Monday, January 30, 2012

Presenting Charis Susan Olson

....these are only 4 months late!  I am still trying to figure out the best way to store photos and use them on the blog with our iMac.  Here's Charis's newborn photo shoot... at least that's what I'm going to try to post.  Here's another quick post on her arrival, I should probably just put all these posts in the right place to begin with.

 ...Alright, I think I was somewhat successful using google+ photos (replacement for picasa web-albums?).  Any advice from Mac users on how to store/use pics on the iMac?  iPhoto or Picasa?  I've got a whole bunch on an external hard drive.  Do you use iCloud?

Monday, January 9, 2012

She's here!

Charis Susan Olson, born January 6, 2012

I was induced 6 days before my official due date because my blood pressure kept creeping up, eventually into the hypertension range.  I still don't know why that happened, especially since I exercised more during this pregnancy.  (If they took it while I was laying down, it was fine.)  I had already decided that I would either go completely 'natural' or have either a spinal/intrathecal or epidural.  I was hoping to get to about 7cm, then ask for an intrathecal.  But, with the pitocin, I needed something and I was still at a 4!  So, I asked for an epidural instead.  I have never been so numb in my life!  I was sure I wouldn't be able to push because of how little feeling I had, but she was out after just  a couple pushes (she definitely holds the record for quickest delivery)!  And, it turns out I probably could have gone with the intrathecal because I was fully dilated less than an hour later.  And still numb on my left side 3 hours after delivery.  They put me in a wheel chair to move to the recovery room.  So, lesson learned, maybe (each labor/delivery has been so different):  If I do this again, I will ask for the intrathecal even if I haven't progressed very far.  Anyway, here are some pictures to document Charis's arrival.