Thursday, June 7, 2012

Ashford is here!

Our little guy arrived at 5:44pm Tuesday June 5th, after 17 hours of labor, 2.5 hours of pushing, and a vacuum assist.  He weighed 6 lbs 14 oz, was 19.5 inches long, and made us laugh with all the dark hair!      
Getting induced was every bit as awful as I expected, but when this is the result, I still can't help but say 'BEST WEEK EVER!'
Ashford will be in the NICU for the next 5 days still because of elevated protein levels and an abnormal blood count that points to possible infection.  I developed a fever in the hours after my epidural, and although my fever went away immediately after delivery, little Ash has a 7-day course of antibiotics to get through.  It totally sucks, but I'm staying at the hospital in a guest room for free (with free meals) the entire time he's here.  Okay!
I totally can't believe I looked this human after everything that happened in those 20 hours.  Poor little baby had meconium in the fluid, cord around his neck, and got yanked out by a vacuum because he was caught under my pelvic bone.  But he is doing really well, and after a day of fussiness after his circumcision, is now nursing like a champ. 
He looks just like Shaun, but he loves his mommy!  
I am recovering nicely, but I will save all the details for a 'birth story' post later on.  Little Ashford is so stinkin cute, I had to put together a little collage because I couldn't decide which pics to share.  
I'm in love!!
Hopefully next week I will get to share some pics of him enjoying his sweet nursery, and THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your wonderful comments on that post.  Shaun read some of them to me while I was having really awful contractions and they literally got me through.  I love you guys!  

73 comments:

  1. Yay! I'm so happy for you :) Glad he's made it here and congratulations.

    ps - his cuteness is making my baby fever flare like mad. Just thought I'd share!

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  2. Beautiful!! Congrats and enjoy every waking moment!

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  3. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you! You are so right... that's one cute baby (and not all babies are cute)!

    You look great! If you survived an induction and 17 hours of labor AND your son is latched on well and nursing like a champ that gives me hope. I had my a breastfeeding class last night and I'm SCARED!

    I can't believe you're blogging from the hospital! Get some rest! :)

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  4. Awww, he is so sweet. I am so glad he made a safe but dramatic arrival.Our first had a cord around her neck and Mic as well , I begged them to use the vacuum but they would't , meanies.
    You look amazing and so so happy , how could you not right?
    Wonderful.

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  5. Congrats Sara!! He is amazingly cute - especially after his big ordeal!! Enjoy your "vacation" - soon you won't have as much help 24/7!!!

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  6. Congratulations! He's so handsome!

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  7. Congratulations! I don't think I've ever commented before, but wanted to send healthful vibes to this little guy, and you! I gave birth to a beautiful little girl at 1 am on Monday, June 4, so it will be fun to see your little one and mine grow at the same time! I have been so impressed with your continued house activity these last few weeks - all I was able to do was lie on the couch and knit baby clothes, and my little girl came 5 days early!

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  8. Awesome! congratulations!

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  9. And you thought you knew love? They sure change everything. We had the exact same thing (fever for me, NICU for baby, etc) and everything turned out A-Okay! Absolutely adorable. Congrats!

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  10. Congratulations! So happy for the 3 of you. Now the real fun begins.

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  11. Awww....
    He IS so stinkin' cute!!!

    Congrats!

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  12. So very happy for you. Keep kissing that little bundle.

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  13. So cute! I've been checking all week for an update! :)

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  14. Yeah mama!! Congratulations! He is a seriously handsome little devil! Wishing you all health and happiness in these precious first days...

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  15. Congratulations Sara and Shaun! What a handsome boy Ashford is. Sounds like he made quite the entrance, but good to hear everyone is settling in now. Enjoy snuggling and taking in that new baby smell. xoxo.

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  16. Congratulations! He is ADORABLE! Can't wait to read the birth story. Enjoy the babymoon :-)

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  17. BrookeinAustraliaJune 8, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Congratulations on your sweet little man! He is every bit of adorable and more.

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  18. Congrats! Glad you're both doing well :) Looking forward to seeing him in his gorgoues nursery!

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  19. Sounds like he just wanted to make an entrance!! Congrats! Enjoy this very special time. He is adorable!

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  20. Yeah!!! He is adorable and you look amazing! Enjoy every minute!

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  21. Yeah!!! He is adorable and you look amazing! Enjoy every minute!

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  22. congrats, he's super cute!

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  23. OMG - He is perfect!
    So glad to hear you are both doing well even if he has a small stay in the NICU.

    Congratulations to you and your new little family!

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  24. CONGRATS! Sorry your labor was not fun :( But at least you got a great prize in the end :)

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  25. Congratulations! Enjoy the time in the hospital just bonding ... and resting up. It will be busy when you get home.

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  26. Enjoy every minute!!!
    Blink...and he will be 21.

    B.

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  27. Congrats- he is beautiful!

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  28. Aww, he is ADORABLE!!!! Congrats, mama! :) And, you look fantastic. Wishing you and Ashford a quick recovery. Can't wait to see more pics.

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  29. Congratulations! Enjoy your babymoon! :) He is so cute. I hope the next few days fly by so you can have him home for snuggling.

