already grown so much. (Why do they have to do that?)So, I am trying my best to soak in every moment and enjoy all the pink and lace and beauty that come with a little baby girl.