Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Sleepy Girl



Aria is still in her "sleepy" stage. She sleeps practically all day long. Her "awake" time is 8pm to 12am....usually right around the time that I want to go to bed, of course! She's not really fussy at that time but just wants to be walked around the house so she can see things. She will hold her head up off my shoulder and she looks around at everything. She's so precious. I don't want this newborn stage to end. She's 4 weeks old already!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Aria is loved by many

Here are a few pictures of some family members holding Aria.



BIG SISTER AFTON



BIG SISTER AVERY....RESTING NEXT TO ARIA ON THE NIGHT SHE WAS BORN



A.J. COULDN'T WAIT TO HOLD HIS NEW BABY SISTER



KISSES FROM GRANDMA BERNADETTE



GRANDMA BARBARA


AISLYNN HOLDS HER NEW BABY SISTER



ARIA MEETS HER AUNTIE KELLY



AUDRIANA IS HAPPY TO HAVE ANOTHER LITTLE SISTER!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Finally some pictures.....


July 26, 2008....11:50pm...Aria Lee is born!

She weighed 10 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 22 inches long
Born at home, in water...our 3rd "water baby"




An hour later...relaxing on Mommy & Daddy's bed.




Daddy proudly holds his 9th child, 5th daughter :)



5 days old...on Mommy's lap.





A big smile!



1 Week Old...her first bath...she fell asleep about 2 minutes after she got into the water.

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Friday, August 1, 2008

I had the baby!

Aria Lee arrived on July 26th at 11:50pm after a very short labor of 1 hour 50 minutes from start to finish. She weighed 10 pounds 7 ounces and was 22inches long. BIG BABY, just as I suspected. Her due date wasn't until the 28th, but I guess she knew what she was doing...being that big, she needed to come out!


I had her at home, in a birthing pool. She was by FAR my easiest labor. The contractions didn't hardly hurt at all and were never longer than 30 seconds, if that. What WAS hard was pushing her out! She was by far the hardest one to deliver.... all because she was facing up! We didn't know that until her head popped out and her face was upwards! I had never delivered a posterior baby, so this was a first for me. Anyway, the rest of her came out easily...and out she slid into the water. Up until that point, no one had touched her except me. She delivered herself, with my help of course :) Then once she was born and was floating in the water, Rich reached down and grabbed her and put her onto my chest. She immediately started to lift her head and made soft crying sounds. I held her in the water for about 10-15 minutes with her cord still attached and pulsing (my midwife does not cut the cord until the cord stops pulsing) and once it was ready to be cut, I was the one to cut it! (I have always wanted to do that)


Anyway,....it was a wonderful birth. I feel so blessed to have a healthy baby girl and to have delivered at home the way I planned without any complications. Again. I am recovering nicely and have been spoiled by my husband who brings up all my meals to our room so that I never have to leave the room and can just bond with Aria. He's been taking care of all the others and I have nothing to do all day except to care for our new baby. Aria has not come out of our room yet -- the room she was born in -- and we won't bring her out until she is 9 days old (because she is the 9th baby!) She is big and healthy and nursing like a champ.


I will post pictures as soon as I can. All photos taken were in 35 mm so I need to get them put onto a disc first.... I know, I know...but my digital camera was out of memory!!!