Monday, December 18, 2006

Big brother watching after baby sister

Ruben has already designated himself his little sister's keeper. He has to know where she is at all times and as soon as he gets up he wants to know "where's my baby?" Every time he leaves the house or go to bed he has to give her a beso. It's just the sweetest thing and makes my heart melt every time I see him with her.

There have been a few times where he will want my attention and tell me to put his baby sister down. And the other day Deana was holding her and he told her to "put her down now, that's mommy's baby."

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Kiesha Meets Marissa Kaylee For 1st Time

This is one of the favorite pictures of everyone that I have shown the entire collection of photos at the hospital. The photo captures the unbridled and raw joy Kiesha felt at first seeing lil Marissa Kaylee. I have to put the photo in a bit of a context.

When Ruben was born Kiesha was awake for the c-section, so she got to see Ruben soon after birth and she was happy and smiling. That is my favorite picture of Ruben's birth. The picture above is my favorite picture of Marissa's birth.

This time around the doctors at the hospital informed Kiesha that she would be completely under for the c-section and gall bladder surgery and that I could not take pictures in the OR. Well Kiesha was highly upset and emotional at the time. She worried that she would not be awake if something were wrong with lil Marissa.

After coming to consciousness in the recovery room no one would give her a status report on Marissa. So she was worried. Hence, when she first sees Marissa we were able to capture her reation on film. :)

Friday, December 08, 2006

Daddy & Me

In this picture you can see the pin hole in her throat, it doesn't show up that much because of her little fat rolls but you can kinda of get an idea of what it is. We will have to go to Nashville
to see a pediatric surgeon in 2 months.

Ms. Clause

She now weighs 7 lbs 12 ounces and is doing great. She eats and sleeps and that's about it right now. I will post more pics later.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Marissa's Birth Story

My due date was not until Dec 18th but they had scheduled a c-section for Dec 8th, due to my previous pelvic fracture. However, on Sunday night Nov. 26, I started having severe cramps in my right side and vomiting. I knew it was not contractions but the doctor wanted me to come in anyway. So they keep me overnight and gave me pain meds and the next morning they do an ultrasound and found gallstones in my gallbladder, the doctor said I had a ton of them. They did an ultrasound of the baby too and said she was 6lbs and they were a little concerned that her head was too small.

The surgeon that did my gallbladder wanted to wait to take it out 3 to 4 weeks after the baby was born. He did not want to do it at the same time as the c-section. They waited until Tuesday hoping that I would get better and they could keep her in a little longer but, on Tuesday my ob doc told the surgeon that was going to take my gallbladder that it could not wait.
I was in too much pain and I could not keep any food or liquids down. So on Tuesday Nov.28 they took her and my gallbladder, I wasn't able to be awake I had to be put to sleep. It was disappointing not being able to see the birth but she was healthy and that is all that matters. Jose was in there but we were not allowed to take pictures because it was done in the main OR and not the maternity one. They were afraid she was going to have problems and have to be put on a ventilator but she was perfect. She weighed 6 lbs 14 ounces and 18 inches long.My doctor said that my gallblader was 4 times the normal size and that he has never seen one that big. I guess that's why this pregnancy has been so hard but I just attributed it to the pregnancy never thought about gallstones.

She does have this small pin hole in the middle of her throat,it is not open but they want us to see a surgeon in 2 months. They are hoping it will close up on it's on but right now it doesn't affect her in any way. We just have to be careful and keep it clean.

I got out of the hospital on Thursday because I begged my doc to let me come home. It took me a few days to be able to move without being in severe pain, I have four small incisions and one long one from the c-section. The pain is not as severe now, I'm just exhausted.
She is doing great, only wakes to eat and then goes back to sleep for 3 hrs until her next feeding. My mom and aunt are here to help and they take the night shift some for us.

She was born at 3:30 pm and I did not get to see her until 7pm. Jose has the pics of when I first saw her and I was crying like a baby. I have threatened his life if he posts them lol

If this is all jumbled and doesn't make sense just remember I am on drugs lol

Our little Angel

More Pics of our Princess

Mommy and Marissa in the hospital

Ruben holding baby sister for the first time

Mommy kissing baby Marissa

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Marissa's first photo shoot!

I will post her birth story soon, it was quite the ordeal. But we are both fine now. We have her here earlier than expected and we're so happy :)

Friday, December 01, 2006

The Magnificat

"My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him.

(Luke 1:46-47; 49-50)