Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Joel Wesley Duce

Well he came!! I was 41 weeks and 1 day, phew. Joel was born at 3:50 am Sunday March 6th and weighed 9 lbs 5 oz!! Where I fit a 9 pound baby I'll never know. =) We arrived at the hospital at 4:15 for a 4:30 induction on Saturday the 5th. When they first checked me before being induced I was at 3cm and 60% effaced - finally, I was starting to progress on my own! After getting everything ready & hooked up, doing blood tests and so on, they finally got the pitocin started at 8pm. At 10:30 I was given the epidural. By then I was having a steady pattern of contractions - nothing too painful, just the uncomfortable tight ones. At 11:50 they broke my water (and I was still at 3cm by then.) Jason and I slept from about 12:00-1:30am probably. At 2:50 my nurse checked me and I was a 4 and his head was way lower. Then I started to feel a lot of pressure down there with each contraction. At 3:15 the pressure was getting stronger, so she checked again and I was a 5. I was getting excited because it felt like Joel was getting closer and closer to coming. (And I remembered that this was how it felt when it was about time to push Kristie out.) Jason went to the bathroom and I remember thinking "Hurry Jason, I don't want you to miss this!" Haha. At 3:27 I was 10 cm and ready to push! My hands were shaking like crazy because I dilated so fast. And the doctor almost didn't make it in time! I felt like I was having to hold him in, he was coming so quick! At 3:35 I started pushing and 15 minutes later at 3:50, Joel was born! The pressure was really intense while I was pushing (more-so than with Kristie) but it was so quick! I can't tell you how amazing it was to bring another into the world with Jason at my side. Absolutely nothing like it. Joel is such a good baby and we're SO blessed to have TWO amazing kids!
Waiting to be induced!
Just seconds after being born.

Jason was so anxious to hold him, it was adorable! I breast fed him right away for awhile, so Jason asked "Is it my turn to hold him yet??"
It took Kristie awhile to acknowledge him at the hospital - but she got there!
First family of four picture! Kristie wasn't into it obviously, haha.
Love his little body. =)
And oh dear me, the toes...awww...
Dressed and ready to go home!

Look at all that hair! (Dark hair at that!)
Good to be home!
Joel's visitors in the hospital!


Michelle said...

So excited for you Candace! He's adorable! So glad the labor went so well.

Monk Family said...

Congratulations Kristy! You're so beautiful and you have such a beautiful family! So happy for you...

Erin said...

so cute!!!!!

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John and Trina Busch said...

so fun! congrats!

Rory & Chelsey Eddins said...

I'm so excited for you Candace! :) I miss you! Hope your family is doing well! He is such a handsome little guy - congrats again!