Monday, March 18, 2013

Baby Bentley::In Pictures::March 18

On Thursday, Karen had a doctor's appointment. At the appointment, the midwife said that the baby had completely dropped, but that he hadn't grown in the past two weeks. So, they did a stress test; the results made them want to induce her that day, but things came up, and they decided to induce her the next morning.

So, at 6:00 a.m. Friday morning, she & I met at the hospital.

She asked me to be her support person. What an honor!! I also took my camera. I knew we needed pictures of this little guy that we've been waiting so long to see! I asked her if she wanted me to take pictures for her, and she said she would. She said she'd even like pics of the delivery - I won't share those with you - and I asked her whether she wanted me more at the head of the bed to support her, or to be around her taking pictures. She said that since delivery goes fast for her, to go ahead and take pics. In between taking pictures, I went over to her and offered words and touches of encouragement.

Things were pretty uneventful until a little after noon. She sent Josh and me to the cafeteria to eat, saying it would be fine, nothing would happen while we were gone. Famous last words! ;) About 15 minutes later we got a call from her. Her water broke! So we rushed back to her room.

From there, she dilated a centimeter every few minutes until it was time to push.

Can I tell you that she is a rock star?! First of all, she was totally relaxed the entire time. She was given pitocin from the beginning, and she opted for the epidural early on, since pit. makes your contractions come close together. Then she relaxed and visited and watched tv right up until the time she started to push about 30 minutes after her water broke.

From there, it took 20 minutes tops. Bentley James was born at 12:48 p.m. He measured 19.5" long and weighed in at 6 lb 12.2 oz

And this is what happened after that:

Everyone was so excited to go and meet Bentley!

Aiden has stayed with us, since Josh had to work. Boy have I missed that boy! I have loved having him all to myself :)

Today she is coming to our house to stay with us for a little while, so that I can help out with the baby. I'm so excited! I have her room all ready to go, complete with a pack and play for Aiden and a cradle for Bentley.

She'll be here in a few hours, and Josh will be here in a few hours to pick up Aiden. It is time for the changing of the guards :)

May today be a peaceful one, full of love and sunshine ♥


  1. Oh, how wonderful!!! A new baby!!!
    Oh, I'm so, so happy for all of you, Melody!

    1. Thanks Stephanie! He is such a doll :)

  2. Melody,
    Congrats to all. Please give much hugs and luv and kisses to Bentley:) your pictures were fabulous as usual and tell your whole family my Love and prayers to all of them. Your writing is great too by the way! All is good here in Austin, the girls and I are great!


    1. I sure will. Thank you :)

      I'm so glad that all is going well for you and the girls! That is good news! ♥