Friday, January 22, 2010

Welcome Carissa Joy!

"The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry...."

We had a plan...
We were plugging away getting ready for our baby girl, due on February 19th...
God and Carissa Joy had other plans....
And we couldn't be happier!

This past Monday night my water broke. It took me a while to figure out what was going on since most of my experience has been with scheduled c-sections. I wish I had video of mine and my husband's discussion about whether or not it was the real thing or I was just peeing my pants!

My doctor had discussed what to do if I went into labor early - but to be honest, I didn't pay much attention. (sorry, Dr. P!) I figured I never needed the information before, why would I now?
Besides, I really needed as much of that last month of pregnancy as possible to get ready....
We still had boxes to unpack after our move, laundry piles were growing, baby supplies needed to be bought, and there was a suitcase to pack. The baby was due February 19th, we had a c-section scheduled for February 12th, and I needed every last bit of those 24 days to get everything in order!

Carissa Joy arrived early Tuesday morning this week. Exactly one month to the day from her due date. Everything went well and we have a beautifully healthy baby girl! The hospital is treating her as a premature baby delivered at 35 weeks, but her tests all along the way have been fine!

We stayed in the hospital until Friday afternoon and we are being released in a couple of hours. This morning the baby's bilirubin levels were slightly high and we will be treating her with a special light blanket at home for a couple of days (which is common). With all of the things that could be a concern with an early baby, we are blessed that there has been only one small issue. Thank you God!

So, as far as those 'best laid plans' are concerned....
Yes, I wish I had finished unpacking boxes and that we were completely settled in our new home.

I would like to have a couch to sit on and a dining room table to eat at.
I am wishing I had washed the baby clothes last week.
And why didn't I buy a nursing bra when I was at the store weeks ago?

Those things all pale in comparison to the "joy" that has been added to our lives this week!

Carissa Joy
Born Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

6lbs 3oz
19 inches

My husband brought me my computer last night, but I forgot about the cords for uploading the photos!
This is the only picture I have on my computer at the moment. I'll be posting more from home very soon.
We had to take our kids to the hospital with us at 1am on Monday night and then get a friend to sit with them while we were finally in surgery at 6am...This is the exhausted family after sleeping for just a couple hours over the course of two days!!


joey said...

Hi Kristin

YIPPEE!!! and a huge congratulations to you all!!! I am so thrilled Carissa Joy has entered the world and is healthy :O)


Leslie said...

Oh Wow! That is a wonderful photo! You are so blessed. You all look beautiful! Love Love Love is what radiates from that picture (and of course, Joy). You will manage everything because you are a superwoman and a terrific mom! I am so happy for you all. I love you!

Kaleena said...

Oh yay! Congratulations! Carissa Joy is a beautiful name for your beautiful new baby. I am rather partial to the name Joy, as I have my own little Delaney Joy:) I can't wait to see some more pictures! Hope you are recovering well from the c-section!
Smiles to you:)

Sue from Oregon said...

Oh goodness...I am so excited for you. My middle child was one month early and 5 lbs (she is now 29 and still little at 4 ft 9 inches LOL)...I remember the somewhat dumbfounded feeling when I went in to early labor too. I tell ya, she has been a spit fire her whole life. Wish I was there to help you unpack...good luck and take care Kristin!

McCrakensx4 said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful early surprise! I had one of those too...35 weeks and in a special blanket...he is 8 now! What a beautiful family you have!! And what a pretty name...Carissa...

Melissa said...

Oh so happy for you and your family! You look so beautiful in this photo, I hope that all goes well at home with the unpacking and organizing. I have been there, my boy was a bit over 5 weeks early and our house that we were living in was yet to be finished! I know the craziness that my come, but just keep thinking of the special moments you'll never get back...take care :)

Alicia said...

OH my gosh..look at you guys!! So beautiful!

Congratulations on Carissa!!! My eldest was one month premature too, and had to stay in the ICN for a week. It was so hard to go home without him.

Can't wait to see more pictures of your new bundle of joy!

Kim said...

Congratulations! I love her name and am so glad that she is doing well. The family photo is great.

Brady said...

Hi Aunt Kristen,

Carissa is so cute!!!! I set her as my wall paper. I love her name. :) Tell the family I love them and miss them. I love u and miss u.

<3 Brady

pondering said...

Congratulations, I'm happy for you, she is beautiful!! I'm sure you are waaaaaayyyyyy too busy for even reading this comment, so I won't keep you.
If things settle down (don't know if that will happen or not with 4 children) and you ever get to post on this blog again, let us know what the big sisters think about baby sis!

The Perez Family said...

Kristin, Congratulations!!! I am missing you all so much right now. Crying, actually. Your baby is just perfect, and the girls are so big! I am so glad to see that all is well with your family. I love ya, time and miles won't change that.

Love Meg

Kristin said...

mom I looooooove the family.your so