Monday, August 10, 2009

Calista Tenna

On Monday, August 3rd, thinking I still had 2 and a half more weeks of pregnancy, the visit to the doctor revealed that I was low on fluids and that it would become too risky for the baby to wait much longer to deliver. We scheduled the induction for Wednesday, August 5th. Blaine and I were suddenly aware that we had one and a half days to prepare to bring a baby home and panic somewhat settled in. Luckily, Blaine's parents were able to drop everything and made it to our house Tuesday night.

Wednesday morning, Blaine and I arrived at the hospital at 6 am ready for the induction.


After 21 hours of slow progressing labor and a baby who was becoming more and more distressed, the doctor decided to perform a c-section. I was so not prepared for a c-section and it made me nervous. At 5:18 am on Thursday, August 6th, Calista Tenna made her appearance into this world. She had a rough start and it felt like forever before she started crying but she recovered quickly.

Blaine left with Cali to watch her get cleaned up and my sister, Tiffani, stayed with me and held my hand because I was shaking so bad and kept me distracted as the doctor finished with me.

Cali was 7 pounds and 7 ounces at birth...a little chunky monkey compared to Bella and Ez.

We are so blessed to have the children that we have. Bella is beyond thrilled about her little sister and Ez, although initially not very interested, is becoming more and more involved and excited each day. (More on the kids reactions in a future post).


What a cutie!

Cali has become jaundiced but she is being watched closely and is improving.

Recovering from an unexpected c-section has been a lot harder than I could have imagined but I've had lots of great support and help and I am well on my way.

We are happy, EXHAUSTED, and very grateful for our little family and our newest addition, Cali. We are so very blessed to have her.

14 comments:

Tami Bee said...

I am so happy for all of you! She is beautiful! I'm glad you are all doing well. And I love the name!

Haley L said...

Congrats to you all! I, too, love her name and was not surprised you came up with something beautiful and unique. What an incredible journey it has been to watch you through each stage. I wonder even now if it seems real. :)

Debi said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful! Try and rest as much as possible and take care of yourself too! :)

KrisJ said...

So so excited for you guys.. sorry about the rough start but it will get better now!! Its much harder carrying around a newborn when you were the one to have it huh!! Glad you got to experience it all!

Grandma B said...

Tirsa,
Congrats and we're so glad that she is here safe and sound. She is a real cutie and already wearing girlie clothes! Bet Bella is so excited to have a sister.
The C-section was a surprise but you will do great. Be kind to yourself. Take care of yourself and whenever anyone asks if they can do something for you...say YES! Get rest whenever you can. So happy for you.
Love, Janet and Don

Elizabeth said...

Congrats to you! She is beautiful and I can't wait to see her..but I will give you lots of time first. :) I am sorry about your emergency C. I had one of those..Nathan was that way, and it isn't what you expect at all, but thankfully everything went well, and you are on the road to recovery! You really got the full experience huh? :) Congrats again!

shelly said...

What a cutie! I love the little pink beanie! Congrats!

Lisa said...

Can I tell you again how much I love her name? It is such a beautiful name for a beautiful girl!

Jacqui said...

I am so proud of you. I love your little family. p.s. Because you had an IV and were pumped full of saline like a deli chicken.

Steve and Kelli Fam said...

That last picture is my favorite. I get teary! Can't wait to meet her.

*aNdY* said...

makes me cry everytime i read your blog.. I am SO happy for your little family!! how sweet cali is!!

Jessie and kids said...

congratulations! Way to go Mama! She is beautiful! Take care of yourself.

JoAnn said...

Congratulations, she is BEAUTIFUL!

Laine said...

Tirsa, she's beautiful, just like you! And yes, she looks JUST LIKE YOU!! :) Wow, I just love it.