“Children are a gift from the Lord…” – Psalm 127:3
YEA!!!!!!!!! Charlotte is here! We are so thrilled, we can’t even believe it. All of you with kids have been telling us what a blessing it is and how much we would love her, but we really didn’t have a clue until we had her. And you are all SO right! What a blessing she is! What a gift from the Lord! How much we love her! Thank you to all of you who shared in excitement with us when i was pregnant with her. We will try to keep you updated as she grows.
i started contracting on Sunday, Nov 1st at 6:00pm, during eric preaching our sunday service message. We thought maybe i would have the baby that night. Not so fast…
These contractions lasted throughout the night going every 2-5 minutes for about a minute each. They increased in pain from “oh! how exciting! it’s another contraction!” to “ooo.ouch. okay that’s over.” We thought maybe we would have her that night. Hold on there horsey. Not so fast…
On Monday at my 10 o’clock appt. I was told i wasn’t dialated at all. My doctor tried to “help me along” in that, and immediately following the appointment i started having very painful contractions. These lasted all Monday day and all night. We thought maybe we would have her that night. Slow down there tiger. Not so fast…
On Tuesday i went back into the doctor to find out if i should go to the hospital, since i had been in labor so long. She told me i still wasn’t dialated at all. This was unbelievable to me, since i wasn’t able to stand up or talk easily through any of my contractions, and they were coming every 3-8 minutes. After tuesday’s appt, my contractions started coming on top of each other. We went to the hospital at 5:30 on Tuesday night. At 5:30, i was STILL not dialated at all. All i could think was, if this is zero and i have to go to ten, i don’t know what i’m going to do! Eric was a huge help and blessing to me, through all of my labor, but especially through this part. He was reminding me of truth and helping me recite verses that a) took my mind off the contractions (kind of) and b) reminded me of truth so my mind was focused rightly. i am so thankful for my husband!
My mom, my aunt teddi and my friend becky were also a huge help during my labor and at the hospital. I have most of my pictures and video due to them!
At that point (5:30), my doctor realized that i had some scar tissue on my cervix that was holding my cervix together and not allowing it to dialate. She broke the scar tissue and immediately i dialated to 5. Whew! I knew i wasn’t really at zero! She broke my water, and at 1:10 am on Wed, November 4th, Charlotte Monique Virginia Davis was born.
i only had to push 45 minutes. it was amazing! i got to watch her come out and even help pull her out.
She had a few problems when she was born. She had a cone head, cause her poor little head was in the birth canal for a couple hours (her head is normal now). She had swallowed a bunch of myconium so she spit it up (on me) as she was coming out. Since i was in labor for over 50 hours,and hard labor for 36, she was trying to come out for a while and had myconium in her system for that entire time. When she came out she was a bit blue and culdn’t breathe very well. They gave her oxygen and for about 5 minutes she had a hard time breathing. They worked on her and she was fine.
getting oxygen to learn to breathe
mommy and charlotte
daddy and charlotte
my favorite way to hold her
such a good dad!
charlotte's favorite place to sleep
long legs like her daddy
we're so thankful for our blessing!
19 1/2 inches long
her spacey look
auntie teddi and charlotte
grandma and charlotte
ready for bed
charlotte's first moose sighting
Charlotte would like to thank everyone for their prayers and love for her, as well as all of the many gifts she has received from all of you.
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Eric, Leslie and Charlotte