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Hudson Dale!

He made his appearance on November 6 at 2:24pm! He weighed 8lbs 6oz and was 21in long. My worst fear was to go into labor in the morning at around 7-7:30 in the morning, because the traffic is terrible at that time and there's only one way out of town, and that almost happened! My water broke at 6am, and we made it out of the house by 6:45. That's just before the traffic got bad. Phew!

Labor went well. I got my epidural as soon as I could, and things kind of halted a bit. I really wanted my doctor to deliver, and she was only on call until 5:30, so she gave me some pitocin and the nurse brought out this big peanut shaped exercise ball to put between my legs to open things up. 45 minutes like that did the trick! I pushed about 4 times and he was out. Recovery hasn't been as great as after Jackson, but still 100 times better than with Carson. I'm pretty much back to my old self today, with the exception of exhaustion that comes with a newborn Wink

Things are so different with this little guy. He's a pretty chill little dude, and hasn't needed the pacifier much. (Of course, I probably just jinxed myself...) He did give us a scare in the hospital when he spit up some mucus and couldn't breathe. I pushed the emergency button and they wisked him off and suctioned out 8ml of mucus from birth. He continued to choke and gag quite a bit, but no scary episodes. This is the first child that has slept in the room with us. We haven't felt comfortable with him all the way across the house yet, though tonight may be the first night apart, since he's done well the past 2 nights. Dr. said that he's having normal newborn reflux issues (without the spitting), and just needs to mature his digestive tract.

I think that's pretty much it! I know some of you have seen some photos on Facebook, so I apologize for not posting more for the ones who haven't. I will try to get online later and share some more. I have family coming in today, and staying most of the week, so I will probably be MIA for a few more days.

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He's just plain beautiful, Steph! I'm so glad you were able to find a minute to post this for us.

I hope having family in to meet Hudson will allow you a bit more time to recuperate. We'll be looking forward to more pics once things settle down for you.

Blessings to the whole family.

GiGi

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I wrote a reply to this earlier, and promptly lost it. Grrr. Anyway, I LOVE seeing this picture, and he is beautiful, and a real treasure. Smile I have really loved seeing all of the pics on FB too, especially seeing how the family is just loving him up.

Hoping and praying you get some rest and continue to recover well!

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IN LOVE with him and his name! Randy's middle name is Dale! He is so stinking cute Steph! Snuggle him for me ok? I love new the new baby smell! This is such a sweet photo! Praying for the easiest baby for you! Wink

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Congrats, he is a cutie, glad that delivery went pretty smoothly and that he's an easy going baby.

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Congratulations Steph, he's beautiful!

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Congrats again, Steph! He is just adorable! I love the smile you caught!

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"KatieWillis" wrote:

Congrats again, Steph! He is just adorable! I love the smile you caught!

He is all smiles! Sometimes I swear they're actual smiles (even though I know better!), because he will look right at me and let out a big one. He sleep smiles all the time. It's the best seeing such a look of contentment on his face.

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That is SOOOOO sweet, Steph! You can keep the pics coming, b/c I just can't get enough.

And I just have to say - your b&w conversions are SPOT ON too!

TFS,
GiGi

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My family is leaving this morning, so I will be able to get back to the computer. Yay! Can't wait to get my hands on all these pics I've been taking Smile