Sunday, April 25, 2010

Claire Elaine Reeve

I never would have thought that our next post would be introducing our sweet little girl... but it is! Claire surprised us by coming 3 weeks early on 4/23/2010 at 8:23am. Thursday morning I had a completely normal 37 week check up. At my 9am appointment I was not dilated or having contractions... but by 2:45pm I knew something was up. Later that night we figured it would be good to head in to the hospital. We continued the night like nothing was up... and our good friend, Luke came around 11:15pm to cover the night shift at our house after Carter and all the guys were in bed. My water broke right before we left for the hospital and I was 3 centimeters by the time we got there. I labored through the night with the help of Dan and my awesome friend, Michelle... but at 7am Claire's heart rate was dipping too low for anyone's comfort. That's when I ended up with an epidural and they wheeled me to the O.R. It all happened so fast we still can't believe she's here with us. Here are some pictures from our first couple of days in the hospital:





Claire has some pretty bad bruises on her arms and chest from being stuck in the birth canal. :( My doctor had such a hard time getting her out that she said her hand was still sore the next day.


Claire wasn't breathing on her own for the first 7 minutes (so scary not hearing her cry)... so she had to be taken to the special care nursery for a while. This was the only time I got to see her that morning.


One of our favorite pictures... Carter's first time meeting Claire. He was so excited to see her!



11 comments:

Tom said...

What a blessing you have created together:)Claire is such a beautiful name for a beautiful young lady:)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!! Claire is beautiful and I love the name! The pictures of Carter with Claire are priceless! She's a lucky girl to have such a wonderful family.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!! Claire is beautiful and I love the name! The pictures of Carter with Claire are priceless! She's a lucky girl to have such a wonderful family.

Linda Henke said...

What a wonderful surprise!! Thank you for adding such a beautiful new member to our MRH family!

Megan said...

Yay, yay, yay! So happy for you all!

Elisa said...

Congratulations!!!!! She's so beautiful! And I love that you have such great shots of all the beginnings of her life!

Kelli said...

Congratulations Dan and Alyssa! So glad to hear everyone is doing well!

kristin tanner said...

Beautiful! So fun to see her...and hear the story... Please let us know if we can help you in any way. (;

Lindsey said...

Congratulations Alyssa and Dan! Glad to hear that Claire is doing okay now. Carter looks so sweet with her!

Inkling said...

This makes me want to sing Oh Happy Day for you, not that I can sing. I am so glad you are both safe and well. I will be praying for you to have a smooth and good recovery. (And I'm writing this while recovering from recent surgery to fix a birth injury from almost 16 months ago, so my heart is full as I think about you today.) Claire is beautiful; such a gift!

(This is Sara, Ellie's friend, though I'm too lazy to sign into my wordpress blog)

Michael and Mandy said...

Way to go Alyssa. I can't believe I didn't say this out loud so somebody knew I wasn't lying, but I looked at that pic you posted the other day and said to myself she is having that baby early - maybe this week. I remember looking at myself in the bathroom mirror at a UGA football game and thinking "whoa, I am about to have this baby" - you looked just like I felt like I looked. I had the baby the next morning. And here you are - sorry I couldn't not have given you the heads up :) So happy for you all.