Thursday, June 5, 2008

Emma Jane McCulloch

Well I am a mother! I just noticed that I went into labor just hours after posting my last blog..


Emma Jane was born May 22nd at 7:20 pm. She was 6 pounds 4 ounces and 19 1/2 inches of cuteness. Wow.. what a whirlwind of emotions! Our lives are changed forever and I am so grateful! She is two weeks old today and she already seems like she is growing and changing.


I couldn't have asked for much more throughout my labor and delivery (okay I could. .. It really hurt and was pretty terrible! ) But we really feel blessed and that everything went okay. I woke up about 5:00 Thursday morning with contractions in my back. John and I went on a walk and then came home and laid down to see if they would go away, but they just got worse so we knew we were going to have a baby! We were in and out of triage at the hospital while I was in early labor. We spent two hours walking at a park and then three hours at home (actually cleaning!) until I drank some rasberry tea and took a warm shower which put me into active labor. ..my contractions were suddenly a lot more intense and evey 2-3 minutes apart (not to mention still in my lower back!) Here's us at the park.. you can tell that I am not in too much pain .. yet..

So we get back to the hospital and soon after my water breaks and there is meconium in it. I was worried about it but the doctors seemed to be okay with it. At this point I am really hurting.. all still in my back. Once we were in the delivery room I pretty much hung out on the bed leaning over my big exercise ball. I was trying to get the pressure off my back. John would push and rub really hard on it which did help most of the time...It all seems like a whirlwind now. .. I'm not sure how long we were in the delivery room.. but I started pushing around 6:30 and about 45 minutes later she was born. I did it all with out any pain medications.. It was really hard but I'm glad I did it. It was the most amazing day. So exhausting but the best thing ever! John and I just sobbed right after she was born. It was incredible. It is amazing how you can love someone so much!


She is healthy and beautiful and such a joy. They did say it looked like she had the meconium for a while, so it's a good thing she came 10 days early. We feel so blessed. .. with all my blood pressure stuff and preeclamsia worries I did great. Literally as soon as she came out my blood pressure went back to normal. So no worries there. John's mom, Nancy came to help out with the labor and delivery (really to be our doula) and I am so glad she was there. She was awesome. I know if her and John were not there I would have had that epidural (and probably 10 extra hours of labor). I really feel like I have a great sence of accomplishment after that.

Doesn't he look like a brand-new father? I love this picture. He is so good with her and loves her so much. I'm so grateful for him.


In this picture we are both feeling happy that labor and delivery is over! :

She was a little jaundice so I would put her in the sun for a little bit every day. She is doing a lot better now. It's amazing how protective I am over her and how much there is to worry about her already! Thank goodness breastfeeding has been getting better everyday...

I love this picture.. Emma likes to have here hands by her face when she sleeps. It's adorable. She sleeps a LOT! Even a lot a night.. which is great but I wake up on my own worrying that she needs to eat..

She is just amazing and so much fun. She has all this soft brown hair and blue eyes and the cutest little mouth! She also has John's feet! (Sorry Emma) She smiles in her sleep and it just melts my heart. I am seriously in love with her. :)

Thank you everyone for all your visits and calls and dinners and gifts and support! We love you!

19 comments:

Liz said...

Congratulations, John Robert and Angela!! I'm so glad everything went so well! She is just beautiful. I can't wait to see more pictures! I also can't believe she is two weeks old and we hadn't even heard... nobody tells me anything! I need to call Mama more to get the scoop. Good luck with everything!
Love
Cousin Liz

Nichole said...

By FAR, the cutest newborn girl baby I have seen EVER! The cutest boy baby is, of course, Matthew. :) Seriously though, Ange, she is just beautiful. You have taken some ADORABLE pictures of her. I can't wait to meet her! I want to get on a plane TOMORROW! You just let me know when I am allowed to come and I will make it happen!

rae said...

Wow Angela I just found your blog! This Rachels sister Renae. YOur sweet little baby just melts my heart! You're guys are such a sute little family !! Renae take care

Brandi said...

She is seriously GORGEOUS! Congratulations!

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Heather said...

I had only back labor with my first one and I will tell you that I know how awful it is. In my opinion (after birthing 4 children) that back labor is the WORST!!! She is just beautiful. Great job mama.

Adam & Rachel said...

WOW! Congratulations. She is beautiful!!! Great job on the delivery! you are so tough! It is great to have so much support and it makes such a difference in the delivery room! I can tell John is a great daddy! He was already doing so good to screen your calls when I called so you could get some sleep :) a very precious commodity!

Trisha said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful!!!!! I am so excited for you!

Rachel Clare said...

Geez- I've been in and out of town for a few weeks and I totally missed this!!

Yay! So excited for you both (all three of you!).

Coming up soon? We'd love to see you guys!

Brennon & Amber Adams said...

Congrats! She is so beautiful! We were thinking about naming our baby Emma too. How funny. We probably won't. We are still waiting for our little girl. It seems like she will never come! I am so happy for you both!

Casey and Tamra said...

Good to hear from you. Congrats on your little girl. She is super cute and will only get cuter.

Nichole said...

I am SO planning on it!! I want to come in the next month or so... I will work out details with Chris and let you know. I miss you and I miss Emma already even though I've never met her!

Tamee said...

CONGRATS!!! She is absolutely adorable! Congratulations and good luck. You two are going to be great parents--just keep going to the park!
Love, Tamee

The Hanes Family said...

Hey Angela, it's Christy Sutherland, well now Hanes. I'm soo excited for you and your huspand. She is beautiful. Check out my blog when you have a chance!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations Angela and John! Todd and I are so excited for you. Emma is beautiful. I love the picture of her in the sun!

Kisha Atkin said...

SHUPER!! Its Kisha! remember me, the one who used to come over all the time when you lived with Holly and Kelly...i always slept on your couch! Congratulations! i saw your blog on tamra and caseys blog...hope all is well! youre the greatest!

Carianne said...

Congratulations Angela! Your little girl is beautiful. I especially like the close up picture of you and Emma. Rusty and I are excited for you and John.

Kelly Merrell said...

ANGELA SHUPLA-DUPLA. I love you! I am so happy you are a mommy!! OH, you and John and Emma are all the cutest family in the world. I am so happy for you! Dave and I are actually in Colorado for the summer. I am loving it. Check out my blog for pictures of our trip to the Philippines. I love you!

Joanna said...

Congrats you guys! So exciting and such an adoreable little girl. Emma is my favorite little girl name ever. So classic and sweet.

I also had back labor with Hunter (#2) and it was horrible! Glad things are going well though.

Joanna