Friday, January 16, 2009

Weston Andrew Hardy

The newest addition to the Hardy family!
Born: Jan. 13, 2009
Time: 7:01 a.m.
Weight: 8 lbs. 15 oz.
Hieght: 22 in.
Hair Color: Blonde

Weston is the most beautiful little baby boy! We are so blessed to have him be a part of our family. We never knew that something was missing until we got to meet our sweet little guy. Now that we have to be apart from him for short periods of time we realize just how much we need his sweet spirit in our lives.

Our Story (this may turn out more like a journal entry, minus some personal stuff, that way if I want I can just print it off later and stick it in my journal)
Drew, my mom, and I arrived at the hospital mon. night right at 8 p.m. When I was scheduled to be induced. Weston's due date was the day earlier, and the dr. recommended me getting induced by Mon. if he had not come yet. I was so nervous about getting induced and paid more attention to the negative sides of being induced rather than the good that can come from it. Once we were in the room and I got the IV for the Petocin my nurse checked my cervix and I was at 3 1/2 cm. Because I had been having contractions all day she said I was in active labor and reduced the amount of Petocin. Around 2 a.m. I still had not slept and so I asked for an epidural. Which is a whole nother story, and resulted in me having to spend an extra 3 days in the hospital. Even though I was numb and only occassionally felt pressure I still couldn't sleep. Around 6 a.m. my dr. showed up and I had dialated to a 7 and he broke my water. From that moment on it was labor in fast forward. Everything went so quick. My nurse checked me again at 6:40 and I was already to 10 cm. I started pushing at 6:50 and after only 10 minutes of pushing, which really- I literally only pushed 12 times, Weston's head popped out. While my dr. cleaned out his air ways he said all I needed was one tiny push to get the shoulders out. When I had the go ahead to push I barely started pushing when no lie, Weston shot out, and was born. My dr. said one shoulder came out and then he just flew all the way out. It's the neatest, and most surrel feeling to feel the baby coming out and depart my body. I remember after having Autumn telling Drew that that was the weirdest feeling, this time was more amazing to me and I didn't think it was so weird.
When the dr. saw him he said he really underestimated the size of this baby. I think since I always measured small, and gained only 20 lbs. he assumed the baby would have been around the size of Autumn when she was born... 6 lbs 14 oz. Nope...Weston was an ounce shy of 9 lbs. Because he was classified as "big" they had to monitor his sugar levels every hour for 4 hours. Which everything turned out fine.
Weston got to spend most the day with us, with lots of family and friends visiting and sharing in the excitement of getting to meet him. At 5 p.m. Weston had to go to the Nursery/NICU where he is still being watched and cared for. After he was born he swallowed fluid which the nurses tried desperately to get out. He was checked out by 2 pediatric nurse practitioners who said he was fine, but to just watch him. Around 5 my nurse noticed that his breathing was still shallow and erratic. After a chest x-ray and some tests they said he had respiratory distress which could easily lead to pnuemonia. They were monitoring his breaths per min and his oxygen levels. They put him on antibiotics, and after 2 days he had made a drastic change and was doing awesome. They weren't monitoring his breathing anymore and he was eating. Only because he has to have 5 days of antibiotics he has to stay there at the hospital. The nurses love him, they say he is well tempered, cuddly, has beautiful color, and so on. He makes us so proud!
Weston will be able to come home Sun. night, but because of the amazing care he is recieving and the lateness of the hour he will be able to come home we are planning on going to get him first thing Mon. morning.

Weston eats and sleeps...totally opposite of how Autumn was. We already see SO many differences.I arrived to the hospital Mon. at 8 p.m. I was discharged and left Fri. at 1 p.m. After a quick shower and spending some time with Autumn I had to go back up to the hospital to see him.


Cindy Ardis said...

That is an amazing explanation of what happened and how you felt. He is a beautiful baby and so sweet just like his mamma. I'm sure he will bring you and Drew lots of joy. I'm so happy for you.

Tanya and Chris said...

April! He is beautiful! I love that last pic of you kissing his head. Speaking of Heads. Weston's head is the shape that my kids were. Nice and round. Well Congrats again!

Momma_S said...

I took one look at that picture and knew Weston was a Sorensen size baby. That pretty round head, chubby cheeks and plump build remind of some boys I know. He is beautiful. Congratulations!! I am glad he gets to come home soon. Now for the big question...When will you be visiting your parents so I can hold him!!!?

Jamie said...

What a beautiful baby boy!! Congrats! Sorry about his stay in the NICU... that is always scary for the mom. Glad he is doing well though. Can't wait to see more pics of this little (big) guy. :)

Jessica said...

April! He is so beautiful. I am SOOOO excited to meet him. What a joy to add to your home. I am so glad all went well that you are doing well and he is doing well. Good luck! Call me when I can bring dinner ;)

The Bunzells said...

Congrats april! He is one beautiful little boy, I can't wait to see him! Glad that he is ok

The Fords said...

April and Drew our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. I am glad that Weston is doing fine and I know how hard it is to leave the hospital without your baby. I am happy that everything will be fine and that he will be home soon. Aunt Kay Marie

Heather said...

Hi April! Bryan & I couldn't believe it when we heard you were still in the hospital with a severe headache (to say the least) & that sweet Weston was also in the hospital. My heart goes out to you, having to leave him in the hospital. Leaving Savanah was one of the hardest things I had to do. But I am so happy that you will finally get to bring him home tomorrow morning. My prayers & thoughts have been with you & Weston. He is beautiful & I can't wait to see my new nephew & hold him. Hopefully that will be soon. We love you & are so thankful that you guys are okay!

The wifey said...

Welcome Weston. What a sweet post, you are an amazing mother, congrats!