h.e.h. & baby brother
watch us grow
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We arrived to the hospital on 8/19 and left on 8/23 and what an eventful 5 days!

Beth was began labor at 10:30pm on the 19th. The Dr. broke her water at 8:00 am, and by 9:00 am the contractions were strong enough and the end was far enough away that we decided to get the epidural. After a long wait to fully dilate, we were ready to start pushing at 9:00 pm. After the pushing for a few hours without making much progress, the Dr, as a last chance, tried using vacuum suction. When that didn’t work we were off to the O.R. for the c-section. I was able to sit next to Beth and try to keep her comfortable during the surgery and I saw little Haley when she was delivered. By this point we just wanted a healthy baby and knew we had tried as hard as we could.

We stayed with Mom until she was all fixed up and off to the recovery room. Once mom was able to rest, Haley and I left to mee her Grandma and Grandpa Higgins with Uncles Philip and Jonathan, then on to the nursery to check her out, where she was weighed, measured, examined and bathed.

Mom then met us in the postpartum room and all three of us were able to get some rest. I had a full hospital bed in the room with Beth and we had the crib in between us. Haley never left our room, and we were happy about that. Mom’s initial recovery went remarkably fast, as she was walking, albeit slowly, that night, and was able to shower the next day. Our little girl was born with an insatiable appetite and couldn’t wait for mom to transition from colostrum to milk. She wanted to eat 24/7!

Once Thursday rolled around, we were ready to go home, especially with Grandma Conner and Aunt Jen coming Thursday night to help out. All the nurses at the hospital were very great, but the food and the interruptions were getting old.

Both Mom and Dad are excited to be parents and are trying to learn as we go. It is going to be quite the adventure!

Click the picture for a gallery of pics so far

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Haley Elizabeth Higgins was born at 12:55 am on August 21, weighing in at 9lbs 4oz, 20 and 1/2 inches long. It was a long winding road for both mom and baby, but both are now doing well and are healthy. Beth started labor at 11:00 pm on 8/19, started pushing at 9:00 pm the next day and delivered via cesarean section after it was realized the baby was just too big.

Here are some pictures of our little one:

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Please feel free to visit us at Scripps Mercy hospital if you are local, we should be here until at least Thursday, if you can, please call first.

it is 11:25 and Labor is progressing slowly. Dr. broke water at 8:00 am, but things are still going slow. Hopefully it will pick up shortly and we can welcome our little one soon. We have had great nurses so far and we appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers. We will update if anything changes.

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Well, here we are on Monday the 13th, our due date right before the Dr’s apt. It seemed like it would never come and now it’s gone. I don’t know if you all know but we had 4 other friends that were also due this week! I was actually scheduled to be the first and here I am..the last :) But thankfully they have all been healthy babies and all the mom’s are doing great! It’s been fun to go to the hospitals and visit everyone. It has been beneficial to find out all the info from them, how the hospital really works etc!

Today is Sunday and my Dr. won’t let me go past a week overdue. So, we are scheduled to head in tonight at 9pm for an induction. I tried to give the baby as much extra time as possible, but she hasn’t taken me up on it yet. I think I made TOO good a home for her :) I would really rather NOT be induced though!

So, pray that I can get something started this afternoon/evening and baby will come on her own!

Otherwise, we’ll keep everyone informed in the next couple days as to what happens!

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It has been brought to my attention (I won’t mention any names!) that you might not have noticed the change we made on the last 2 entries. If you click on the ONE picture that is showing, it will open up a gallery of more pictures. Just wanted to make sure you knew there were other pictures out there to look at! We’ll be using the gallery’s from now on! Thanks!

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This was my first week off of work (last week!). I like to say that I’m retired but anyone who is a mom likes to tell me that my real job is just starting! Well, at least at this new job i can wear JEANS! :) Grandma and Grandpa Higgins sent us the bedding for the baby room this week which I was SO excited about! I had been waiting to receive it so that I could match the colors for paint! So I headed right to Home Depot and ended up visiting about 5 more times last week. After I changed my mind on the colors a bit the room finally came together! It ended up being a few days of: Paint for 30 min, sit for 30 min etc.
We also sold our car last week to a co-worker of mine so we did a bit of test driving and got a new-to-us car on Saturday! I spent some time with girl friends, ate out lunch once and got a pedicure which felt great on my feet with another prego gf! I got all the new baby clothes washed and ready as well as organizing her room a bit….SO, we are pretty ready. Here I am 2 days into week 39 but now it’s just up to God! I don’t believe a word the Dr. says anymore :)
P.S. the background that Justin put on the blog is a picture of the cute sheets that match her bed set! Thanks Karen!
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I am SOO SOO thankful to be out of work now and there really are a lot of things that I have to do/am getting done here at the house before she comes. BUT, as I do little bits of work between naps and Harry Potter, I’ve had time to wonder: Could a foot actually explode if it got to big? I know this is a bit gross but today my feet have been more swollen than ever! Maybe it means she’s on the way today??? I doubt it. Thanks to a suggestion from one of my pregnant friends I’ve been utilizing the ice packs to their fullest extent! One of my other pregnant friends made a great observation that is becoming more real each day: It’s not that God it trying to make things hard, He makes it this way toward the end so that you are actually willing/almost excited to go through with having a child! :)

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Recently I put together our crib and bassinet and I put the car seat in the car. The weirdest part is having all this baby stuff in the house now, we’re still finding places to put everything! I guess this makes our home ready for her, but I am not sure how ready I am… though the more time that passes the more excited I am to actually meet her!

(We updated the blog so that if you click on the picture below it opens a mini-gallery of pictures!)

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