This picture was taken right after Carter was born. If you look in the background you can see the newborn picture of Dave that we put by the bed while I was in labor. Some of the nurses were asking how we got a picture of him already because they look so much alike!
Everything is going well in this Mann house. We've had our hard days and long nights but that's what we expected from the beginning. We've worked past some challenges in eating and now we are fully back to breast feeding! We did not think it was possible and are so thankful to the home health program in Sonoma County that sends Lactation Consultants to the homes of new moms to help them get past any problems they have with breast feeding. We are having so much fun watching Carter make his funny little faces and cuddling up with him for a nap. Mom is grateful that he has saved all his "blow outs" for Dad and that the projectile pooping happened when Dad was changing him but both of us have gotten lots of laughs at our little farter... I mean Carter... and we love being parents. We appreciate everyone's love and support from the meals to the laundry and all the calls and visits. We definitely feel loved and taken care of and we are enjoying parenthood.
We are still at the hospital and things are going ok. We've been having some trouble feeding but have been improving quickly today. He also has had a lot of bleeding from his circumcision so he's seen the doctor a few times but is relaxing and taking a nice nap right now.
We thought we would be on our way to the hospital by now but after a sleepless night we got a call from the hospital at 5:15 a.m. saying they were full. I guess we will just have to try again tomorrow morning.
Wow, the time has finally come! Both Brook and I are excited, nervous, tired, stressed, a little hungry and nervous for tomorrows events. We went to the doctor on Friday and our Midwife was kinda surprised to see us there. She had figured that Carter would have already been born by then, but alas, he was not. The final stats from the appointment are as follows: 4-5 cm dilated, 80% effaced, -1 station and a bulging bag of water. Our doctor told us that this was "one for the books". We spent the weekend getting things done so we could be as prepared as possible for our little Mann to come home. It all begins at 6 a.m. tomorrow, where we will check into the hospital and get this party started. We would like to thank everyone for their love, support and prayers as we prepare for this journey called parenthood.
A request to friends and family: We know how excited all of you are and trust me we are excited too, but understand that as I'm not sleeping very well any chance I get to sleep is precious. We appreciate everyone calling and checking in, but PLEASE try to keep it to reasonable hours of the day. People have been calling and texting around the clock. Also, please know that when the baby comes we will definitely let you know! No one has to call and ask if the baby is already here. We are getting very anxious as we thought he would be here by now and it is really hard enough without everyone constantly reminding us. Again, we do appreciate all of the love and support and phone calls are fine, just please not before 10 am or after 10pm. Also, I am able to blog from my phone so we can actually post short blogs and even pictures from the hospital. If you are wondering if the baby is here please check our blog. Thank you and we love you all. Monday at the latest.