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  30. I've been checking in all week--so glad he's arrived and all is well!

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  31. Congrats!! He is absolutely beautiful. Hope you're all headed home soon to that awesome nursery!!

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  32. been reading your blog from day one and I am so happy for you. you have an adorable family. best wishes for you guys! xoxo

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  33. He's perfect!!!! I'm sorry that things didn't go as you had hoped but I hope it wasn't too bad and the end result is fabulous! (This is only the first of many well thought out plans that will go completely bonkers - kids will do that - ha!)

    Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy!! I love those big eyes :)

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  34. WOOHOO! Best news ever! He is so cute! Congrats on your new little family!

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  35. congrats! probably one of the cutest newborns I've ever seen. :)

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  36. Congratultions! Ash is absolutely adorabl. And girl, you look amazing!!!!

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  37. My sister had a very similar experience with her first born, so let me just say you must be exhausted! Enjoy that free stay in the hospital--you've earned it. He's beautiful, congrats!

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  38. He's beautiful! Congratulations!!! And I love, love, love the nursery! I'm sorry I haven't had a chance to comment much lately. Life is insane these days. I am so happy for you!!!

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  39. Congrats! He is so adorable. Glad everything is all fine in the end :)

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  40. Such a sweetie!! Glad you're all doing well now, enjoy those snuggles!! :) (P.S. Our baby girl just turned 4 weeks old yesterday - OMG, the time FLIES!!!!)

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  41. He is absolutely precious, and you guys look so happy together!! Every birth is a story, and one you'll never forget! :) so glad he's here and everyone is healthy!

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  42. So precious!!! Congratulations. Hope those antibiotics do the trick and you are all home soon!

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  43. He is adorable, precious and just too cute!! Congratulations Sara and Shaun.

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  44. Congratulations to you both, Sara and Shaun!! He is an adorable baby and you guys all look so happy!

    I'm glad that Ashford is here safe and sound!

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  45. I'm so happy for you and shaun!! So wonderful your there with him in the hospital so much better that way!!!

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  46. Congratulations! What a little cutie... Hope you get to take him home soon!

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  47. What a cutie! I'm so glad everyone is on the upswing. What a dashing little family!

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  48. How sweet he is! No matter how they get here, what a wonderful blessing. A lucky little guy who is loved so much already. Enjoy!

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  49. He is beautiful! I've been thinking about you all the last couple of days and am so happy to hear he's doing well and you, too. Is it strange that I have this weird dream that Henry and Ashford will Meet and become buddies someday. Enjoy these days with him and I hope you are getting some rest before you go home. Super excited for you, momma!

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  50. Oh my goodness! He is so precious!!! You look amazing yourself for all that hard work! But congratulations to you guys and best of luck!! :)

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  51. He's so handsome!! And I'm so glad that you're done with labor! I've been keeping you in my thoughts over the past few days. Congratulations!!!

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  52. Sara, he's DEE-LISH-US! I want to eat his toes! And you look just wonderful. Congratulations on such a precious little dollop of perfection!

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  53. Long time stalker, rare poster, but had to say CONGRATS!!! :)

    My lil gal had a stint in the NICU too, hope it goes fast and you have a wonderful homecoming.

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  54. He is super cute!! We love the photo collage!
    ~Natalie and Mike

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  55. Wow congratulations! The room looks beautiful.

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  56. He's gorgeous! Welcome to Parenthood!!

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  57. Glad you all are doing well! Congrats!

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  58. Congrats!!!! Great photo collage - I can see why it was hard to pick just one. He's so cute :) (And what a head of hair!)

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  59. sara! he's gorgeous! so happy for you and your family.

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  60. Congratulations, Sara! He's a cutie! :)

    Emily

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  61. What a doll! I'm sorry your induction wasn't pleasant, and that sweet boy had to spend some time in the NICU. Glad you are all well taken care of, though. Congratulations!

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  62. Congratulations! Glad to hear you both are doing well!

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  63. Congratulations!! He's beautiful! Love the yawning picture. So adorable.

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  64. Congrats you two! I can tell you're already great parents!

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  65. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! He's adorable!

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  66. Hi, I'm a new follower–and first time commenter–but I just wanted to say congratulations on the little one! He's very adorable and I wish your family happiness.

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  67. Congratulations!!!
    Can't wait to hear and see more pictures of your baby.
    Hope that things are going ok, and recovering too.

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  68. Congratulations! Our baby boys have the same birthday!

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  69. I am sooo late to the game, but CONGRATULATIONS mama!!!! He's so perfect in every way. I'm getting all weepy just looking at his handsome face. I've already forgotten how tiny they are at first.

    Welcome to the world, Ashford.....loooove the name you chose.....looove him to the moon & back!

    And you are amazing to have birthed such a beautiful baby...you done GREAT.

    P.S. Past due babies & meconium-- so scary. Quinn had a similar situation. So happy Ashford's here & healthy!

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  70. Congrats, girl! I've been thinking a lot of you guys...I'd be more of a commentor if my little guy wasn't a fuss-bot! : )

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Thanks so much for reading....your comments mean a lot to me!
Sara