My husband had gotten two full days off before Ian's arrival, so we could get all the things we needed done and spend as much time with Jayden as we could. It was nice to have daddy home those two days and we did get most things accomplished. Since we had to be at the hospital so early the next morning, we dropped Jayden off at Jesse's parents so that they could bring him the next morning at a more reasonable time for a 2 year old. I tired, let me tell you I tired to get a good 8 hours of sleep that night because I knew I would not be seeing that type of sleep for a while, but knowing myself all too well I was way too excited to sleep.
That morning we woke up at 4am to be at the hospital at 5:30am sharp. Though it sounds CRAZY, I did my hair and put makeup on trying to look as pretty as can be for pictures afterward. I didn't have a single good picture of me after Jayden was born and I was determined to look a little bit put together this time; especially since there was no labor involved this time. As we walked out of our house to meet my mom (who was following us to the hospital) she was floored I had done myself up and started hysterically laughing and said "I have never seen someone about to have a baby look so pretty." I then responded "Mom, that's my point!"
We got to the hospital and they checked us in right away. We got set up in our room, they started my IV and did the last minute things/tests that needed to be done before I went in to the OR. We had about an hour in a half to wait, though it seemed like only 20 minutes. My mom at this point was still teasing me about how I looked. She made Jesse take this picture of me...
Around 8am they were ready to take me in. They lead Jesse and I to the OR and then made him wait as I got my spinal. As I was in there waiting and watching them get things ready my nerves started to get the best of me, but I played it off with laughing and tons of questions to the nurses. The spinal was not bad at all... actually way easier than an epidural. The drugs worked instantaneously!!! I tell you, it's the craziest feeling!
They finally let Jesse in and started working away. I didn't feel a thing, but it felt like forever! But then my doctor said "Is your camera ready? " Jesse jumped to his feet quickly and started taking picture of our little one coming out. (Remember - We didn't know if it was a boy or girl) He got this amazing shot...Cool or what?! Then before my husband or the doctor could tell me what it was the anesthesiologist shouted out it "IT'S A BOY!!" Jesse and I laughed and then I started to cry. My little boy was here! Healthy, beautiful baby boy; weighing 8lbs 5oz, 20.5 in long! I so enjoyed getting to hold him right away, something I was unable to do with Jayden because I was so out of it with him.
We then went back to the room and I got to feed him and just hold him some more before everyone came in to see. Jesse had still not told everyone so I sent him out. My Mom, Mother and Father-in-law, Jayden, BFF Susan and my sweet Kasey Girl was there to hear the news. Also my cousin Hadassah was there to take pictures and was able to capture the moments for me. This was the part my hubby was waiting for, to announce and say that ...Even Katie was there to (in a way) to hear the news of her new nephew...After that, everyone came in to meet and hold little Ian Bray. (Bray is Jesse's mom's maiden name). I was so excited for Jayden to meet Ian, even though he did refereed to him as his cousin Emeline.
Jesse and I thought it would be nice for Ian to get Jayden a "big brother" present; so when he met Ian we also gave him the gift saying that this was from your little brother. He opened it and squealed!!!!! Ian had gotten him the Woody doll from Toy Story (Jay is obsessed). BTW - He has not put that thing down! He loves it.
All in all that day was a pretty special day! Our little boy came into the world healthy and we had everyone who is important to us there to share in this special day. We give God all the glory for this little joy in our lives because he is a gift that 2 years ago almost to the day, I never thought we would have. He has brought a piece of healing to this family and gives proof to God's faithfulness and love!
Our little family of three has now become a beautiful family of four.