Saturday, August 11, 2007

He's finally here


We all went to Brittany's doctors appointment on Thursday afternoon. She was huge, uncomfortable and 3 days over due. They checked her and she was dilated to a 5 so they sent us to the hospital.Just starting out in labor and still in a good mood.

Brek putting slipper socks on her cold feet. Her feet ended up swelling up so much that those hurt her so we ended up putting on hospital socks.

Brittany ended up having a very long 21 hours of labor. She progressed very slowly and almost went c section at the end. Brek, Alison (her mother) and I were with her the whole time. Brittany's dad and grandpa came and gave her a Priesthood blessing. I know that's the reason she was able to deliver vaginally. By the time we got to the pushing part her epidural had worn off and John was face up so so she had horrible back labor. Brek and Alison helped her with pushing during contractions and I stood there taking pictures and bawling my head off. I felt so bad. It was such a hard labor and delivery for her. The memories of me going through that 5 times came flooding back as she was going through it. My insides were shaking so hard. I'm just so proud of her. She did an amazing job.

John Ray George was finally born at 1:13 Friday afternoon. He had a really rough start. They had to use the vacuum to help get him out. The cord was wrapped really tight around his neck and it had to be cut off quickly. He wasn't breathing or crying. His 2 minute apgar score was a 3. I was crying and praying a begging for him to breathe. A dozen doctors and nurses rushed in the room for him. Brittany kept saying "why isn't he crying?" I finally heard a tiny cry. There was never a sweeter sound than that. After 4 minutes his apgar score was up to an 8. Our prayers were answered. No words can express just how much it meant for me to be there for my grandsons birth and to witness his first breath. My heart is so full of gratitude.


As you can see, Brittany is very pale and obviously worn out, but so glad to hold her sweet baby.
He weighed 8 pounds 2.2 ounces and 22 inched long with his cone head. He's a little shorted today since his head is shrinking.
The two proud/tired grandma's after it was all over with a mere 45 minutes of sleep in 39 hours...and not all at once. It was like in 15 minute shots. I left the hospital and took the long drive home so I could get Cody and Cole to their schools for meet the teacher night. By that point I couldn't even speak in clear sentence form. I'm sure I didn't make the best first impression, but after all of that, I was so physically and emotionally drained that I really didn't care.



We went back to the hospital today and we finally got to hold that sweet hairy baby. I know I'm his grammy, but isn't he just so cute?! :o) Brittany has had a really hard time. She passed out last night (Friday) and she's had a fever. She's lost too much blood. They've given her 4 units of blood today and have her on antibiotics. They are keeping her until Monday and I'm very glad they are. She really needs to rest.
After visiting them I took the boys to Brek and Brittany's apartment. We wanted to get it totally cleaned up for her and have all the laundry done too. 7 long hours and $30 in quarters later we finally got it done. Mark still needs to steam the carpets, but that's it. We brought baby Mark home with us for a few days until they get to go home. He is sleeping peacefully upstairs and that's where I'm headed too. It's 12:41 a.m. and I'm a little out of practice with babies, but I do remember they get up way too early!


44 comments:

Amie said...

WOW Congratulations..... I am so happy everything is OK. I have only learn't what the apgar reading means this year, so no wonder you were worried.. He is so beautiful I just love newborns they make me very clucky.

Give my congratulations to Brek & Brittany the poor thing does look totally exhausted but after a few days rest I am sure she will be feeling on top of the world.

I wonder what baby mark thinks of the whole thing??

Enjoy your day tomorrow.

Amie xx

TK Angels said...

What a wonder the birth of a baby is. Congrats grandma and congrats to the beautiful parents!! I also was present at Tyler's birth. Just amazing.

Take care and spoil that special grandchild.

Take care,
Love,
Terri

Jennifer Niksich said...

Baby John is just gorgeous. Get well prayers are being sent to Brittany.

Cindi said...

Congrats Grandma! Best wishes for the whole family. I pray that Brittany has a speedy recovery!

He's just adorable!

Kelly said...

