Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Baby Travis

Well, I guess it's about time that I post an entry about our new son, Travis. He was born on April 1st. We had some mixed feelings about our son being born on April Fool's Day, but in the end, we decided it would be a fun birthday.

Anyway, we got into the hospital at about 8:30 AM. They got Stacey in the bed and her IV in and started the pitocin at about 9:15. The anesthesiologist had just finished up with a C-section and had another one scheduled later on, so Stacey decided to get the epidural instead of waiting. That happened at about 10:30. It was interesting, during the epidural, I went over to the side of the bed away from the epidural, and was holding Stacey's hand to provide support for her. I watched the epidural go in when Kaylee was born, and that was weird. Anyway, as I was standing there, I was starting to get a little light headed, so I hunched over on her bed, still holding her hand. Well that wasn't enough to prevent the light headedness, so I knelt down next to the bed, still holding her hand. I was getting worse, so I put my head down on her bed. I heard the nurse call to the nursing station, "Can I get some juice and crackers in here for the husband?" I thought, "Man, I didn't think I was THAT bad." Anyway, the anesthesiologist and nurse both told me to sit on the floor. I didn't respond immediately, because the anesthesiologist said again, "Just sit down on the floor, right now!" I complied, still holding Stacey's hand to provide the support. :) Once I got the juice and crackers in, I was fine and able to sit up in a chair next to the bed. I was kind of embarrassed that the epidural affected me so much, and I wasn't even watching it go in! Good thing I was providing Stacey with so much support. ;)

Anyway, after the epidural, the waiting game began, which didn't last as long as we thought it might. By about 1:00, the nurse said that she was going to call the doctor to have him come in because it was time to push.

They started prepping the room and getting everything ready. The doctor got there at about 1:15, got prepped and Stacey started pushing at 1:27. Travis was born at 1:32, only 5 minutes of pushing - way to go, Stacey! He was 21 inches long and weighed 8 pounds even.

Since it was April Fool's Day, we decided to try and pull a little trick. We asked the nurse if we could get one of those cards they put in the crib, but a pink one. She gave us one, so we sent out this picture along with the caption "Here SHE is! Now we have to think of a girl name!"

We had some people fall for the trick. However, both of our parents didn't fall for it, I guess they know us too well. It was funny to see some of the comments from people who did think we were serious. That was the first of many April Fool's pranks throughout his life!

Travis did so well. I think it was the quickest and easiest delivery of all 4 of our children. They did all the routine checks, and Travis was just perfect. The only test that was a little questionable was the bilirubin test. His levels were slightly higher than they should be. We were nervous that we were going to have to have Travis on the light bed or blanket like we did both Aaron and Nathan. However, we went to the clinic twice over the next weekend, and his levels went down, so there wasn't a need for the lights, whew!

Kaylee, Aaron, & Nathan absolutely love Travis. They are so cute with him. We were a little concerned about Nathan, that he might be jealous or be a little rough with him like he is with our dog and sometimes his cousin, Izy. However, Nathan is extremely gentle and tenderly pats his head and gives little kisses on the head, cheek, leg, wherever he can reach.

Stacey is also doing extremely well and had a very nice recovery. She was able to get up and walk around on her own the same night as the delivery. We were able to go home from the hospital just a day after the delivery. I am amazed at what a strong woman she is - not even child birth can keep her down!

We are very excited to have Travis in our family. We love him so much. Aaron, the first time he was holding Travis at home, said to Stacey, "Mom, I've only known him a few hours, but I already love him so much!" We all shared that feeling. It's amazing that we can love him so much so quickly.

Stacey is so cute with Travis. I love watching her interact with him. What a cute mother!

Here is our very last family picture before Travis was born:

And here is our first family picture after he was born:

I have uploaded an entire album of pictures of Travis both at the hospital and at home with the family. You can view that album here.

We also want to thank everyone for the well wishes and help that we received both before and after Travis was born. We love our friends and family.


Shaun&jennifer said...

You look great Stacey!! He looks so much like Eric, its funny:)

DD said...

Congratulations Stacey and Eric!! Your entry was very enjoyable to read. Brendon leaves the room when I get an epidural! We're glad to hear that Travis arrived perfectly and things went smoothly for Stacey. I love his thick blond hair!

Tara and Orlando said...

Look at all that blonde hair. What a cute family you have. Congrats to you, Stacey and the entire family.