Grammy and Grandpa came to visit in the morning. They brought the cradle that Grandpa Greg made. Avalyn loves her new cradle and slept GREAT in it!!! Her mommy and daddy think the cradle is BEAUTIFUL!!! After lunch Great Grandma and Grandpa Hoke came to visit. They brought Avalyn a cute hat, jacket, and mittens.
Great Grandma and Avalyn Great Uncle Bill and Avalyn FOUR GENERATIONS!!! Great Grandma, Grandma, Mommy, and Avalyn Avalyn really wanted to wear Great Uncle Bill's Cubs Hat. I think she even said go Cubs in her sleep last night :)
Avalyn was born Thursday, September 18th, at 2:45pm. She weighed 7 pounds 6 ounces and was 19 inches long. We brought her home on Saturday, September 20th. She weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces on Saturday.
Overall the birth was easier than I anticipated. We arrived at Bromenn Hospital Wednesday night at midnight to check in. At 1am they gave me 1/4 dosage of Cervidil. They were planning on giving me the remaining dosages every 4 hours but my body reacted to the 1/4 dose and I didn't need the remaining dosages. Around 7am the doctor came in and broke my water. Right after that they started the pitocin. My contractions really started getting strong around 9am. Around 10am I got my first epidural. Unfortunately the epidural only deadened my legs and feet so I could still feel my contractions in my uterus. I received my second epidural was at 11am. This time it worked and I could no longer feel my contractions. Around 11:45 I fell asleep for a little while. At 12pm they checked my cervix and I was dilated to 5cm. At 2pm I was dilated to 9cm and I started pushing around 2:15pm. I only had to push for about 20 to 30 minutes and at 2:45pm Avalyn Corine Dekeyser arrived.
Yesterday, I had my last doctor's appointment. I found out that little Avalyn weighs about 7.3 pounds. But that is give or take a pound. My fluid levels are staying consistent so that is good. I also had another stress test. Everything looked great...and I even had a couple small contractions during the test.
Tonight, Marcus and I are headed into the hospital...hopefully sooner than later we will welcome little Avalyn Corine into the world.