Lleyton Clark Gurwell
Born December 28, 2011 at 1:51pm
21 inches long
He was born two days before his due date.
Moments after he was born.
Big boy! His size was definitely a shocker! A couple hours before he was born the doctor guessed him weighing about 7.5 lbs. But he was much bigger than expected and MUCH bigger than his sister. Lauren weighed 7lbs 1oz and was 19 inches long. Lleyton was two inches longer and almost two pounds bigger than her. It's crazy how pregnancies are so different. With Lauren (who was born in week 38) I gained more weight and she weighed less. Lleyton was almost 40 weeks and obviously bigger but I gained 10 less pounds during the pregnancy. Crazy how these things work.
Lauren checking out her new brother
Lauren was very unsure about the whole situation. Everything about the hospital made her nervous. Mommy and daddy in this strange room...Mommy laying in a hospital bed... new baby brother.
She quickly warmed up to the idea of a new sibling. Lauren LOVES her brother and wants to hold him and kiss him ALL the time and is constantly asking about baby. "Where baby? What baby doin?" She makes sure that when we go bye-bye that the baby is coming with us. The first thing she does when she wakes up in the morning is kiss her baby. She loves "helping" with diaper changes and is sure to tell us when "baby cryin or baby sleepin." We are working on sharing Mommy and Daddy but she is doing wonderful and adjusting quickly.
I was originally scheduled to be induced on December 28th but at my appointment on the 27th I learned that the 28th already was booked with inductions and was just too busy of a day for a "perfect" person like me. And by perfect they mean, no good reason to induce. No high blood pressure, no proteins in my urine, good weight, healthy baby. And although I was very thankful to not have any medical condition to be induced I was bummed because I had been looking forward to meeting our baby boy on the 28th. So, per the doctors recommendation I scheduled an induction on the 30th. So, the 30th it will be.
Well, at 7:00 in the morning on Wednesday the 28th my doctor called and told me that 3 of his 4 inductions had already had their babies so if I wanted today could be the day. Ahh what? Are you serious? I'm not ready for today, my mind is ready for Friday not Wednesday. Well, I quickly wrapped my mind around the idea of having a baby that day and off to the hospital we went.
Everything happened super fast, completely different than my labor with Lauren. We arrived at the hospital and they broke my water around 9am...and Nick and I walked, and walked, and walked the halls until I couldn't walk any longer because my contractions were so strong. I really wanted some pain relief but was nervous about getting an epidural since the one I got with Lauren didn't work. Well, I got one, I caved and am so thankful I did! I got my epidural about 11:30am and was 6cm dilated...at 1pm they came back in to check me and I was still 6cm dilated. I'm thinking, "Oh great, its going to be 6pm before this baby is born, I haven't dilated at all in an hour and a half!" But how wrong I was! This is where things started happening SUPER fast. At 1:30pm I was feeling A LOT of pain so I had Nick call my nurse. I assumed my epidural stopped working...WRONG! The nurse came in and I was 10cm and ready to push. Are you serious? I went from 6cm to 10cm in 30 mins? Holy cow. Here we go. I pushed for 15-20 minutes and he was born at 1:51pm. I guess its true the second baby is much faster. Well, in my case anyway.
We are so excited to welcome Lleyton into our lives. He is a perfect and a wonderful addition to our family, we are so blessed!