Monday, April 18, 2011

Isabel and Ian

She's about as in love with him as Rob and I! 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Ian's Birth Story

On Tuesday April 5, at 3am I woke up with strong menstrual-like cramps.  They were strong enough to keep me awake, so I decided to pack my hospital bag (no, my hospital bag still had not been packed!), and then I thought I should paint my toenails.   So as I was painting them (at 3am in the bathroom), Isabel walks in from having had a bad dream and asks if I could sleep in her room.  I thought, "Why not?  I might as well lie in there for the next few hours since I can't sleep anyway!"  I ended up falling asleep and was awoken at 6am by my water breaking!  It wasn't a huge gush, but enough to make me realize this was it!  It continued to trickle for a few minutes and so I decided to take a shower and get ready because today was Baby Day!  By 6:30am I was having regular contractions 4-5 minutes apart.

My mom had come into town on Sunday (anticipating the big day!) and so she took the last picture of the three of us, before we headed off to my regular OBGYN appointment at 8:30am. 

We got there and the doctor checked me (I was 3cm!) and agreed that I had ruptured my bag of water up near the top, which is why it wasn't a huge gush, and that they would still rupture my bag a little lower, once we got to the hospital.  She called ahead to let labor and delivery know to expect me, while Rob and I quickly drove next door to McDonald's to eat something before I would be stuck not eating anything!! 

When we got to the hospital it was about 9:30am and we were quickly checked into a room, and admitted.  They hooked me up to an IV and said I could walk the halls.  Here is a pic of me getting ready to walk the halls....I was really happy at the point (in between contractions) :)

We started walking the halls and that lasted all of 10 minutes before my contractions were so awful I needed to return to my room!! LOL!  (We did NOT take a picture of that!)

At noon I got my epidural and then I was in was by far the easiest and best epidural I've had.  I think I was 4cm at that point.  Then by about 2pm I was 8cm and by 4pm I was 10!!!!!

Can you tell I was excited??? :)

I pushed for about 10 minutes I was 2 contractions worth of pushing, so maybe not really 10 minutes.  And little Ian was born at 4:15pm! 

Proud Daddy! 

That was pretty much it!  We were discharged from the hospital about 26 hours after he was born!  More pics to follow! :)

Sorry it took so long to post all this!  I've been in baby bliss for the last week!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

He's here!!!!!!!!!!

Ian Gerard Holmes

April 5, 2011


8 pounds, 8 ounces

21 inches

Ian = "God is gracious"
Gerard = St. Gerard Majella's birthday is April 6th (my due date).

We are all doing great!  Can't wait to fill you in on the birth story! :)  Thanks for all the prayers!!!

I'm in Labor!!! *update 3pm*

Will try to update!  Had doc apptmt at 8:30am and she admitted me at 3cm.  Walked halls for awhile and got epidural at 12:00pm.

12:30pm:  4cm   Feeling great with my epi :)

***Update***  2:30pm:  8cm!!!!!!!!!!!!!