Friday, June 10, 2011

Introducing Ryker Dave Hall

Our precious little boy came into this world on Saturday, June 4th. He weighed in at 7 pounds and 12 ounces- and was 19 1/2 inches long. We are ALL in LOVE with him. Big brothers have been so sweet and are always wanting to hold him and give him kisses. And daddy has been so patient and helpful. It really has been such a joy having him around. I never would have thought I would be so in love with so many boys. =)
Here is a quick recap of the birth story:
My doctor scheduled me to go in to be induced on June 3rd at 10pm due to the fact that she was on call all weekend and because there had previously been a concern with me having low amniotic fluid. Me and David got there right at 10 and filled out our paperwork. We were taken right back where the nurse informed us of my doctors plan. First, I would get three doses of a prostoglandin gel at 11pm 1am and 3am- after which we would start pitocin. They gave me the first dose, which seemed to work pretty well, and then I got the second one at 1:30am. This dose started bringing on painful contractions that were close together. I got up and walked around after a while and they became more painful. I asked the nurse if I would need to get a 3rd dose (because I really didn't want to), and she said she would check me to see. After she checked me she said I didn't need the 3rd dose and we could start pitocin in an hour or so. I laid back in bed to try and sleep for a while and the contractions started to fade. I got hooked up to pitocin at about 5:30 am. Then I got a new nurse who came in to check me at about 6:30 and she said my progress was actually not as good as the previous nurse thought. She called my doctor because she wasn't sure if she would want me to stay on pitocin, or stop and get the third dose of prostoglandin. Thankfully, my doc let me stay on pitocin. At about 8 I could start feeling semi-painful contractions. The doc came in at 10:30am to break my water but when she went to check me, it broke on its own. Immediately the contractions started coming fast and were really painful so I asked for the epi. I had to have 2 IV's put through me before they could do it so I had to wait about 45 min. Finally, I got the epi and things progressed smoothly. When it came time, I pushed for about 10-15 minutes. Ryker was born at 1:56pm. I really can't believe how quickly I fell completely in love with him. I know it will be challenging throughout the years and I will really need to work on my patience, but I know I am going to love raising 3 boys. =)
Here are some pictures:
I was pretty happy after I got the epi. Just waiting to meet my little guy!

Me and my wonderful doctor- right after he was born.

Mommy and baby bonding time.

First family pic

Big brother was SO excited

Mom and Dad and the new addition

Our first visitors

Daddy and his little boy

Going to the doctors

Such a cutie!


Kacy said...

What a sweet baby. He looks like he is going to be a toe head for sure. Congrats!

Talia said...

He is soooo stinkin handsome Amanda!!!!! And you look amazing of course! I am going to have to have 2 more girls so they can marry your boys! Glad all is well and you are in love once again! Love you girl!

Nelson Family said...

Congradulations Amanda! Does he look like Madden? He is so precious. OOO it makes me so excited to have our little girl. I love new babies.
Your inducment story sounds just like mine when I had Lydia. Except mine took a full 24 hours. You were quick for getting induced! Good job! Hope you are feeling well. Have fun with him, they grow out of that tiny stage so fast don't they? Love ya! :)

Jaime Stephens said...

Oh my goodness he's precious! So cute! Congrats were glad everything went well hope your feeling well!

Aunt Tiff said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE him!!! It was great to see you guys for a minute the other day! Sure do love you guys!!

KaNdRa and JaReD said...

So glad it's over for you and you are able to enjoy him:) He is such a little cutie:) I do see a bit of Madden in him already. COngrats!

tenney_fam said...

He is just as adorable as the other 2!! Congrats on the cute little guy! Love ya!

Curtis and Dani Welton said...

Congratulations! He looks a lot like Madden to me. :)