Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Michael Kevin Whitaker

He's here and we're so happy!

Thursday night, March 30, at 11:00 pm I went to the Community of San Bernardino Hospital to start my induction.  They just monitored the baby and me until 5:00 am then started me on Pitocin.  I was so nervous because Mylie's delivery was so long and so hard, and to top it all off I pushed for 3 hours and got a fourth degree tear.  Fun stuff.  But this delivery was entirely different.  I asked for an epidural as soon as they would allow me one.  I am the biggest contraction wimp in the world.  The anesthesiologist was fantastic.  What a blessing.  Just like last time, the epidural was working but I still felt pain on the left side of my stomach.  The anesthesiologist didn't want to give up on this epidural though.  She felt like it was good so she finagled with it a little and it started working perfectly.  I couldn't have been happier!

My mom came around 9:00 am to cheer me on.  I'm so thankful that she could be there and also grateful for wonderful friends who were willing to have Mylie for the day.  She was pretty worn out by bed time!

After waiting a few hours to dilate to a 10, I was finally ready to push a little after noon.  And the miracle was that I only pushed this time for 15-20 minutes.  I was expecting AT LEAST one hour!  I came out with a second degree tear but compared to a fourth, that's just fine with me!

The true miracle was watching little Michael's appearance into the world on March 31, 2011 at 12:24 pm.  It was amazing and beautiful and I couldn't help but cry a little.  I got that feeling of pure love and joy.  My heart was bursting with it, and I couldn't wait to hold and cuddle him and stare at his amazing face.  To love him this much right now, here on earth, makes me realize that the love our Heavenly Father has for us is absolutely unfathomable to me.  We are so blessed to have this little miracle and blessing in our lives.  He weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 21.5 inches long.  (Someone please tell me where this height is coming from?!)

Of course Richie was fantastic.  He is hands down the best husband for me and father for our children that I could ever ask for.  I am so grateful for his unconditional love, support and understanding of everything about me.  He is so loving, faithful and committed to our family, and more importantly our Heavenly Father.

Mylie got to come visit her brother around 4:00 that afternoon.  We had really been struggling with whether to name him Michael Kevin or William Kevin.  I really like both names and neither one of us could decide, even after we saw him!  Mylie was sure his name was Michael.  When she got to the hospital Richie said something like, "Did you come to see baby Will?"  She burst into alligator tears and kept saying over and over again, "His name isn't Will!  His name is Michael!"  (You can tell who won the name war.)  We are very happy with the name we chose, as Michael is Richie's late father and Kevin is my dad.  Thus Mylie is named after both of her grandmothers (Joleen as her middle name = Joni and Eileen combined) and Michael is named after both of his grandfathers.  It couldn't be more meaningful to me.

I couldn't wait to leave the hospital and they finally discharged me around 3:00 pm on Friday.   We came home to Mylie and my mom--all smiles, blue welcome balloons on the patio, and grateful hearts.  We just love our little guy and Mylie has been really good with him so far.

As for me I'm healing fine and adjusting to my new sleep schedule.  I have been so grateful to have both my mom and then Richie's mom here to help entertain Mylie and keep the house in order.  I've been soaking up every little minute I get to spend with Michael, and at the same time feel a little guilty that I'm not spending more time with Mylie.  She does need her mommy time.







Ready to go home!

Welcome home!





I came home from taking Michael to a doctor's appointment to this:  Mom reading and Mylie playing on her iPhone.  Mylie sure loved that thing.  Our phones don't even have internet!  I'm seriously thinking about getting Mylie an iTouch for her birthday.  =) JK
We thought it was funny how Michael was sleeping in his swing the other day.

Michael with Grandma Eileen.


20 comments:

Mariah said...

Oh Angie he is ADORABLE!! Seriously, you make some darn cute kids and all that hair too. I'm glad you've got lots of good help. Those grandmas look like they are loving every minute with both of those kiddos. I love how you've pulled family into each of their names. CONGRATULATIONS!

jeanine said...

He is too sweet! Congrats again!

MTMcGee said...

Congrats again!! He is cute! Glad you are healing well. Brynlee loves to play on Todd's I-touch. There are so many fun learning games that you can get, and it is perfect when you need to feed baby, etc.

HARA said...

I love hearing about this. I'm so glad it went so well. He is adorable in every single picture. Congratulations to your sweet family.

Brittanie said...

He is so cute! I love that you almost had a little Will also! Too funny. Didn't you love the name Reagan too? Maybe we have the same taste in names.

You look gorgeous as always. So happy this delivery was better. Enjoy your little guy. They grow up so fast.

Love ya!

Sheena Chaston said...

He has so much hair and such beautiful skin! (I'm a tad bit obsessed with babies with lots of hair, which probably means that ours will be shiny bald for years...)

Congrats!

Crystal said...

I am so happy for you both! Your deliveries sound exactly like mine. I had a 4 degree tear and pushed for hours with the first and with my second a 2 degree tear and only 15-20minutes before she came out. He is very handsome! Tell Richie hi for me and I hope you both are doing good!

Linda said...

He is gorgeous! Congrats to the whole family!

Becky said...

Congratulations! And I agree with Mylie that Michael Kevin is the perfect name. I also think he has a couple of gorgeous grandmas. It's great they could come out to help. Enjoy your precious bundle :)

Ann Graves Matthews said...

Congratulations Sweetie!! He's beautiful... and what a legacy to live up to, Michael AND Kevin. He's destistined to be an outstanding man!!! I love you guys so much!!

The Happy Couple said...

Congrats Angie and Richie! He is super adorable! What a cute family you have!

Laura said...

holy hair! i saw a few pictures of him laying in the orange, but it didn't show the hair. wow!!! so cute, i want to love on him someday. congrats and can't wait to meet my new little nephew. love ya

Liz said...

I had no idea you had such a difficult delivery with Mylie, so glad to hear this one was different. Loved all the pics, and he has more hair than Abby had when she was 3!! You make gorgous kids.

J n Bee said...

hooray! way to go angie! i am so glad that this time around was better! you rock! and i must say that you are so darn beautiful! how do you manage after delivering such an angel!? he is adorable and love the hair and cutest little features!
congrats!

Moeller Family said...

So glad to hear that your second delivery experience was way better! What a little stud you guys made. Aren't boys great? Congratulations to all of you! I bet Mylie is such a great big sister. Enjoy all those little newborn things that pass so quickly! :)

The Orgill Family said...

congratulations on your beautiful baby boy!! he is perfect!! and you look amazing (as usual!) boys are amazing and the love they have for their mommy's is indescribable. congratulations again!

Kristin said...

Oh Angie, he is just precious! I am so glad that your labor went well and he got here safe. Congratulations!!

Joni said...

I am so glad you journaled your experience! And I absolutely love all the photos you posted. Michael is such a beautiful baby, so precious!

Amy said...

Congrats you guys!!! Michael is soooo cute!! I'm so happy for you and hope all is going well!! Angie you look so beautiful, as always!!! We are coming down to SD in June...any chance we can come by and see you this time?? I'd love it!! Congrats again and can't wait to see you guys!
p.s. your mom and mother-in-law are both so beautiful... :)

Amy and Clark said...

I am super in love with his gorgeous hair! You look fantastic too! Congrats on such a handsome addition to your already darling family.