Sunday, July 10, 2011

HE’S HERE!!!!

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Ryker Brian Bennett

July 6, 2011

1:01 p.m.

7 lbs. 3 oz.

18 inches

 

My little bundle of joy finally made his debut last Wednesday. I ended up being induced. Crazy, right? I definitely didn’t expect that to happen, but it did, and the whole thing turned out to be quite exciting and eventful. It was 3 hours, which is my longest labor to date and included a 40-minute wait for my doctor to get there to deliver. I won’t bore all of you with the whole story, but a couple of highlights involved the anesthesiologist having to run off to the ER (for himself), nurses running frantically around my room, my blood pressure dropping, a late doctor, and more.

 

Everything turned out just fine.

 

My family of 6 now.

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I’ll admit that it’s been a little rough. We’ve had several obstacles to deal with, and as the mom, I’ve been worried a lot, but it could be worse and I know everything will turn out all right in the end.

 

We got thrown another hurdle yesterday when our little guy ended up being under one of these bad boys to be treated for jaundice.

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He screamed and screamed so we switched one of those beds out for one of these.

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Much better, but we have to keep it at a 45 degree angle since he has a little reflux, so he slides down constantly and chokes himself. Basically it means we have to watch him 24/7 to make sure he’s not spitting up and choking, or sliding down and choking. That all comes down to no sleep, even more so than a typical newborn.

 

He also had some anatomy circumstances that his father is quite proud of, but it meant the “male procedure” had to be modified a little and cauterization was involved to avoid stitches. Bottom line – we have to watch that more closely than normal also to make sure things are healing properly.

 

Like I said, a few things we weren’t expecting, but they’re little things and we’ll get through them just fine.

 

He is such a good baby and so cuddly. I love to just hold him to me. We are all smitten and completely in love with our new addition and so happy Ryker has joined our family!

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48 comments:

  1. Congratulations! He is gorgeous :)

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  2. Adorable little guy!! Congratulations to you and your Family!

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  3. I wish you all the best! - and have to say you're the most beautiful mother I've ever seen on hospital photos :)

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  4. He is so precious. Congrats.

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  5. What a blessing! Congratulations to your beautiful family!

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  6. Congrats! You have a beautiful family! My sons name is also Ryker (13 months now)! Funny I had never heard the name before (until i was up one night verp preggers and couldnt sleep and i saw it!)and now I know 5!! I wish youba goodnights sleep!

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  7. Awww, congratulations! He's a cutie!

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  8. Congratulations! The bilirubin lights are so miserable - hopefully you guys get through with that soon. Your whole family looks great!

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  9. Congratulations on your gorgeous new addition! ☺

    PS...LittleGirl had reflux. Did the nurses show you those exercises for reducing his gag reflex? They really helped her reflux a lot.

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  10. He is adorable congratulations. I not sure I realized he was # 4. how do u do it all!!

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  11. Adorable and congratulations. You will definitely have your hands full.

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  12. Thank you for sharing with us. He is just beautiful!!! So sorry for all the issues. Blessings, Lori

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  13. He's so perfect and sweet. You have a beautiful family.

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  14. congrats and well done! he is gorgeous! hope all sorts itself out soon.

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  15. Congrats Tam!!! He is absolutely darling! Sorry it's been a rough road so far. Praying that things will get a little easier very soon! *Hugs*

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  16. My youngest had to do the"tanning bed"thing and I wish I had known about the suit you guys are using. It would have been much better! I can totally sympathize on the no sleep because you have to watch then 24/7 in there. But I can tell you that it is but a brief moment and looking back you won't even remember it. On another note I have never had a post baby hospital picture look so good as yours does! Curled hair and all! (I rocked the point tail lol) congratulations on your beautiful family--connie, measuredbytheheart.comMy youngest had to do the"tanning bed"thing and I wish I had known about the suit you guys are using. It would have been much better! I can totally sympathize on the no sleep because you have to watch then 24/7 in there. But I can tell you that it is but a brief moment and looking back you won't even remember it. On another note I have never had a post baby hospital picture look so good as yours does! Curled hair and all! (I rocked the point tail lol) congratulations on your beautiful family--connie, measuredbytheheart.com

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  17. Congratulations Tam!! I am so excited for you!!

    xoxox
    Jen

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  18. You look fabulous!! Congrats on such a cute addition!

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  19. A handsome boy! Hearty congrats to the whole family.

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  20. Congratulations, you have a beautiful family! :_

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  21. aw, what a sweetheart, and I love the name!!!

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  22. Congratulations!! He is so adorable :) Wow 3 hours is your longest labour, I am envious lol mine went for 3 days! All that hard work will definitely be worth it in the end, as I am sure you would already know with 3 other beautiful children :)
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  23. Congrats on your handsome little man! What a sweetie, lucky he's a cuddlebug, you gotta love those ones.
    I can't believe you, three hours is your longest labour. I will fight you. When you're recovered.

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  24. Congratulations! I love the name Ryker. Any stories behind his name? He is a cutie.

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  25. Your family pictures are beautiful. Congratulations to you all for the addition of Ryker (love the name). Sorry to hear he's had a hard time of it, but having loving, supportive family makes it go quickly.

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  26. He is such a cutie! Hope it all gets better very quickly! :)

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  27. Congrats on your cute little guy! It's kinda funny, my little guy is named Bennett Brian Stephenson. :)

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  28. Congrats Tam, he is so precious! I'm glad you've got things figured out; it sounds like things might start calming down a little for you now! Hope you are resting up and feeling well!

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  29. oh congrats!!!! So glad he's here safe and sound and that the slightly inconvenient stuff ends soon!

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  30. He is darling -- such a little angel. I hope things go a little smoother from here on out and that you can get the rest you need. Love his name!

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  31. Yeah! congrads. Sorry to hear about some of the craziness. I hope everything works out well in the next few days and that Ryker starts sleeping through the night in the next week:) If not, call Char in the middle of the night! She'd love it!

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  32. congratulations, good health.Libuše

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  33. Congratulations to your family. Welcome Ryker!

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  34. Congratulations Tam! He's so adorable!

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  35. Yay!! Congrats on a handsome lil' boy! Sorry to hear about the reflux & jaundice issues. Maybe once you get the "all clear" on the jaundice your sweet boy could benefit from a Nap Nanny (www.napnanny.com) for reflux. I just had my 3rd baby (3mos ago) and someone gave one to me for a gift. It keeps them at a nice incline while sleeping. That nap nanny + the swaddle blanket = nice sweet baby sleep! If I lived close to you, I'd just let you borrow mine :) Many blessings!

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  36. Congrats Tam! What a cutie & great family pics too.

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  37. Congratulations! What a beautiful family.

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  38. Congrats! He is so handsome! And, he looks like such a happy little one. :)

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  39. Congratulations! He is a handsome little guy. You have a beautiful family.

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  40. Congrats!!! He is just a doll!!! So happy for your little family!!!

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  41. Congratulations Tam! What a darling baby boy. So happy for you all!

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  42. WOW! Congratulations! I'm a little behind! What a beautiful family you have there. Glad everything worked out okay. I don't know how you manage to accomplish all that you do with your growing family to care for!! ~karen

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  43. So I know that I am totally late, BUT congratulations! You are beautiful. Ryker is beautiful...the whole family, just beautiful! I am soooo happy for you all! :) Take care! - Jocelyn

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