Saturday, October 20, 2012

Welcome Spenser Nicholas!

Mitten has arrived and it's a BOY!

He decided to make his entrance unexpectedly 5 weeks early- but he's here and doing great so far. I wanted to get his arrival story written before it becomes more of a blur.

Walking into surgery. That was a first.

I was feeling pretty crappy on Tuesday night. Just couldn’t get comfortable. Lots of pressure in my chest of all places. Nick and Mark were downstairs laying floor in the new office. He said he could hear me cursing on the couch but just kept his space. I worked on some journaling for a scrapbook layout and went to bed early. 

Around 4 a.m. I woke up to wet pants and a slight trickle. I changed and went back to bed. When I woke up around 6:15 a.m. I was wet again. But nothing else was really happening. We got everyone ready for the day and off to work/school. Spenser was REALLY active that morning which was was abnormal for that time of the day and I was a little crampy- but nothing to note. I was standing in the hallway at work getting ready to go to an offsite grant writing workshop and had another tiny burst. As soon as I got in the car I decided to be responsible and go to Aspirus Hospital and get checked out. I figured better safe than sorry.

I didn't tell Nick or work where I was going until I knew that something was really happening. I had never been to this hospital so in addition to actually finding the right department They did an AmniSure test to verify if my bag had broke and after 5 long minutes of waiting we saw 2 lines instead of 1. That meant I wasn't going anywhere. That's when I called Nick. (10 a.m.)

And before we knew it we were off to welcome our 4th and final child to the family. However, my new O/B was on vacation so my 4th child was delivered by a 4th O/B. I wish I could have frozen the looks on Nick and my face when we heard, “We have a winky. It’s a BOY!” My eyes just welled up with tears and I'm pretty sure I uttered "Holy s$%!".  At 2:11 p.m. on Wed. Oct. 17 we welcomed all 5 lbs.8oz. and 17 1/2 inches of Spenser Nicholas.

Since he was born a little early he was taken to the NICU to deal with some pulminary hypertension. Once they were able to take the CPAP off he's been much happier. We haven't been able to hold him yet, but we're staying patient and hoping that today will be the day. I think once we can really hold him and smell him it will seem more REAL! 

The girls are smitten and cannot wait to get him home. Ellie just wants to hold him and show him Dora. Bennet keeps reminding her that his name is Spenser, NOT Mitten. And Scout is entralled by his little feet and hands!

We are blessed!



Danielle said...

Congratulations!! He's beautiful.

Megan Smith (aka Daisymeh) said...

Congratulations Kari Ann! He's absolutely amazing! Such a miracle. We weren't able to hold Liam for a full week after birth and that wait was agonizing! I hope you get to hold your little man soon and that he's out of the NICU quickly. Been there, done that. XOXOXO

Cindy Gay said...

Congratulations! He is a fine size!

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