Sunday, July 18, 2010

Margot Stelljes

Margot Stelljes was born Tuesday, July 13th 2010 at 9:20am.  She is truly a blessing and one of the truest loves of my life.  After 15 pokes with a spinal needle and  a good 30 minutes, my c-section began.  After a few minutes that felt like a lifetime I heard her little cries.  Good cries, from great healthy lungs, but not quite as loud as her brother and sister's.  Hers were definitely more lady like.  Its amazing the things you remember from the birth of your children.  Their very distinct cries and hearing them for the first time is one of the things I will never forget.  Margot is truly perfect, she had the best coloring and Apgar scores of 9 and 10.  I am so blessed and in love.

Her c-section was pretty scary compared to her brother's and probably on par with Meredith's.  Not that at any time anything was seriously wrong, I just had my blood pressure drop very low twice and it made me feel very sick.  At one point I felt like my chest was caving in.  The first time it happened Josh was there to hold my hand, which didn't make it any less scary.  The second time it happened after they had taken my sweet Margot to the nursery with her daddy, so I was even more scared since I was alone.  Thankfully my anesthesiologist, who was the best, held my hand while closely monitoring my vitals for the rest of the procedure. 

This picture was taken as soon as I met her in recovery.  Our first photo.

I spent a lot longer in the recovery room than anticipated.  I had bleeding that needed to be stopped and a uterus that did not want to contract back down.  After about 4 hours, two bags of pitocin, a shot of something and lots of manual massaging and pain beyond reason, I was finally able to head to my room, where the two oldest tikes met the newest member of our family.  They patiently waited for over 3 hours to meet their baby sister.  That's a lot for a 4 and 2 year old in a hospital with little entertainment.  Thankfully their Nanny, Aunt J, Aunt Lindz and Carrie were there to watch over them, because I wanted my husband and momma with me.

Just like when I saw her for the first was love at first sight for them too!

The new family photo, which has grown by 2 more feet!  Tears from Meredith bercause she isn't next to her sister, noah is mad because he is not in the bed, Margot is oblivious, Josh is trying to diffuse the situation and I thanking the heavens for my pain pump, pumping pain meds straight into my bloodstream!

After all the chaos company went home that night, Margot took a much needed nap....isn't she gorgeous!

After a few days in the hospital where Margot experienced bouts of chaos and then of peace and quiet, we headed home, where chaos was her new norm!  "Welcome home baby Mar-doe, I am your big bwudda...and you my wittle bwudda!"

That night as we got ready for bed, Meredith was thrilled to be wearing matching pjs with her baby sister!  Thanks to her nanny and Margot's aunt made bedtime a lot easier that night!

The new routine....three tikes...the blog needs a new me!

Margot with her new favorite thing....her paci.  My first baby who may not take a nuk pacifier.  And who knows maybe she won't take one at all, because every time her sister sees it in her mouth she pulls it out, because she knows Margot will fall asleep with it and she wants Margot awake to play! 

Excuse the quality of these photos because they are all from my phone, because my camera card is at the local photography store so we could print the 100s of pictures taken this week.  I'll post more and funny stories this week!


Amy said...

Oh, I am so excited to see the pics of your newest tike!! Margot is a beauty!! Hoping everyone is settling in and mama is healing and able to get some rest;)


Amanda said...

Congrats Mandi. Margot is beautiful!

Julia said...

Hey, did you call me "chaos" in this post?! Cute pictures! Congrats!! :)

Shannon said...

Congratulations, Mandi & Josh! I'm glad the delivery went relatively well. Sorry to hear there were a couple of scarey moments, but the end result looks perfect. Margot is precious. I love the pics of her with her siblings. They will all cherish those pics when they're older.