Tuesday, January 20, 2015

{Baby Jasper} Madeleine Ruth Jasper

Ruthie arrived in the world January 2nd, 2015 at 6:43pm, 5 days after her due date. We just celebrated her 2 week birthday and words cannot even express how in love we are with this little girl.

Jake took off work starting December 29th, so we had a good few days together just the two of us. We did a lot of waiting and spent time with friends, as well as getting some last minute things done.

Ruthie's due date came and went:

After a lack of progress towards labor, we finally reached our induction date and prepared to check into the hospital. We ate one last date dinner as a couple with no kids and then checked in to the hospital the night of January 1st.

Getting ready to go to dinner and the hospital:

The whole experience at the hospital was really great- the nurses and other staff were amazing, my doctor was on call and was there for me, Jake was able to stay with me the whole time we were there, and our family was ready and waiting when she was born.

When we arrived Thursday night, they were concerned about Ruthie's heart rate and so I was put on oxygen and given fluids, which led to a pretty ridiculous selfie:

After trying labor for the majority of January 2nd, we ended up going in for a c-section because of Ruthie's response to the pitocin.

While the c-section was an interesting experience, the end result meant I got to meet Ruthie!

Our family all came to our room on the recovery floor to meet Ruthie:

We stayed until Monday, January 5th and were able to spend a lot of time snuggling and loving on Ruthie in the hospital, adjusting to life as parents before venturing out into the real world:

It was bittersweet to leave our little cocoon and go home - we were glad to get back to our house but would miss the helpful nurses and all the visitors.

The introduction to the brothers and sister at home went well - they haven't really been too interested in her.

She had her first pediatrician visit the next day, Tuesday January 6th.

And we settled in for a lifetime of snuggles:

While in the hospital, we were able to get a few pictures of her to use for her birth announcements:

As I said... we are so in love. And learning constantly. Welcome to the world, Madeleine Ruth!

In diapers and feedings,

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Reenie said...

How precious. I love her lil hat. I hope you are feeling okay and healing.

congrats again :)

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