Aww!! Congratulations Jolene, he is perfect!!

Melissa said...

Congratulations on the newest little George!

Jacquie said...

Well congrats to Brek and Brittney!!! That little guy looks adorable!

Poor Brittney though sounds like she had a rough time. She certainly worked hard for her little guy!

Hugs to all :-)

velvet brick said...

Congratulations to the whole George family! Jolene, he is absolutely beautiful!! He looks very, very healthy and those eyes are just so sweet! I am so sorry that it was all so difficult, but what a wonderful tribute to your family that everyone pulled through it together. Brittany does look like she's been through the wringer, poor thing. How kind and caring of you to get her home all in order and take care of Mark for a few days so that she can get to feeling better. Jolene, you're just the best. Thank you for the pictures and update. God bless ALL of you! : ) Welcome to our world, baby John!
VB

Cassandra said...

Goodness...I've got tears just streaming down my cheeks right now - what memories that stirs up! I am so glad that everything turned out okay and that Brittany and John are okay. The extra rest will do her good. What a sweet grandmother you are to clean up their house for them - that is probably the best gift you could give them. Congratulations!

Andi said...

Congratulations! And yes, he is just beautiful! And now Baby Mark is a big brother!

It was so nice of you to clean Brek and Brittany's place since they'll have their hands full whens Baby John gets home. You will all be in my prayers.

Maren said...

Congratulations Grandma!!! He is beautiful.

Poor Brittany. I hope she recovers quickly. That sounds like it was an ordeal. Reading about it hit close to home. Reilly's birth was long and traumatic for me. I am glad she was able to get a blessing. I have such a testimony of the Priesthood and faith in blessings.

Jen said...

I hope Brit gets better...she really looks drained. And thank GOD the baby started to cry, that picture freaked me out where he was so pale. OMG, I know why you were crying....I almost cried reading and looking.
Congrats to you all, please get Brit well. She's been thru a lot in the past year with babies.

Webgrl said...

Woman thy name is Brittany.
Gosh.
She is so amazing and so strong.
Hugs to you all

Caroline said...

I've been checking your blog like 4x a day hoping to see this post. Congrats and I am so glad that everyone is OK. I will keep Brittany in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery. John is so cute and he is so long!! Looks like he will be a tall boy. Again, Congrats.

Kim said...

Congratulations, Grandma!!! He's a cutie. Prayers and best wishes for all!

Spencer Family said...

He is such a cute baby! I love all his hair! Brittany is amazing--there is no way I could have done what she did. Congratulations--you have two very cute grandkids!!!

Amy Mowbray said...

YAY!!! Congrats!! He's absolutely precious.

I hope you got some much needed sleep.

shekinahhvac said...

CONGRADULATIONS! WooHoo, I am so happy for you all! I love the pictures.
Blessings

Nonie Mae said...

Congrats to all of you! He is a beautiful baby...Brittany will be in my prayers for a quick recovery..

sentimentsbydenise said...

So so precious! He really is a cutie! Blessings on all of you and we pray for Brittany to gain her strength back soon!
Congratulations to the George family!

Valerie said...

SO glad that sweet baby finally made his way into this world...since his entrance was so difficult, then dang it, the rest of his life should be a cakewalk!

poor Brittany - prayers that she heals quickly with no ramifications!! and big hugs for you, grammy! he is beautiful!

restyled home said...

Congratulations to you and your beautiful family!! It all comes flooding back when you hear of other's birth stories. Your poor daughter-in-law...she looks so weak. I pray she will regain her strength soon so she can enjoy being a mum to two babies!!
You seem to know just what to do in your mother-in-law role. That you were there in the birthing room speaks volumes about your relationship! Congrats on so many levels!!

Linda

KathyG said...

Congrats to you and your family. He is so precious.

Kathy

Rhona said...

Just back from holiday and had to check and see if he'd arrived. Congratulations on your second grandson and to Brittany & Brek on the safe arrival of little John. I hope Brittany is feeling a little better today and that the hospital keep her in until she really is ready to go home and cope. Enjoy these first few precious days. Love to you all xx

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Diana said...

