Thursday, December 31, 2009

Welcome Cori Belle

Well, before 2009 comes to a close tonight I wanted to post about the newest addition to our family. Little Miss Cori Belle Smith was born into the world on December 28th at 2:48 am. She was 7 lbs 14 oz, 19 1/2 inches long and absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Well, at least we think she is, but check her out for yourself! :)

I love the picture above of her and her daddy. Just look at the way he is looking at her. It melts my heart!

Sunday morning, the 27th, David went to work at the hospital as was scheduled. I felt a little different that morning as I was cleaning the ceiling fan in our bedroom. I decided around 10:30 that I wanted to go to the hospital to get checked out. I had been having severe contractions for 5 days off and on and thought I was never going to have the baby and I was hoping someone in OB could help me out! So, I called David at work and he came home, picked me up, and we drove back to the hospital. I got there around 11:30 and was dilated 4 cm. They said they were going to keep me and I would not go home before having the baby! :) So, they sent us on a 2 hr walk around the hospital and I had my last meal at Subway, mmm! They checked me in at 2:30 and put me in a room.

I labored on my own for a few hours before they decided to give me a small drip of pitocin to speed things up a little. At 5 1/2 cm dilated they put in the epidural. After 2 hrs of the epidural bring in, I could still feel the pain - especially when they put the catheter in, OUCH! Finally, they realized that the epidural wasn't working and they had to take it out and put in another one. Within 10 minutes of the new epidural I felt complete relief! Whew!

Dilating from 5 1/2 to 7 cm wasn't too bad. Dilating from 7 to 10 cm was painful, even with the epidural. Luckily going from 7 to 10 only took an hour and then it was time to push. I pushed for 40 minutes, during which I had contractions every 2 minutes. Pushing was great! I know that sounds crazy, but it was probably the best part of labor. Every contraction lasted about 45 seconds and during each I had to push 3 times for 10 seconds each, holding my breath during each push. It made the contractions painless, which I was so grateful for!

Finally, I could feel her head crowning. The doctor told me to push one more time and her little precious head popped out. The doctor and David both told me to look down and the rest of her little body slipped out very easily, with no more pushing. Seeing her for the first time was beautiful! The doctor immediately put her in a blanket and gave her to me. Finally, we were parents; a new family. Looking back, it was the most precious moment I have ever experienced!

Having a baby was such a great way to end the year 2009. I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. The love David and I have for her is amazing and we fall more in love with her every day. We are cherishing every moment and praying she doesn't grow up too fast. It's crazy to think she is already 4 days old!

We are so excited to spend this New Year's Eve with our little one. I hope where ever you are, your New Year is just as wonderful as ours. God Bless you in the year 2010! Happy New Year!

Until next year...


The Welch Family said...

David and Danielle - she is amazingly beautiful!
I have been checking in daily, hoping to hear this good news. So happy for you all. How special for your home to be filled with even more love.

We would love to bring you a meal (so if anyone reading this is organizing meals, please email me and let me know :)

Matt and Christen said...

Congrats. She is beautiful! Glad everything went so well. You are sure fast to update the blog! :) Happy New Year.

john and melissa said...

Congrats you guys. Cori is beautiful. We can hardly wait for our girls to meet yours in February. My mom kept telling me that all of the little Smith girls wanted to come down from heaven the same time. I guess that is why yours ended up being a little late so that ours could get a little bit bigger. Congrats!

Melissa & John