Tuesday, March 3, 2009

He's here!




Charles Adam Sheffield
Born: Feb 10
Height: 21 inches
Weight:8 lbs 9 oz

He's perfect and such a good baby. I had a C-section without going into labor and I don't know if that is what made it so much easier this time but everything went great.

Of course that's when it all went crazy. The first two weeks of this little guys life in our family were a little hectic. He had pretty bad jaundice at a day old and so he had to stay in the nursery the whole time under the lights, and had to stay on a bili blanket for a few days once we brought him home. Addy and Beck both got fevers and bad coughs and so up until a few days ago, Charlie and I were placed in quarantine back in the T.V. room which I will now forever refer to as "the cave." Meanwhile Adam took care of all of us. ( Thank goodness for our parents and my sister as well as our ward!) However regardless our efforts, I still managed to get the cough and that combined with a C-section was not very pleasant. Then, Addy got an earache, got in a bike accident and chipped half of her front (permanent) tooth off (two days before school pictures). Our car had some problems. I went in for an emergency CAT scan because my doctor thought I might have a clot in my lung. Thank goodness all was well and I just have some fluid in my lung cavity (I don't know if that even makes sense but that's how I understood it) All I know is it hurts but it isn't dangerous so we're safe. To top it all off, Addy, Beck and I have each had our own post-par tum series of emotions and so each situation has brought tears and a tantrum or two (from the kids of course......me..... never).

Charles turned 3 weeks today and the past week has been uneventful and surprisingly................pleasant. We cherish the little guy and Adalynn and Beck are finally able to bond a little with their new brother and thats been a lot of fun to watch. If you've read this and there is not a picture yet, it's coming soon!

20 comments:

Audra and Tyson said...

I love him so much and I'm so glad he's here. Londy loves him too and always talks about 'baby Charlie.' I haven't seen any tantrums from the kids...Love and you and can't wait for tomorrow.

Amberlie and Anthony said...

Wow Gretch I had no idea you guys were having such a hard time, I am so glad that everything is ok. Anthony and I wish so bad we could come back and see you guys and our new nephew. We Love you guys so much, take care and keep in touch. Can't wait to see pictures of the little guy, give Adalynn and Beck a big kiss from us.
Love,
Amberlie

Andrew & Amberlee said...

Congrats Gretchen!! Hows addy's tooth?! That sounds very painful! I'm glad things have mellowed out a bit...

Joanne said...

Oh, my goodness! I had no idea things went so crazy after he was born! I wish I could be there to come visit/help out. I hope things mellow out for you so you can rest/recover. I can't believe he's already almost a month old. I can't wait to see pictures.

Also, I love the name!

Heather said...

I know how you feel!!! Our little guy was on the verge of having RSV for a week- Chris had craziness at work- and our washer and dryer broke. It was quite the drama, but now everything has calmed down. Finally!

Molly Zamboni said...

Congrats, Gretchen!

Jeff and Bridgette said...

I'm so sorry you guys have been through so much!! It seems like when something good and wonderful happens, something not so fun always follows after. I feel for ya! Hopefully you guys have had your share for the rest of the year! He's so cute Gretch! Glad things are going better! I miss seeing ya at work. CONGRATS!!!

Whitaker Family said...

Congrats on your baby! Sorry that things were so difficult. I can't imagine all you went through. Please let me know if I can do anything for you and your family!

Natalie Murray said...

Wow it looks like you've had a rough couple of weeks! Congratulations on the baby! I need to come by & see him! Glad you are all recovering!

WIKKY said...

congrats on a healthy, sweet little boy! How exciting... we are thinking of you guys always!

Troy and Mindi said...

Congratulations Gretchen! He is just so sweet... You must be one proud Mama!

Lisa said...

congrats. he is handsome :)

Mark and April Sullivan said...

Congratulations, Gretch! It was so fun to catch up on you and your cute family! Charlie is so precious! There's nothing like a newborn! You look gorgeous! I'm so happy for you!

Joanne said...

I know I already commented, but now you added the pictures, and so I just have to say that he is so so beautiful! He looks like such a precious, perfect little guy.

katierasmussen said...

Congraduations...he's beautiful! Sorry the weeks folowwing were stressful. Why does it all seem to happen at once sometimes?! Well, I'm glad things are going better. Good luck then next few sleepless months!:)

Paige ~ Nate ~ Kaiden said...

He is seriously adorable Gretchen, congratulations to you and your family. I'm glad things aren't so crazy and going well. As for Addy chipping her tooth...well I chipped mine in junior high and had a dance competition the next day so I had to try and do facials with my mouth closed which didnt happen throught part of the dances and I had dance pictures too so I smiled with no teeth! haha Poor girl, that is no fun!

josh and summer said...

Look at your precious!! What a darling little boy. So jealous of the blue eyes!! I am so sorry that you guys have had a go of it this winter. You guys are all troopers and will feel stronger after all of this has passed. Take care of yourself!! Good luck moving from a man to man defense to a zone defense with your kids. :)

Chad and Tenaya said...

Congrats. He looks really cute. I hope you guys all are healthy now. I sure know we've been sick around here. Something bad is going around. It took my kids about 3 weeks to stop coughing!

Liza said...

Gretchen and Adam-CONGRATS!!! He is absolutely beautiful and I LOVE his name!!! That is so cute! What a crazy month you've had. I'm so sorry about your cough/recovery. That couldn't have felt good. We need to come and meet the newest member. Hope all is well now...most likely sleep deprived, but well. :)

Macy said...

So happy for you!! I'm glad you've all survived the first three weeks!! It's only going to get easier after all that! Congratulations!