8.25.2009

Beautiful Saydee Diane Oldham is here!







Name: Saydee Diane Oldham
Born: August 22, 2009 at 6:39 am
Weight: 8 lbs 13 oz (right on target for a 9 lb 40-week baby)
Length: 20 inches long

I am sure most of you know by now, but we had our baby. Thursday night I started bleeding and having some contractions (not bad contractions). I was concerned about the bleeding and called my doctor. He suggested that I go into the hospital to get checked out. I went in and they said I had not progessed since my appointment the day before (I was a 2 and 80% effaced). They called my doctor and he asked if I wanted to be started. I did not want to be started so I went home.

The day next (Friday the 21st) I started having regular contractions around noon. I was hoping to have my mom's labor genes and have the baby within the next four hours. Let me just tell you, that did not happen. I walked and walked and walked trying to get my contractions more intense and more frequent. Finally at 9 pm we decided it was time to go in. I had only dilated one more cm and I was almost completely effaced. I was SOOOOOOOOOOO frustrated. It was annoying because I didn't want to be having contractions all night long that only dilated me 1 more cm. Dr. Leavitt came in and broke my water about 10:30 pm. The fun began QUICKLY after that. I was disappointed to have had my water break so early because it made for a more vigorous labor, but it was okay. I really, REALLY wanted to go without an epidural but knew it was going to be tough because I was going on no sleep the night before.

By 1:30 am, I was dilated to 7 centimeters and I deemed myself done with natural labor (which I really regret, next time I WILL go natural) and got an epidural. I was so tired and gave into the sissy side. I will tell ya, the epidural was heavenly and while it was being placed, it was really nice to know that I was feeling the last of the horrid contractions.

The doctor came in around 5:15 am and told me I was complete and ready for pushing. He also told me she was posterior, which explained why labor was SOOOOOOOOOO tough. I started to push and she was born at 6:39 am. Richard was actually the one to deliver the baby which was cool. I won't give you the graphic gory details of that, but he did. He was Dr. Oldham.

When she was born we still had no idea what to name her. We liked Saydee, Paityn, Kambryn and McCall, but couldn't decide on which we liked and which name fit her. My parents came to the hospital told me they had it come to them about what I should name her. They said they each came to the conclusion on their own, BUT that they wouldn't tell me what it was until I told them. Anyway, Richard looked at me and said her name is supposed to be Saydee. Also, I spelled her name like that, cuz I think it is cool. I always had spelled it Sadie, but I figured I would try to make it a little different, since I was using more of a common name. It fits her perfectly.

We love our little girl and are so glad she is here. Now, if I can just figure out this nursing thing and this mom thing it will be all good!!!

28 comments:

Sam and Lacey said...

I am so glad that she is here and all is well. My favorite picture is of her on your chest. You just look so genuinely happy - and I am so happy for you!

About the epidural - girl - you should be proud of yourself. You made it so much longer than most people even think of trying. So good job!

Gina said...

YAY she is here! Congratulations! I'm glad all went well and she is healthy. The nursing thing will come, don't give up! It takes awhile to get the hang of it. She's a doll.

Shirley Hale said...

She really is so beautiful! You guys did such a good job! I'm glad you're doing well enough to be blogging! :) Nursing is definitely difficult to get down and mommyhood is a ton harder than everyone says it is. It's okay to be frustrated. I'm not saying that you are, but I know I definitely was! It gets better. Call me if you need anything.

Autumn said...

Congrats! I am so excited for you guys. You may want to read Baby Wise to help prepare for training your baby to sleep. I did it with my first and she slept through the night at 6 weeks. I regretfully didn't do it with Owen and he finally slept through the night at 7 months. The book has some great tips.

Tom and Michelle said...

CONGRATS! I kept waiting to see when she would come. I love the name and how you spelled it. She is beautiful and you look really good too Jenn. YAY!!!!

Saedi Oldham said...

Congratulations! She is so so beautiful! I love having another Saydee/Saedi Oldham in the family!!! We are so happy for the three of you!!!

Drennan Family said...

This is your cousin Rashelle. I'm so happy for you guys, and Kudos to you Jenn, you are an inspiration. Your new little Saydee (I love the cool spelling) is adorable! Take care.

Oldham Round-up said...

Jenn... so neat, nothing better than a little one fresh from heaven! you are so funny about the epidural, just think it is there for a reason ha :) I am so happy that everything went smoothly and on time!! Such an adorable little family you make! love the name, love the baby, and love the parents!

Ashlie said...

Yay, congratulations! She's so cute! I think she looks like Richard in her facial features :) I'm glad she came early for you!

Laura said...

I'm so happy for you Jenn! She looks so sweet and I can't wait to meet her. I still think you should have named her Laura, but Saydee is pretty cute too :)

Russell and Jillian said...

Congratulations Jenn! She is a beautiful baby and I love her name. I got chills looking at your pictures because it made me remember those feelings of being a new mom. It's so special...treasure it always. Congrats again!

Nicole said...

Congratulations!!! She is beautiful!

Ariane said...

She is gorgeous! And she looks just like you! I can't wait to meet her.

Natalie N said...

WOO-HOO! CONGRATS from us back in Nor Cal. We couldn't be happier for you two. Saydee is just beautiful! Welcome to motherhood; it's a wonderful ride!
xoxo

Rachael, Duke, and the Boss said...

Congrats Jen! She is so beautiful. And you are not a sissy. It really does hurt. :)

The Jacksons said...

AHHH... She is SO CUTE!!!! I'm so happy for you!!! Congrats mom and dad! You two will be GREAT parents. Saydee is such a cute name. I love the spelling. Epidural...here I come! I am only going natural if I have to. :) God bless medicine! I hope you are feeling well. Congratulations again to both of you! She is beautiful.

Brett Bailey said...

Wow, what super news. You look great, like you went for a walk in the park . . . With modern medicine, those are the really important genes! I'll bet Saydee has them too. Kathleen

Jodi said...

Congratulations Jenn!!! I can't tell you how excited I am for you. What an awesome experience it is to be a mother. There is nothing better in the world. Congrats on the beautiful little girl you have. Saydee is a wonderful name and you are going to love her more than you ever thought you could. I'm excited to see her grow. Congrats again and again!!!

Kathy Reid said...

Congratulations Jenn and Richard. So glad she is here safely. She is beautiful. Enjoy everyday because they grow up so fast.

kristine hammons said...

Congratulations my sweet!!! I am so happy Saydee is here and in your lives. You are going to love and laugh at many things little girls do but all in all you have the biggest blessings in your lives right now.. enjoy and know we love and think of you often!

Sean and Sierra said...

Congrats! Cute name and what a beautiful baby! I'm so happy that you are finally a mom! You deserve! Can't wait to be a mom myself!

Boones said...

Jenn-
She's beautiful. I'm proud of you. You did great!!

Melisa said...

I feel terrible. I didn't even know you had your baby! So sorry:) Hang in there. Hope the feedings are getting better...try to stick with it. Believe me I have had one that I gave up on and the other one I stuck it out with. I am glad that I stuck it out but if you can't...don't stress yourself out over it. That only makes it worse and then your milk dries up faster. I know you wanted my advice so there you have it! Hope you are having fun. She is beautiful:)

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Alexandria said...

Congratulations Jen. Saydee is beautiful. I look forward to seeing pictures of her in her blessing dress that Lacey made. I was looking at her blog and that's how I knew you had a baby! You're a beautiful mother. I'm super happy for you!

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