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Saturday, September 18, 2010

From a Jelly Bean to a Jenna Bean

Although this post is delayed thanks to our hospital's blocking of Fa.cebook, Blogg.er and various other websites critical to my daily survival, I am happy to announce that our rainbow has arrived!!  Instead of a Jelly Bean, we now have a Jenna Bean.  :-D

Jenna Nicole was born on Wednesday, September 15th at 10:20 p.m.  She weighed 6 lbs, 11 ounces and was 19 inches long.  She even has hair, which I was doubting, since her parents, aunts and uncles were all bald.  To abbreviate her birth story, I worked until 7:00 on Wednesday night, walked in the house at 7:15 and ate dinner, had my first 'real' (as opposed to Braxton Hicks) contraction around 7:50 and walked into the hospital 10 cm. dilated at 9:55.  She was here at 10:20.  By far, not what I was planning for, but we were able to skip the induction planned for 0800 Thursday!!!



So far, all is well with one exception.  She developed quite a case of jaundice on Thursday, and since yesterday morning has been on a structured feeding schedule and under lights to help bring her bilirubin levels down and resolve her pumpkin coloring.  I was officially discharged last night, and we were hoping that we would be able to take Jenna home today some time, but we just got the word that she will have one more night under the lights.  Fingers crossed that tomorrow's 0600 labs look better and we can have her home bright and early.  And for those who have been following a while and might be afraid to ask, there are no obvious indications of Down Syndrome at this point.

I apologize those of you who have been waiting for additional communication - the browser on my phone has been getting quite a work out over the last few days (again, thanks to the hospital) and it's been slow going.  I still haven't sent out my text message announcements, which were planned as being the first 'wave of announcement.'  I guess at this point, I can abandon that plan.  :-/

Hoping to post more when we get Jenna home and get her settled...





24 comments:

Christina said...

Congratulations! I've been following your pregnancy and I am SO happy to see the safe arrival of your little girl!

Dawn Brown said...

Congrats to you and Jeff! She's beautiful and perfect and I'm so thrilled for the both of you! You got some fantastic parents Jenna! That's one lucky girl!

Lareina said...

Congratulations again... I'm so happy for you, so so happy. Hugz!

Holly said...

Congrats! I'm so glad to hear of her arrival!!! :) She's a beauty!

Monica said...

Awe she's beautiful and born to a wonderful mamma!! So glad to know she's safe in your arms!!!

Supposed to be... "Mama G"... said...

As I have said on FB, I am so happy to hear that Jenna is here safe and sound. Such an inspiration to those of us on our rainbow journeys to see a little one born. Wishing you all the best on your "baby moon"... looking forward to updates!

Mrs. Mother said...

I am so glad she is here safe and sound, and she has a beautiful name.

The Boyds said...

Congratulations on the arrival of your beautiful little girl. You deserve all the happiness in the world.

Bree said...

My heart is bursting for you! Hoping she comes home tomorrow. Will be awaiting an update on fb. :)

klarsen said...

Congratulations Susan! She is beautiful! xoxo

Antoinette said...

she is so beautiful Susan!!!!!! im so happy for you guys!!!!

butterflymom said...

Congratulations, Susan. Your rainbow baby, Jenna, is beautiful!!

Anonymous said...

She is amazing!!! Congratulations to your family!! I hope you are recovering welll and Jeanna can come home where she belongs soon. Tears of Joy!!

Big Love, Big Acceptance - or so I say said...

YEAH!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

My face is beaming and I got goosebumps as I read your announcement and brief birth story. I am SOOOO happy for you all! I hope the jaundice is resolved and that you're all home.

So much love to each of you. Welcome to the outside world little Jenna Bean! :) Can't wait to hear more about you. :)

margaret said...

Congratulations on Jenna's birth. She is truly a gorgeous rainbow baby. I am so happy for you.

From Kherrington's Grammie

Malory said...

Walked in at 10 cm dialated! Wow!

I am so happy for you & Jeff, Susan!

She is beautiful! Congrats!

jamie said...

wow - worked until 3 hours before having a baby! thats amazing! congrats - she is such a cutie!

Jessica said...

congrats! She is very cute!

Jill said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful!!

Andrea said...

Congrats again, so, so, so happy for you and your family. :) I forgot to mention before, I love the name you chose. :)

Maggie said...

Congrats again! Jenna is adorable!!!!!! Love the name, love her! ...but what's with the hospital blocking Facebook and Blogger?! The nerve!!! :) xoxo

Lori said...

So thrilled for you and sweet little Jenna!!!!! She is just gorgeous!

xoxo

Lisette said...

Congratulations to you!!! She is so beautiful.

Megan said...

YAY!!! Congrats!!!! :o)