Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Announcing the arrival of...

our little girl! Charity Rose was born the day before my scheduled c-section. She didn't want to wait any longer I guess. Tuesday morning I woke up with contractions at 1:00 am or so. I couldn't go back to sleep because they just kept getting stronger, but not regular enough to go to the hospital. They varied from 5-25 minutes apart. When daylight finally arrived I got up sent the kids to school, Bob to work and took a warm bath to hopefully settle things down. It helped and the contractions stopped during the morning. By that afternoon they were starting up again but very random. We ordered pizza for dinner because I wasn't up to anything else and then we headed out to Nathan's Joy School graduation that evening. It was really cute and he had a great time.

When we got home I climbed into another hot bath to see if that would help anything and then went to bed. As soon as I laid down though the contractions really started to build intensity and were more frequent but still not as close together as the doctor had suggested before I headed off to the hospital. But the longer I laid there, the more they hurt and then the baby started it's evening gymnastics which pushed me over the edge. I couldn't take another night of this! I went downstairs and cried on Bob for a while and then called the hospital about 11:30. They said for me to come in and get things checked out. We called Bob's sister to come and stay with the kids and got to the hospital about 12:15 am Wednesday morning. Can I just say that security in the hospital has stepped up a lot since I was there last?! Bob started filling out forms while I waited for someone from Labor and Delivery to come and get me and escort me upstairs.

After they monitored me for a while and my doctor, who just happened to be at the hospital for another delivery finished up, they prepped me for a c-section and rolled me into the OR. Charity Rose arrived at 4:04 am on Wednesday May 25th. She weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces and was 19.5 inches long and beautiful in every way! She had a very healthy set of lungs which she started using as soon as they pulled her out and didn't stop crying until they got her into the nursery and bundled up.

I love pictures of Bob's big hand on the little tiny babies. I always forget how truly tiny newborns are.

Maddie and Jeni couldn't wait to come and see their newest little sister as soon as they got home from school.

Grace didn't even notice the baby at first until someone passed her back to me. She has been fascinated with "Daridy" ever since then. She is the best little helper and wants to be around the baby all the time. Her favorite thing is to help me with Charity's binky by going and getting it for me. Then she drops it a few times, sucks on it a few times herself, plays with it and then finally goes and washes it in the bathtub for me. Sometimes it takes a while to get a binky clean enough to actually give to Charity!!

It's finally time to go home!

Nathan on the other hand really didn't want much to do with the baby at first. It took him a few days to warm up to her enough to want to hold her. But now that he has you can see that he loves her a lot!
Welcome to our family Charity Rose!!


Phil, Marilee & Ella said...

Oh Carolyn! She's so beautiful. You've officially made me even more baby hungry. I wish I could've stayed and held her more, or done something helpful for you, or something! She's a doll and call me if you need anything!! Love ya.

John + Bethany said...

Congratulations! She is so beautiful! We wish we could be there sooner to see her in person, but we are excited to meet her in September. Take lots of pictures in the meantime. :-)

Anonymous said...

She is adorable! I can't wait until her cousin gets here and its our turn!

Sarahlou said...

Charity is so cute! I agree with Steve...I can't wait till ours comes, then we can have baby play dates! hahaha

Abbi said...

Congratulations Moultrie Family! She's perfect! All the kids look so grown up in the pictures--what a lovely family you have!

West Family said...

So sweet! There is nothing like seeing your older kids hold that new sibling for the first time. They just love this new bundle! I am so glad everything went well and I love her name. I hope you are getting a bit of rest, although I know how it is with 4 other kiddos running around the house. Thank goodness for big sisters, right?

Maegan said...

Hooray Moultries for another adorable kid. She is a dolly.
Charity (your daughter and the trait) were mentioned today during R.S. Both are awesome gifts.