Monday, October 28, 2013

Amelia's Newborn Pics

We ran into several little hiccups while trying to get some newborn pictures of Amelia...not only did we not get out of the hospital until Amelia was a week old, we ended up having two photographers fall through. Fortunately, one of Tim's classmates who is into photography (who has never taken a picture of a baby before) was willing to give it a try... I think we totally lucked out. Here are some of our favorites...

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Long Week

It wasn't until Sunday, the 6th, the day after Amelia was born, that we learned that because of her infection she would need a week long course of IV antibiotics... I had been told we would be discharging on Monday at 11am so this came as quite the shock. 

Thankfully my mom flew out as soon as she could and arrived on Sunday evening. It was pretty cute, in the weeks that preceded Amelia's arrival, we would tell Kate that Grandma was coming...she was coming because we needed some help. Kate didn't stop saying, "Grandma coming...we need help" for weeks. We knew we were going to need help but it wasn't until we realized that we'd be at the hospital so long just how much help we really did need. 

Fortunately they let us stay on the mother baby until Wednesday at 2pm when they just got too full and we had to transfer to one of the pediatric floors.  It was quite shocking going from our extremely nice mother baby room complete with double bed and a huge jetted tub to the tiny room (that they initially told me I was going to have to share with another newborn) with just a shower, and one of those fold out chair beds. 

It was a long week but Amelia got the care that she needed and Kate really loved coming to the hospital (she is still talking about it all).  Fortunately by Friday morning Amelia's labs looked good and we were told we could discharge. We finally made it home on Friday night at 9:42pm! 

It was certainly a trying week but ultimately we realize we were lucky that things went as well as they did. It could have been so much worse. Amelia really wasn't that sick and she just needed her antibiotics.  We are very thankful for the good care that we received and were just happy to finally make it home! 

Kate insisted on bringing "Baby" to meet her sister
Amelia's room on the peds floor

Proud big sister!

First time they let us leave the floor

Saturday, October 26, 2013


Amelia Bahr
October 5, 2013
10:43 am
6 pounds 5 ounces
18 1/2 inches 

Well...Happy 3 weeks to our little lady! I can't believe it's already really been three quickly time flies...and gosh, how busy we've been!

I know it's super late but I still wanted to document her birth a little bit. I'll spare you all the details but here's some of them...With this pregnancy, just like with Kate too, I didn't have a single contraction, no Braxton Hicks, no nothing until the BIG day. 

At 7am Saturday morning I had my first contraction. Tim had just gotten up with Kate and was going to let me sleep in. But by 7:30am my contractions were coming every 2-3 minutes. It was intense! We finally headed out the door and dropped off Kate at our friends house at 9am. 

For those of you that don't know Iowa City, the football stadium is across the street from the hospital...super great planning, right? Even with trying our best to avoid game day traffic we still got stuck in some pretty awful traffic for about 35 minutes. It was totally miserable. We finally got close enough where we were able to turn into the Emergency Room turn out and figured we could park there and walk up to L&D. As we walked from the ER to L&D my water broke. 

We finally made it to L&D at 9:45 am where they took us to a triage room to check me and see how I was progressing. My L& D nurse Jan came in and informed us that there wasn't a labor room currently available and with how quickly my contractions were coming that they wouldn't move me. We'd be having Amelia in our little triage room. Shortly thereafter the OB resident came in to check me and I was already at a 9! They quickly tried to get an IV in me...I was group B strep positive this pregnancy and needed to get my two rounds of antibiotics in, and I was actually still hoping that I could get my epidural.  But there just wasn't time. They got one round of antibiotics administered about 10 minutes before Amelia arrived but like I said, there just wasn't any time. I suddenly had the urge to push and after pushing through 3 contractions, Amelia was here!  They handed her up to me and I was just thankful she was here and was just shocked at how fast the whole labor had gone. We barely even had a second to think about taking any pictures.  

We were so thankful for amazing friends, the Bells, who watched Kate the whole day. After Kate's nap, Tim went home to pick her up and by 5pm Kate got to meet her baby sister!  Kate was so excited to see us and immediately wanted to use the stethoscope to check on Millie and kept saying "Millie born!"  It was a beautiful day!

In Transition 
Finally with us