Sometimes the C section is much better for the both of them! I had to have an emergency one for Dalton and it was for the best I believe mow. If they have more she might want to consider that an option before it goes that far! Scarey!
On that note! Get well Brit! And Congradulations Grammy!! It will be great the two boys will be so close together and hopefully will remain close throughout thier lives!
You are so blessed with a great family!
Your family is in my prayers.
Congrats to Pappy too!

Pam said...

Welcome to the world baby John! He's beautiful! Congrats to Brittany and Brek! I'm sorry she had such a hard time but so happy everyone is doing well! Yeah! Congrats to you too G'ma!

~Telah said...

Congratulations on Baby John! And poor poor Brittany! I hate that she had such a hard labor and a slow recovery. I pray she is able to feel better soon. You got two cutie grandsons now!

Briana said...

Congratulations to your whole family. So glad everything is okay with the baby now and I hope that Mommy continues to improve. Can't wait to see what Baby Mark thinks of his little brother!

Kimberly said...

Congrats! He is a cutie. Hope mom fells better soon. That sounds like it was an adventure! Glad everyone is good.

Gina said...

I'm so happy for all of you! It is so evident that God has His hand in every breath of life. I'm praying that Brittany and John get to come home soon with no complications. He is ADORABLE!!! Prayers for you also as you are catching up on your energy level and helping out the new family.
Love, Gina

Carla said...

Jolene,
What a blessing that little guy is.. He is so cute!

Hopefully Brittney starts feeling better. She is very lucky to have such a wonderful MIL!!

Carla

September said...

Jolene, Please give my best to Brek and to Brit. Please tell her my prayers are with her that she'll be on her feet feeling better VERY soon. I know what long miserable labors are like.... poor thing, she totally needs rest. The baby is darling, of course. :) Congrats to all!

Love,
September

patti_cake said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

Brittany is very very lucky to have such a wonderful support system.
Your post got me crying because I had a hard time with Maddie too and she wasn't breathing when she was born. That is the most frightening few momements of my life!
So glad baby John is here safely, baby Mark is with his Grammy and hopefully Mom & Dad can get some time for themselves as well.
Peace & Blessings to you all.

Nina Diane said...

Congrats on the new grand baby! your story gave me chills.....

Elisha said...

Congratulations! He's absolutely beautiful. I hope Brittany's doing better and was able to come home today. Babies are such miracles, aren't they?

Susie Q said...

Oh Jolene, I am so happy for you all that he is here and well. I KNOW you are exhausted. You are the BEST MIL a girl could ask for. I know Brittany will be so happy to come home to a clean home, especially after such an ordeal. But I know she is happy to have such a sweet new boy to cherish. Little Mark will just love being a big brother I know.

My congratulations to you all. What a loving family little John has been born into. A blessed little boy.

Love and hugs,
Sue

homedaisy said...

oh, bless her heart. isn't it a shame when we can't fully enjoy our babies because we are so hurting ourselves? i had a rough time too, so i totally sympathize. my prayers go out to her. and many congratulations on a beautiful baby boy :)

Chickenbells said...

Congratulations to everybody! I am so glad that he's finally here...I hope that Brittany is feeling better soon...it is so sweet of you to get everything ready for her when she goes home...she's a lucky girl!

wendster said...

Yeahhhhhhhhhhh! So happy for you that he is finally here! Prayers for Brittany's full recovery.

Leah said...

Congrats on the baby! Well wishes to Brittany, she looks so tired in those pics, I can only imagine how she's feeling. Hope she's better soon!!

Colors of Me said...

Congratulations to Grandma and of course Mommy and Daddy!!!!!

Martha said...

YEAHHH CONGRATS!!!! What a beautiful baby boy!!! sooo cute and such dark hair, so precious.

good thoughts and prayers for Brittany that she heals up well and can come home and enjoy her baby boy's ;).

Kim - ScrapToMyLu said...

Your post has brought me to tears.
Congratulations.